Friday, March 27, 2020

A New Top! Finished McCall's M7331 Tee

Now that the weather is about to change and that I won't be wearing thick sweaters and cardigans for much longer (one can hope!), I started looking through my stash of knit fabric for stuff I could use to make some cute tees.

I bought a bunch of McCall's patterns a while ago when they were on sale for $3.99 and included in the stack was M7331 which is basically a really cool module with four different patterns.

I made view B (the top with the elbow length sleeves) with scraps from my Blackwood cardigan.

This was such an easy sew! There is basically no shaping at all - no darts and very few seams. Even the collar is crazy easy - just turn down and topstitch.

I have to say - this is super comfy. The cotton knit fabric is really soft.

I think I'm going to have to buy all the knits and make a bunch of these tops for this summer.

The details:

Friday, March 20, 2020

I Heart You Quilt

I'm back with another pink heart quilt! I couple of weeks ago, I blogged about a heart quilt I made for a set of twin girls my son and his wife are expecting in April. This is the quilt for twin number 2.

I used the I Heart You quilt pattern by Then Came June. But instead of using the same fabric for the hearts, I decided to use scraps and I'm absolutely in love with the results. The other fabrics I used were Kona White for the speech bubbles and Kona Peony for the background.

Like I had done for the first heart quilt, I use FMQ flowers for the quilting in Aurifil #2000 thread.

The backing is the same fabric I used in the first quilt and the binding is Kona Azalea.

The details:
  • Pattern: I Heart You by Then Came June
  • Size: 55" x 61"
  • Fabrics: Kona White, Kona Peony, Kona Azalea and pink scraps 
  • Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil #2600 in 50 wt

Friday, March 13, 2020

My Practice Version of the Pona Jacket

When Helen's Closet published its Pona Jacket pattern a few months ago, I wasn't sure I wanted to make it - wasn't sure the really boxy shape of the jacket would suit me. But then I started seeing versions pop up on Instagram and some of them were so nice, I just had to try it.

I didn't really have anything in my stash that would have been perfect for this, but I found a Cotton & Steel quilting cotton I purchased for a quilt back so decided to make a practice version with that. (It's an Alexia Marcelle Abegg print called All the Warm Fuzzies.)

I made View B (the shorter version) but used the longer length for the sleeves.  The pattern suggests choosing the size based on your bust measurement because there is a lot of ease around the waist and hips so I went with a size 16.

This is 100% cotton so it wrinkles like crazy - I took these photos the day after I finished it. It had been pressed but then hung in my closet overnight and all those wrinkles you can see on the back were from just getting squeezed in! I can just imagine what this would look like after sitting at my desk for a whole day.

Like all of Helen's patterns, the instructions for the Pona are stellar. She really holds your hand through the whole thing - this was my very first jacket and it came together fairly easily.

I'm really tempted to purchase some light-weight denim or chambray and make another version. Or maybe a nice flowy tencel would be nice too.

The details:
  • Pattern: Pona Jacket by Helen's Closet
  • Size: 16 based on my bust measurement
  • Fabrics: All the Warm Fuzzies by Alexia Marcelle Abegg for Cotton & Steel

Friday, March 6, 2020

Baby Heart Log Cabin Quilt

Our family will be welcoming baby twin girls in just a few weeks and I couldn't be more excited!

When I asked my daughter-in-law which colours she'll be using in the nursery, she said white, gold and pink. I had the perfect stack of fat quarters in my stash and decided to pair that with some pink scraps. I found a scrappy log cabin pattern from Sew Can She a little while ago and went with that!

I love the gold in the background fabrics. This was a really easy and fun quilt top to put together - just log cabin blocks set on point.

I quilted it with FMQ flowers with very light beige thread in 50 wt (Aurifil #2000).

The backing is a pink print and I pieced the binding from pink and purple fat 1/8s I had in my stash.

The details:
  • Pattern: Baby Heart Log Cabin Quilt by Sew Can She
  • Size: 42" square
  • Fabrics: White/beige/gold fat quarters and pink scraps 
  • Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil #2000 in 50 wt