A whole crapola of repairs

You know when you’re doing fun stuff and the boring stuff keeps piling up and piling up… (like vaccuuming, putting laundry away, etc)?

Well, I probably have a full weekend of clothing repairs and adjustments to do now. I would LOVE to get this cleared by New Year for a fresh start but that gives me 10 days. Nope.

A pair of jeans for my husband which needs a torn crotch stitching up as best as possible, half a dress, a shirt that needs the shoulders slimming (so many adjustments have been made to this shirt already to make it small enough!), a pair of jeans two inches too long, a pair of work trousers an inch and a half too long, a coat with a torn armpit accessible only by undoing the lining plus it has a toggle missing, a dress that needs hemming 1″ higher and another that needs a hook and eye fastener added and a zip reinserted…

I hand sewed my XL Christmas-ish vintage jumper in about 2″ at each side seam by hand yesterday morning. We’re having a Christmas jumper day at work today (though no one else seems to have bothered) so this is good enough. I added sequins to the trees last night in front of a couple of episodes of Mr Selfridge.

On an expected note, I didn’t get any quilts accepted to Quiltcon which is no great surprise. I’m torn between making something specifically for Quiltcon in 2018, or whether I should just keep making what I like and maybe entering things if they possibly fit the remit. I do have one gripe (that’s unlike me) about Quiltcon. I feel the quilts that get accepted are very unlikely to be used. I’m pretty sure the definition of a modern quilt by the MQG includes a statement about it being a utilitarian quilt “designed to be used”, which is at odds with art quilts. Though that’s what a lot of these feel like to me. I don’t know.

P.S. it’s my birthday tomorrow!


  1. Jen
    Posted December 21, 2016 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    Good luck with the repairs. I’m not familiar with the MQG, but suspect that they could make an argument for an art quilt being “used” if it is hung on a wall. Being used as art, if not as a quilt.

  2. Jen
    Posted December 21, 2016 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    And Happy Birthday for tomorrow!

  3. Maria do Carmo Pezzuto
    Posted December 21, 2016 at 8:59 pm | Permalink


  4. Posted December 22, 2016 at 5:00 am | Permalink

    I hear you about the “art quilts” – I’d make what I like. You could try to make something specific for Quiltcon, but if it still isn’t accepted, you’re “stuck” with something that isn’t you….
    And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Wishing you a happy Christmas too!

  5. Emily
    Posted December 22, 2016 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday! It’s already tomorrow here!

  6. Nrs
    Posted December 22, 2016 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    Keep doing what you enjoy and not worry about quiltcon. I love your work and everyone who follows your site. Happy birthday and I hope you will get a birthday and a Christmas present instead of half of one for one occasion and the other half on Christmas. Have a great 2017

  7. Posted December 24, 2016 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Love the christmas jumper! I wore one, in fact half my office did. I think you should keep making what you like. The mqg remit seems to be shrinking all the time and doesn’t reflect modern quilting in its entirety

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