Fall sewing retreat recap:
I signed up for retreat with the intention to have 3 projects all cut out in advance. Best laid plans, etc.
Thursday I could only join my sewing friends for a couple of hours in the morning, but Friday and yesterday I was able to be there all day.
1) Poofy pet bed in pink flannel, to donate to animal shelter for their auction in February. Almost finished, I just need to stuff it and then hand-sew the opening. I used a pattern from a library book because it only needed 1 yard of fabric. I thought it was going to be the quicker & easier project -- nope, it was a pain in the neck. I took a lot of time to be super accurate in cutting the 14 pieces (!) according to the diagram. I carefully sewed the 1/2 inch seams the instructions said for the first steps. Then I had to do a lot of fiddling and a few tries to get the sections to fit together. (I might be willing to make another one -- but only because I've already taken the time to work out where the instructions were wrong!) I will finish it tonight while I watch a movie.
2) Pop-up Tent for cat or small dog in cute cotton prints, another auction donation = cut out and 1/4 finished. It is going together so much easier than the poofy bed. The outer layer is multi-color small paws on black background; the lining is multi-color swirls on black. I need to call around to local craft stores to see if anyone carries basket making supplies, because the tent poles are 2 pieces of spline.
Ooo, I just googled "basket weaving spline" and the first link that came up shows the picture of the pattern I'm using. Now I know what size of spline to buy. I don't know anything about basket weaving supplies and saw online that the spline comes in several different diameters. They are recommending #9 spline. Thanks, google. http://basketweaving.com/shopsite_sc/st ... uct82.html
3) Fleece baby zip-up sacks = I made 1 at the sewing group charity sewing day last month. I have 9 more all cut out ready to sew but didn't even take those bags with me since the poofy bed was taking so long.