Friday, August 28, 2015

Anchors Away Everyday Skirt

Liesl + Co.'s Everyday skirt in Sarah Jane's Out to Sea Anchors Away print. alidiza: Anchors Away Everyday Skirt
Could I get any preppier?  I managed to score a couple of yards of this fabulous Out to Sea Anchors Away one of the times it came back in stock at Hawthorne Threads.  I'd been planning to make a skirt with it but never got around to it.  Last Friday Hawthorne Threads posted this adorable one on their Instagram feed and I decided the time had come.  

I made my first Everyday Skirt with Chambray last year and it's been in heavy rotation ever since.  Lisel + Co patterns are so clear and easy to follow, this is definitely a go to favorite.  My only complaint is that it runs big so I decided to size down on this one and made a Medium.  I still cut the hem line at the XS line and used the standard 2" hem for my shortened stature.  I also went with a single length of elastic in the back waistband this time.

I love how polished this skirt is!  The flat front waist band looks tailored while the gathered elastic back makes it comfortable and easy to slip on and go.  

Liesl + Co.'s Everyday skirt in Sarah Jane's Out to Sea Anchors Away print. alidiza: Anchors Away Everyday Skirt
And also pockets!!!  I added a pop of hot pink for the pocket lining.  This goes together so quickly I was able to make it in an afternoon and be ready for cocktail hour at the lake.  Expect to see me wearing this everywhere:-)

 Linking up to the fabulous Finish it Up Friday by Crazy Mom Quilts.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

W.i.P. Wednesday: Scrap Happy

This is the last full week of summer vacation so we've been trying to make the most of it but I've still managed to sneak in a bit of sewing...

The binding is on my Walk in the Park quilt and just needs to be tacked down.  It's been too hot to even think about sitting with a quilt in my lap but with football season about to kick off there are sure to be some cool evenings at the field in my future.

In the meantime I'm putting what's left of my Central Park scraps to use to make a coordinating pillow.  My vision was for a rainbow of monochromatic stripes.

 And then I realized the rectangles were perfectly sized to try out my new Mini 60° Triangle ruler from the Quiltcon 2016 Triangle Quilt Challenge.

I've got my rows cut and I'm ready to get piecing once there's a break in the action.

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Still stitching along with this week's W.i.P. Wednesday:-)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

W.i.P. Wednesday: Lazy Days of Summer

It seems like it's been forever since I've just been able to hang out in my quilt studio and sew for fun.  With my slipcovers finally finished and my La Passacaglia prepped and ready for our next road trip I decided it was a good time to tackle some UFOs.  Last fall I pieced together this Out to Sea Penny Patch for Audrey's bed in Maine.  Of course by the time the top was together we'd closed up the house so I couldn't see it on the bed.  This summer I tried it out and decided it was too small and needed another couple of rows.

It was really fun to revisit this pattern.  I stuck to my all stash rule but I got to add some new nauticals that I collected over the year.  Here it is, bigger and better than ever.  I even managed to come up with enough stash to put together the back but then realized if I was going to baste it I either needed to buy more safety pins or quilt something from the TBQ pile.

Since there's nothing quite like quilting during a heat wave I grabbed this Central Park Garden Fence.  I'd already quilted all the center flowers but I wanted to quilt something in the printed areas to make the brick path pop.  In the end I went with a free-form feather that fills the space.  This was a new pattern for me.  They're not perfect but I'm pretty happy with the effect.  

And after a quilting marathon I'm on the very last square...  now to slap a binding on and finish this up!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Keeping cool with this week's W.i.P. Wednesday:-)

Friday, August 7, 2015

Giving Them the Slip

I finally finished the slipcovers and for about 5 minutes my living room was clean:-)

When we bought our first house friends gave us these couches after Goodwill refused to take them.  Structurally they were fine but after a few years with kids the white covers were more multi-colored.  We had just moved and were desperate for furniture so I happily snagged them and made the first set of slipcovers.  They held up well but the sun and kids had taken their toll and it was definitely time for a refresh!

Slipcovers really aren't hard and there are a ton of great resources that explain the process.  You can see all my favorite tips on Pinterest.

Making all the box cushions, 12 total, really got tedious.

And then there was all that piping...

And the zippers.  It's a lot like making a Weekender (or 12;-)  I overgrammed a bit to keep myself motivated.

And because I'm a total glutton for punishment when my husband suggested it was also time for the window seat cushion to be redone I made one more box cushion.  In total I used 30 yards of fabric, almost 70 yards of cording, and 7 large spools of thread (with 2 thread emergencies!).

Now that they're done I'm thrilled with the end result.  I took me an entire day of picking up threads, dusting and vacuuming but my studio is clean again (which will only last for 5 minutes).   My machine and I are both off on vacation but I can't wait to get back to some "real" sewing!

Linking up to the fabulous Finish it Up Friday by Crazy Mom Quilts.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

W.i.P. Wednesday: And So It Goes...

This summer my sewing time has come in two flavors, slipcover sweatshop and hand sewing road trips.  This week is more of the same, prepping La Passacaglia cogs before we hit the road again.  This really is the perfect summertime project.  Nothing big and heavy to haul around and it's easy to pick up and put down.

La Passacaglia Hushabye Cog
For my 3rd cog I dug deep into my Tula Pink stash for this fabulous Hushabye owl.  This print holds so many choices for fussy-cutting!

La Passacaglia Hushabye
More Hushabye for the next rings...  I love the way it almost looks like lace!

La Passacaglia Hushabye Stars
We're packing up again so I'm prepping my next ring.  For this one I'm mixing in some Nicey Jane, it was bound to pop up eventually:-)

La Passacaglia Progress
Here's my progress so far.  It's hard to know where each cog is going to end up in the final arrangement so I may need to add more pieces when it all finally comes together.  I love it so far!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Keeping up with this week's W.i.P. Wednesday:-)

Monday, July 13, 2015

2015 Finish Along: Halfway There

I don't seem to be getting the hang of this!  I've been dutifully listing the things I plan to finish each quarter for the 2015 Finish Along but things really haven't been going as planned... Even scaling things back for Q2 I had 1 measly finish.  Not that I didn't finish things, just not the things on my list.  Hope springs eternal so here I am back for another go with the plan for Q3...

Slipcover supplies
1.  Cover It Up:  One of my goals for the year is to make new slipcovers for our living room couches (yes, there are 2).  Mark at Fabric Corner gave me a fabulous deal on this raspberry twill but it's been sitting in the corner of my studio for the last month while I muster up the resolve to start cutting.  This time is now!!!

2.  A Walk in the Park:  This one keeps showing up on my lists and I have been chipping away at it.  I've quilted flowers in the centers of all the squares but now I want to do some dense vines in the printed areas to make the brick pathways pop.

3.  Houndstooth: Another one basted and ready for a quilting marathon.

Out to Sea Penny Patch Flimsy
4.  Out to Sea:  Last fall I started working on this Penny Square quilt.  I wanted to size it for my daughter's bed at our house in Maine but since we'd already closed up for the year I had to wait for Summer to roll around again.  Now that I've had a chance to see it on her bed I've decided it needs another row on each side and another on the bottom.  I'd really like to get this one on her bed before we close up again!

5.  Beatrix Potter:  This one just keeps lingering but rushing hand quilting defeats the purpose.  With all our road trips I've been making progress on this one so maybe I'll really finish it this time:-)

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side
I'm keeping this one short and sweet.  Are you more productive in summer or less?  Either way, join the fun at On the Windy Side!!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

W.i.P. Wednesday: Still At It

I've been on a bit of a break from sewing (and blogging) these last few weeks.  It's something I rarely do because sewing really is my passion and not something I need a vacation from but with the end of the school year and a week in Maine there just hasn't been time...

Perfectly Matched Seam
I'm home for a brief visit so I'm trying to jump back in to my current projects.  I totally impressed myself with this seam.  I found this perfect nautical backing for my Houndstooth quilt at one of my new favorite quilt shops, Saltwater Fabrics.  It's on the way to our house in Maine, the perfect stop for a little lunch and shopping on our way North;-)

Here it is basted and ready for a quilting marathon.  I've definitely learned that quilting large quilts isn't the best summer time activity but I'm sure there'll be a rainy day or two.

La Passacaglia Progress
I did make some more progress on my La Passacaglia on the drive...  my goal is to prep the next couple of cogs before we hit the road again.  How do you keep your projects moving forward in the summer?

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Still sewing along with this week's W.i.P. Wednesday:-)