Wednesday, March 20, 2019

What to wear Wednesday - Kalle Shirtdress

Hello Spring! I haven't made myself a new garment in a long time. I've also been wanting to try the Kalle Shirtdress by Closet Case Patterns. I picked up the pattern at Craft South while I was in Nashville last month, found this cute cotton print at Joann's (60" wide, and reasonably priced with a coupon) and jumped in. I really love the way it turned out.

One thing I love about this pattern is all of the choices. There are three lengths (I made the tunic length), 2 different collars (mine is the stand up collar) and three front opening choices (I did a full button front opening). The pattern is full of attention to detail. the finishes are all wonderful, in fact all of the raw edges end up enclosed except for the side seams. This was easily solved with french seams. Even the hem is neatly finished with hand made bias tape, making the dramatic curves lay nice and flat.

I love the high/low hem and the banded sleeves. This one is going to get a lot of wear!
I even got a nice new headshot out of hubby's great photoshoot. I can't wait to make more of these shirts, maybe even one dress length. We'll see!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

photo shoot

Sunday was a cloudy day, perfect for outdoor photography, so hubby & I headed to the local playground. It's one of my favorite places to take outdoor photos of my quilts.
climbing! not something I could easily do a year ago.
I had brought several of my recent quilt finishes, including my Solid Seven Gnome in the Christmas Forest quilt.

And my most recent finish, Take Note...
After a while, the wind kicked up, making quilt photography very difficult...

Ah well, it was a fun day nonetheless!

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Take Note

My latest quilt, Take Note, was started in Melanie Tuazon's class at Quiltcon. At the end of class, we all shared our work and the stories behind it. It was a bit embarrassing to tell the truth! My story? ummm, well, I chose the solids because they match my newly renovated guest bathroom. Yeah. that's all I had. Ladies were sharing beautiful stories about what inspired their improv work and I was playing with solids that match my bathroom. Really? Pretty lame. One lady shared about her young grandson with a brain tumor. Amazing, powerful stories. Oh well.

Afterwards, my mom and my daughter both said it looked like post-it notes. Brilliant! As I sewed the blocks together, I decided that each "post-it note" represents a daily task that must be done. If you look closely, you can see that some are more interesting than others.... some are large, some are small, the shades of yellow vary. So there you go. I backed into my story after the fact and I'm sticking to it.
The finished quilt is about 25" square and made entirely of Kona solids. I quilted it on my Janome 6600 and had lots of fun with that. I even added a block of yellow quilting just for fun. And yes, I do plan to hang it in the bathroom!