Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; And confirm for us the work of our hands; Yes, confirm the work of our hands.
Psalm 90:17

Friday, March 25, 2011

I'm an undisciplined sewist---

Yes, I know I have two shows coming up; one I have to sew more for and one I have to design and sew for. Yes, I know I have a fitting for the wedding gown on Saturday. Yes, yes, YES---the house is a wreck. But my Bottled Rainbow stacks are sooooo pretty... and they call to me at night --"pssst--if you get up early , you can work on us before you wake the kids... just a couple more pieces, then you can work on something else...just finish this one block to clear the table..." *sigh* Can't help it. They've got me. I don't think I've ever wanted to finish something so badly-- me, the procrastinator. I'm already planning a second one.
So, yeah. Moss. Teal. Ocean. Eight done; eight to go.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sneakin' in a FNSI-

This month's Friday Night Sew In really snuck up on me--- I never really forgot about it; I just knew I had to work at the theatre last night and wondered if I could do both. As it turned out, I took off some time from school and house and made that my FNSI. I made one more Bottled Rainbow block. There won't be a whole lot of free sewing or blogging time for a couple of weeks so I really wanted to squeeze in one more before I shift gears into full costume mode. Here is "indigo":

And I can't for the life of me look at this block and not say in my head "Hello! My name is Indigo Montoya; you killed my father. Prepare to die!!!!"

My apologies to Mandy Patinkin and anyone actually named Inigo.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


No new 'Bottled' blocks because I am busy finishing "Leaving Iowa"; which opens next week.
No sewing at all because I am designing new pieces for "Into the Woods" to replace the ones that won't work this time. Just sneaking in a post because I can finally say out loud I am going to be a Grandma again, Kal-El is getting a sibling, and I am tickled to pieces. And I really, really want to sew some diapers with RUFFLES!!!!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

BR update & showin' off the boy-

Lots to do this past week with a painful head cold slowing me down but, hey, life goes on. I just wanted to show you blocks "grass" and "mustard" from the Bottled Rainbows project:

Also, can't say enough about how proud I am of this guy, #2, Corey Joseph. Corey treated himself to a vacation this week to celebrate finishing his internships and studies at the Culinary Institute of Virginia. When I think 'vacation' I think warm temps, play parks and maybe a fruity drink or two. Corey went to Alaska, by way of Oregon, to visit dear friends. Twenty degrees. Did I mention how awesome he is? We miss him something terrible but he'll be home soon. Then the fights with the siblings can resume and all will be right again.

Now I want to travel. I. Want. To. Go. To. Kansas. Because... yes.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Projects begun-

Costumes for "Leaving Iowa" are past the halfway point. I'd say we're down to mostly adjustments and picky pieces. After this week's break the director will ask me "How we doing? Good? Really good? Great?" and I'll be able to say "Super good!" And he will be happy.

Did a muslin fitting for my bride and was almost spot-on. Few adjustments. Yay! She loves the silhouette. She chose ivory satin and chiffon but for the little bit of lace that will show she chose white--- I think it will look lovely peeking out from under the chiffon. I'll show the dress when Mrs.-to-be says it's okay!

Auditions began last night for "Into the Woods"; the show I was supposed to costume two years ago, we lost the rights and now have them back. It's been a long wait and it seems weird that it's finally time to get my stuff out of storage and see it alive onstage again. Will know by Monday who I'll be dressing this time. Very happy!

Auditions coming up Saturday for Summer Shakespeare-- Gah!! Really? Where does time go? "The Taming of the Shrew" is this year's offering. I'm ready to design; I just have to wait to find out if he's doing this "Shakespearean" or if he's going to set it in another era. He switches around. Hope he decides soon; my colored pencils are itching to get out of the box!

And in the midst of all this; I really want to join in the Bottle Rainbows project.

I've collected and sorted my scraps, bought the colors of Kona I'll use and we're off! I'm not going to go week to week--- with the shows I can't assume I'll have time--- so I've started on three blocks. I finished 'turquoise' and 'lime' and started on 'grass'. Some things I learned from the first efforts: don't make pieces too small or odd-shaped and don't try to place 'em all at once and then sew--sew a few at a time! Here are the first 2 of 16!


Lime (lousy photo)