Tuesday, October 27, 2020

A Red Table Runner for Max

My son Max moved into a new apartment this last July. Now that his apartment is decorated, furnished and he has a good idea of what his needs are, he asked me to make him a new table runner for his dining area. He didn't have requests in terms of design, but asked for red and white and provided very specific measurements.

I scrolled through Pinterest for some ideas and found a pattern which I thought would be perfect: the Log Cottage runner pattern by Fresh Dew Drops. I already had Kona White and the perfect fat quarter for the accent, which is black, so I searched through my stash for red fabrics. I found a few that would work along with fabric that would be perfect for the backing.

I managed to make this in just a couple of evenings and I'm super pleased with the results! I kept the quilting really simple with wavy lines. I used Kona Cardinal for the binding.

Max picked up his new runner earlier this month and I'm happy to report that he loves it!

The details:
  • Pattern: Log Cottage Runner by Fresh Dew Drops
  • Size: 12" x 96" 
  • Fabrics: Kona White, Kona Cardinal and various fat quarters from my stash 
  • Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil #2600 (Dove) in 50 wt

Friday, October 23, 2020

The Seamwork Oliver

At the beginner of this month, Meg, from Cookin' & Craftin', blogged about her new top - the Seamwork Oliver. The sweater looked so good on her, I immediately logged into my Seamwork account to have a closer look at the pattern.

I had a 1.5 meter cut leftover from my latest Blackwood Cardigan and figured that would be the perfect thing to try the Oliver top pattern with.

I made a size 16 with no adjustments. For my next one, I will size down to a 14 - the shoulders are a little wide on me and there is a lot of room. I'll also shorten the upper sleeves by 1.5 inches. I removed 1.5 inches from the bottom sleeves and the fun sleeve detail looks a little funny because it's a big too low.

When I first put it on, I thought it was a little short, but now that I'm looking at the pictures, I like where this hits me so I might not touch the length at all on my next one.

I ordered a fabulous French Terry from the Fabric Snob a few weeks ago and it will be perfect for another Oliver.

The details:

Friday, October 16, 2020

Kelly Quilt Finish

About a month ago, I'm quietly sitting with my morning coffee, going through my blog feed when I land on a new pattern release by Erica Jackman of Kitchen Table Quilting: the Kelly Quilt. The design and the fabrics Erica used for her sample were just so beautiful, I knew I had to have it.

Almost as soon as I downloaded the pattern, I started planning which fat quarters I would use and in which colour way. I thought maybe purples, then I looked through my stash for pinks or reds. In the end, I decided to go with blue and yellowish greens.

The solids are Kona Titanium and Kona White. The backing is a fun blue polka dot fabric I had left from another recent quilt finish.

The quilting is a square meander stitched with Aurifil #2600 (Dove) in 50 wt. The thread colour is very light and pretty much disappears against most of the fabrics in the quilt, leaving only the texture for the eye to see. 

I love this little quilt and I'm super happy that it was another one made entirely from my stash. I haven't bought quilting cottons for months now, except for solids and backings. I'm running low on some colours such as pink and green, but some of the colours I don't use very often, such as yellow and orange are still pretty full.

The details:

  • Pattern: Kelly Quilt by Kitchen Table Quilting
  • Size: 43" square 
  • Fabrics: Kona Titanium, Kona White and fat quarters from my stash 
  • Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil #2692 (black) in 50 wt

I'm going to be adding this little quilt to my pile of gifts (the pile is getting pretty big now).

Friday, October 9, 2020

A New Outfit: Ashton and Moji

About a week ago, because the weather here really turned and it's now officially fall, I decided to take my Fall/Winter clothes out of storage. While I was doing it, I took an inventory of everything I have and everything that would be appropriate for working from home. Like a lot of people, the fact that I've been home all the time for months now means I've been eating more and moving less. As a result, I gained a few pounds and many of the pants I wore last Winter don't fit comfortably anymore.

So I need bottoms, lots of bottoms. My preference right now is comfy bottoms and tops I can layer with cardigans. Enter the Moji pants by Seamwork and the Ashton top by Helen's Closet.

Let's start with the Moji pants. I made this pattern last year in a black double knit and I've been wearing those a lot lately. They are crazy comfortable and thanks to the elastic waistband, they fit pretty well still.

For this second version, I used a silver Ponte from Minerva.com. The fabric is super soft and has a surprising amount of stretch for a Ponte. In fact, I ordered a few colours of the fabric at the same time and this one is very different from the others. Which is a little weird. Anyhow...

These feel and look much bigger than my black pair. Except from the back. The back feels a little snug so there are funny drag lines. Not that I overly care - they are soft, comfortable and no one is going to see them while I work. That's the best part of video calls - you really only need to worry about the top half of your clothes!

The details:

Now let's discuss the Ashton top. I scrolled through the hashtag on Instagram before making mine and I couldn't find a single version that didn't look absolutely awesome on their maker. Most people said the pattern fit them pretty much as is so I decided to throw caution to the wind and cut into my fashion fabric without making a muslin first.

The fabric is a viscose twill from Blackbird Fabrics. I had 1.5 meters of it and I only have about 1/3 of a meter left but I did make the longer version. It is the perfect fabric for this top - just the right amount of drape and it wasn't a complete nightmare to sew.

This pattern is a really easy and quick sew, even with the French seams and facings. And it fits perfectly! I'm in love with my top and it's going to be perfect layered under a black cardigan over the next few months.

The details:

Friday, October 2, 2020

Shattered Star Table Runner

Early in September, Shannon Fraser of Shannon Fraser Designs put out a call for testers for the new pattern she'd be releasing on October 1: Shattered Star. I haven't been able to test any patterns lately because of work - the deadlines are typically pretty tight so I always had to say no.

However, when Shannon reached out and I saw the design, I just had to do it! I knew it would be very difficult for me to commit to testing a full size quilt, but she had so many options for her new pattern, I figured I'd definitely have time for a table runner.

And I did!

When I first started pulling fabrics for this one, I wanted black and grey only. But I found this teal solid in my scrap basket and thought "why not"? I love the little pop of colour.

The top came together so quickly and easily! I just love that the design is simple, but thanks to how the pieces are sewn, the results are really fun and different. Shannon's instructions are AMAZING! She really breaks it down for you if you're a beginner and the illustrations help to keep you organized. Also, because there are no fussy points to match, this design is a little more forgiving for beginners. If you're more advanced, playing with colours and fabric is going to give you such a fun challenge.

I was so excited to have this little quilt finished, I kept the quilting really simple. I used green Aurifil thread to stitch wavy lines horizontally and I love the effect.

I found a roll of green binding I made a long time ago from leftover strips and decided to use that for the binding. It was actually the perfect length so definitely meant to be!

And the back is a piece of grey solid I had laying around my sewing room.

This beauty is now on top of my work from home desk and I absolutely love it there!

Shannon released the pattern yesterday. I highly recommend you get your hands on it now because she'll be hosting a quilt-along for it starting on October 12. I know that the holidays are looking a little uncertain at the moment, but if you plan on attending any social gatherings in December, a little table runner makes a great hostess/host gift. 

In addition to three table runner sizes, the pattern comes in baby, crib, lap, throw, twin, queen and king size. Talk about options!

The details:
  • Pattern: Shattered Star by Shannon Fraser Designs
  • Size: 15" x 45" (medium table runner) 
  • Fabrics: Fat quarters from my stash as well as scraps for the pops of colour
  • Thread: Pieced with Aurifil #2600 in 50 wt and quilted with Aurifil #2845 in 40 wt

Friday, September 25, 2020

Times Square Quilt

I like to plan my sewing projects each quarter - probably due to the fact that I used to host the Finish-Along for which you were required to list all the projects you were planning on working on over a 3-month period. Back in June, when planning my makes for quarter 3 of 2020, I pulled out my quilting books and started flipping through them hoping to get inspired.

When going through the Vintage Quilt Revival book, I decided to add the Times Square quilt to my list of projects.

My version is very different from the quilt in the book - I went with a black background and decided to use all pink fabrics for the block. I was able to use scraps for the first two rings and a half-yard cut I had in my stash for the third ring.

For the quilting, I stitched my favourite FMQ design: big flowers. I decided to leave the pink portions unquilted but I might actually go back and quilt them - I don't know yet.

The backing is a beige fabric I ordered a long time ago specifically for this quilt thinking I was going to use a light background and brown fabric for the blocks. I obviously changed my mind about the colours but this beige backing was the only piece I had in my stash that would be large enough so I used it.

The black thread definitely stands out against the light fabric, but I really don't mind that.

The binding is a pink Minnie Mouse fabric I had enough of. 

The details:
I'm really happy with this quilt! For now, it'll go in my pile of potential gifts. With the Holidays coming in just a few months, this might come in handy!

Friday, September 18, 2020

Another Blackwood Cardigan

I love cardigans! Especially at this time of year when it could be really cold in the morning and quite warm by lunch time. In the Fall and Winter, I basically wear cardigans every day - so I need them in all the colours!

This is my third Blackwood Cardigan (pattern by Helen's Closet). You can read about the short version I made here and the long version here

I decided to make the longer version again this time because I plan on wearing leggings a lot this Winter and the length of the Blackwood is perfect with leggings.

I made a size 18 with no modification other than a 1" full bicep adjustment. I love the fit. I can wear it with a cami or a tee (I'm wearing a long sleeve tee in these photos). I also love the long sleeves.

There isn't much else to say about the pattern - it's just awesome. And the instructions are so good. Helen really walks you through each step and offers a bunch of helpful tips along the way.

The fabric is a super warm and really comfortable Liverpool knit from Minerva.com (sadly no longer available in this wine colour, but many more are still available). It was a little bit bulky especially when topstitching the collar band and it really doesn't press well (it's very bouncy), but because it's a relatively stable knit, it was really easy to sew with. I have the same fabric in red - I'm very tempted to cut another Blackwood from it!

The details: