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Wednesday Whimsy (And a Lisa Update)

Today was a good day. I was up and out of the house before 10 am. Steph, M & M and I went to June Underwood’s front porch to look at her free fabric. She also had some for sale. Stephanie found some wool in wonderful colors for the softies that she makes. June had lots of treasures for Mia in addition to the fancy fabric that she found. Even Milo found fabric with space ships, sports and fireworks. He also found a pattern for teddy bear clothes which he put in his bag for his mom. I went for the stuff with a price tag. Here is what I brought home: some hand dyed/painted fabric, some batik pieces and some painted silk organza:


I grabbed this little pieced gem to turn in to a post card for Fiberart for a Cause.


And I also took this children’s quilt top to finish for my Santa Rosa Guild’s Community Quilt program. It is an Old MacDonald had a farm theme quilt.


You can see more of June’s sale on Terry Grant’s blog.

Lisa called tonight and she has won 3 individual golds, 1 silver and 3 golds in relays. Wheee!! That’s my girl. I want to thank everyone for their support of Lisa and their abhorrence of the protesters. My good friend Liz Berg made a very heartfelt post about this kind of hate on her blog today. You can read it here.

She sent me a private e-mail in which she kicked my butt a little for not getting back in to the studio. So this afternoon after puttsing around and playing solitaire on the computer, I got up and went in and got to work. I had to get rid of the leftover silks covering the cutting table so that I could cut some fabric. Then I made this:


What is it, you ask? Well, last month, the Columbia Stitcher’s had a wearable art teacher here as the guest speaker. This is one of the pieces she showed us and gave us a diagram for (not written instructions!).

Now, imagine that I am 6 feet tall and much thinner and this will look better. Now, quit your snickering, I am doing the best I can with the what I have to work with.


This is for my tall, apron loving daughter, Stephanie. It apparently is a design of Issae Myaki and he borrowed it from some Japanese women  on some little island. Anyway, this asymmetrical apron is easy to make and quite attractive. I will have to adjust the measurements for myself! I know this wasn’t art, but it got me back behind the sewing machine.

Just for fun, here is Maggie wearing a pirate hat that Milo and Mr C made for her:


Now, I m going to watch Project Runway!

22 Responses to “Wednesday Whimsy (And a Lisa Update)”

  1. Mia says:

    i absolutely love the apron. what a great idea. i think i’ve figured out how to make one…but, any plans on posting more details?

  2. Renee says:

    I’m in love with the apron, any chance you can share the diagram? If not, I will just bask in awe at its simplicity.

  3. ellohzee says:

    Oh please oh please oh please another huggeee request for the apron diagram… have tried to make one just from you rpictures but there’s something not right… i think it’s because i’m not sure how to tie or? or where the ties go properly? oh please oh please oh please…
    ps, i think it looks just fine on both your daughter and yourself!!!

  4. jenny says:

    i came here via your daughters’ postings and love your blog (art, quilting, politics, grandkids, great food — perfect!). dare i add my request for the asymmetrical apron pattern? i looks like a fun one to make and wear! thanks!

  5. k8tykat says:

    issey miyake has some fabulous patterns available as well, i think they’re through vogue patterns. modern styles and some amazing origami wrap skirts.

  6. Ouissi says:

    I love it…are you planning on putting the pattern anywhere?? I would love to try one

    Ouissi x

  7. Tanya says:

    um perhaps just the measurements for the tall version?

  8. mimulus says:

    I think you look just grand in the apron , but a smile is icing on the polka dots so don’t forget. And lov ethe fabric photos.

  9. Michelle says:

    Hi there. I found your blog through your daughter’s blog. What a great apron! I must make them.

    Thanks for sharing.

  10. Denise says:

    I need to chime in on the requests for the apron diagram.

    Wonderful news about Lisa’a medals. You have two wonderfully talented daughters.

  11. nelleke says:

    Through all kinds of detours i found myself on your blog, and your daughters, gasping at the fantastic apron. I was wondering if there is any change you can help me to the diagram.. imgine a person not having any machinestiching experience (me), but who just acquired her own machine (an oldie), and who is quite handy with handstiching and fabrics (me again). The apron looks like a very good project to get started. But i ll need some basics to lean on.

    Well, who knows, maybe you can help me out. Anyways, i really enjoyed reading a little on your and your daughters blogs.

    greetings, Nelleke.

  12. mary manahan says:

    You look beautiful in your polka-dot apron!

  13. villain says:

    That apron most certainly is art! So beautiful!

  14. Micki says:

    Congratulations to Lisa. The apron is different and charming and yes, you should smile more. Maggie is adorable in her hat.

  15. Judy says:

    Next time, try not to look so darned happy in your self-portrait!! LOL
    Yay to Lisa!!! What a girl!!!
    It’s always so much fun to get back into the sewing studio…even picking up can be fun (I’m not sure how I know that, but it sounded good!).


  16. PaMdora says:

    Hey Gerrie, everything looks better in dots, so SMILE! 🙂

  17. Debra says:

    That apron?? Fabu.. I want the diagram.. (oh, I can probably figure it out on my own, but… whine…). I still need to write my PR review…

  18. lizzieb says:

    did you know that you can make yourself taller in photoshop? just don’t constrain the proportions and lengthen away! and Gerrie, you must smile when you take these pictures!

  19. stephanie says:

    wow, mom, i love that apron! of all my aprons, i really don’t have any long ones (which are the most practical kind, especially if you’re a slob like me). thank you! i’m going to feel quite stylish.

    we had fun playing with our finds from June yesterday. miles made fabric collages, mia sewed clothes for her new dolls, and i made a scarf for my latest creation with some of the pink wool flannel.

  20. Yippee to you and the kids for a fabulous fabric haul. And Yipppeeee to Lisa for swimmming so well!! And smile, that apron looks cool even if you’re not 6 feet tall and model thin 🙂 Stephanie will look great in it too.

  21. Laurie says:

    I bet Lisa is having the time of her life! Go Lisa!!

    That apron is fabulous! And look at how cute Maggie is!

    Off to read Liz’s blog.

  22. kirsty says:

    Wow, Lisa! What a legend! And well stated, Liz.