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 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