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Aug 19, 2014

Dresden Plates in Oh, Clementine by Cluck Cluck Sew {wip}

Aug 19, 2014
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I bought a fat quarter bundle of Cluck Cluck Sew's second line for Windham Fabrics, Oh, Clementine, at Sample Spree during Spring Quilt Market.  I knew I wanted to make a traditional block.  The prints are so cheerful and fresh.  They remind me of a summertime picnic - and I couldn't get Dresden Plates off my mind. I decided to go for it... I've never made a Dresden quilt.  And Dresdens are definitely on my bucket list of quilts.
I'm planning to make 9 Dresden blocks.  These are 17" finished.  So far I've completed #1-4.  I've been using mostly Oh, Clementine with a few other prints from my stash thrown in.  The center orange stripe print is from American Jane.
There are a number of crosshatch prints in the collection (like the blue above) that will make for great colorful foundations for the Dresdens.  I need so desperately to get away from white backgrounds.  This will be the perfect change.
Since a summer picnic is on my mind, I couldn't help throwing in some gingham and checks.  :)
Dresdens are such a great classic.  They can be made to look traditional or modern depending on how you spin it.  Check out these Dresden Plate tutorials and some variations of a great block.

Dresden Plate Block Tutorials
12 Blade Dresden Plate by Crafty Gemini
20 Blade Peppermint Pinwheel by Diary of a Quilter
Dresden Octagons by Geta's Quiting Studio
Modern Dresden Plate by The Girl Who Quilts
20 Blade Dresden Plate by Sew Mama Sew
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Aug 15, 2014

Wiksten Tank - Take 2

Aug 15, 2014
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A little over a month ago, I made my first garment that actually fit. (yippee!)  In that post, I noted that the fit was a bit snug and asked for some suggestions.  After I have worn the tank a few times, I decided it was definitely too small.  So I decided to give it a go again.  This time, the next size up.
For this Wiksten Round 2, I used this sweet print from Doe Street Fabrics (grab yours now - it's only $7.50/yd).  It is so soft and feminine - I love it!  This time I cut a Small and added about 1" in length to the tank.  I love the barely longer length - it makes a big difference in where the tank hits me on the hips.  It's  more flattering a little longer.

I have found out that for this garment, I am most definitely between sizes.  This one is the opposite - too big in the neckline and arms.  BUT - it was super comfortable to wear compared to the first version.  I wore it for my oldest 2 boys' birthday party last Sunday.
So, for me, this tank will take another third round to tweak the sizing.  I'm debating whether I should add to the XS or subtract from the S.  Either way, I'm making all my versions wearable and am loving learning something new.

It amazes me how different garment sewing and quilting are. With quilting, you spend so much time pressing the pedal, sewing tiny pieces back together.  I am thoroughly enjoying learning a completely new-to-me skill and expanding my horizons.

*A few people suggested stay stitching along the neckline so it wouldn't flop forward when I made the first one.  What a big help!  Thank you so much - I think this neckline came out much better with just that simple step.

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Aug 12, 2014

Lotta Jansdotter's Mormor/Sylvia Super FQ Bundle at Massdrop {giveaway}

Aug 12, 2014
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Look at that yummy rainbow of FQ goodness!  That is a superbundle of Lotta.  Lotta Jansdotter's Mormor and Sylvia collections are one of the drops available at Massdrop this week.  Have you heard of Massdrop?  I started hearing some buzz about it on Instagram - so when Sarah of Massdrop contacted me about offering a giveaway - I was intrigued to figure out what it was all about.
Patchwork Napkins Pattern made with Mormor FQs
Massdrop offers a community commerce platform in which groups of people can purchase products they are interested in at a discounted rate.  All you have to do is vote on what you are interested in buying and then Massdrop negotiates the discount with the vendor.  

Some past "Crafting" drops you may have heard some buzz about include Liberty Lawn and Aurifil Thread Collections. Take a look at past drops and voting options..... I bet you'll be swooning over a number of fabrics, patterns, notions, etc that are on the docket.  You can create your own poll too if you have a suggestion.
Patchwork Napkins Pattern made with Mormor FQs
I whipped up a set of Patchwork Napkins with Mormor FQs on the backside and binding.  They were a quick project and I needed a wedding gift for a cousin that is moving to England.  These were a perfect gift for a couple that will have to ship all their gifts overseas.

Want to win this superbundle for yourself?  Massdrop is generously giving away one super bundle of the Mormor and Sylvia lines.  If you would like a chance to win, enter the giveaway below. (Giveaway ends Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 11:59pm)

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