Habitat Quilt Top Complete!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


Two winters ago Jay McCarrol and Free Spirit Fabric donated fat eighths to each member of the Modern Quilt Guild, in each local chapter's colorway choice. At the time, I lived an hour and a half away from the Bakersfield Modern Quilt Guild and attended their meetings. Our goal was to finish our quilts in 3 months (I think...maybe it was 2?). With very good intentions, I went home after the fabric was distributed and made very simple improv blocks, outlined in Kona Ash, which until last week sat untouched in a laundry basket full of unfinished projects. Last week, I finally trimmed and sewed them up, adding a border in Kona Ash for a bit more negative space and to make the quilt a nice lap size, squaring it off at 52 inches.
For the back, I plan to use leftover blocks, more Kona Ash and maybe some Ikea, Numbers too.

Also in the works- this mini quilt with a single strip of sewn together rainbow ordered coins. 

Have a happy day!

Simplicity 1690 + Dobby Dot Voile

Thursday, August 22, 2013

I used up the last of my 'greige' dobby dot voile to make this top. The pattern is by LeAnne Marshall, a fashion designer from Portland, OR, who also happened to win season 5 of Project Runway. I just love her patterns. Her lines are so clean and modern!
This top was a breeze to sew up since there are no set-in sleeves to sew. Sewing and cutting time took about two hours. I finished the neckline with bias binding, flipped it inwards and sewed it down. I made a size 10 (next time I would make a 12. I also added 2 inches to the length of the top, as I am 5'8. The measurements for this pattern were accurate-I just assumed it would run large. You know what they say when you assume...you get a shirt that's a bit too tight ;) :D!). Next time, I would make the sleeves a bit longer and fold my fabric in half instead of towards the center to accommodate them. In other sewing news, I finished my Habitat quilt top!  What have you been sewing up?
 Have a happy day! Lynsey