So the neighbor asked...can you sew something for me? I asked what he needed sewn. He showed me these truck visors and told me when he needed them by. I said I would try. Of course the boyfriend is sitting there saying "Sure she can do it. She can sew anything". Sigh...
So I took ONE of these visors and stripped it. The sun eaten fabric had been sewn to a thin piece of cardboard and then placed over a wooden piece on a metal rod. You can see the metal piece that attaches it to the vehicle at the bottom of the picture.
For the cardboard I decided to use PELTEX 71 which is very stiff and fusible on one side. The guys decided they needed to be vinyl. I checked it out and it wasn't too expensive so bought some.
I took the fabric that I removed from the visor and made a pattern on the PELTEX. I cut it out then folded it in half and trimmed it to be sure everything lined up. I then cut the vinyl about 1 inch larger than the fusible. I fused it to the PELTEX. The vinyl held up well to the steam press cloth. I then tried to fold the edges over and glue it to the fusible on the other side. I think elmers glue and more time would have worked as the glue stick did not. I folded the piece in half then folded the fabric edges in. Smoothed it all out. Used my binding clips and clipped it all around. I ultimately sewed the piece like a sleeve up to the end near the mounting piece and then slipped it over the wood. I adjusted everything and sewed it close as best I could.
I had boyfriend deliver the first one hoping the neighbor would say forget it. I don't like it. Stop. I continued working on the second one just in case. When I didn't get a phone call and the bf didn't come back I knew I had to finish the second. Same procedure. Much better the second time. I walked it down to the neighbor and was greeted by him yelling from the garage how awesome the first visor was. The first was already installed in the truck. I handed him the second and he went right to work putting it in.
I like the alligator look. It adds some fun. The truck belongs to the neighbors Dad. I think he'll get a kick out of it.
On the quilt front. I finished my Feedsack Patches to the top/flimsy stage.
Lori in Ohio mentioned on Quiltvillechat yahoo group that she had "some" extra Orca Bay pieces. I quickly emailed her and asked if she had any extra wings. She said she had some and would send them to me. A few days later I had at least 150 of them in the mail. The wings are the little black and white pieces shown below on one half of the HST. I cut out some white for the other side and sewed them up. I have begun sewing them together to build my outer border for my Rainbow Orca Bay. I have sit and sew Friday so will be cutting the inner border there where I can spread out. I will then layout the outer border. There are some border pieces that are in another colorway so I will lay that out to see how I want to piece those in. I plan to have a finished top by the end of the weekend!
What quilty things are you working on?