Archive for October, 2009

making quilt tops

OK, I didn’t make it, but check this out:

johns quilt topI was cleaning out my sewing closet this August, because it was literally spilling out the door, and I packed up many bags of fabric to give to my friend, John.  I mean, I gave him years worth of cotton scraps.  John is super cool, you should click this link and go see his stuff.  He makes Stupid Sock Creatures, among other things.  He has this great studio in the River Arts District here in Asheville, and it, too, is overflowing with fabrics and stuff.  He has lots of fantastic ideas and has written a book, and volunteers his time at my kids school to teach kids his art.  How great is that?!

So not only did he take scraps off of my hands, but he actually did something with them.  I had visions of doing this for years, but finally admitted defeat.

I am so thrilled that John took the time to do this, and to share the photo with me, which I now share with you.  If you’ve followed my sewing trajectory, you might just recognize a lot of this fabric.  There is the red surf fabric that Patricia brought back from a Hawaiian vacation like, 10 years ago, prints from my first kids show ever back in Maine, poppies from my grandmothers scrap box, and so so much more.  Each piece has a story, and now all together it has a new life.

Thanks, John!

Project Runway Moment

If you sew, maybe you’ve seen the pattern sharing/sewing website Burda Style.  I hop on there from time to time to see what other people are sewing, and to look at patterns.  They offer some of their patterns for free, and some you pay for, but they’re really affordable.  You can print them out at home on your own printer, then you have to do this crazy taping thing to stick it all together, trace it onto tissue, and voila!

Well, they do contests from time to time and it never really occured to me to enter, but then a couple of weeks ago, I noticed a pretty cool one.  It’s to make your version of one of their patterns, a simple, pleated A-line skirt.  I put it in the back of my mind, but last night they sent an email saying it was the last day to enter, and I just thought, why not?? So I started going through my stash, and came up with an idea.  I have this beautiful cotton sateen, and I found a vintage silk scarf in my dresser that coordinated beautifully.  Then I found some copper colored lining, and added black stretch lace that I ruffled to the hem of the underskirt.  I cut it out late last night, and then today I sewed it, photographed it, and submitted my entry.

Pheeww!

Who knows what will happen, but it’s out there in the world.  The best thing about the contest (and a big reason to enter) is that the judge is Wenlan Chia – Twinkle herself.  If she likes it, I could win a new sewing machine! or fabric! or her new sewing book!

Any of the above would be just fine with me.  Start working the Jedi mind trick for me!

Here’s what I sent off:

A plus A line Anne Mettee

gluten free apple pie

It’s officially Fall – we made our first apple pie today after going apple picking yesterday.  We have a bushel full of different varieties of apples, and this morning I made the crust.  Gluten free crust needs to sit in the fridge for a little while before you can roll it out, so it’s sort of a whole day process, but the kids had no school today (teacher work day – how come we never had those when I was a teacher?) and it was sort of gray out – so a perfect day for pie.  I have used lots of different pie crust recipes over the years, but one I have been using lately is from the Gluten Free Girl website.  It is the most malleable of all the doughs I’ve tried – the easiest to roll out, and it holds it’s shape the best.  She tells you to roll out the dough between parchment paper, but use saran wrap – it works so much better.  I double the recipe and it makes 3, 9″ crusts, or 4, 8″ crusts.  Wrap 1/2 of the dough up tight in plastic and freeze it to make your next pie even easier!

Kind of pretty, don't you think?!  Ryland was the lucky one who got to cut in the steam vents in any pattern she wanted.

Kind of pretty, don't you think?! Ryland was the lucky one who got to cut in the steam vents in any pattern she wanted.

can you see what she carved in? awww, it's the shape of a heart with LOVE written in it! and a star! and little bird's tracks!

can you see what she carved in? awww, it's the shape of a heart with LOVE written in it! and a star! and little bird's tracks!

Here's the menu that Ryland made for our dinner while we were waiting for the pie and the sweet potatoes to cook.  Look at the description for the pie, Anne's gluten free crust, apples, and shugar!  pretty sweet...

Here's the menu that Ryland made for our dinner while we were waiting for the pie and the sweet potatoes to cook. Look at the description for the pie, Anne's gluten free crust, apples, and shugar! pretty sweet...

good thing I have two more crusts in the fridge, because I bet we’ll need another one tomorrow – even the boy eats this pie – and he doesn’t like anything!