Thursday, August 30, 2018

York Pinafore Finish

I made another garment!! And it fits me... and it has pockets!!

I originally bought this tartan fabric as a quilt back, but when Helen's Closet launched their York Pinafore pattern back in May and I saw one of her testers' version in a plaid, I just had to make one.

The pattern is such a fun and easy make! I'm a really slow sewist and it took me about one day to put this one together (with the usual interruptions such as feeding the family and walking the dog). I did take the time to finish the garment with French seams so that took a little bit longer too.

The back doesn't fit perfectly (I've since read somewhere that I could piece the back with a seam down the middle and do a sway back adjustment to eliminate those folds on the back) but as one of my first garments, I'm really pleased with it overall. I did lengthen the front at the straps by about 1 inch as suggested in the pattern. I'm really happy I did that - my York is really comfy with plenty of room for the girls. But that was the only adjustment I made to the pattern.

And did I mention it has pockets!?

So this is officially my first Fall/Winter garment but definitely not my last. I am right now planning a few pieces to wear on the weekends - garments with a more relaxed fit that won't require a lot of fitting adjustments but enough of a challenge that my skills will improve. The instructions for the York are spot on and really detailed which is amazing for a beginner like me. I loved this pattern so much I went ahead and purchased Helen's Closet's Blackwood Cardigan and Avery Leggings patterns.

I will be linking at Anja Quilts for TGIFF!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

2018 Quilter's Planner Sampler Quilt Finish

When I got my Quilter's Planner last Fall, I immediately knew I was going to make the Sampler Quilt designed by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs. (I love pretty much everything Cheryl does!) I also knew I was going to use green scraps for this quilt (my green scrap bin was FULL).

I started off making one block every month grabbing whatever green and background scraps I could use. But then I fell behind in June. This month, I had 2 weeks off so decided to catch up and while the scrap bins were out, I went ahead and finished the whole top!

I tried to pick scraps that were big enough to use in multiple blocks to have some continuity across the quilt. And although the background fabrics are different in each block, they are all white (or off-white) fabrics.

I really love scrappy quilts, but they have to be somewhat controlled - restricted colour palette and lots of negative space to calm things down a bit.

And I kept the quilting very simple with horizontal wavy lines in Aurifil #2600 in 5 wt. This thread blends in so well all you see is the yummy texture.

I used yardage for the binding - I found this great stripe in my stash and just had to use it!

  • Pattern: 2018 Quilter's Planner Sampler designed by Cheryl Brickey
  • Size: approx. 50" x 60" (I skipped the borders) 
  • Fabrics: All scraps 
  • Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil #2600 (light grey) in 50 wt

I will be linking up at Alycia Quilts for TGIFF this week.

Monday, August 20, 2018

2018 FAL Q2 Winners!

Today we are celebrating 401 (!!) finished projects in Quarter 2 of the 2018 Finish-A-Long. So many of you are joining in and getting their UFOs or WIPs out of that dark corner, and into the limelight to be shown off as a finish. If you are in need of inspiration go on over and have a look, there were so many great makes. And of course, thanks to our many generous sponsors, we are finishing off the quarter by announcing the lucky winners!!

Without further ado, the winners picked by the Random Number Generator of the 2018 Q2 FAL prizes are:

The Q2 Winner of the $50 Gift Certificate from Fat Quarter Shop is Mary who blogs at Quilting is in my Blood.  She finished three projects in the second quarter of the year, one being this adorable baby quilt:



The Q2 Winner of the 3 PDF Patterns from During Quiet Time is Helen who blogs at Midget Gem Quilts.  She finished a quilt she had started back in 2016, her circles quilt, which is just lovely:

The Q2 prize of the $25 Gift Certificate from Sew Sisters Quilt Shop goes to Cheryl on Flickr as Paisley Crazy.  She finished this cute charm quilt which was her first finish of the quarter:


The Q2 Winner of the 2 PDF Patterns from Quilting Jet Girl is Dianne on IG @quiltova. She finished this charming baby quilt, which was her third and final finish of the quarter:



The Q2 Winner of the $20 Gift Certificate from Sew Me a Song is Lisa who blogs at Lisa in Port Hope.  She finished a beautifully free motion quilted quilt started in 2015:



The Q2 Winner of the 3 PDF Patterns from Happy Quilting is Jenny on IG @silverbellsandcockleshells.  She finished these cute snugly slippers:


The Q2 Winner of the 2 PDF Patterns from Charm About You is Donna who blogs at Faerydae Stitches.  She finished a great Double Zip Gear Bag for a retreat swap:


The Q2 Winners (3) of the 6 Month Subscription to Make Modern Magazine are:

1.  Teresa on IG @misdosbichillos.  She finished this double zipper pouch, which was her sixth finish this quarter:

2.  Helene on IG @30hela.  She finished this gorgeous sashiko pillow:

3. Donna on IG @donnalyn18.  She finished this super cute spring bunny cushion:


The Q2 prize of the $25 Gift Certificate from Studio 39 Fabrics goes to Kayde on IG @sewdexter.  She finished this pretty tiny flying geese lanyard, which was her 13th finish for the year (and they say 13 is unlucky, ha!):


 The Q2 Winner of the $25 Gift Certificate from Tartan Kiwi is Gretchen who blogs at 120 Blocks.  She finished this pretty felt hand stitched Christmas holly mat:



The Q2 Winner of the Minikins bundle from Sew Sweetness is Cheryl on IG @1strongcheryl.  She finished this gorgeous quilt that is minky backed (I bet it is snugly!):


The Q2 prize of the $50 Gift Certificate from Mad About Patchwork goes to Danda who blogs at Northern Deb Quilts.  She finished this lovely scrap quilt which was a leader and ender project:

The Q2 Winner of the 2 PDF Patterns from Blossom Heart Quilts is Celine who blogs at Espritpatch.  She finished this fantastic Blanche Barrel Bag for her daughter:


The Q2 Winner of the $30 Gift Certificate from Clover & Violet is Mary who blogs at Musings of a Sometime Quilter.  She finished this lovely quilt and this is her first year participating in the FAL (yay!):



The Q2 Winner of the $40 Gift Certificate from Bunny's Designs is Cathy who blogs at Cathy's Crazy by Design.  She finished this super sweet ABC quilt for her granddaughter:


Congratulations to all the winners!  Thank you for playing along with us in the second quarter, and we hope you continue joining in for the rest of the year. We love to encourage you to finish up all those WIPs and UFOs, and to see what great makes will be finished next time.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

TGIFF - A Regatta Finish

Welcome to TGIFF!

I'm really happy to share my latest finish with you this week for a number of reasons: It's my first finish in what feels like a long time. We've had an unusually hot summer here in Montreal and working under a quilt just hasn't been very fun. Also, my work life is completely out of balance right now - I'm spending way too much time working lately (and staying up way too late in the process) so no time spent at the sewing machine.

Another reason for my giddiness at sharing this quilt is that it is 100% made from fabric scraps. Getting my scraps under control has been on my list of priorities in the sewing department for a while now and it feels as though I'm getting nowhere! Making an entire quilt out of my low volume scraps has definitely made a dent into that particular basket.

The pattern is called "Regatta" and is from the book Stash Statement by Kelly Young. I purchased the book specifically for getting my scraps under control and have a number of the quilts on my To Do List for the rest of this year and into 2019.
As I said above, I used my low volume scraps for the background (with a few darker tan or beige pieces) along with some purple scraps from my Rustic finish back in June.

The quilting is my favourite flower FMQ design stitched with Aurifil #2000 in 50 wt which matched the low volume background almost perfectly. I quilted the designs pretty large which gives the quilt an amazing texture and it was quite fast to do.

Even the binding was sewn from leftover purple fabrics!
It feels incredible to be back in the sewing room - I really hope I'm back here every week to share some of my projects!

How about you? Do you have a finish to share this week? If you do, please go ahead and link-up below. Don't forget to visit some of the links and leave comments! We all enjoy visitors don't we? :-)