Josephine Blouse

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  What better to show you than my new, bright green Josephine!  The pattern is from Made-By-Rae and the fabric is Savannah Glow in Mint, from Leah Duncan’s Meadow Line,  which I got from Pink Castle Fabrics.

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I love this pattern!  I was lucky enough to be one of the testers for Rae, and made a simple blouse out of black broadcloth.  No joke – what a wearable muslin.  I wear it all the time, but with this never-ending winter I am definitely ready for BRIGHT COLORS!

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I adore the elastic cinch back, which adds some waist definition, while allowing this top to be loose and comfortable.

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Butts.

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Lillestoff Jorna!

Have I really never blogged about this masterpiece?!

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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.

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Of course I made a Jorna in tank length.

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Was it ever warm outside?  Were there ever flowers?  What does grass smell like?

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You can see lots of amazing different Lillestoff fabrics here, and you can even own your own racist Indian fabric by buying here.

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Catnap Dress Contest

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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:

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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.

dress-3Nope, 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!

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More pictures and one tip for sewing pleats after the jump!

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Riley Blake Challenge Quilt

Hello! Here is my entry for the Riley Blake Modern Quilt Challenge.  I call it Riley’s Cloud:

fullHappy 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!

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Can you see the scallop quilting?

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There are four cloud outlines hidden in the white.

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A little splash of color against our milk sky, our snowy roof-tops, and the black, bare trees.

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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:

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Bold. Brilliant. Beautiful. You

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…

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Vintage Hanky Quilt

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.

hankyTo 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!

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The solid I used is either Kona Bone or Kona Ivory… who can keep track of such things :P

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.

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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.

hanky1I 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!

 

 

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Woodlands in Winter Quilt and Tutorial

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.

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Improv trees on a sea of mixed neutrals.  I was inspired by Lovely Design’s Lovely Little Forest quilt from the Purl Bee.

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Walking foot quilting in flowing lines, inspired by Debbie’s Joy of Simplicity pillow seen here.

tree-3 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″.

fell-downOne 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…

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