Monday, July 6, 2015

Swoon Baby Quilt the Second

Swoon Baby Quilt the Second was actually finished in March, but didn’t reach its recipient until July. Such is life.

In six months, I made three quilts in this same style. For this one, I chose a Cotton + Steel fabric as the backing: Steamer Trunk in Gray Green from Alexia Abegg’s Hatbox line. Once that was decided, I set about finding coordinating solids. Since the light green color didn’t have an exact match on my Kona color card, I matched the fabrics in person at Quiltworks Northwest, during a Seattle Modern Quilt Guild sew in. I don’t remember the names of each fabric, but they are a combination of Kona and Art Gallery solids. The binding is Dottie, also from Cotton + Steel.

Like my other versions, this one was constructed with a 24” Swoon block and 6” borders and finishes at 36” square. I machined quilted it with diagonal lines one inch apart. It’s quicker than my usual ½” apart lines, and makes for a softer quilt that will still stand up to repeated washings.

Even though I’ve made the same quilt three times now, it continues to be my go-to baby quilt and I anticipate whipping up more should the need arise. They’re quick, cute, and I enjoy making them.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

May and June 2015 in Review

May was a busy sewing month. Fueled by the energy of Me-Made-May, I finished a quilt, a shirt, a skirt, a dress, a block for the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild quilt, and eight gift bags. Those finishes were very fulfilling, but altogether they were a little exhausting. (This mosaic also includes a scarf and a gift bag that were made in April, but not gifted until May.)

June was not a busy sewing month, but it was very busy in other areas. While I did make progress on several WIPs, most of my limited free time was spent outdoors making memories with my family. I can sew all year long, but there’s only a small window of time when I can go pick strawberries with my kiddo. I have two wall quilts that only need binding and hanging sleeves to be completed, so I’m hoping to have a finish or two in July.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Gemstone Staple Dress

When I learned that Cotton + Steel was going to release a rayon line, I knew I simply had to try it. No surprise, I chose the navy blue and white Gemstone pattern to make myself a dress. After I bought the fabric, I learned that it is supposed to be dry clean only. I don’t do dry clean only, so I was happy to read that several bloggers felt the same way and had machine washed their rayon without any issues. Originally, I had planned to sew a Myrtle Dress, but after whipping up a quick infinity scarf from the same fabric, I decided I needed a simpler pattern for my first rayon garment. Last month, I grabbed my tried and true Staple Dress pattern pieces and that was that.

I’m glad I tried rayon, but it’s not my favorite fabric to work with. It shifted a bunch while I cut it, pinned it, and sewed it. When I used my mock overlock stitch to finish the seams, it pulled in on itself, which I didn’t like. While I was working with it, I didn’t intend to work with it again. Then I tried it on and realized what all the hype was about. It feels really, really nice on. The rayon is smooth, flowy, and lovely for summer.

There’s not much more to say about this dress. As always, I love the pockets. Since I usually wear belts with my Staple Dresses, I omitted the elastic shirring. This dress is easily my new favorite dress. I can’t wait to try my hand at rayon again.