Thursday, November 14, 2013

Night and Day

After taking it fairly easy for many months, my sewing life is about to really vamp up as I have two commission orders!

These two orders, were as different as night and day. The first was from an old high school friend who accepted the first pattern I showed him and the only color direction he gave me was to include some red, something rustic. I'm still waiting on some of the fabric to arrive, so I don't have anything to show yet, but I'm making it out of the same pattern I made my grandson's:

He's a long distance trucker and wants it for the sleeping area in his truck, so it's going to be a narrow twin size. After some thinking, I got to wondering if he had a heat source in his truck, and he doesn't. So I'll be adding a layer of wool batting to the standard cotton batting plus using a flannel backing. Here's hoping I can quilt all that! I figure if other people do, I should be able to.

The second order was much more typical. I think we looked at a hundred fabrics, which is not a statement of complaint at all. Let's be real, we probably look at fabric some portion of every day anyway. She had a teal and green rug that she wanted to coordinate with, plus the recipient was a nature and animal lover. We ended up with various selections from various designers within the Free Spirit design family. The pattern was slightly easier than the fabric selection, and she chose a Jacob's Ladder in the style of this one:

Isn't that lovely! I'm going to be honest here and admit that her fabric choices are different from my usual taste. Both in color and design - just not the type of fabrics to make me rush for my wallet. But I do want to show you what the backing is going to be:

How cute are they?

And finally, I'm going to leave you with my new mantra.

Have a great weekend!

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