Here are some of the pics.....and the back story on my version.
|Just a sample of the many challenge items|
|Very cool fabric combining into a marvelous travel bag.|
|Textured pillow with curved tucks|
|The challenge fabric is the piping and the bag for these lovely pajamas|
|Some people needed what's inside this project.|
|Never thought I would want to re-cover an umbrella but I love this one.|
|Here's the way to hide a print you don't like.|
One of the funniest stories was from a woman who did not notice that the mailing envelope had arrived at her house for several days. Guess who "opened" it first? The dog...... She held up a picture of the 1 yard piece with several two inches chunks torn out of the middle and she explained that there were chew marks everywhere else. As we all gasped and wondered what she would do with that hot mess of fabric....this is what she pulled out of her carrying bag.....
|Braided fabric dog chew toy|
|Sorry for the fuzzy picture but isn't it great....Shari colored over the print with colored markers and changed it entirely|
So in my hurry, I placed the seven selected crystals in place, used a small template and traced the shape onto the sticky side of interfacing. I used a short stitch and cut out the center, turned and ironed the interfacing to the wrong side. Then I went to stitch the bead.....and discovered that all seven holes were too big to support the sew-on bead nicely. Ah ha, that was the missing part of the directions. To keep the bead stable, either make sure the edges are close to the shaped fabric hole or use a three sided bead as many of Gail's were. Me, I was in a quandary. I ended up sewing multiple beaded guide wires to hold the beads in place....not what I had envisioned but it still gave a watery glitter to the bottom of my skirt.
And as one friend noted, it looked like they were crabs in the water. No, I wasn't trying for that look but lessons learned and still a fun process. I'll pack it up and wear it in Florida when we visit in May and then take off those beads and repurpose them somewhere.
|Relieved to be done and glad to have a day with sewing friends.|