Cosmic Burst Patchwork Skirt

Patchwork Skirt Front

Happy March everyone! I can’t believe we are nearing Spring. I’m going to go ahead and say it – I think we officially cheated winter here in Chicago. And I’m pretty darn happy about it!

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to receive some fabric squares from FreeSpirit designer Mark Cesarik of his uncoming line, Cosmic Burst. I knew right away they would be perfect for a patchwork skirt for my daughter. I don’t sew a ton of clothing, but when you have a little girl who wants to wear dresses and skirts everyday, you learn a few basics. I really love the Lazy Day skirt pattern from Oliver + S (free on their blog). All you need is about 1/3 to 1/2 yard of fabric and some elastic. I’ve made it several times, but this was the first time I decided to go patchwork with it.

Patchwork Skirt Back

I separated the fabric squares into thirds and sewed them together in long strips, about 42″ long. Then I sewed those strips together, staggered a bit for a scrappier look. There are a lot of seams and I didn’t want them fraying all over the place in the wash, so I did serge them and then also top stitched the rows down so the seams wouldn’t bother her. You could also use your zigzag stitch to finish the seams to help prevent fraying.

Jump

As you can see, it has passed the “hop and spin” test. My daughter didn’t want to take it off after we took these pictures, so I predict we will be getting a lot of use out of this skirt.

Cosmic Burst will be available mid April 2012.

My First Finish of 2012 ~ Morning Tides

Morning Tides Front

First, I just want to thank everyone for your kind comments on my “A Million Thanks” post! You all are seriously making me blush and I am looking forward to coming up with new ideas for tutorials and quilt alongs for everyone! It’s going to be a great year I think.

And I’m happy to share my first quilt of this new year, Morning Tides. Designer Mark Cesarik sent me a bit of his fabric collection last month and I knew right away that I wanted to make improv blocks with it.

Morning Tides Quilt

I incorporated a few shades of tan and some white into the blocks. They are all a bit different in size. I sashed them in white then to make the center of the quilt.

Morning Tides Blocks

I can’t take credit for the idea of off-centering the main focus of the quilt. Heather did this last year and I loved it! So I added a border of purple, wider on the right and bottom sides. I also added in a bit more of the Morning Tides fabric for added interest. The purple is FreeSpirit Designer Solids Lavender and it is a perfect match.

I quilted the blocks and white portion of the quilt in a meandering, free motion style. Then I quilted the purple border with straight lines, spaced about every 3/4″.

I went out yesterday in the freezing cold to try to get some photos with my camera’s remote. I was laughing at some of the photos when I got home. “Is this thing working??”

Testing 123

And then half the photos were like this – sideways! Oh well, live and learn!

Morning Tides Sideways

Morning Tides by Mark Cesarik

Morning Tides by Mark Cesarik

Yesterday was a great mail day! I received a beautiful fabric pack in the mail from designer Mark Cesarik. His newest collection is called Morning Tides (for FreeSpirit) and I am quite excited to get started working with it. I love the colors, I’m always looking for yellows and purples to add to my stash and these just fit in perfectly. I know *just* what I’m going to make and hopefully will have something to share with you soon!

Morning Tides by Mark Cesarik