An Easter dress with a few days to spare! High five! Seriously though, I really waited until the last minute this year. Which is better than last year when I just bought a dress from Coscto. This time I knew I wanted to make my daughter’s dress. I’m not really sure how much longer she is going to want to wear things I sew for her, but I can tell you she is still very excited about it when I do.
This pattern is the Geranium Dress by Made by Rae. My daughter is 7, but pretty tall for her age. I made a size 8 and it fits perfectly, with a little room to spare. I’m hoping we can get a lot of use out of it this summer!
We chose fabric from Anna Maria Horner’s Dowry line, Twill Bouquet in Black. I love, love, love it. For the bodice lining, I picked a solid from Michael Miller’s Cotton Coutures. They are so soft and smooth, I knew it’d be a perfect choice.
The pattern was easy to make. It took about 2 hours. My daughter didn’t want the ruffle flutter sleeves, the pockets, or the notched neckline, so that sped things up! I made the pleated skirt option, rather than the gathered skirt.
The buttons at the back were super easy with Bernina’s automatic buttonhole foot. Whenever I make something with buttons, I joke that I just sit back with my coffee while my machine does all the hard work for me.
I have one very happy little girl who is now ready for Easter!
April 18, 2014 26 Comments
When it comes to the weather outside, this time of year always feels like two steps forward, one step back. Last week we had a great day with temperatures in the 50′s, only to be followed by a day of wet, heavy snow.
When that latest layer of snow melted and I just felt defeated by Winter, I looked out by our woods and saw these.
The daffodil bulbs I planted last Fall, starting to pop up. I am telling you, this mess of mud and leaves and tiny bits of green has been so good for my soul.
I’ve been trying to make sure the kids get some outside time on those warmer days. Between that and a sewing deadline that I can’t share right now, I don’t have a finished project to show you this week. But I have accumulated some new fabrics recently and they inspired me to take a little break and build a project pile from my stash.
I pulled some coordinating prints from my stash, including some new fabrics from Lotta Jansdotter’s Mormor, Skinny Laminx’s Up, Up & Away, Eloise Renouf’s Bark & Branch, and Violet Craft’s Waterfront Park.
I made a block from my Off-Centered Squares quilt pattern. I’m thinking of using one color family per block…we shall see!
Back to work on deadlines! And fingers crossed for a warmer week!
March 17, 2014 26 Comments
It’s been quite some time since I’ve been able to sit down, relax and look through my favorite block reference books. A couple weeks ago, I pulled out Nancy Cabot’s Quilt Collection, complied by Rose Lea Alboum. You can see more about it on my blog here and ordering information here. This time as I was flipping through the pages, this block caught my eye, Cubes and Tiles (1933).
I decided to see if I could find a bit more information about it, so I search for it in my other favorite block reference, Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. (Which by the way, is now available to buy as a PDF download!) It turns out, this block has been, well, around the block a few times! It was listed under 5 different names, from 5 different publications. The oldest I saw was a Ladies Art Company quilt pattern catalog from the late 1800′s, under the name Stars and Cubes. Pretty cool! And since everyone else came up with their own name for this block, I decided to call mine Radiant Splendor.
I sat down to do a little photoshop work to see if I could figure out how to put this block together. Turns out it’s not that hard – as long as you love making flying geese! I’ve put together a tutorial for anyone interested in making one of their own.
Radiant Splendor ~ A Quilt Block Tutorial
20-1/2″ x 20-1/2″ unfinished quilt block
We are going to follow the below construction diagram to make this block. We will begin with the flying geese, then piece center star, followed by the border stars and finally sew those components together to make the final block.
|Background||Cut 4||6-1/2” x 6-1/2″||White|
|Background||Cut 12||2-1/2” x 2-1/2”||White|
|Background||Cut 20||2-1/2” x 4-1/2”||White|
|Center Star||Cut 1||4-1/2” x 4-1/2”||Purple|
|Center Star||Cut 8||2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″||Purple|
|Border Stars||Cut 4||2-1/2” x 4-1/2”||Yellow|
|Border Stars||Cut 32||2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″||Yellow|
This block contains 20 flying geese components. Let’s make those first.
Step 1: Using a marking tool (disappearing ink pen, pencil, hera marking tool, chalk, etc), mark your (8) 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ Purple Squares and your (32) 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ Yellow Squares from corner to corner on the wrong side of the fabric, along the diagonal.
Step 2: Gather your (20) 2-1/2” x 4-1/2” White Rectangles. Take (1) 2-1/2” x 4-1/2” White Rectangle and place (1) 2-1/2” x 2-1/2” Purple Square, right sides together as shown, lining up the fabric on the short end of the rectangle. Stitch along the marked diagonal line.
Step 3: Using a quilting ruler, trim the stitched 2-1/2” x 4-1/2” rectangle 1/4″ past your stitch line, as shown.
Press your fabric open.
Step 4: Place your next 2-1/2” x 2-1/2” Purple Square, right sides together as shown, lining up the fabric on the other short end of the rectangle. Stitch along the marked diagonal line.
Step 5: Once again using a quilting ruler, trim the stitched 2-1/2” x 4-1/2” rectangle 1/4″ past your stitch line, as shown.
Press your fabric open.
You now have a 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ Flying Geese unit.
Step 6: Repeat the above instruction to piece a total of (4) Purple flying geese units and (16) Yellow flying geese units.
Now that you’ve made your 20 flying geese units, we will make the Purple Center Star.
Step 7: Take your (4) Purple Flying Geese Units, (1) 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ Purple Square, and (4) 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ White Squares, and lay them out as shown.
Step 8: Stitch together the segments into three rows as shown.
Step 9: Stitch your rows together to form a finished 8-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ block, as shown.
Set aside. We will now assemble the Yellow Border Stars.
Step 10: Take (4) of your Yellow Flying Geese Units, (1) 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ Yellow Rectangle, and (2) 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ White Squares, and lay them out as shown.
Step 11: Stitch the top row of (2) 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ White Squares and (1) flying geese unit together, as shown. Stitch the center 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ rectangle to (1) flying geese unit, as shown.
Step 12: Stitch the remaining (2) flying geese units to the center pieced unit, as shown.
Step 13: Piece the assembled top row to assembled bottom section, as shown, resulting in a 6-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ Yellow Border Star.
Step 14: Repeat the above steps to make 3 more Yellow Border Stars, for a total of 4 Yellow Border Stars.
Now we are going to assemble all your pieced components into a finished block.
Step 15: Lay out your (4) 6-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ White Squares, (4) Yellow Border Star components and (1) Purple Center Star as shown.
Step 16: Stitch each row of blocks together, as you would a 9 patch. Stitch your rows together.
March 5, 2014 62 Comments
Today I’m spending the day getting ready to head to Wisconsin for the Menu of Modern event. I’m so excited, we are really going to have a good time. Hopefully many of you are also staying for Jacquie’s class Sunday. I really can’t wait!
I have a few little notes to share with you today. I’ve been busy working on a wall hanging quilt for my aunt. I’ve paired Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics line with Lee’s Stardust pattern from Vintage Quilt Revival. I’m only doing 9 blocks for the wall hanging but I am seriously considering making a full sized one of these for myself.
I also wanted to mention that I am now offering one of my patterns in print (for the first time). If you’ve checked out my pattern shop, you’ve probably noticed my quilt patterns are digital PDF downloads. I really love that instant availability. But I know many people like printed patterns, so I wanted to branch out in that direction as well.
So far I only have one pattern printed – my Starfall pattern. But I do plan on printing up others as the year progresses, in order of their popularity. The patterns are full color booklets and ship (USA only right now) USPS First Class Mail.
If you are a shop owner and are interested in carrying this pattern in your store, please email me regarding wholesale orders.
And finally, I was excited to find out that Fat Quarter Shop has named Vintage Quilt Revival their Book of the Month. You can read more about it on their blog, but also it’s great because it means the book is 20% off in their shop all month long!
Have a great weekend everyone! I’ll be back next week with pictures from the weekend event!
January 10, 2014 15 Comments