Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Let there be LIGHT!

So we got our power back yesterday. Thank goodness! I was able to shower & I am sure that John was rejoicing over that! Of course I am now on the verge of getting sick & felt really icky by the time I got home. I did however manage to finish my quilt block for Penelope Kim’s quilt.

Now I think that I have mentioned that I am no quilter before right. I am fairly happy with the way it came out. I would have liked the appliqué to be a little bit more centered, but oh well. It looks kind of cute & once it is hidden in with all the good looking blacks from the other ladies I think that you won’t be able to notice its wonkiness.

I have to say a big thank you to the ladies that organized this. It is so sweet of them & generous. Kudos Patricia & Shanna. Thank you for letting me be part of your fabulous gift.

So who wants to see my new blouse? Yup I managed to get some pictures of it on “Francesca” last night. I also realized after looking at them that I need to get her a different T-shirt so that the neckline isn’t so distracting. A little history on “Francesca”, I worked in the display department at Sears when I was in High School. We set up all the windows, mannequins signage, etc….. They were actually going to throw “Francesca” away! She was like brand new! Now she is much tinier in the waist than me (I think she is a 34” 23” 34”, Lucky girl!) but I padded her up to closer to my measurements & Ta Da! Instant cheap dress form. That is why she has the white t-shirt, to keep her padding in place. I think that I might have to see if I can’t finder her one that is higher on the neck, or maybe just recover her all together. Either way she works great.

So on with the top. I still haven’t worn it yet (it was 22ºF when I left for work this am!) but I think that I will really like it when I am finally able to.

I strung a necklace to go with this top last night but couldn’t bring myself to get up off the couch to get the crimps to finish it off. In fact I would have stayed home today but there were a couple things that I needed to get done for today that I didn’t trust feel right having anyone else do.

Here is a close up of the buttons. I actually picked the fabric & buttons out specifically for this top. I usually don’t plan that well. I see fabric I like buy it then try to figure what in the work I will make out of it. This was so much easier! Once I have finished my self imposed fabric buying hiatus I will try to stick to that line of purchasing. Of course as I have about 2 tons of fabric that might be a while.

So maybe I need to call this my “LLA” blouse seeing as she was the one that ordered me to make something for myself last weekend. She is rather bossy I dare say. ;)


bekka said...

very nice! the appliqué looks great. it's not uncentered. and the blouse is lovely. i think you could easily wear thermal/silk underwear top under the new lovely. maybe it will never warm up Up there, and then how can you stand not wearing it?!

stacy said...

That to turned out fantastic! It's the best one I've seen so far. Now I may have to re-think my fabric for this one, mine looks too plain!

beki said...

It all looks so nice! I too did an applique flower for my quilt square, but I had the pink quilt. Your flower doesn't look uncentered at all.
And that top! I really like it. I wish I had the figure to wear that. I'm afraid that on me it would look like a maternity top.

capello said...

pretty shirt!

and no, the applicate block looks great. it has sky/white space. it's perfect.

and yay for power! there's a reason why i was born in this day and age.

Blondie said...

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Loved your swap, everything was absolutely gorgeous!!
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Kisses from Portugal

LLA said...

Wow - I can't believe that an actual person (much less a person I know) was able to make that gorgeous, gorgeous top! If you had asked me, I would have said that only the magical Anthropologie elves could whip up something as pretty and hip as that. I am so impressed...

Am also loving your quilt square - it's a little hip and funky too...

And it's OK to say I'm bossy - I'm not sure that's news to anyone! :)

LLA <---- your cruise director...

jen said...

man that top is so cute! i love it!

lori brofsky said...

Love your block. I really wanted to do an applique, but I haven't tried it yet and felt pressure to get my block done. It seems I had gone MIA and didn't even know it LOL