Saturday, January 05, 2019

Finish for a Friend...Jelly roll racer Mash Up!

I have a friend who is currently stuck Stateside for a time. It is a frustrating time of limbo for her but has also been a great time to spend with her here. I have never made her a quilt and I'm so thankful for the time we've had. So I inquired after her favorite colors and went to work!
It's awesome when you have a quilt top that will work for another project! I made this jelly roll racer mashup top from leftover fabric from another project several years ago. Her favorite color is purple and she also likes Aqua so I thought this would be great!
I had left over 7 or 8 in strips that I sewed all together along with several strips of white. I did the jelly roll racer pattern and came up with this quilt top. It ended up leaving a lot of negative space of just White. I decided to be brave and do some neat free motion quilting.

I made two leafy plants, using super fun variegated thread. Then I did something I have never done before...I made pebbles inside the leaves! I love it!

I also did straight line stitching down each row, a quarter of an inch from the seams. All the quilting was done on my treadle, even the pebbling!
I just love the way it turned out and filled the space!

Using variegated thread was a first too!
I found the plant design in the fabrics.


On our last quilt guild mystery bus trip I found this lovely, colorful fabric for the backing! It has a similar plant pattern in it and the array of colors is fairly close to the other fabrics.


It is a very happy finish!
Alissa

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

New place, New Project!

I have kind of figured out a sewing corner in our little stepping stone home. My home is staying as is for now.
 I didn't bring much along, but did grab a couple of Connecting Threads kits! I decided this one would make a good Christmas gift!
 I stay pretty busy working along side of my husband but have had a few hours to work on it.
 The blocks are coming together quickly! It is a good thing since Christmas is next week! Whew! Not sure how that snuck up on me!
 I won't move my treadle until we are in a more definite location so I brought my cute new mint green Janome.
It is working nice, a simple machine. I bought it for it's simplicity, button hole feature, and zigzag capability!

 Linking up with Lorna's Let's Be Social!

Alissa

Friday, November 30, 2018

Finish it up Friday... Something to wear to a courthouse!

Favorite finish EVER!
A little over two weeks ago I married my best friend! I finished a huge chapter of my life and started another one.
It was simple, short and sweet.
However, a courthouse wedding doesn't mean I couldn't have a beautiful dress.
I was planning to just wear a nice dress I could use again but I had a moment of inspiration and I sew...so I gave it a whirl!
First I knew I wanted to accordion pleated the skirt. I have a couple vintage finds that have those and I love the look.
Second I have a dress made from a burdastyle pattern with a lovely, modest neckline. So I decided to pair the two together.
I am glad it was a pattern I had made before. I am terrible at making a practice, but cutting into special fabric makes it more necessary. 
I  found the fabric at Joanns. A simple off white with lovely drape. Making a lace overlay for the bodice was part of my vision. I looked through all the florally laces and didn't like a one...then I found this one with circles, almost looks like doilies.


I watched several videos and tutorials on how to make fabric pleated like I wanted. They all looked pretty simple, so I bought some poster board accordion folded it and started to try! It didn't work. Too slippery!
For the bodice I simply made a layer of the cream Fabric and then also a layer of the lace. I wanted the lace to be sheer on my sleeves.  I didn't do a very good job finishing the inside seam of that but hey no one needs to see it right!?


I finally just used the good old fold and iron method for the skirt fabric. My pleats aren't perfect and they don't match up exactly on the side seams but I like the way it turned out! They start small and get wider at the bottom of the skirt.
To finish the sleeve Edge I simply cut around the scalloped edge of the circles in the fabric.
Yay for finish! When I attached the skirt to the bodice I did have to do some tucked pleats to make it fit a little better. I put in a zipper in the back seam which went fairly smooth! I could have taken in a little bit on the shoulder seam to make it fit better under the arms but I didn't do a whole lot in this dress not making it necessary.
I'm so glad my vision worked out, I love my dress! Hooray for being married! I pretty much love that too!

Friday, November 02, 2018

Finish It Up Friday...Denim And Plaid, The Rest Of the Story!

Finding patterns for quilts that are fitting for men is sometimes a little trickier. When I saw this all denim Giant star quilt online I thought that would be a great man quilt!
I do have quite a stash of denim, however I didn't have quite enough contrasting Shades to pull the quilt off the way I wanted it. So I pulled out some corduroy and plaids to actually make the inner star from.
It is actually one I started last year before Christmas to be a gift. I was unable to get it finished in time and so it sat and waited I guess for this year haha!
I chose a woodland animal flannel for the back. I had to supplement with a few other neutral flannels.
Even though the denim makes for heaviness and the flannel makes for fuzziness I still did do a layer of batting.
 I wasn't sure that I liked it until I got all the quilting done and now I do! I'm excited to give it to someone special!
Can't remember the measurements but it fits just fine on a queen size bed.
For the actual Star quilting on the plaids and corduroys I did a mock plaid quilting pattern. It worked really well except for on that one corduroy that insisted on stretching. But my treadle and I made it through without too many hiccups!
I went pretty simple on the denim part of the quilt. There were a few of the denims that had some spandex in them as well. Made it out with too much overstretching.
Hooray for finished projects a year later that have been sitting on your shelf and hooray for special gifts to give to those you love!
 Linking up with crazy mom quilts!
 Happy Friday!
Alissa

Friday, October 26, 2018

Finish It Up Friday...On Point Batik Baby

How fun it is to actually pick your project and do something simply because you want to and just for fun! I made this batik quilt for a good friend a few years back. I cut up some of the scraps into 2-inch squares...there I go again! Still had some 16 patch blocks I made out of those squares just sitting around in my sewing room.
I decided to square them up and make something out of them! Such pretty fun scraps that came off of them!
I found a fun green linen fabric in my stash and decided to set them all on point and make a baby blanket! No one in mind just a fun baby blanket.


The hard part was done and it came together really quickly! As you can see in the bottom of that last picture I enjoyed some chips and salsa and watched Rawhide while I made this one!
It was still on the small side and just needed a little something! So I went ahead and added a thin white border.
And then I added another green border!
I still haven't mastered the all over quilting patterns! I'm a little chicken... I just went ahead and did a straight crosshatch on the diagonal of the blocks. It turned out really nice. I call it organic because I didn't measure and so my inches are probably off in lots of places! I like to eyeball though.
So hard to get a picture of that color of green with the lighting in my house! Most of these pictures were taken in the evening it's just hard to get it right. I used a leftover pink batik for The Binding.
The backing is a fun flannel I had in my stash, little bugs with a mint green running through it that coordinated pretty well. Nice and fuzzy!
Found a sunny day to take it outside and get a better picture of the color and the quilting really shows up in this one!
 This little baby comes in at almost 40 in square exactly! Not sure if I'll try to sell it or find someone to gift it to! Time will tell!
Happy Friday!

Alissa