Friday, March 27, 2009




My husband and I will have been married 39 years in a couple of weeks. To maintain such a relationship requires a lot of compromise, negotiation, and growth. We have been thru phases, as all married couples have. One of our more interesting phases was about a three year period when we followed Formula One racing. I know, I know. But such things maintain interest and keep you together. That racing phase is long gone but it did not go without leaving behind my racing attire. I made this jacket to wear to the first Formula One race at NHIS in NH. To say it turned a few heads that day is an understatement. I worked hard on it using woven patchwork and machine applique. The car design was inspired by a one inch picture I saw in a racing magazine ad. This has seen a lot of wear, is probably one of the strangest things I have ever made, and will be left for the ages to decide what the heck was I thinking. It's been tucked in the back of the closet for a long time and I thought in the spirit of my weekly throwback, I'd give it a press and share.



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Smocking continues on Sophie's Toile. I am about a third of the way thru. Then it will be on to the bullions. There are roughly 40 bullion roses to do. I will save the most prominent area for the end for obvious reasons. I find I always have to do a LOT of practice bullions before starting on the garment.

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I apologize for this last picture. Just consider it a test. At 6:30 this morning, daybreak, I looked out the dining room window and saw 4 deer in the back yard on the edge of the river. They hung a round for quite some time, nibbling here and there. Once was lame in one leg and did not look well. I had to take this pic in twilight thru the closed window. See if you can click to make it larger and find the four deer.....Bunny

10 comments:

  1. Good timing with the post! Today starts the opening of the Formula 1 season here in Melbourne. But I won't be going.

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  2. That's a really cute car! And an action-packed yoke! Thanks for the smile!

    And congratulations on the 39 years; that's impressive!

    I can see 3 deer for sure, but am not sure about a 4th one....
    Elaine

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  3. Love the jacket, Bunny. Formula One racecars, huh. Never would have suspected that. But I am envious that you and DH had/have hobbies to share together. Smart.

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  4. Marvelous jacket. I imagine there was a lot of jacket envy wherever you wore it. I also see deer out my window, which is OK until they get on the highway.

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  5. I LOVE that shirt!! Keep it, for sure! I tried taking up golfing for those marraige reasons, but that didn't stick.

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  6. WOW! who needs an embroidery machine when one can satin stich like that!!! Awesome!
    Dh (he's originaly from Indiana) is a car racing fan. Doesn't really matter if it's Formula 1, or the other one (is it stock car?) Obviously, I'm NOT a fan. Can't really see the point of watching cars racing around in a circle. Now going to the track would maybe get me enthused.

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  7. Wow, that's some commitment! To think that it graced little old NHIS, about 20 minutes from my house.

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  8. I found 3 deer, haven't located the 4th.

    Congratulations on 39 years!!

    Cute shirt...

    Angie(sewingforall)

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  9. Finally getting caught up on my blog reading--LOVE the nautical outfits! Can't wait to see how the toile dress turns out...I'm too chicken to tackle that many bullions! Congratulations on 39 years!

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  10. 39 years! Congratulations!

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