Tuesday, July 12, 2016

A quicky quilt

Because sometimes, you just want to grab big chunks of beautiful fabric and make a quick, simple quilt, just because you can (and because you'll go crazy if you don't get the idea out of your head).
This one will be all mine.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Garment sewing: Owyn pants

Coral has obviously been the color of my summer, but the close runner up would definitely be Kelly green. I'm generally not a huge green fan, but this shade just calls out to me, and I find myself migrating toward it a lot lately. It popped up in my second Esme tank, and then I couldn't resist making a pair of green pants after seeing this cute pair by Melly Sews.
The fabric is Robert Kaufman's Essex Linen in Kelly, and it sewed up beautifully. The pattern is the Owyn pants from Lotta Jansdotter's fabulous book, Everyday Style. 
These pants are super comfy (I definitely want to make a pajama version) and have seen lots of wear on the days when it's not scorching hot (in short supply this summer). The pattern's another winner from Lotta's book (also the source of the Esme top pattern), and I'm still itching to try the Kiomi top as well. The book's also just great eye candy, and I highly recommend it if you have any interest in garment sewing.

Friday, July 8, 2016

August do.Good Stitches blocks

My next month as quilter for the Emerge circle of do.Good Stitches was originally supposed to be July, but we bumped it back to squeeze in the heart quilt for #QuiltsforPulse. Still, since I already had my fabric pulled and my blocks done, I thought I'd go ahead and post the blocks for August in case my beemates wanted to get a head start.

As usual, I waffled between half a million options for this month before finally deciding on a block. (It's hard when you're only the quilter twice a year, and it feels like you have to take full advantage of the opportunity. I know, I know, it's not that big a deal.) Anyway, after scrolling through my extensive quilting Pinterest board, I finally happened upon this awesome string quilt by Amy of Badskirt and decided to run with it.
Photo courtesy of Amy of Badskirt

Although I love Amy's color scheme, I decided to take mine in a summery direction, combining aqua, teal, mustard yellow, and fuchsia with lots of low volumes. I love this palette so much. It's just so happy. Makes me want to eat a popsicle and lie by the pool.
I'm asking my beemates to each make 3 blocks (they're small and go together very quickly) using this tutorial from Film in the Fridge. The finished blocks will measure 8.5" square, so I recommend using a piece of printer paper as the backing and just cutting the 11" side down to 8.5". Easy as pie.

I would like all of the strips to be 2.25" wide. Each strip needs to be at least as long as noted below to cover the paper.

The strings should be laid out in this order (from point to point):
-Low volume (3.75")
-Color 1 (6.75")
-Color 1 (10.5")
-Low volume (This will be the middle strip, and you'll work your way out to each end from here) (12.5")
-Color 2 (10.5")
-Color 2 (6.75")
-Low volume (3.75")
The colored strips that go side-by-side (Color 1 and Color 2) should come from the same color family (two yellows, two pinks, or two aquas/teals), as shown in my examples, but feel free to use whichever of the three colors you want to combine. So you could do pink and yellow:
Or teal and pink:
Or teal and yellow. I plan to add some skinny sashing to the final blocks, but they'll line up something like this:
I can't wait to see what I get back for this one! I'm going to have fun putting it together.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Garment sewing: Esme tank #2

I spent much of May and June doing some selfish sewing and working on some new garments for yours truly, so I guess it's about time I started showing them off here. Up first is another Esme tank.
The pattern is the Esme tunic from Lotta Jansdotter's wonderful new book, Everyday Style. I made the same modifications as my last Esme tank, which is to say I made it sleeveless and finished the armholes with a bias-tape facing, stolen from the Washi Dress pattern.
The fabric is Robert Kaufman's 1" Carolina Gingham in Kelly Green, and I lurrrrve it. I'm obsessed with ginghams right now, and this scale is perfect. Plus, that green! So fresh and happy.
This fun top has already seen a ton of wear this summer and shows no signs of slowing down. Esmes forever!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

#QuiltsforPulse and July do.Good Stitches blocks

One thing I love about the quilting community is how people jump at the chance to use their talents to comfort those in need or to bring joy and a sense of togetherness to those reeling from tragedy. In the wake of the recent massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the Orlando MQG put out a call for heart quilt blocks and quilts, which they planned to donate to individuals injured in the shootings and the families of those who were killed. The response was so great that they began reaching out to other guilds, asking them to organize quilts locally and then pass them on to Orlando. The St. Louis MQG put out a call to its members, and I jumped on the chance to contribute a few.
I used Cluck Cluck Sew's tutorial to make 10" blocks, which will be combined with others' in the coming months. The tutorial was quick and easy, and they're such happy blocks to sew.
Then, Kelly, the leader of the Emerge circle for do.Good Stitches, reached out to our group, asking if we were interested in making a quilt as well. It soon turned into the July project, and it was a quick one to turn out. Kelly's planning to make this heart quilt from Modern Handcraft, so a few large HSTs were all that was needed.
To find out more about the Orlando MQG's efforts, you can follow them on Instagram and/or check out the #QuiltsforPulse hashtag.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th of July from our little family!
Spent a fun morning with friends watching our local parade, rushed home in a rain shower, and hoping for clear skies so we can head back out for some BBQ, carnival time, and fireworks.
Hope you're celebrating with those you love!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Coral Collection

After finishing up my Ebb pillows a few months ago, I was anxious to start on a new handwork project, and it wasn't long until I made the decision to go big, this time with Carolyn Friedlander's Collection quilt. I debated buying the full quilt kit and using the same fabrics Carolyn used in her original (which I love) but finally decided I wanted to do my own thing. I'm going mostly monochromatic in shades of coral and pink, with a few pops of light gray and aqua. So, for obvious reasons, I'm calling it the Coral Collection quilt.
The pattern is broken down into nine "collections," which each focus on a different skill and build in difficulty. I knocked Collection 1 out in no time, as it consisted of just a few straight lines.
I loved picking the fabrics for Collection 2, which included a ton of small molehill-like templates. The nice, gentle curves were easy to applique, though the sheer number of them meant they took a while to finish.
I'm now on to Collection 3, which introduces reverse applique. I have one of the rows done and two more have been basted.
I made some excellent progress on Tuesday night, when the STLMQG had its first hand sew happy hour. About 16 of us met up at a wonderful local bierhall and chatted and sewed for three hours. It was such a fun time, and I can't wait for July's meetup! Beer, poutine, and applique -- sounds like a great combination to me!