Wednesday, September 21, 2016

T-shirt Quilt-Let's Cheer!



A friend of a friend of a friend contacted me a few months back about the possibility of finishing a T-shirt quilt. The quilt had been started several years ago for her daughter by the daughter's Grandma, but Grandma had passed away before she could finish.
Of course I would help!
This quilter had already fused the T-shirt blocks, and purchased the fabric for the sashing, cornerstones, and borders, along with the batting. My contribution was the purple pin dot fabric for the backing which I thought was a nice compliment to the fun, bright quilt front!


Love my new Juki for machine quilting!!!!





I like to use a meander stitch in the quilt blocks, but to keep it fun and interesting (for both me and the recipient!) I like to isolate a motif in each block if able.
This can best be seen by looking at the back of the quilt:



Both my client and her daughter were pleased with the finished product, and so happy to have Grandma's work to remember her by.


Patty

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Snail's Trail wall quilt

Quite a few (!) years ago I attended a workshop with my local quilt group and made this Snail's Trail wall quilt. It was fun to dive into my collection of batik fabrics for this project, and I love how the colors worked out.
This project lingered for quite a while as I just couldn't decide on a pattern for the quilting. I ended up quilting simple spirals, which I think enhanced the circular motion of the design.
This one hangs in one of the treatment rooms of my husband's dental office.


 Batik Snail's Trail  size: 40.5" X 40.5"

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

HotPatterns 1196: Urban Gypsy Blouse



What a fun and on-trend design from Trudy at Hotpatterns! I was stepping a bit outside of my comfort zone with this one, since I think I am usually fairly conservative in my wardrobe choices....although I am trying to work on that LOL!




This top was a lot of fun to put together too, thanks to Trudy's design and instructions. Note that the elastic runs from shoulder to shoulder, across the back and shoulders only, with a solid band at the front 'neckline', and also has side front bust darts. That appealed to me as tops that are gathered across the front are not figure flattering in my case. Also, the cut of the neckline is spot on....after wearing this top out to dinner I found I never felt like it was slipping out of position, and was very comfortable.
I had no issues sewing this up straight from the pattern....no alterations needed.


And I loved the floaty ties at the sleeve edge too!


This fabric has been languishing in my stash for more years than I can remember.....my best guess is that it is a poly, peachskin most likely. I was worried that it would be hot and sticky, but that wasn't the case. It turned out to be perfect for this top :-)


Cheesy photo below, showing how pleased I am with my new summer wardrobe addition:



Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Vogue 9072: Kristen's little Flower Girl

Oh boy, life can get in the way of blogging sometimes! I was determined to get the posts from my daughter's wedding finished at LEAST by her one year anniversary......coming in just under the wire!

I volunteered to make the little Flower Girl dress for the groom's niece, because I knew it would be so much FUN! There really aren't too many patterns that fit the bill, but no worries, Vogue 9072 was perfect.


My daughter, the bride, had a vision of the dress for her flower girl, and wanted a sash with a big bow on the back, in a color to match the bridesmaids dresses. Although I had the flower girl's measurements, she lives in Illinois, and I live in Michigan, so it helped  to pull up some information on the David's Bridal website to reference their sizes for a starting off point.


Luckily, my local JoAnn Fabrics had the perfect dotted tulle for the skirt overlay, and the satin for both the dress and the bow. I was able to source the lining from my stash. In order for the bow to stand up and not collapse due it's size, I underlined/stuffed it with some stiff netting. I also used the same netting gathered in horiziontal rows and stitched to the lining, between the lining and dress fabric, to function like a crinoline so the skirt would pouf out a bit. My daughter loved it, and I think the little Flower Girl had fun in her fancy dress!








And I couldn't resist making this little dolly's dress for the flower girl, so they could 'match'. It was a quick crochet project, and I had no trouble finding matching ribbon for the sash in my ribbon stash. 





The Bride and Groom will be celebrating their 1st Anniversary next week....my how time flies!

                                                 -Patty


Monday, February 29, 2016

McCall's 6741: Kristen's Rehearsal Dinner Dress (Aug 2015)

The summer of 2015 was one of wedding preparations in our house, anticipating our daughter Kristen's August wedding to her fiance Brett. Knowing that making a wedding dress was far outside of my skills set, I offered to make Kristen's rehearsal dinner dress....and she agreed! What fun for the Mother-of-the-Bride!
I chose four different dress patterns that I thought might work with the Bride's wishes, and she liked McCall's 6741, View B. There is a lot to like about this design: it's a contemporary silhouette, it's lined....and it has pockets!







Using an ivory ponte as the base fabric, I found this lovely lace from JoAnn Fabrics in my stash to place as an overlay on the side panels. 


We both loved the fit and flare:




A big Thank you goes out to the sewing goddesses who were looking out for me, a perfect invisible zipper on the first try!


Those useful pockets are tucked into the princess seams....love that!



And I'm proud to say that the inside (Bemberg lining)  looks almost as good as the outside:


It was such a fun, busy evening that I didn't take the time to snap a picture of the Bride in her dress, but
I did get one blurry shot of the happy couple. She said she loved the dress and felt comfortable all evening....just what I was hoping for!


Next up:...... sewing for the little Flower Girl!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Haruni: Kristen's Wedding Shawl (July 2015)

July 2015 found me knitting away on a Wedding Shawl, for my daughter Kristen, for her wedding in August 2015. I had been saving this pattern to knit for her: Haruni by designer Emily Ross, as I knew Kristen would love the vintage style of this design. I also knew that I would love knitting it! The beautiful floral border was perfect for the addition of the small, clear beads that I love to add to wedding shawls. And the easily memorized pattern gave me the opportunity to fill the knitting with loving thoughts and prayers for the Bride and her Groom.








                       Look closely, and you can see the beads placed along the spines, easy to add
                                         to the stitch (before knitting it) with a crochet hook:


                         Kristen's Matron-of-Honor, her sister Libby, had planned a fun Bachelorette
                        Weekend get-away in Nashville, TN, and it was there that I gave the Bride
                         her Wedding Shawl. She loved it!




Three weddings in 10 months.....and three wedding shawls! and I couldn't be happier!


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Calais: Cassie's Wedding Shawl (May 2015)

Back in May 2015, I was happily knitting along on a wedding shawl for my daughter-in-law to be. I love knitting wedding shawls, and knit the stitches with love and prayers for a happy future for the Bride and her Groom.
For Cassie, I chose the pattern Calais by Judy Marples. Adding beads to wedding shawls make them extra special, and this pattern afforded me that opportunity with the beautiful eyelet border, where I was able to place clear beads along the knitted spines. 





I choose to gift the shawls to the Brides at their Bachelorette party, I know....not your usual Bachelorette gift! But I think when you see her smile that the Bride loved it: