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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Mending Blues

I don't know HOW he does it! Well, actually, I do... life on the farm can be rather rough on clothing, especially when you are on the go doing outside things, like welding, "playing" on the tractor, splitting wood. There is no end to the chores that must be done, and unfortunately his work clothes suffer the worst of it.

I don't know why I put off the mending so long, but it is a big area of procrastination. After the 2nd reminder that I had promised to mend the pants, shirt and overalls sitting in the pile by my sewing machine, I figured I best get to it this afternoon.

Why have I put this off for so long? It took a total of about 15 minutes, and that was because my sewing machine was acting up. So iron-on patches came to my rescue.

How to reward myself for completing this long-put-off task? Well by quilting, of course! Actually I finished applying the binding to the quilted jacket I completed last week. The pattern is the "Wild Onion Jacket" by Susan Italo. It is a one-piece pattern that forms the jacket, so it was ideal for quilting on the longarm, then sewing side seams together. An almost INSTANT jacket! This pattern takes the place of using a sweatshirt for a jacket base.

Here are pictures. I hope the quilting shows up well enough for you to tell what was done.

Back view... a large feathered heart.

Front view with feather sprays on the sleeves and front panels. Click on the picture to see a closer view of the quilting.

Now back to quilting for others tomorrow. I have 3 quilts to get done this week, plus I am continuing to work on designs for my next wholecloth show quilt.

Have a super week, and why not set a goal to accomplish one of those tasks YOU have been procrastinating on... I found the dread was a lot worse than just DOING IT!



  1. MENDING, that's a BAD word. My machine doesn't do that it can't it can only make quilts!
    Just leave it in a pile until they grow out of it or forget about it!

  2. Hey, Kathy, I caught my heal in a skirt hem way back last fall. Can you help? The way I see it, one more item in your mending stack won't be noticeable. Let me know!!!

    P.S. Love your new jacket..

  3. HAHA! Ros... I'm ROFL! Back many years ago, I DID have children out-grow the clothes in the mending pile! Evidently MY machine does not mend, either, since it decided to act up about half-way through the task! Thankfully I have another (you can never have too many machines... right?) but it IS just for my quilting, very light weight and easy to carry to classes and Quilt Till You Wilt day with the local club.

    Marty, You could just stick your skirt in the box with your next quilt, and then you would get the skirt back in oh.... 2-3 years or so!!

    Have a great day, and do something FUN!

  4. Thanks for reminding me I have mending waiting on me too -- funny how we can get a quilt done in no time but it takes weeks, months, years to get around to sewing on that button for hubby or patching up the jeans for son.
    Welcome to blogville! keep at it, you're a natural


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