11.01.2006

now what?

studio portriat 10.31 345 pm
halloween costumes are done, and i am asking myself what happens next. i have a stack of fabrics that have been set aside to be made into smocks for collette. so there is that. i would like to come up some easy handmade gift ideas, but who wouldnt really? i think i will find myself doing a lot more cooking than sewing this year. mmmm...

before i go of into food induced day dreaming i do have two basic sewing questions to pose.
first, how do you sew a corner to make it look like a corner when you turn something right side out? i am seeing that pivoting my needle 90 degrees absolutely does not make a corner like i thought it would. i told you these were basic people. and second, where do you buy good quality solid cottons? i want brand names and store names please. i get so frustrated with the "solids" at joanns. every time i buy some they just turn out to be crap. they feel like crap, they shred like crazy and the color selection isnt all that great anyway. how do i fix this???

is anyone else really happy that amy's mailorder pumpkin spice cake recipe can be the go to dessert for the next two holidays? i know i am. dang it is good.

oh and ps. there are a couple shots of dorothy over here. nothing fantastic, but she did LOVE the shoes as predicted.

18 Comments:

Blogger mo.wask said...

actually i think they are good questions.

1. corners... i think it is contingent on how the corner is cut on the wrong side. slits, v's, or the notch chopped off. does that make sense?

2. solid cottons... i've been having the same quandary lately... i am going to try KONA cottons by Kaufman (they have them at eQuilters). i've been very disappointed with our selection at Hancock.

3. love, love amy's pumpkin spice recipe. i've made it as cupcakes the last two weekends with some ghirardelli pure chocolate chips... so delicious. they have been the hit of both parties! thank you amy!

12:15 PM  
Anonymous myra said...

I agree with mo. For outside corners I cut a triangle off the corner very close to the tip. And for inside corners I do a v notch or slit.

I too would love to hear a good source for solids. I've been looking for some with a slightly nubby surface and a nice substantial weight.

12:31 PM  
Blogger MamaK said...

I like Kona Solids- I get them at EQuilter. Here's the link to their Kona solids page: http://equilter.com/cgi-bin/webc.cgi/st_main.html?catid=160&sid=31U9Hz1VU2n9AF5-41106393182.f0

As for corners, I second what everyone else said!

12:47 PM  
Anonymous amy h said...

I've been looking for some good solids, too. I could have sworn I saw some Kona at the Metcalf Hancock but I could be remembering wrong. That was the no-changing-table-in-the-bathroom-and-a-horrendous-poopy-diaper trip to Hancock.

1:09 PM  
Anonymous melissa f. said...

most quilt stores carry kona. springmaid is not bad, but kona is good good. you can order a whole swatch card thing from hancocks of paducah online. or request a catalogue, and it'll have a sheet of colours in them so you can decide.

1:50 PM  
Blogger capello said...

that needle 90 degree thing works for me. then again, i have really low expectations.

have you tried harpers in old overland park for the plain color cottons? i think they have a wide variety, and the quality of everything in there is excellent.

2:04 PM  
Blogger brookeraymond said...

Sarah's fabrics in lawrence is great. you will fall in love if you have never been there and if i remember correctly they have a decent selection of solid cottons.

3:20 PM  
Anonymous sally said...

Cut the triangle off. Pretty close to being a good corner.

Kaufman Kona for sure.

3:43 PM  
Anonymous amy k. said...

yup, kona solids and I am so happy you dig the cake-two birds down with one cake, man. good stuff.

I have a litle smock pattern for you-I will try to e-mail it to you tonight. .

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Storme said...

definitely cut the corner off, not too close, but close to the stitching -- and the main thing is using something like the tip of your scissors to poke it out to a good point and then (did you get a new iron yet?)...

6:01 PM  
Anonymous erin said...

Ok - I agree with everyone else on the Kona Kaufmann call - beautiful colors and a nice hand to the fabric.

For crisp corner, snip the triangle off and when you turn inside out, use some kind of turning tool to gently push all the fabric out. I sometimes take a straight pin to the right side of the corner and pull it out gently. I learned that trick from the home ec teacher in 7th grade and if you do it gently, it works like a dream.

that pumpkin spice cake is to die for!

7:01 PM  
Blogger lisa s said...

so yes yes on the cutting and the poking! must poke the corner [i use a bamboo skewer]... can't help w/ the solids, but now i'm following the other leads....

8:29 PM  
Anonymous jenny said...

Hi, Hannah! This is Jenny Gordy. I really like Kaffe Fassett's shot cottons. They are soft, and the colors are pretty. You can get it here: http://www.gloriouspatchwork.com/merchant/store.htm
but you can't really tell what they look like from the website. You can get some of them at Harper's in KC. Cute halloween pics! Eliot's costume is hilarious. Take care!

10:12 PM  
Anonymous katie said...

kona solids are great. also, P+B textiles has a billion great color options.
you can get it online at purlsoho.com.
good luck!

6:37 AM  
Anonymous Malinda said...

For corners, I use the poking technique as well with a crochet hook - pointy, but not too sharp.

Good for stuffed X-mas tree points as well. I could use some quick gift ideas for X-mas presents too. Girls are easy, but what to do for guys?

2:29 PM  
Blogger julieree said...

I don't really have anything useful to add to your queries, but i have to say that photo of you is great. love your expression.

and now i totally have to go check out all this kona solids business.

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FOR SQUARE CORNERS - PLACE A SMALL DOT WHERE YOU PIVOT YOUR NEEDLE TO MAKE YOUR CORNER SQUARE W/ A PENCIL - LIGHTLY. THEN, SEW W/I YOUR 5/8" SEAM ALLOWANCE UP TO ABOUT 3 STITCHES BEFORE THAT DOT. INSTEAD OF PIVOTING SQUARELY - SEW DIAGONALLY ACROSS THE PENCIL MARK. WHEN YOU GET TO THE 5/8" SEAM ALLOWANCE - PIVOT YOUR NEEDLE AND CONTINUE SEWING STRAIGHT. GRADE YOUR SEAM ALLOWANCE WHICH MEANS CUT EACH ONE DIAGONALLY ACROSS THE CORNER - 1 SLIGHTLY WIDER THAN THE OTHER. USE A CORNER TURNER OR A SCISSOR POINT TO WIGGLE THE FABRIC GENTLY TO YOUR SQUARE CORNER. PRESS AND YOU SHOULD HAVE A BEAUTIFUL 90 DEGREE CORNER.

5:39 AM  
Anonymous Marie said...

I clip the corner like everyone else. I made a point turner out of a sharpened dowel. I am afraid to use scissor because I always poke through. A friend of mine uses a chopstick as a point turner. Good luck with corners and have fun.

8:00 AM  

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