Chickadee Stitches

Getting ready for DaGMT January 27, 2013

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I’m scurrying around like mad trying to get a sewing project done prior to February arriving.  I have a wonderful friend who has a side business as a henna artist (she goes by the name of “Ottawa Henna Lady”).  She is amazing, and I wanted to make her a fantastic apron to protect her clothes and provide her with pockets for cash, henna cones, cell phone, etc.

I design my own aprons, but I really wanted something that had a full collar to help take any strain off her neck as she was working.  Since I’d never created or even sewed something like that, I though it would be safest to go with a tried and true design.  I found an absolutely adorable design called the ‘Retro Chic’ apron by Sugar Pie Chic.

Anyway, I’m having to change a number of things in the pattern to make it work for her.  Firstly, I wanted this to be double sided so that if she has a spill she can quickly switch it up and start fresh.  Secondly, she needs a lot more pocket space, so I’m adjusting the pockets in the front to be long and a deeper.  However, I’m also wanting to add inseam pockets as well so she doesn’t have to worry about losing anything.  Thirdly, I’m not able to find the giant and jumbo rick rack the pattern calls for, so I have created a contrasting double-fold bias tape that I’m hoping will do the trick.

I want to make it all work so she ends up with the most fantastic apron ever.  Wish me luck.  Last time I checked, I only have 4.5 days before DaGMT starts.  She deserves to have this apron before March!

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DaGMT January 24, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — chickadeestitches @ 5:58 pm

I came across this wonderful idea as I was perusing the “Mad About Patchwork” blog–It’s called the ‘Drop and Give Me Twenty’ (DaGMT).  The DaGMT has been launched by “Quilting Hottie Haven” and is meant to encourage well-meaning/would-be quilters to commit to quilting/sewing/fabric choosing/pressing, etc for a certain amount of time for each day in February 2013.  Its hoped that with this time unfinished projects can become finished projects; unstarted projects can become started projects and (what I’m hoping for most) unlearned techniques can become part of a regular quilting repertoire.

I am a novice quilter.  I made my first (and only) quilt in November 2012–a simple rag quilt.  I’ve since joined the Craftsy Block of the Month Club (the 2012 version with Amy Gibson) and have ordered the fabric to start it.  I loved Amy so much, I immediately signed up for her own 2013 Block of the Month “Sugar Block Club”.

With this in mind, I commit to spending at least 20 minutes a day in February 2013 to conduct quilting-related activities in order to start and complete the quilt top for the sampler quilt Amy Gibson teaches on Craftsy.

My first quilt:  "Ooh La La" by Pillow and Maxfield for Michael Miller

My first quilt: “Ooh La La” by Pillow and Maxfield for Michael Miller

Wish me luck.  February is going to be CRAZY busy.  But I think I’m going to love it.