Archive for April, 2014

Birthday Colours

Project Quilting: April Off Season Challenge This month’s Project Quilting challenge was to use the colours in Kim’s patchwork calendar quilt (posted on the challenge website) that match up with my birthday as the main colours for my quilt. My two colours were a royal purple and a bright light blue. These colours also just happened to match up with my thoughts for a good wedding present for a close friend who was married in December. This is what I came up with: DSC_0294 I tried out a couple of new techniques for this quilt (since that’s what Project Quilting is all about for me). The Love Knot is a reverse appliqué (new to me–I LOVE how it turned out and will definitely be using it again for this type of design). To quilt the chain I copied the design onto tissue paper (the kind you put in gift bags), quilted it onto the quilt, and then tore away the tissue paper. It worked much better than I expected and was much less expensive than buying rag vellum tracing paper for drafting (the closest thing to real quilting paper that I could find locally). The tissue paper didn’t move at all (I taped it down with Target’s version of Scotch tape, which is much stickier than actual Scotch tape), and most of it tore away really easily. The few pieces that stuck in the quilting were quickly and easily removed with tweezers. Hopefully my friend will enjoy this one. I put a lot of love into making it.

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April Finish

At the beginning of April I made a goal for the Lovely Year of Finishes to sew a spring hoodie for my three-year old.

Hoodie

I had planned to follow the Tiger Hoodie Jacket pattern by Puperita. This pattern would have led to a sweater fully lined in an adorable way (which was why I originally chose this pattern). But the fabric my kiddo chose for the outside was a little too thick to line the inside; the sweater would have been much too bulky for such a little guy. So I modified the pattern to omit the lining. I still used the lining fabric he chose to make the pockets. (He LOVES the monkey and lion peeking out!) While my sewing skills still need some work and things don’t always match up where they should, I am pretty pleased with the end result.

I got my goal done early this month. (And while the weather is still appropriate for it!) This is also very helpful because I’m still in the starting phase of the April Project Quilting off-season challenge, and I expect it will take the next couple weeks to get this one done. One thing at a time…

April Goal

Over a month ago my three-year old picked fabrics for me to make him a spring sweater.

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It’s (hopefully) spring now, so it’s about time his sweater is ready. My April Lovely Year of Finishes goal is to get this sweater done.