8 In Sewing

Sewing Challenge – Winner!

I can hardly believe it, but I’ve won the Extreme Makeover sewing challenge!  I was up against some pretty talented ladies!  Thanks to everyone for your support over the last six weeks! (well….seven weeks….we had two weeks for this last challenge.)  I definitely think I’ve stretched myself as a seamstress and I am so happy with my tidy sewing room.

Here is what I made this week:

A trio of aprons.

This one is from the “Sew Liberated” book (I know, it’s been a theme over the last few weeks, but I have loved having the opportunity to sew from it!)  My favourite part is the corset back.  Check this out:

And then I made two half aprons.

This fabric from my grandmother was calling out to be made into aprons.  I sort of made it up as I went, but I got the idea for a bow in the front from this tutorial.  I had a little fabric left so I made a matching bread bag.  It’s just a simple drawstring bag, but I got the idea here.

Then I made a messenger bag and water bottle tote.  I used the bag tutorial here and the water bottle tote tutorial here.  The applique was inspired (again) by Sew Liberated. 

I always carry a reusable bag in my purse, but it is always coming unfolded.  I couldn’t resist this tutorial for a fold-up pocket tote. 

And then I made two skirts.  The first is, once again, from Sew Liberated.  The one in the book is covered with applique, I haven’t decided if I will applique this one or leave it as it is.  I am really happy with the way it turned out, I’m definitely getting more comfortable with knits!

This second one is based on the two-tier skirt from Sew What Skirts.  I love this fabric, and I loved the two-tiered look, but I have come to realize that I just don’t like the look of elastic waist-bands on skirts.  I think I’d like to try one with buttons while I work on improving my zipper skills! 

Finally, I worked on a very special quilt top. I found the traditional pieced blocks among my grandmother’s fabrics (so sorry for everyone who thought I’d pieced the whole thing myself – eek, I didn’t think of that when I was posting it…).  I also found most of the fabrics she had used to make them.  Last week I created the square within a square blocks and made the pieced border.  (That border caused me a bit of trouble.  I have never done anything like it before, and there were times when I wasn’t sure it would be worth it, but I LOVE it on the quilt!)  This is definitely a quilt I will cherish as made by my grandmother’s hands and my own.  In honour of my grandmother I am even considering hand-quilting it, but haven’t decided yet. 

Total fabric used this week:  19 yards

Total fabric used over 6 weeks: 74 yards!!!  If someone had told me you could use that much fabric in a month and a half I wouldn’t have believed them. 

My sewing room has become a much more neat and organized place.




After: (that box is history!)



Whew!  Must be time to go to the fabric store!   (Just kidding….)

Thanks to Wildflowers and Whimsy and Extra Ordinary Bree for hosting the challenge, and thanks to you for joining in on this adventure with me!

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    June 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Congrats to you,so proud of you!!!! You are probably jumping out of your skin with excitement!!! Now maybe it is time to celebrate with some fabric for yourself–just a tad won’t hurt ya!

    I am such an instigator sorry I couldn’t resist:)

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    June 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I am glad you won 🙂 Your entries each time were amazing and I love that quilt! By far my fave piece! Although I have to say the corset back is awesome!


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    June 6, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS, ANDREA! I am so proud of you! I am not surprised that you were declared the winner of the sewing challenge, as you were the most creative and talented of the group! Yea for Andrea! Your mother and husband must be so proud to have such an accomplished seamstress in their family! I’m sure that your grandmother is smiling down at you from heaven!

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    The Hungry Crafter
    June 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is so exciting — I’ve been rooting for you! And your sewing room looks great too 🙂

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    June 7, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Thanks, everyone, for all of your kind comments!

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    June 9, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Wonderful job! I love the little totes you made… the quilt is amazing!
    Would love for you to link a project up at my summer long linky party!
    “Life’s a Picnic!” party!

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      June 10, 2011 at 6:53 pm

      How fun! I’ll keep your picnic party in mind as I’m doing my summer sewing! 🙂

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