Sunday, July 22, 2018

When Mother Nature Gives You Rain--Sew

 Here is a sneak peek at the spiral piece that I am working on for The Endeavourers group.  You can see the spiral lurking on the edges.  The star fabric is the background.  If you can see them, I am hand stitching silver lined crystal beads among the stars.  If you want to know more, you'll have to come back on August 1, or visit the Endeavourers blog to read my Spiral Story.





I received the fabric I ordered for the purse I will make.  It is the top one in this picture.  It's "Black, White, and Bright" by Henry Glass. It picks up the black  and brights in the bottom fabric nicely. I just love these fabrics together.  I won't start the purse until I finish the Spiral, which I don't want to rush.  The pattern I selected was the Barbados bag by Pink Sands and Beach Designs.  I want to give the pattern my full undivided attention because I want to add to the pocket design inside and possibly outside and the size.








I leave you with a picture of my dog friends who are BFFs.  They make me miss my own best friends who have left this earth and I miss so so much.

Grateful:  Today I am grateful that I can watch these two interact with each other and that Harley is becoming such a good friend to Terry and I, just like Bosco is.   AND I am grateful for the friends I have made through my blog.

Tell me.  Did you ever "redesign" a pattern?  How did that work out?
xx, Carol

22 comments:

maureenlthompson said...

I too am grateful for my blog friends. The spiral looks great and I love the fabrics you purchased for the bag.

Momma Bear said...

I "redesign" things all the time! But then I have that curvy girl problem with wide shoulders, small waist and big boobs. They just don't make cloths off the rack that fit, so I learned how to tailor them to.
I was never satisfied with some patterns and would routinely kitbash a few of them together to get what I wanted. you know the shirt you like nee comes with the right sleeves, the skirts are never the way you need them either and don't get me started on vests and bodices!
Then there were the early comiconn days, which then rolled into theater work. making costumes back in the day took some ingenuity! then the 3 bambinos came along and fabric was JUST cheap enough still to make their cloths and costumes, at least for special occasions.
Anyhow this all adds up to I cant just make something from a kit or pattern that I don't end up fiddling with sOmehow ;)

Barbara said...

Good luck with your pattern, Carol! I’ve followed a few, very carefully one step at a time, but never redesigned one. Brave girl! I love the beadwork on your spiral!

jenclair said...

I do wish Mother Nature would give us some rain. :) Not that I need any excuses to stay inside right now--too hot for any outside work. My weather app says 104 degrees and "feels like" 119. I'm grateful for AC.

Can't wait to see the progress you make on your new purse. A satisfying way to feel good and useful while doing something you enjoy!

barbara woods said...

my post Tuesday will have something you gave me in it

Pamela said...

Gorgeous fabric! Can't wait to see your finished endeavors piece!

Anonymous said...

Hi Carol beautiful fabrics ,can wait to see what you are making ,love the pic of your fur babies,hope you have a lovely day Carol xx

Robbie said...

We'll certainly be looking to see the finished spiral piece! Those pups are adorable together! I am thankful to have another laptop! Whew! My old one bit the dust! Got the cheapest one we could but that's ok. It works! HA

Jeanna said...

Oh I look forward to seeing your tote. Yes, I've often made subtle changes to patterns to suit my needs. I have found that bag patterns are the easiest to adjust and even the slightest change can have a big, wonderful impact.

The fur babies look so content. My daughter just adopted a puppy and her name is Harli. She is adorable!

Debra said...

I want to tell you how much I treasure your friendship.

The doggie pals are sooo cute!
I have altered patterns and it worked out fine. I think it's fun to put your own ideas into a project. I do like the fabric you've chosen for your bag.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

oooh - I love that sun & moon fabric! It's going to make an amazing purse. Oh - and I love those wonderful doggies too. As for re-designing patterns - I do it all the time! Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

Lovely fabrics for your purse. I redesign patterns all the time. Sometimes it works out well, sometimes not but I think that's how we learn :)

Glen QuiltSwissy said...

I really like that purse fabric. And yes, I redesign.....let’s just call it redesign, shall we. Sometime it is in strips in the garbage can!

Caroline Heinrichs said...

Interesting bunch of fabrics here. I redesign rarely. I simply don't usually do it that way. I like something or how something is laid out and then I go full on improv and eventually get to the end of a peice.

Dawn of LaTouchables said...

Lovely, Carol! I've redesigned things and usually for the better.

Wonderful furry friends you have :-)

quiltedfabricart said...

I went to the endevoursnblog and saw you are having some personal challenges right now. You will come out of it stronger and better. Your two BFF’s will get you through it will unconditional love and keep on creating. Both my two dogs and my quilting got me through a breakup with my non husband of 30 years and now I am happier than ever before. It’s called freedom! Embrace it. Anyway that’s my 2 cents. I have changed many a pattern as well and most of the time it works. If you don’t know how to do something that you want to add to the pattern look on you tube. What did we do before google and you tube? 😉

Jan said...

Your spiral piece will be cool, I can tell. Love the fabrics for your bag but especially the bottom one. The pups, adorable! Roscoe tries to cuddle with Windy but Windy doesn't like to cuddle and moves away, the brat. Yes i have changed patterns, usually works out fine.

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Love your spiral pattern and yes, I redesign always! Hope this finds all well with you.

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Love your lovely spiral piece. Your dogs look adorable! Hope all is well for you

Sarah said...

Those fabrics look really good together! Your furry friends are adorable, snuggled up together!

Cheryl said...

I like to redesign everything lol I've stitched seed beads onto clothing one time.... I would knot every single bead on the backside so in case one would come loose, all the rest would stay in place!

Loving the photo of the dogs... ahhhhh....

Lady Jane said...

New to your blog and hope to visit often. Love the fabric you picked out for the bag. Spiral quilting looks interesting. hugs, lj