Monday, June 30, 2014

Polaroid Quilt

Quilt LemonadeAfter returning home from Sew South Retreat this year, I put out some feelers in our retreat Flickr pool to see if any gals wanted to help out with (fellow-retreater) Valerie's wonderful Quilt Lemonade Project. For details about this awesome project, visit the link.

This is where I brag about the wonderful world of quilting, because quilters are so RAD! I asked for help with making a polaroid quilt. These are great for kids, because they feature what looks like polaroid pictures. By using small fussy cuts and solid white strips, you can make some really fun stuff. My goal was to acquire help with those portions of the quilt blocks, so that the final quilt would incorporate a good variety of pictures. Shortly after I put out the inquiry, the packages began arriving, and I was overloaded with tons of quilted polaroids. Here are just a few of them:

Polaroid Quilt Blocks

Thank you so much to Diane, Heather, Cindy, Kim, and Amy for sending tons of blocks! I'm going to have enough to finish 2 quilts!

Here is the first:

Polaroid Quilt

Polaroid Quilt

Polaroid Quilt Back

We used a tutorial from CapitolaQuilter as a guide to make our polaroid blocks. They are fast, fun, and easy.

The layout for the quilt is something I adapted from another quilt I saw at my quilt guild. The finished size is 56" x 64".

This quilt will be on its way to Valerie within the next few days, and then she will send it along to its recipient in Guatemala. I hope it brings comfort to a sweet girl. A boy's polaroid quilt is in progress. :)

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Washi Dress

**Warning --->
Due to the stark white severity of the exposed skin in the following photos, sunglasses are recommended for your own viewing protection.**

Washi DressThis weekend, I took a break from scrub caps and finally made my very own Washi Dress. I don't sew many garments, but one of my short term goals is to do that more often. It's nearly impossible as a gal at 5'10" to walk into a store and buy clothes off the rack. Making my own clothes is the obvious solution, albeit intimidating.

Rae Hoekstra's Washi Dress Pattern is so cute, and very easy. There were only 6 pieces to the version of the pattern that I made. First I made a muslin for the bodice, because I was pretty sure that I would need to lengthen just about everything. I was right, and the muslin only took a few minutes (well worth the effort). I added an inch or so to that, a few inches to the skirt length, and a bit to the sleeve as well. I learned how to make pattern piece adjustments from the Fast-Track Fitting class with Joi Mahon on Craftsy. It's a great class, and it saves so much time and heartache to make the adjustments to the pattern pieces instead of making an entire garment and then trying to alter it when it's finished. Ask me how I know. :/

Washi DressI used my serger to finish the seams, so the inside looks and feels great. No raw edges. Surely an overlock or zigzag stitch from a regular sewing machine would produce a great result as well, if you don't have a serger. I opted for the facings instead of a full bodice lining, and I chose to topstitch those down, because I like the look.

I can't tell you how excited I was when this dress was finished, because it actually fit, and it's comfy! Woohoo! I'm not in love with the fabric, but the reason I used it was because I bought it on clearance a while ago, and I didn't expect my first attempt to be a success. The quality is nice, though. It's soft, light, and doesn't wrinkle too badly. I can't wait to go pick out some wicked fabric to make more of these dresses! I'll likely make a few different versions that include different sleeves and tunic-length. Check out the Washi Dress Flickr Pool to see different versions of this pattern.

Washi Dress Back

Washi Dress

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Jelly Roll Chop

I love Jenny's tutorials over at The Missouri Star Quilt Company. Every Friday I look forward to seeing her newest one. They are usually all about fast and easy quilts or other quilty type projects you can do with precuts.

When I first got the Gracie Frame to go along with my Juki 2010Q, I was so scared to load up my first quilt! A long-armer friend told me how pointless it is to practice on scraps, though, so I finally conceded to use a quilt top I made with Jenny's Jelly Roll Race tutorial for my first quilt on the frame.

Jelly Roll Chop Quilt

I was shocked at how easy it was to load up the quilt layers onto the frame. The tutorials that Grace Company provides are excellent. I can't explain how intimidated I was by this whole process, but I was also thrilled at the same time.

I used a pantograph that I traced from a stencil for this first quilt and squealed gleefully all by myself down in my basement shop after I got going. It's so fun to quilt on this Juki/Grace Frame combo. It is lightweight to maneuver and very easy to follow the pantograph with the laser.

Jelly Roll Chop by Trina Peterson

This quilt is really special to me, because of the whole experience. I wanted it to go to someone who I knew would appreciate the process of quilting as much as I do. I gave this quilt to my Grandmother in Maine for Mother's Day. Grammom is also a quilter, and she never keeps anything she makes for herself, so I knew she would love it.

I call this quilt the Jelly Roll Chop, because after I completed the tutorial, I chopped it up and added some sashing to make it a little bigger and give it a different look. The jelly roll is Summer House by Lily Ashbury, and I used Kona White for the sashing and binding. The back is a vintage sheet, and the batting is Pellon Nature's Touch (as always - because I love it so much!!).