Friday, October 25, 2019

My new Pietra pants

I'm really sewing garments out of season, but I really want to use up the fabrics and patterns I already have so I went ahead and made my Pietra pants muslin even as the temperatures dropped near freezing!

You can't really tell by the picture, but it was actually 5 degrees Celsius when I took these pictures!
I made View A of the Closet Case Patterns Pietra pants in a straight size 18. I did shorten the pants by 2 inches but that was the only modification I made.

I love everything about this pattern and the instructions are phenomenal (I also signed-up for Closet Case Patterns' online class which walks you through everything). I like that the front is flat and doesn't have a waistband. And the back has an elastic which makes the pants super comfy.


The pockets are another feature of the pattern that I absolutely love - and they are super simple to create.


I used a Robert Kaufman linen blend for this version and although you can't really tell from the pictures, it's a little bit see-through. But they are super nice and light and they will be really cool next summer.

When I make these again, I'll shorten the front rise by an inch or so. These are meant to sit on the high waist, but I find them more comfortable right at my natural waist. That does lower the crotch and leaves a "pocket" of fabric on the front that isn't very flattering when I'm sitting down. I'll also lengthen the back rise by 1/2" to give my booty a little bit more room.



The details:

I'm really pretty pleased with this first pair of Pietra and I will definitely be making more. I've seen some pretty awesome twill versions on Instagram, but another pair in a more opaque linen is going on the to do list for next Summer!


Friday, October 18, 2019

Orange Zola Quilt - Another Baby Quilt

I have another baby quilt finish to share with you today! I purchased the Zola Quilt pattern from Erica Jackman on a whim a little while ago and when my daughter asked me for a baby quilt for her cousin, I immediately thought of this one.


This is a fat quarter friendly pattern and I had loads of orange fat quarters in my stash. I paired the orange with a Kona White solid and I'm really liking the look. This is a pattern that looks complicated, but it's, in fact, pretty easy to put together.



I quilted it with some wavy lines using my walking foot and my favourite neutral thread (Aurifil #2600 in 50 wt).

I didn't have any fabric in my stash that would be an appropriate backing for a baby quilt, but then I found some really large scraps from another quilt I made a long time ago. The fabric is blue and that works quilt well with orange I thought so I went for it.


And the binding is an orange print I have had in my stash forever!



The details:
  • Pattern: The Zola Quilt by Erica Jackman
  • Size: 36" x 48" 
  • Fabrics: Various orange fat quarters and Kona White 
  • Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil #2600 in 50 wt


Friday, October 11, 2019

Wonky Plus Signs Finish

I'm back with another plus sign quilt! This time however, I decided not to follow a pattern and use a bit of improv piecing to make wonky plus signs. These are so much fun because there are no seams to match up - they are perfect when you're tired and need a more relaxed, less precise kind of piecing.


I used black, white and grey scraps for the background squares and pink and purple scraps for the plus signs. I didn't have quite enough scraps for all the plus signs so decided to leave some of the background squares intact. I tried to piece the blocks in a way that would hint to a gradient, but not sure it actually worked. I do like how it looks though so I'm ok with that.

I went back to my favourite free-motion quilting design - some big flowers. I used pink Aurifil 50 wt thread and it's a pretty light pink. So you get a hint of pink in the stitching but it doesn't really scream pink... know what I mean?



The binding is also scrappy - I used strips of black, white and grey fabrics - although you can't really tell from this picture.


The backing is a super soft pink flannel with cute little cat faces all over it.



The details:
  • Pattern: None (this is my own improv design)
  • Size: 68" x 81" square 
  • Fabrics: Black, white, grey, pink and purple scraps from my stash 
  • Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil #2415 (light pink) in 50 wt
I'm not quite sure yet where this quilt is going to end up, but I'm really tempted to keep this one. 


Thursday, October 10, 2019

2019 FAL - Q4 Proposed Finishes




Hello everyone! It is time for Quarter 4 of the Finish-A-Long (FAL)!

As you can see, a new quarter of the Finish-A-Long is starting today.  If you missed participating the earlier in the year, you can join us now for a brand new start. Those of you who did join us for any of the first three quarters, thank you and I do hope you finished some things and plan to continue on with us for Q4.

So let's start!
You can now link up your list of projects that you want to finish in Quarter 4 of 2019. We are hoping that the FAL community will inspire you to work on your unfinished projects this quarter, and to get them finished before the end of the year!

Our 2019 Finish-A-Long Hosts


The 2019 FAL is hosted by a great community of bloggers. This year our hosts are:


For those of you who are new to the FAL, here is an explanation: The Finish-A-Long is a community aiming to motivate and encourage each other to complete those unfinished projects that are hanging around, sometimes for far too long. At the start of the quarter you post and link up a list of projects you hope to finish in the next three months. Then, at the end of the quarter, you link up each successful finish from your original list.

Each linked up finish is an entry into the draw for wonderful prizes from our sponsors. There is no penalty for not finishing a listed project, so feel free to make your list as long or as short as you wish. The 2019 Schedule and Rules for the FAL are on my permanent 2019 FAL page, let me know if you have any questions.

Our 2019 Finish-A-Long Sponsors


Here are the fantastic and generous sponsors for Q4 of the Finish-A-Long, you can see each of their prizes listed under their logo. Please think about visiting them and saying thank you for their their support of the FAL.


Aurifil Logo
Winner's Choice of 1 Large 12 Spool Collection
Sew Sweetness Logo
$80 Gift Certificate

2019 Finish-A-Long Logo

Fat Quarter Shop Logo
$50 Gift Certificate
Sew Me a Song Logo
$25 Gift Certificate
Happy Quilting Logo
3 PDF Patterns

2 PDF Patterns

Blossom Hearts Quilts Logo
2 PDF Patterns
Make Modern Logo
1 Six Month Subscription
Bonjour Quils Logo
2 PDF Patterns

Hillstitches Logo
$30 Fabric Voucher

2019 Finish-A-Long Logo



Make your Q4 List of Unfinished Projects


So now it is time to sort out the projects/UFOs/WIPs that you want to finish over the next three months. Take a photo of each one and make your list. If you like you can use our Finish-A-Long Planner to list your projects and keep track of progress. It also has all link-up dates for the year, and the hashtags that we would use. Or use any method that works for you. Please ensure that you have at least STARTED your projects - pulled fabric with a pattern is considered a project started - and remember it is only a FINISHED project that will get you an entry toward the above listed prizes. So while we love to see your bee blocks, the "finish" is when they are a completed, usable project.

Post Your Q4 List


Post your list either on your blog, on Instagram, or on Flickr if you prefer. If posting on social media (Flickr, Instagram), it will be very helpful if you tag your list with #2019FALQ4yourname (where yourname is unique to you). Using the same hashtag over the quarter when sharing project progress or finishes helps the host to make the connection to your original list quickly and easily.
IMPORTANT: Don't forget to link up your finishes at the end of the quarter! We will be posting a reminder on the blog and on Instagram, but do keep an eye out...

Link-up Your Q4 List


The 2019 Q4 link for your list of proposed finishes is now open below, on my blog and on each of the hosting blogs. You need only link your list once, on ONE host blog, and the link will show up on all the host blogs. If you are using Flickr or Instagram, post a mosaic of your projects and put your list in the description. Don't forget to include your unique hashtag.
If you need a little help, Katy of The Littlest Thistle has a great tutorial on how to link up if you need it, and Marci has a post on how to link up from Instagram.

Join the FAL Community


We also ask that you become part of the FAL community. Please check out the links of others - visit and comment on their lists. We all need encouragement to get those finishes done, so please share some of your own too.

If you want you can follow us on Facebook: Finish-A-Long and/or on Instagram: @finishalong, too. We'll post encouragement during the quarter and reminders when the finishes link up opens at the end of the quarter.

When creating your list there is one thing to remember - No deductions for not completing something so - Aim High! Nothing to lose!! Well now, get that list together and get linked up.

LET THE FUN BEGIN!


Feel free to use and share the FAL button at the top and this one too:




Remember: you only need to link up at ONE hosting blog and it will automatically show up on all hosting blogs.



Sunday, October 6, 2019

2019 FAL - Q3 Finishes Reminder




Today I'm popping in for a quick reminder that the Quarter 3 link up for all your finishes closes on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 11 pm EST.  So you still have a few more days to finish that project or two and link them up to be eligible for prizes.  The link up can be found HERE or on any of the 2019 FAL hosts blogs.


A few reminders for linking up:
  • Please only one finished project for each post that you link up, so that each finish can be an entry in the (random) prize draw. 
  • Please include a link to your original list in each post of your finishes (on Instagram the link is the unique tag #2019FALQ3yourname to be used in the Q3 list post, and in any Q3 finish post).
  • Please visit some of the other participants and leave a friendly comment, we all love to get those! 
I also wanted to share with you that we just wrapped up "Tutorial Week" which has been part of the Finish-A-Long since it's inception.  The tutorials are varied, interesting, and usually helpful, so take some time to investigate and visit the blogs below!
And whether you had a lot of finishes, or none at all this quarter, or you missed Finish-A-Long Q3 altogether, you can always join in for Quarter 4 which is taking off on October 10th, with the link up opening for your List of Proposed Finishes. We hope you will join us!

Friday, October 4, 2019

My New Blackwood Cardigan

I purchased and downloaded the Blackwood Cardigan by Helen's Closet months ago, but haven't had time to sew it up until now. I even had my fabric washed and ready to go for months so when I finally found the time to work on it this week, I took my time to make sure it would be as close to perfect as possible.


The fabric is a cotton jersey designed by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman. The fabric is medium weight with a good amount of stretch and is sooooooo soft! It would be perfect for T-shirts, camis and even baby clothes. I actually have some pretty large scraps left and I'm thinking my grand-daughter might enjoy a dress in this fabric - as long as it's got some pink accents of course!


Let's talk about this pattern... This is my second garment from one of Helen's patterns (I made her York Pinafore about a year ago) and the instructions are always really, really clear. Helen holds your hands throughout the whole thing.

I made view B of the pattern. The cardigan ends right at my hips and is the perfect length for me.



I made a size 18 with no modifications and used the D cups pattern pieces. As a result, the front of the cardigan fits really nicely.


The arms are a tiny bit snug (I won't be wearing this cardigan with anything other than very short sleeves or camisoles) but the length of the sleeves is just perfect. I love longer sleeves on my tops.


The bottom line: I'll be making many more of these! I might try view A next time with a thicker sweater knit. Would be the perfect cardigan for a cold winter day.

The details:



Tuesday, October 1, 2019

2019 FAL - Q3 Finishes



We have reached the end of Quarter 3 of the 2019 Finish-A-Long!!  Of course, this means it is now time to link up those finishes from the list you linked up in July. We hope that you have been able to complete a lot of the UFOs from your list and if you haven't, we'll do it all over again for Quarter 4...

The 2019 FAL is hosted by a great community of bloggers. This year our hosts are:

Each finish you link up will be in the draw for great prizes, so let's give a huge thank you to our fantastic sponsors:

Aurifil Logo
Winner's Choice of 1 Large 12 Spool Collection
Sew Sweetness Logo
$80 Gift Certificate

2019 Finish-A-Long Logo

Fat Quarter Shop Logo
$50 Gift Certificate
Sew Me a Song Logo
$25 Gift Certificate
Happy Quilting Logo
3 PDF Patterns

2 PDF Patterns

Blossom Hearts Quilts Logo
2 PDF Patterns
Make Modern Logo
1 Six Month Subscription
Bonjour Quils Logo
2 PDF Patterns

Hillstitches Logo
$30 Fabric Voucher

2019 Finish-A-Long Logo



The 2019 Quarter 3 link for your finishes is now open below on my blog and on each of the hosting blogs - you only need to link on one blog for your finish to appear on all host blogs.

Link-up "Rules":

Add one link for each finish.  If you want to link a round up post of all your finishes, use that link to enter one of your finishes and then link the rest of your finishes separately.  Please, only one link per finish, as your link is an entry into the randomly drawn prize draws. 

Please ensure that the photo (Instagram or Flickr) or blog post you link up contains a link or reference back to your original list so that we can verify your entry (make sure it is from the right quarter, too). On Instagram the best way to do that is to tag your photos with #2019FALQ3yourname (where yourname is unique to you), this makes it easier for us to match your finishes with your list, which also should have this tag.

Please become part of the FAL community.  Check out the links of others and leave a comment. We all need encouragement so let's applaud each other.  The 2019 FAL Facebook page is HERE and you can follow us on Instagram @finishalong.

Our hosts will also link up their finishes to share in the community but they are not eligible for any of the prizes.

The Q3 Finishes link will stay open from now thru 11 pm, EST, Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - as we are global, you might want to check your time zone to determine your last possible time to link. You can also see how much time is left below the linked up images on the right.  It is best to link up your finishes early and if you have a last minute one, add that one later so you don't miss out.  The prizes will be awarded as soon as we can verify all the entries and do the drawings.  We will post the winners on each host's blog.

Lastly, don't forget to start making your Q4 list as the next LIST link opens on Thursday, October 10, 2019.

2019 Q3 Finishes Link Up:

 
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