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Oslo and Simplicity.

The Oslo sweater from Seamwork Magazine was something I wanted to make early on in my subscription with them.  I always need more sweaters!


It was a pretty easy pattern to assemble.  I’m not sure if I did the sleeve cuffs correctly at first, ‘cause they seemed awfully big.  So I cut them off (trimming them by 3/4” on both sides in the process), folded them the other way, and sewed them back on, which worked better for me.


I used a lightweight jersey I bought at JoAnn’s on clearance.  I’d say it’s worth the $3/yard I paid… I have worn this almost every day for the two weeks after I made it and it has pilled A LOT and catches ALL THE CAT HAIR, so I don’t see it lasting a super long time.  But it was a good first run of the pattern and I’ll definitely be making more!


And then this top, I am IN LOVE WITH.


I’d had one yard of this 36” wide vintage fabric laying around for awhile (a birthday gift from Laura Lashley a few years back), not sure that it was enough to actually make anything.

But then I saw this Simplicity pattern in my box (#1364), and thought I might be able to eek it out.  Which I did!  Wonderfully so!


I only had a 14” zipper, so there is a longer-than-called-for slit in the back (but it covers my bra so what’s a little skin?).  I eliminated the seam allowances on the back pieces and cut them right on the selvedge, sewing the zipper right on.


I love the boatneck and how my tattoos peek out over the top.


It has a facing at the neckline and bias tape facings around the armholes, and I serged all the visible seams.

I’ve actually made this top once before, using an Anna Maria Horner voile and a vintage separating zipper.


I made that one a size 12, and could still pull it over my head without using the zipper so this time, I made a 10.  I can still pull it over me without the zipper, but I think that’s partly because of the extra long back opening.


I have two other one-yard cuts of vintage fabric from Laura and they might all have to become this.

And many thanks to the boyfriend for helping me take pictures! Like all these where I was picking pet hair and fuzz off of me:

Feathers and stars.

I realize I say this a lot, but this quilt is one of my most favorites.  For real.


My friend Nathan commissioned this for his girlfriend before they moved to Colorado and as soon as he asked, I knew what I wanted to do.  I sat at Hoots Roller Bar and drew it on some receipt tape.

quilt sketch

It’s both the most planned and unplanned quilt I’ve ever made.  It looks largely improvised but was almost completely measured out.


My stash is lacking in purples but I grabbed what I had and pieced some stars, some with log cabin centers.


I made some feathers based on Anna Maria Horner’s pattern, some striped and some solid, and then using contractor’s paper, I drew out arcs and foundation pieced them to the paper.  It was nowhere near perfect but it worked!


I backed it in some feather scraps and other purples and a striped vintage sheet.


I quilted it in a looping pattern with white thread and gave it a scrappy binding.


While I was photographing this quilt behind the funeral home next to my studio, a momma fox and her 6 little ones were watching me!  I tried to snap a picture but I couldn’t get close enough.


I miss my friends now that they’ve moved away but I’m glad they have a little piece of Winston with them!

A little vintage number.


A couple years ago, my best friend Cat gave me a box of fabric found at her aunts house, which included around 18 yards of this awesome retro barkcloth.  I decided to use it to make a “muslin” of this Butterick pattern and this muslin became a dress I love.

I serged all the inside seams and used black store bought bias binding…


…until I ran out, when I switched to white for the last 15″ or so of the skirt hem.


I’ve actually made this pattern once before, but I don’t like it at all.  I fully lined it for some reason, and all that weight brought the waistline down and it was not flattering.   So, on this dress, I sewed some elastic onto the waistline, which helped out a lot.

Another favorite part of this dress is that the back scoops deeper than the front, just enough to still cover your bra.


How many other “muslins” can I make from 18 yards? :)

I was excited to be able to wear this dress to the very same best friend’s wedding a few weeks ago.  Thank you Cat for the fabric and your friendship and you are the prettiest bride there ever was! xo


Spring Maples.

After moving into the studio and being more than ready to start churning out some quilts, I went to my orphan block bin and found some maple leaves I had left behind from this quilt.


I stuck them up on the design wall, added a random smattering of squares, and filled in the blanks with white.  I knew right away I would back it with a vintage sheet and some extra stripes and squares.


It’s longarm quilted in a maple leaf pattern with pale peachy thread, labeled, and bound in a light pink stripe from my stash.  It measures 50″ square and is for sale!  Email me if you are interested.


Thanks to Laura for helping me take photos!

The cutest gift.


A few months ago, the fiance of an acquaintance came to me and said that she wanted to buy him a quilt for their wedding.  We talked colors (burnt orange, brown, dark green, and cream), patterns (triangles and squares), and sizes (queen) and I quickly got to work.

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A couple weeks later, he came to me saying he really wanted to get her a quilt for their wedding.  I debated it for a while and wasn’t sure I’d have the time but ultimately, decided it was the cutest thing that they wanted to do that for each other and I had to do it.


He wanted a throw quilt in their wedding colors, pink, mint, and navy, and we decided on a log cabin block to symbolize them starting to build a home and a life together.




I based his quilt off of this photo I found on Flickr using Sew Mama Sew’s method for making 8 HST at a time, used peppered cotton in Coffee for the border, backed it in one of my favorite vintage sheets (the plaid) and some various green and brown fabrics, long arm quilted it in a maple leaf pattern with copper thread, and bound it in one of the prints from the back.

Hers is based off of the Clouds In The Sky duvet from Modern Log Cabin Quilting.  I used another of my favorite sheets for the backing, long arm quilted it with pale mint thread in a swirly pattern called Denali, and bound it in a Cloud 9 print.

They are getting married this weekend but gifted the quilts, kept a secret for so long, last night and I think they were both pleasantly surprised!


I embroidered labels for both of them using the M&M design our friend Emily Poe-Crawford designed for their wedding invitations and their wedding date.

It was such a wonderful project to work on and I hope they love these quilts for a very long time to come.


Congratulations Meghan and Marshall!


Finally, a finish!

I haven’t been very productive on the quilting front lately but I did finish the Summer Breeze Picnic quilt this week from Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts and I love it!

I added ties to one end while I was sewing on the binding so that it can be rolled and tied up.  I’m happy with how compact it is while still being a nice size when spread out.

You can see my first post about this quilt here.  I was going to back it in one vintage sheet but the one I had used on the front had a lot of yellowing on it so I used what I could of it, scraps from the front, and another vintage sheet from my stash.

I quilted it in vertical organic lines with a dark sage colored thread and bound it with a green gingham from Denyse Schmidt and the same solid blue as the front.  I matched the binding seams with the quilt design for the first time and I’m really happy with how it turned out.

Hopefully I’ll get to put this utilitarian quilt to good use soon!

A bit of thrifting #6

I went to the Rescue Mission this week for the first time in a while.

I got three vintage sheets (did I mention I might make the yoyo quilt with vintage sheets?  I’m especially trying to collect stripes), a 1500 piece puzzle (of wet fruit and flowers? Of course.), and some plaid shirts that will soon become part of a quilt commission that I’m really excited about (in addition to 15 or so other plaid print shirts).

Mail, etc.

I got a mystery package in the mail today from my aunt Lois.It ended up being a bag full of selvages collected from the women in her quilt guild and a very old box full of buttons that were my granny’s!(Camera phone @ nighttime = poor photos)
I have mourned the misplacement of my grandma’s jars of buttons while never thinking my other grandma might have had some. It is a neat old (shoe?) box that Lois thinks might have even been my great-grandmother’s. I’d like to figure out some way to display it. I will put those selvages to quick use as I plug away at my spiderwebs.The class schedule was released a couple days ago and I have registered for what I want to take at the Sewing Summit! If there’s room in all of them I’m going to take Documenting Your Creativity– Blogging and Social Media, Improv Piecing (by Jess of Urban Patchwork), Photographing Your Creations, Quilting at Home (with Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew), Creative Fabric Selection (taught by Jeni of In Color Order), and Marvelous Minis (taught by my idol, Amanda of MsMcPorckchop!). There is also a shop hop the day we get there; I can’t wait for October!I joined another challenge with my guild, this time based around Jay McCarroll’s Habitat line, a generous donation of fat eighths from FreeSpirit. (I had no idea until a couple weeks ago that he won the first season of Project Runway!) We will be picking up the fabric at our meeting in a couple weeks and it’ll be due in October (which I may or not make it to because of my trip to Utah). I have a possible idea for this and a possible recipient of it. I’m always up for a challenge! (Photo from Spool.)

I love when people think of me (and give me things).

I got a wonderful bag of fabric from one of my bosses yesterday. He’d been saying for a couple weeks that he had some scraps from his mom lying around he though I might like. I sure was excited to see what was inside!Some of this fabric is left over from a quilt she made him, some of it is from the sixties, some of it, who knows. Most of it is a heavier home decor weight, with a couple polyester solids and some velvet fringe-lined pieces. There are some really amazing vintage prints in there! Many of them are already about 10″ squares and I like the designs so much, I might just sew them right up into a simple patchwork quilt right away!

Thank you Mitchell!

I also got my sweet new smartypants phone the other day. The day finally came when I had to be a big girl and pay my own phone bill. It took me a few days to sync and update all my address books and birthdays and such but I’ve already downloaded some essential apps like Google Skymap, the quilting calculator, Bloglovin, TBTL, and Retro camera. It will all take some getting used to but I’m pretty excited about it.