Have I really never blogged about this masterpiece?!
My friend Rae just posted this great blog about her favorite knit fabrics. Since I am SO LUCKY and get to sew with her at Sew Ann Arbor meet-ups, she has seen me use some Lillestoff… specifically, this amazing if not pretty racist “Indian” fabric.
Of course I made a Jorna in tank length.
Was it ever warm outside? Were there ever flowers? What does grass smell like?
You can see lots of amazing different Lillestoff fabrics here, and you can even own your own racist Indian fabric by buying here.
Lizzy House had the best idea ever to hold a dress contest for her fabric line Catnap. Participants chose to either make an adult dress or one for little girlies. I opted to sew myself a full skirt sleeveless dress, perfect for wearing to cat tea parties:
The pattern is Simplicity 1873 by Cynthia Rowley, Style B. I had to merge two sizes in order to get the perfect fit and I added an inch to the bodice length.
Nope, these aren’t my kids. I went to a girls-only party at EmmmyLizzy’s so I could hang with these darling ladies in their Catnap dresses!
More pictures and one tip for sewing pleats after the jump!
Hello! Here is my entry for the Riley Blake Modern Quilt Challenge. I call it Riley’s Cloud:
Happy little cloud bumps made using my sew-and-turn applique method explained here.
It’s not blanket stitch, not raw edge, not needle-turn – it’s sew and turn and it’s my favorite!
Can you see the scallop quilting?
There are four cloud outlines hidden in the white.
A little splash of color against our milk sky, our snowy roof-tops, and the black, bare trees.
This quilt was made for the MQG Riley Blake Challenge. Members of the modern quilt guild were sent fabric bundles of Riley Blake designer quilting cottons.
The Ann Arbor Quilt Guild is also having a challenge! Our members will pick a favorite and win a stack of fabric!
More pictures after the jump:
My friend Karen drew my attention to this wonderful project launched by Amy from thisheartofmine. What a fabulous idea! A group of incredible women supporting each other with encouragement and guidance. Read on for more details about my initial steps…
My mother-in-law gave me a box of beautiful handkerchiefs that once belonged to her grandmother. I pieced them into a quilt to give to my MIL for Christmas this past December.
To make a quilt with handkerchiefs, I found it helpful to stabilize the hankies with fusible light-weight interfacing before cutting them into half-square triangles. I am so floored by how colorful and lush the hankies look when you cut them down!
The solid I used is either Kona Bone or Kona Ivory… who can keep track of such things
I call this quilt “Grandma Love” because it is both a way for my MIL to remember her grandma, but also a token of my appreciation for my boys’ Grandma Gracie. She is such an absolutely amazing grandma to those kids.
I used an all over magnolia quilting pattern. I backed the quilt with a vintage sheet I bought from the lovely EmmmyLizzy via her etsy shop.
I bound the quilt in the same neutral Kona whatever : )
Have you played with incorporating sentimental, non-quilting fabrics into your sewing projects? I’ve got a stack of my husbands old work shirts I plan on playing with someday.
Thanks for stopping by!
Here is a quilt I made for my mother for Christmas! I call it Woodlands in Winter. They live in the forest and run the Woodlands Sawmill.
Improv trees on a sea of mixed neutrals. I was inspired by Lovely Design’s Lovely Little Forest quilt from the Purl Bee.
Walking foot quilting in flowing lines, inspired by Debbie’s Joy of Simplicity pillow seen here.
I bought a white-on-white bundle from Pink Castle Fabrics and used a lot of Kona Bone for the background. It measures something like 80″ x 75″.
One tree fell down. Time to harvest its lumber!
Read on for a tutorial on how to make these wonky trees and plan for the final layout…
If you saw the Hunger Games: Catching Fire, then you might have noticed this amazing sweater vest cover-up dealy worn by Katniss. I sure did!
I put it in the back of my mind that I wanted to make one, and then my friend (Nicole from Owen Faye) asked if I knew how to crochet or knit so I could make THIS.
It looks like maybe Two of Wands has stopped selling the pattern? Not sure what’s going on there, but here are two similar other instant download patterns…
Enough is enough! I have to 1. buy this pattern 2. learn to crochet 3. learn to knit 4. make this thing.
I did it! I actually think this is a great first-timer project. Sure, you have to learn a bunch to get the final product, but the bulky yarn makes things go fast. Also, the whole point is to get an organic looking product. Drop a stitch? So what! Katniss made hers from a BRANCH.
If you would like to dive in the deep end like I did, might I recommend these youtube videos?