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Sweet Treats Lap Quilt

This quilt was made for our neighbors' daugher, who was married last September. I thought that the bright colours against this white background with burgundy border, and black binding would be a fine choice to fit in any rom. I bought the fabrics from Craftsy, and followed the directions. It is paper pieced, and I used freezer paper to sew each blade to the other, and then added the black triangle anchor at the bottom. This method is shown on Ann Petersen's Playing with Curves class on Craftsy.com. I finally got the quilt to Natalie and Adam a few months after they were married, but hopefully they will enjoy the benefits of having a lap quilt to keep the drafts off, while reading or watching TV. Natalie is an avid reader, so I hope this keeps her cozy.

        My friend had just bought a new long arm quilting machine, and generously quilted this for me. What a wonder of a machine! I knew how many seams meet at the edge of the black triangles, and with the squares in the borders, so this might have caused some slipped stitches, but this machine managed this quite nicely. Anne-Marie was so calm about figuring out all the intricacies of the long arm quilter computer and the threading and attaching of the quilt to the bed. What patience!

Fitted Slip Cover with the help of Craftsy

We bought a chaise lounge on Kijiji and I decided it needed a new look, rather than the light caramel color it was. Armed with Cherie Killilea's Craftsy course: Custom Fitted Slipcovers, I decided to tackle this project. 
The fabric is a cotton poly blend plaid and a polyester black for the piping. interfacing was needed for the skirt panels at the bottom. 

Cherie is a relaxed teacher, but she gives good directions and demonstrates most of the techniques in detail. I had to watch how to make the mitered corners a few times before I could do them properly. Lucky for me the video has the 30 second repeat! 

One difficulty that I had to deal with was the attached shapeless pillow. I was thinking of making a folded or gathered shape using elastic to keep its shape. But, I remembered that I had a lovely cabled charcoal knit that matched perfectly and had more give. By sewing in two darts, I created a box shaped top and can tuck in the sides and bottom. 

I particularly like the black piping which gives the slip cover a tailored look. Matching this plaid was at times quite easy but at the bottom of the couch, it proved challenging. 

I think that someone should invent a zipper walking foot. It would help feeding the piping, interfaced skirts and the base together. Even doing this in two steps with lots of pins, knocked the pattern matching out.  

I used black Velcro on one of the back side seams and it actually tricks the eye into thinking it is the piping. 

I give myself a C plus on this first attempt. I need more work on the seam under the curved arms, as there is some fullness there I'd like to eliminate. 

Sandra Betzina Vogue 1429

What I liked about this, Vogue 1429 by Sandra Betzina pattern is the stand up collar, which camouflages my rounded neck, (caused by all this addictive sewing!) I also loved the idea of trying some color-blocking. Plus, well, it's by Sandra Betzina!

I had some difficulty figuring out how the front yolk attached and could only find one pattern review, by Acmena on Pattern Review.com. Once I saw that, all of Sandra's instructions made sense. Thanks, Acmena!

I originally made the size with a full bust adjustment and it fit well but I think I'm still used to wearing my clothes a little looser. Scroll down to the second set of pictures and you'll see why I knew I'd be making this top again!

On the second top, I decided I would use a woven interfacing on both sides of the color pieces which gave it more structure to stand in place. The first time I used a knit interfacing on the under collar and I found my light knit black fabric seem to move around too much and did not stand up as much as I wanted. 

So on this black and turquoise one, I made size without any full bust adjustment and it fit very well. At the shoulders I had to raise the sleeve cap about an inch and a half, but everything else sewed together very well. The black is a light textured knit, and the turquoise is a stretch knit mesh, all from Fabricville. 

So, this is the first one. If you have been reading my blogs, you know that I feel that I have to build up experience in choosing the correct fabrics for the patterns I try. I put this on, and my husband said, "Beam Me Up, Scotty." EXACTLY, what I was thinking. I had used a ribbed knit in a very greyed out green, and the lighter weight black knit for the accents. Now, I know there are a lot of Trekkies out there, so this pattern is for you, too!

Just to add a little dizziness to your day!

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Well, these pants are great! I only had one minor adjustment to make, which is to take a wedge out of the upper centre back to narrow the waist. I made a size 14, with a stretch ponte that is soft and was on sale at Fabricville. It doesn't seem to pill, which is a problem I have had with some knits in the past. On my next pair, I will take in the legs from the knee down about 1/4 inch on either side--just because I have finally learned that this is the style, and it does look good!

Double Sided Fleece Jacket

I also made Simplicity 1758 View A (upper right) with a double sided fleece that was in the remnant table. The navy side was gorgeous and soft, but the plaid had faults in it with blobs of colour. However, I could work around the blobs and was able to fussy cut out the cuffs and the collar. Perhaps, if I was to make this jacket again, I would use lining as the facings with fleece as it is quite thick, but I do love to be cosy! This jacket went together without a hitch, and the princess seams are very flattering. The pattern had a choice of A, B, C, or D cup.  I added a couple of large snaps at centre chest and bottom hem that allow me to wear the jacket with the mock turtle collar, or have open with a scarf.
The blouse was made a couple of years ago. It is actually made from tablecloth fabric--eat, dribble, wash and dry!

I made the scarves with a generous .2 of fabric. It is a crinkly knit and the width (54 inches) allows for it to be rolled twice.

I love a good sewing week!