A Week in Review

I put my Dutch quilt aside for a while because the fabric that I ordered didn’t arrive until Friday afternoon. While I was waiting however I had plenty of time to clean up the house (we are still remodeling), get another row of my “Belle of the Ball” quilt completed and I managed to cut out and sew a new blouse. 

Hand Quilting

I am now on the last two rows of the quilt and with any luck it will be completed in about 2 weeks. I have decided to see this quilt through to completion before I go any further with the Dutch quilt. I would really like to clear up any and all unfinished projects between now and the first of the year.

I also wanted to get a head start on new winter clothing before the cold weather arrives. This past week I began by working up this flannel shirt for myself. It’s a navy blue and white lightweight plaid flannel that I purchased from Fabric.com. Normally I purchase heavier weight flannel fabric when I make shirts for my husband, but for myself, I have found that middle age and heavy weight fabrics don’t mix well at all. So I took a lighter approach and I am glad I did.

Flannel Shirt

You can’t tell by the photo, but this shirt fits wonderfully. There is a very nice drape on the finished product which makes it a perfect  fabric for women’s wear.

This fabric was wonderful to work with. It sewed like a dream and it held pressing lines very nicely. Making my French seams with this fabric was a delight. I make French seams in all my garments, but there is a lot of bulk when working with the heavier flannels. Not with this one though, the seams (as you can see) worked out beautifully.

Flannel Shirt 3

I even had a bit of fun by adding accents to the sleeves that make the whole garment look like a Ralph Lauren designer ranch shirt.

Flannel Shirt 2

When I wasn’t sewing or cleaning, I was out walking with my favorite 3 companions. The forest fires in Glacier and Washington have been smoking us out a bit, but all that yellow smoke makes for wonderful sunsets.





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Thats it for this week, happy creating everyone and I wish you a happy, joy-filled weekend.


7 thoughts on “A Week in Review

    • Hi Connie and welcome to my blog. I’m glad you like the quilt and blouse. French seams are my favorite seams to work with. They take a bit of extra time to complete but, as you know, the finished garment is wonderful. Do you blog too? If you do, please feel free to add a link to your site here. Thanks again for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.


  1. Isn’t middle age wonderful?😬 I am having the same experience. I go from cold to sweltering in about five seconds, then back to cold, etc. This may be the first winter in my life that I don’t want flannel.😆 Your shirt is designer worthy, very posh for firewood cutting. 😊 I am so happy that you are so close to finishing your quilt, that means you must be feeling pretty good these days. Hurrah!

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  2. Middle age is quite the experience Kathy. 😉 I wore t-shirts all last winter with an occasional cardigan. I’m glad you like my new flannel shirt. I wore it last night on a dog walk and I was the envy of the mountains, lol… I am feeling better, for the most part. We think we may have found a major contributor to the issue, which I will post about soon. Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a great weekend!


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