Friday, April 5, 2019

Union Square - A Classic & Vintage Block

Welcome back everyone!  I'm excited to share another Vintage & Classic block with from Fat Quarter Shop.  Their tutorials are well written and you get to make cute quilt blocks.  This one is call Union Square.  I used the stripes from Daysail again, just like in my previous V&C block.  I think I'll eventually put all these block together into some kind of sampler quilt and the stripes will make them feel cohesive.

When I was getting ready to make this block I knew I wanted the center to have the strips running diagonally. That freed me from having to worry about everything running in the same direction.  I just cut the pieces I needed and started sewing.  As quilters, we sometimes get a bit scared to use those directional prints in our stash.  But I think my finished block show that its okay to go a different way.

If you like to make your own block check out Fat Quarter Shop's blog post for the pattern.  Or watch their video on YouTube.  Don't forget to use the hashtag #UnionSquareQuilt on Instagram to share your block!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Garment sewing plans for 2019 (#2019makenine)

I've finally solidified my Make Nine plans for this year!  Well, technically this list actually has 10 items but I started a couple of dresses in December and I want to keep myself accountable for finishing them. There is no particular order to my list and if you want to know more about each pattern just follow the links. This year's list includes a few carry overs because the only items I completed on last year's list were a Blackwood Cardigan and a Shirt No. 1 from my bonus list.  That's not to say I didn't make anything else I just got distracted by other patterns. As a way to keep myself organized I decide to include pictures of each fabric I plan to use.

This is a cross woven chambray(ish) fabric, meaning that two different colors of thread were used in the weaving process.  It's got a beautiful texture and just enough weight to give the Esme top structure with out being stiff.

Mississippi Ave. Dress by Sew House Seven

I love this print!  It's an older Anna Maria Horner voile and is going to be seriously comfortable in warmer months.

Shoreline Boatneck by Blank Slate Patterns

This is one of the softest knit fabrics ever.  It's from Art Gallery and designed by Amy Sinbaldi.

Fringe Dress by Chalk and Notch

I got this beauty from Blackbird Fabrics over the summer because it was love at first sight.  I love the bold black and white geometric designs in the flowers.  It's a 100% rayon fabric and has the best drape.

Pilvi Jacket from Lotta Jansdotte's book Everyday Syle


This is a great dusty teal linen from Joann Fabrics.  I have this all cut out and it looks like it will be a quick sew.  I might do this one next.

Pixie Tee by Chalk& Notch

This picture is a bit misleading the dark strips are actually navy.  I got is from Style Maker Fabrics last year as soon as I saw the Pixie Tee pattern release.
Ebony Dress by Closet Case Patterns

This is a stretch velvet from Joann Fabrics.  I have actually started this dress.  I had intended to wear it to my husband's work Christmas party but he ended by getting a nasty cold so we didn't go.  I pushed it to the back burner in favor of getting other Christmas projects done.  But I want it finished because I just know its gonna be so comfy!

Blackwood Cardigan by Helen's Closet

Okay, so I've actually already made two of these but I adore this pattern.   It's the perfect cardigan!  This is a great double knit from Joann's.

Hemlock Tee by Grainline Studios (a free pattern when you sign up for the newsletter)

This is a super soft micro rib knit from Blackbird Fabrics.  It's a beautiful dusty pink.

Halifax Hoodie by Hey June

This is a really old double knit from Joann's, that is completely reversible.  I think it might be fun to do mashup using both sides when I make my hoodie.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Fat Eighth Fruitcake Quilt with Fat Quarter Shop

Somehow I lost track of what day it was and forgot to get this post up for you!  This is the Fat Quarter Shop's newest Shortcut Quilt pattern....Fat Eighth Fruitcake.  You can find the pattern over on their post from yesterday.  For my quilt I used a fat eight bundle of Midnight Garden by One Canoe Two for Moda.  I love these colors!


I used this Quarter Cut ruler to speed up the cutting process.  Accuracy was an added bonus!

This quilt can definitely be chain pieced and here's a look a how I sped up the trimming process. 

First I line up the stitch lines and then use a long ruler to cut a 1/4" seam allowance. I was able to cut to trim 4 blocks at once.

Don't forget to take a look at all the other beautiful quilts that were made with this pattern!

Union Square - A Classic & Vintage Block

Welcome back everyone!  I'm excited to share another Vintage & Classic block with from Fat Quarter Shop.  Their tutorials...