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Date: Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 11:00

Becky stitch up 107 The Mississippi Avenue Dress & Top from Sew House Seven. The fabric she selected is an imported double gauze from Ellen Luckett Baker Framework Quarter Circles in Coral.

The cut of the Mississippi Dress pattern features a V-neckline, spaghetti shoulder ties, an elastic almost empire waist (slightly higher than the natural waistline).

As a sleeveless style, it lends itself to spring and summer dressing. However it makes a great transition piece when paired with a cardigan, tights and boots. There are three options for length, high hip tunic length, above the knee and below the knee like Becky’s.

The encased elastic wraps around the sides and back leaving the front panel flat where we all hope to be flat naturally. Becky chose to leave the spaghetti ties off the shoulders which gives the dress modest coverage on the shoulders.

Happy sewing!
~Diana

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Author: "Diana" Tags: "Sewing, What We're Making"
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Date: Friday, 12 Sep 2014 11:00

Kristen made the Hawthorn by Colette Patterns using  Tina Poppytot 4280-B from Liberty Of London. Isn’t it dreamy in Liberty! The perfect dress for her friends rehearsal dinner.

The fitted bodice with a semi-circle skirt gives the dress a curve hugging feminine fit.  There are many sleeve options, short, 3/4 length and sleeveless.

Kristin lowered the neckline about 2 inches from original pattern.

Beautifully finished seams.

The flat collar and fitted shape give the Hawthorn dress a late 1950s charm.

The sash was made using the leftover fabric and measures 5  inches in width with a small rolled hem. Cutting on the bias gives the sash just enough give for comfort.

Sarai of Colette Patterns has a wonderful Sew-Along with great detailed photos of the whole sewing process on the Coletterie blog.

Happy sewing!
~Diana

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Author: "Diana" Tags: "Sewing, What We're Making"
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Date: Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014 11:00

Year 4 of Where I Sew Month comes to a close. Whew, what fun! The thoughtful contributions from participants always unfolds with an elegance and transparency that makes me glad to be a part of the sewing community. Thank you for making the month over-the-top-fabulous with images of your own sewing spaces. And the comments – goodness – so nice!

A full list of featured designers and your sewing room mosaic available on the Where I Sew 2014 post.

Now for the $1,000 Pink Chalk Fabrics Giveaway winners. The following 50 sewists receive a $20 gift certificate to Pink Chalk Fabrics (winners have already been contacted via e-mail):

  • ana c
  • Margaret
  • Amorette D
  • Nikki B
  • Carla G
  • Lori M
  • becky m
  • Carol B
  • Carrie P.
  • Corsara
  • Dianne B
  • Diana
  • Diane C
  • Heather
  • Elizabeth
  • Nesta
  • Teresa W
  • Sarah F
  • Ginger
  • Heather in California
  • Heidi
  • Heidi @ Fabric Mutt
  • Jess
  • Julie
  • Julie
  • Marianne
  • Kathy D
  • jenny
  • Krystina
  • Karrie S
  • Karen T
  • Linda P
  • Lindsey F
  • Maggie M
  • mary
  • Maxine
  • Melanie C
  • Fran
  • Renee G
  • Sarah
  • Jennifer
  • Donna B
  • Audrey
  • Stephanie R
  • Mary D
  • Vicki H
  • Kelly Wilson
  • Margo

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Author: "Diana" Tags: "Where I Sew"
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Date: Friday, 05 Sep 2014 11:00
Author: "Diana" Tags: "What Goes With What?"
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 11:00

The downloadable pattern You + Me by Heather Jones is complete. I started the You + Me Quilt at the Modern Quilt Guild Sewdown in Portland back in February. What a fun and inspirational gathering we had! Everyone braved the snowy weather to get to the event then we hunkered down to enjoyed the weekend. Heather Jones was a calm and relaxed instructor who inspired me to look at classic quilt blocks in a new modern way. I love her bold graphic take on the traditional.

The pattern calls for solids. I chose the tone on tone Botanics Collection from Carolyn Friedlander to give a subtle texture to the quilt.

Botanics Metallic Succulent Tangerine
Botanics Mid Stripe Fern
Botanics Stems Ash
Botanics Sewgrape Tangerine (binding and back border)

The pattern construction is simple with the orange and white stripes worked first then the wider green stripe is added. I found it straight forward and easy to complete. Deciding on the quilting  presented more of a challenge to me. I opted for straight lines and boxy spirals in the big open squares. Aurifil 100% Cotton Mako Thread #MK50-2021 Ivory was used for piecing and quilting.

I threw a party on the back of the quilt, using the extra strips of fabric left over from the front of the quilt.

The quilting magically lined up on the back in a very complementary way. Wish I could say I planned it that way. Don’t you love those happy accidents!

The Seagrass binding fabric is broken up by a surprise binding strip. The overall size of the quilt is 66″ x 66″ when complete.

Happy quilting!
~Diana

 

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Author: "Diana" Tags: "What We're Making"
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Date: Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 11:00

I made my first quilt gift. The Canvas Quilt downloadable pattern by She Can Quilt was made for my daughter’s best friend Ashley who moved into her first apartment in Arizona. To get just the right combination of prints my daughter helped pick out the fabrics from my stash. We then I added 4 solids for the center blocks and a pretty Kona Cotton Blueberry for the binding.

The center blocks are Michael Miller Cotton Couture Straw, Moda Bella Solids Lead, Moda Bella Solids Steel and Moda Bella Solids Pesto. The quilt was made much like my previous Canvas Quilt, using 9″ squares to make the main block which was then set off center turning the square quilt into a rectangular lap quilt.

Ashley is a vintage girl so a thrifted full size bed sheet became the perfect backing.

I’m so happy to see my quilt living with Ashley and Alex in their new Arizona life together. I wish them all the best!

Happy sewing!
~Diana

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Author: "Diana" Tags: "Sewing, What We're Making"
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Date: Saturday, 09 Aug 2014 11:00

Kristen was inspired by an upcoming wedding to make napkins for the newlyweds.  2 yards of Alison Glass Sun Print Feathers in Chartreuse was selected to make eight napkins.

The fabric was cut to a size of 18″x18″ then hemmed 1/4 inch which makes the finished size 17″x17″.

Here is a great tutorial from Rosey Corner Creations on mitering the corners.

Happy sewing!
~Diana

 

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Author: "Diana" Tags: "What We're Making"
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Date: Thursday, 07 Aug 2014 11:00

Megan made the Canvas Quilt pattern from She Can Quilt for a friends baby. The downloadable pattern includes sizes from a mug rug up to a king size quilt. Megan chose the baby size quilt measuring 36″ x 36″, which uses 8 fat quarters or quarter yard cuts..

The simple diagonal quilting makes the Canvas Quilt a quick and easy baby gift.

The soft flannel is from the Tim and Beck Wee Ones Collection called Baby Elephants Powder Blue.

For more info on the Canvas Quilt pattern take a look at the previous blog posts, Diana’s Birthday Stack and Quilt Dreaming.

Happy quilting!
~Diana

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Author: "Diana" Tags: "What We're Making"
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Date: Tuesday, 05 Aug 2014 11:00

I like to make quilts and play with color and design. Although I enjoy exploring all kinds of quilting styles, I am happiest when I am making  minimalist quilts in a style I call modern industrial. I like to include a lot of texture in my quilts through the quilting process and I am having great fun learning how to do that with my new longarm quilting machine.  I blog regularly and  have recently started creating patterns of some of my modern industrial style designs.

Leanne’s Links: Blog, Instagram, TwitterFacebook, Patterns at Pink Chalk Fabrics

Where I Sew is a month long celebration of the spaces we create in. Leave a comment and be entered to win one of 50 $20 Pink Chalk Fabrics Gift Certificates. Add your sewing room to the tour!

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Author: "Diana" Tags: "Where I Sew"
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Date: Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 11:00

I am a fabric and pattern designer with a passion for modern simplicity mixed with eclectic and vintage style.  I love to sew clothes for myself, though I greatly enjoy all types of sewing, patchwork/quilting, home decor, embroidery and so on. My crafting adventures bring me a sense of fulfillment hat nothing else does. I have two young daughters and my house is generally messy because making things in more fun than cleaning.

April’s Links: Website and Shop, Patterns at Pink Chalk Fabrics

Where I Sew is a month long celebration of the spaces we create in. Leave a comment and be entered to win one of 50 $20 Pink Chalk Fabrics Gift Certificates. Add your sewing room to the tour!

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Author: "Diana" Tags: "Where I Sew"
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Date: Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 11:00

Amy Ellis is an author, fabric and quilt designer, quilter, blogger, wife and mom to four. Her books include Modern Basics, Modern Basics II, and Modern Neutrals, and has contributed to a number of other books. She lives with her family in a small town in the Utah mountains, where the hot summers and cold winters are a great excuse to stay inside and sew! Amy writes a regular column in Quilty magazine about quilting on your home sewing machine, and posts regularly on her Blog, Amy’s Creative Side.

Amy’s Links: Website and Shop, Blog

Where I Sew is a month long celebration of the spaces we create in. Leave a comment and be entered to win one of 50 $20 Pink Chalk Fabrics Gift Certificates. Add your sewing room to the tour!

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Author: "Diana" Tags: "Where I Sew"
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Date: Monday, 28 Jul 2014 11:00

Tamara Kate grew up in the hot and colorful Caribbean island of Trinidad, where one cannot help but be influenced by the beauty of the land and the vibrancy of the multicultural population. She was raised by a father who is a skilled draftsman and a sewing, needlepointing, quilting, rug hooking mom who encouraged constant creativity from the get-go, both at home and throughout their children’s education. She has been sewing for as long as she can remember, with recent addictive forays into quilting.

Tamara is a licensed fabric designer with Michael Miller Fabrics. Her fifth collection, Origami Oasis is set to hit stores in early September. Tamara currently lives in Montreal with her husband and two fiercly loved little ones, from whom she derives much creative inspiration.

 

Tamara’s Links: Website and Shop, BlogPinterestFacebook, Fabric at Pink Chalk Fabrics

Where I Sew is a month long celebration of the spaces we create in. Leave a comment and be entered to win one of 50 $20 Pink Chalk Fabrics Gift Certificates. Add your sewing room to the tour!

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Author: "Diana" Tags: "Where I Sew"
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Date: Friday, 25 Jul 2014 11:00

My name is Megan Nielsen and I am a ready to wear turned sewing pattern designer. I love creating sewing patterns with fashion forward design that fit into a woman’s every day wardrobe. As a mom of three, I know the challenges of sewing for a changing body, so my line of patterns also includes the only stylish maternity and nursing sewing patterns on the market. I like to think of sewing as “fashion you Make!”, and hope that my sewing patterns will help make sewing a more enjoyable and stylish experience.

Megan’s Links: Website and Shop, Blog, Instagram, TwitterFacebook, Patterns at Pink Chalk Fabrics

Where I Sew is a month long celebration of the spaces we create in. Leave a comment and be entered to win one of 50 $20 Pink Chalk Fabrics Gift Certificates. Add your sewing room to the tour!

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Date: Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 11:00

 

Caroline Hulse is the author of the creative lifestyle blog, Sew Caroline. She’s enthralled with the world of handmade fashion and has recently released a line of women’s PDF sewing patterns. Caroline also debuted her very first line of fabric for Art Gallery Fabrics at spring quilt market that will release in July! Her line of fabric, Gleeful, is full of bright colors, cheerful motifs, and feminine flair.

Caroline’s Links: Website and Shop, Blog, Instagram, Patterns at Pink Chalk Fabrics

Where I Sew is a month long celebration of the spaces we create in. Leave a comment and be entered to win one of 50 $20 Pink Chalk Fabrics Gift Certificates. Add your sewing room to the tour!

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Author: "Diana" Tags: "Sewing"
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