Sunday, September 29, 2013

Quilting for Halloween

I've had the quilting bug this week, and managed to work on a couple of projects that have been living in my UFO pile for awhile. In 2008(!), my quilt guild did a swap of 9 1/2 inch blocks with a Halloween theme (my contribution was the Frankenstein block in the second row). This week I thought I'd take them out and put them together into a wall hanging with a simple sashed layout:

So cute, yes? And I have the perfect spot to hang it. I'll quilt it with a large meander, I think, and call it DONE!
Next up was a table runner, with half-square triangle blocks placed in the popular chevron layout:

This package of 5 inch charm squares was purchased about 3 years ago, I think, and so I'm glad to get them out of the cupboard and into a project. Some simple quilting is in order to finish it up. Looks like I'll be spending some time binding over the next week!


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Vogue 8151

I really like this idea of a lace front sweater, and had pinned this one from Nordstrom to my Pinterest boards. 
Bobeau Lace Front Sweatshirt available at Nordstrom

Vogue 8151 is a very popular Tshirt pattern, and has been positively reviewed many times on PatternReview. I can't tell you how long this pattern has been in my collection, but I think it served the purpose well for my knit top.

I cut out two separate fronts from View B: one of the gray knit, and one of the lace. Then I basted them together around the outside edges, and went forward treating them as one.

Loved the neckline treatment...looks good and lays flat!

Nice to have darts, and some waistline fitting :-)

Michigan weather has been a bit like Fall this week, so I was actually able to wear my new top sooner than I would have thought.

This was a great start to sewing some new pieces for my Fall/Winter wardrobe. I have another idea for sewing with this pattern, but next up will be a ponte knit gray! Who knew I had all this gray fabric in my collection?!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Circle quilt/playmat

Like most of my sewing/crafting/blogging friends, I am inspired by and addicted to Pinterest! When my daughter mentioned that she needed a baby shower gift for a dear college friend, I was glad that I had pinned this tutorial to my "Quilts" board. 

My daughter was already planning to gift the new arrival with a book or two, and we both agreed that this matching circle quilt/playmat would be a great shower gift. has a large selection of Dr. Suess fabrics, and I ordered 1/2 yard cuts of 5 different designs, adding to that some polka dot fabric from my stash. Note: due to the length of the 
10 degree wedge ruler, fat quarters won't be big enough.

In order to accommodate the 50" circumference, I pieced the back with 4 large wedge shapes using the red/white & black/white polka dot fabrics. Yippee...reversible!

The quilt was sandwiched with a cotton/poly batting, and quilted in the ditch at each of the 36 wedges and around the center circle, which was sewn on with machine applique. I bound the quilt with a bias binding to finish it off.

What a fun project! There are so many adorable quilting fabrics available these days, and I'm sure I will make this again. :-)