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So time continues to refuse to stand still for me. So rude. Since time won't play nice I've been trying to be diligent about working on my beading a little every day. It's the tortoise that will win this race! So I've got about half of the green beads done on my panel. I'm a little discouraged about how slow it's going but really I shouldn't be. I'm still figuring out what I'm doing and haven't found my rhythm yet. Once I get into my groove progress will speed up... it's the same story with all my projects.

What I really want to do it get started on one of the three fabulous 18th century outfits I've got planned for the summer. But I can't. I've got a commission due in a few weeks, my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary party at the end of the month to help plan and real life to deal with.

Right now of course I'm not working on any of those - the day's priority is a quilt square for a friendship quilt. Normally I'm not really a quilter but this was a special project I had to be a part of. So yeah, it was due on Sunday and I'm just now starting it... this is my life.
I looked online for a pattern on Monday, decided which one to do yesterday and just got back from the quilt store with the fabric I needed. It's in the washer right now, which is why I'm online killing time. I'm hoping to make it a one day project. Less would be even better so I can work on that commission. I mean it's just one quilt square right? Ha! Famous last words since quilts really don't like me. They don't play nice, quilts. I think they are like dogs and cats - they know the people who are just tolerating them or don't really like them and then they try to mess with your head. It's true.

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angldst From: angldst Date: May 5th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC) (link)
if you need help or advice for the quilt square, feel free to drop me a line. I'm both an avid costumer, and avid quilter, though quilts tend to be background or "filler" projects when I don't have any other pressing sewing projects to work with.


jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: May 5th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks for the offer! So far my only trouble has been being short on fabric. *grinds teeth*
countess_rosina From: countess_rosina Date: May 5th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC) (link)
The beading looks beautiful so far! Will you fill the silver outline with another color?
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: May 5th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! Probally not - I like it as is and I don't know that I really want to add any more work to this project. :P
fancyfrocks From: fancyfrocks Date: May 5th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh my gosh, WOW!!!! That is so beautiful! You have extreme amounts of patience to do such intricate work. Beautiful!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: May 5th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I think maybe I just have the right *sort* of patience. I have no patience for the fabulous ruffles you've used on your frocks over the years!
lmcbeth From: lmcbeth Date: May 5th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC) (link)
May I ask which panel of the bodice this is? I think you've made excellent progress! 3 18th C dresses for this summer! WOW!

And finally, would you be so kind as to clue me into how much fabric you'd estimate one would need for a Regency gown & for an Open Robe?
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: May 5th, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC) (link)
This is one of the back pieces. To the left is the center back seam, to the right is the side seam. So I have a total of 8 pieces about this size to bead - no problem right?! :P

Oh that is hard as I'm so bad at tracking exact yardages. For an my last Regency gown (the the Lizzie gown), which had a very full back, I used two panels of fabric for the skirt(so 2x54") times the "waist" to floor measurement (in my case 48" in front, 5-6" longer in back for a sweep). The bodice and sleeves were probably a little over a yard, say 1.5 yd? If you are looking at more of a shaped skirt (with shaped panels rather than striaght that I tend to use) I would look up the basic S&S pattern - that should help with those yardage estimates.

The open robe is less, as there is less fabric in the skirt and bodice. How much is of course depending on your size of train o'doom. :> Hope that helps!
mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: May 5th, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC) (link)
I like the quilt block you've chosen! Maybe I'll have to start saving my scraps ;)
And I'm very excited to see what you have planned for the Summer, I may have come up with an evil plan of my own ...
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: May 5th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I was jazzed to find it, it would make a cute whole quilt!

Well honestly you have already done enough damage - one of those planned outfits is the gaulle-I-don't-need. And it's ALL your fault. Well gildedgarb is to blame too.
koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: May 5th, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC) (link)
This is going to be so gorgeous!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: May 6th, 2010 12:42 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I'll get the Best in Sparkle Award this year right? :P
From: silkfrocks Date: May 5th, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC) (link)
Your madness is inspirational. Such patience....I've seemed to have lost mine.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: May 6th, 2010 12:43 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! Good I'm glad it's inspirational... I'm all for more madness in the hobby. :>
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: May 6th, 2010 01:06 am (UTC) (link)
Sooo Pretty! But stupid life getting in the way! Boo!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: May 6th, 2010 12:44 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks and I know! Moo on real life! I'm SO looking forward to CosCol as a chance to escape it for a while...
From: hohenstein Date: May 6th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC) (link)

Grin-I've often said that I could use a "time pocket" to vanish into & work on costumes in there.

isiswardrobe From: isiswardrobe Date: May 7th, 2010 06:58 am (UTC) (link)
Time can be so inconsiderate at times!
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