Friday, December 27, 2019

Cielo Quilt Finish

The week between Christmas and New Year's Day is probably my favourite time of the year. I'm on vacation and after the crazy busy week leading up to the Holidays, it's amazing to be able to just relax with no commitments or deadlines.

The quilt finish I'm sharing today is another one from the book Southwest Modern by Kristi Schroeder. This is now my fourth finish from the book, so I'd definitely call this book purchase a success. (Here are links to the other quilt I've made from the book - Rustic, Marfa Lights and Dunes.)

This one is Cielo.


I'm not usually a big fan of browns, but man oh man, do I love this quilt! I used four different shades of beige/brown - Kona Espresso, Mocha, Taupe and Sand. I finished the top of this quilt a few weeks ago, and I had it all basted but then because of the huge contrast between each fabric, I was stuck on how to quilt it.



I ordered matching thread (Aurifil #1130 - dark brown, #2340 - taupe, #2314 - dark beige and #2000 - sand) and decided to go with a mix of free-motion motifs and straight lines with the walking foot.

The darkest and lightest areas got FMQ flowers and the middle sections got dot to dot quilting designs. I can't tell you what a pain it was to turn that quilt about a gazillion times while quilting those small sections! In the end though, I really do like the results, so all worth it.



The backing is a really cute flannel with funny little woodland creatures - the colours are almost a perfect match.

The binding are leftover strips from the fabrics I used on the quilt top. And can we look at the almost perfectly matched binding?!



The details:
  • Pattern: Cielo from the book Southwest Modern by Kristi Schroeder
  • Size: 64.5" x 70.5"
  • Fabrics: Kona Espresso, Mocha, Taupe and Sand 
  • Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil in 50 wt



Friday, December 20, 2019

A New Zipper Pouch for a Friend

As some of you know, I'm step-mom to three amazing children. When their dad and I got together, he had been separated from his children's mom for a long time. I'm a firm believer that for blended families to be successful, all parents must be able to get along so the kids' mom and I became friends. She's a really great person and she's basically part of the family.

I know that she's always liked the stuff I make for the kids and for the grand-kids, so when her birthday came around this last November, I decided to make her a zipper pouch.


She's Irish so of course, I had to go with green. All of the fabrics are from my stash and I even had a green zipper. How great is that?!

I used this tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. I love that you can use this tutorial to make pretty much any size pouch - and it goes together really quickly.


I used the same fabric as the exterior for the lining and added zipper tabs for a nice clean finish.


The bottom has a flat bottom so it stays upright, making it really easy to find what you're looking for.


I love that this design doesn't use any interfacing - the side panels are made thicker and more structured by stitching the fabric onto squares of batting. And who doesn't have small squares of quilt batting lying around their sewing room?


I'm happy to report that my friend was extremely pleased with her new pouch!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Star Bright Christmas Quilt Finish

For some strange reason, the small Christmas quilt I made a few years ago and which we have always used as a tree skirt was not in our Christmas box when I took it upstairs this year. So we decorated the tree at the beginning of December, but I had to put a small "Christmasy" quilt under it this year. Until now!

I took a few days off after a work trip to Denver this month and decided to make another quilt for the tree. I really wanted to use a pattern and fabric I already had so went searching in my stash and found a charm pack and some glittery fat quarters which would fit perfectly!


The charms are "Cherry Christmas" from Aneela Hoey (from years ago!) and I don't even remember what the glittery fabric is. The binding is a red and white chevron print I've also had in my stash for years.



I decided to go really simple with the quilting - some radiating straight lines with the walking foot.



The backing fabric is a leftover piece I had from making my York Pinafore a while ago. It doesn't really go with the colours of the quilt, but it was the perfect size and I was determined to use up what I had on hand.


I'm pretty happy with my new tree "skirt" and it looks awesome!



The details:
  • Pattern: The Star Bright Quilt by Katie Blakesley
  • Size: 31.5" x 36"
  • Fabrics: Cherry Christmas by Aneela Hoey and glittery fat quarters (no clue what they are) 
  • Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil #2600 (light grey) in 50 wt

Friday, December 13, 2019

My Grey Elliot Tee by Helen's Closet

One of the very first garments I made for myself was a Helen's Closet pattern - the York Pinafore. You can read all about it here. Since that first pinafore, I purchased many of Helen's patterns. They are extremely well drafted, well written and they are classic, basic pieces we all need in our closets.

In addition to the York Pinafore, I also made a Blackwood Cardigan (blogged here) and a practice Elliot Tee.

A couple of weeks ago, I thought it was time to make my "real" Elliot Tee. I've had 3 yards of a stretchy fabric in a beautiful grey for what seems like forever so decided to use it for my new tee. I purchased this jersey from Fabric.com but sadly it is no longer available. I say sadly because it is super soft, really easy to work with and has amazing recovery.

So here is my finished Elliot Tee!



I made view C but added the collar from view B in a size Large. I made no modifications at all to the pattern - that's another reason why I love Helen's patterns. They are drafted for a person who is 5' 6" and I'm 5' 5" so things usually fit me without needing to adjust the length.


I obviously need more practice sewing on the collar though because I keep getting these annoying little pleats (you can see them on the back as well). But they don't bother me too much. I'll get better at this with practice I'm sure.



Otherwise, I'm pretty darn pleased with my new top. It's comfortable, perfect for layering in the cold months and will be just as cute worn alone when the weather gets warmer.



The details:


Friday, December 6, 2019

Waves (or Dunes) Quilt Finish

I've been really productive in the sewing room lately. Things are still pretty busy at work as well, but I'm very determined to spend as much time as I can sewing in the evenings and on weekends.

Today, I am happy to share a new quilt from the book Southwest Modern by Kristi Schroeder. This is my 3rd quilt from the book and I have more planned! I already shared and blogged all about Rustic and Marfa Lights.


The pattern is Dunes, but because I used blue fabrics for my version, I decided to call this one Waves. All of the fabrics are from my stash - I don't remember what the prints are but the background is Kona Cloud.


The backing is a navy print I think I ordered from Connecting Threads a while ago.

The quilting is my favourite wavy horizontal lines quilted with the walking foot. I thought the design would be perfect for a "Waves" quilt.



I used leftover strips for the binding - I love doing that. No waste, no need to order additional fabric and the binding is guaranteed to go with the quilt top.



The details:
  • Pattern: Dunes from the book Southwest Modern by Kristi Schroeder
  • Size: 63.5" x 66.5" 
  • Fabrics: Kona Cloud and fat quarters from my stash 
  • Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil #2600 (light grey) in 50 wt


Friday, November 29, 2019

The Seamwork Clarke - Another Finished Top

I'm back with another garment! The Seamwork Clarke is a tank top you can make with either woven or knit fabric. I chose an ITY print from Fabric.com for mine (no longer available).


The Good:

This is a very easy pattern to put together. There are only a few pieces - 2 front pieces, 2 back pieces and then the facing pieces.

Per my measurements, I should have made a size 16, but because I chose a knit fabric, I went down a size and made a straight size 14. And the fit is pretty good.


The Not so Good:

There is a little bit too much "swing" to this top. I'm not crazy about all that extra fabric and the "tent" happening in the front. I will be wearing this tank top with a cardigan most of the time, so I'm hoping the swing will be minimized.

And this fabric isn't structured at all - I can't imagine how this would look on me in a less flowy cotton for example. If I were to make this again and go with a woven, it would have to be something with lots of drape - like a rayon perhaps.


Overall, I'm pretty pleased with my new tank top. It looks pretty good with a pair of jeans and it is really comfortable. It'll also be very nice in the summer with a pair of shorts.


Sunday, November 24, 2019

2019 FAL - Quarters 2 and 3 Winners!




 The time has come to officially announce the winners of Q2 and Q3 of the Finish-A-Long and award some wonderful prizes from our fantastic sponsors.  We had 398 finishes for the second quarter of 2019 and we had 400 finishes for the third quarter which is really brilliant, keep it up!

Without further ado, here are the winners picked by Random Number Generator for Q2 and Q3 of the 2019 Finish-A-Long:


The Q2 winner's choice of One Large 12 Spool Collection from Aurifil goes to Mary who blogs at Quilting is in my Blood.  She finished this beautiful "camping quilt" that they actually use while camping, and isn't this photograph stunning?


The Q3 winner's choice of One Large 12 Spool Collection from Aurifil goes to Amanda on IG @sew.bake.stitch and she finished this lovely Swoon quilt.


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The Q2 $80 Gift Certificate from Sew Sweetness goes to Sara who blogs at Sew Little to Say.  She completed this lovely tote bag and it's her own design.


The Q3 $80 Gift Certificate from Sew Sweetness goes to Carina on IG @carinascrafts and she finished this bag that she cut out 10 years ago.  Way to go on getting it done!


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The Q2 $50 Gift Certificate from Fat Quarter Shop goes to Karrin and she blogs at Karrin's Crazy World.  She finished these two quilts that will be donated to the Mercyful Quilts charity.  Not only is that lovely but so are these quilts.


The Q3 $50 Gift Certificate from Fat Quarter Shop goes to Kat who blogs at Craftaholic Kat and she finished this lovely quilt that was for her son's seventh birthday.


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The Q2 $25 Gift Certificate from Sew Me A Song goes to Kathy who blogs at Kathy's Quilting Blog.  She completed this Crown of Thorns quilt which also will be donated to charity, Jack's Basket.


The Q3 $25 Gift Certificate from Sew Me A Song goes to Kris who blogs at Krissies Kollections and she finished this scrap quilt made from charms she collected throughout the years.  She estimates this 91" x 91" quilt used 19 yards of fabric!


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The Q2 3 PDF Patterns from Happy Quilting goes to Carol who blogs at Quilt Schmilt.  She finished this lovely pink quilt that was for a golf club fundraiser.


The Q3 3 PDF Patterns from Happy Quilting goes to Vasudha who blogs at Storied Quilts and she finished this beautiful art quilt inspired by Indian folk art motifs.


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The Q2 2 PDF Patterns from Charm About You goes to Karen on IG @thecreativeheifer.  She finished this fun and colorful baby quilt.  Isn't it adorable?


The Q3 2 PDF Patterns from Charm About You goes to Jan on IG @snell.jan and she finished this blue scrappy queen sized quilt.  Another great photo, don't you think?


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The Q2 2 PDF Patterns from Blossom Heart Quilts go to Jennifer on IG @crimsonconfection and she finished and framed this lovely little lucky cross-stitch.  Lucky indeed!


The Q3 2 PDF Patterns from Blossom Heart Quilts go to Alison via Flickr and she finished this appliqued cot quilt.


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The Q2 6 Month Subscription to Make Modern Magazine goes to Jessica on IG @jessshullquilts_and_more.  She finished this fabulous Swoon quilt using Tula Pink fabrics.


The Q3 6 Month Subscription to Make Modern Magazine goes to Peggy who blogs at Quilts & Adventures and she finished these wooly mug rugs.


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The Q2 2 PDF Patterns from Bonjour Quilts go to Mariana on IG @denana1973.  She completed this wonderful Flora Supply Case for a friend.  Lucky friend!


The Q3 2 PDF Patterns from Bonjour Quilts go to Teresa on IG @misdosbichillos and she finished this one hour scrappy basket, isn't it a cute gift?


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The Q2 $30 Fabric Voucher from Hillstitches goes to Anne who blogs at Said With Love.  She finished this charming quilted table topper, and isn't the photo just lovely too?


The Q3 $30 Fabric Voucher from Hillstitches goes to Karin who blogs at The Quilt Yarn and she finished this funky bird quilt.  Isn't it is cute?


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There you have it folks, quarter two and three of the year are officially wrapped up!  Congratulations to all of our winners and a big thanks to everyone that played along so far this year.

The year is quickly wrapping up, work on those WIPS so you can link them up in the New Year! 


 
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