Thursday, June 28, 2012

Facets Quilt

This quilt pattern is from the Fall 2010 issue of Stitch, and is the design of Blair Stocker.  You can find her lovely blog here. 

My quilt is made mostly of old blue jeans, but I didn't have enough pairs of dark wash jeans so I supplemented with some home decor fabric.  I like the results!   

The denim was of course very thick, and I had to sew really slowly.  After lots of rifling through my notions I could only find one heavy duty needle, so I kept removing it and sharpening it in my pin cushion.  It worked well and I was able to use the same needle through out the whole project, though I kept expecting it to break.

It's backed in a light weight navy gabardine (I think) that I had on hand, and bound in the home decor fabric.

I've never tied a quilt before, and it was more time consuming than I thought it would be (not to mention hard on the finger tips).

But, after a lot of hard work, I love my facets quilt!  It's just the right size and weight for a good snuggle. :)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Fabric and Beads Necklace

This necklace, featured in the Spring 2011 issue of Stitch, has a global feel to it.  It is the design of Carol Zentgraf.

I haven't made jewelry in years, and have never worked with wire before.  I liked making these to a point, but doing the wiring was a bear.  Probably because of my inexperience.

Lace Ruffle Tunic

This shirt was featured in the Spring 2010 issue of Stitch magazine, and is the design of Beki Wilson.  She is a talented clothing designer, and you can find her website here

It was easy to make and turned out pretty cute. 

Here's what I found when making this tunic:
It ran a little large, mostly because it is loose fitting.  The jersey fabric I used is a little too thick and didn't drape as much as I wanted.  The ruffle emphasized my bust too much, and I would probably omit it next time.  It was also a little short on me, and I would recommend checking the finished length on yourself with a measuring tape before you cut the pieces out.

If I make another one for myself (I probably will), I am going to make it longer, omit the ruffle and probably use a cotton voile or something lighter with a nice drape.