Friday, August 28, 2020

Dinosaur Quilt

I had so much fun making the Ahoy Sailor Quilt, that I decided to make another baby quilt.  This time it is Dinosaurs.  I dislike paying for patterns, but since this one was so cute, and promised to be easy,  I decided to buy it here .

Large Quilt

The ease is due to the whole quilt being made out of squares and triangles.  No paper-piecing or templates.  One has to be careful to sew the triangles and squares properly.

I thought I would have to wait until Joann's had a sale, but after checking my stash, I found I had plenty of fat-quarters and enough background fabric to make the 48 inch square quilt.  I still had to go to Joann's for the  backing fabric.

 I decided to use my featherweight for this project.

All the plants were made first.
Then the two Brachiosaurus were made.

Next the two Tyrannosaurus were sewn together.


Then came the Stegosaurus.


Finally, the Triceratops.


Then all the dinosaurs sewed together with sashing and borders to make the 48 x 48 quilt top.


Making the quilt "sandwich" out in the driveway.


I was lucky and found a dinosaur fabric for the backing.

Here it is finished.  I used invisible thread to quilt it with my Bernina 640.


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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

2013 Revisited

My blog is a good sewing diary.  If I didn't have this blog, I wouldn't know I made Simplicity 1948 for Joe in the form of shorts way back in July of 2013.



These are his favorite, they are made out of a light-denim and have had regular use until now.  The side-seam ripped out.  So time for a new pair.


I am using some black corduroy I found in my stash.  I washed and dried it while I was ironing the pattern so I could trace it out on some tissue paper.  I am using the same size as before which is a 36" waist.


I am using the cousin of the sewing machine I used for the original shorts.  These are the only two sewing machines I have named.  I used Alice for the original, now I am using Ann for these.

Alice, a Free-Westinghouse model ALB

Ann, a New Home type F
These machines are friction drive and the wheel turns away from you instead of towards you like most machines.  Also they were originally built to take shorter needles than standard, but I adjusted the mechanism so I could use standard ones.

I don't have a zipper-foot for Alice or Ann so I used my Bernina 640 to sew in the zipper.  I also used my Bernina for the buttonhole.

I flat-felled most seams.   The outside legs were serged with my Singer QuantumLock 5.


Joe likes the way they fit.  Hopefully he gets as many years out of them as the 2013 pair.


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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Ahoy Sailor!

I bounce around between sewing apparel and quilts.  This time it is a baby quilt called "Ahoy Sailor".  It is a cute little nautical themed quilt with sailboats.  You can get the pattern here .



The pattern was released in 2016.  I had to look around for fabric.  I also asked in my quilt class (via zoom meeting) where I might find the fabric.  I received a lot of good suggestions.  One was Saltwaterfabrics.com .

I found the nautical fat quarters I needed for the quilt at Saltwaterfabrics. The white material was from my stash.  I purchased the backing and the other material from Joann's.  Half the fun of making this quilt was hunting for fabric.

My Bel Air Bantam with a 1/4" foot was the machine used for this project.


I started making the boats, and realized the measurements for the large sails were  extremely accurate.  7 3/4 by 4 7/8.  This made for some fussing with the ruler to get the right size. Then once the large sail is sewn, it is cut down to 7 1/4 by 4 3/8.  Needless to say, I ended up with some going in the garbage.


The first of 14 boats finished
Once I finished the boats, I started piecing them together to form the quilt.  Unlike the model quilt, I used a light blue material under the boats to mimic water.

Here it is before quilting.


I used my Necchi to quilt it by stitching in the ditch.  I used Pellon FB-96 cotton batting.

Here it is finished.  It measured 60 inches by 60 inches.


This was a fun project.

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

A Shacket for Joe, The Reveal

I have been working on Simplicity 1328 for Joe.  Unlike the pattern,  this will be a lined shacket with welt pockets.


I was going to put a red lining in it that I had in my stash.  Joe quickly vetoed this idea, so we went to Joann's to get the light-blue lining for it.  Joann's needed to order the buttons I wanted, so one more trip was necessary.  Luckily we live in a county that only has nine reported Corona virus cases.  So I feel safe to go to out of the house once a week.

I enjoyed sewing this with my Wilson Rotary sewing machine.  I stitched on the buttons with my Bernina 707.




Maurice helped me with it, even though it was too large for him. 



Here is Joe.  He likes it.




Our weather has turned to hot, 100 degrees this week, so might not need a shacket for a while.


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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

A Shacket for Joe, Part two

From my last blog, I am continuing my construction of a a shacket for Joe using Simplicity 1328.

I sewed on the two top pockets using my Wilson Rotary sewing machine.  I used a buttonholer attached to my Wilson to make the buttonholes in the flaps.

Instead of the lower patch pockets, I added welt pockets like my shacket.  I didn't keep good notes about the pockets, so I measured my shacket to see where to put them.  First I watched this Video to refresh my memory.

I cut out two 8" by 6" pieces of material and interfaced them.


Then I folded them right sides together,  making them 8" by 3" .  I sewed 5/8" from each side.

 I turned to form the welts.


With seam allowances included I measured the openings should be 4 3/4 inches from bottom edge, and 3 5/8 and 7 1/4 from sides.

Pocket openings marked
Pocket bag and welt sewed to outside

Inside when finished

Outside finished

So far it is looking good.  I had Joe try it on to see if it will be the right size.  He likes it.


Now it needs lining, collar, cuffs, button placket, and hem.

Time to start sewing.

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Monday, May 4, 2020

A Shacket for Joe, Part one

I have a gray shacket I wear a lot.  It is made out of a cotton herringbone  I bought from Joann's.  I made it with Simplicity 1328 with some changes.   My version has welt pockets and is lined.

Simplicity 1328
My version
By checking my old blogs, I found I made this in April 2017.  So, it is interesting Joe waited until today when we were walking the dogs to say he wanted a jacket like mine.

My shacket was made in size small with two inches added to the sleeves.  I think a large will fit Joe fine.

A trip to Joann's was necessary.  Luckily their shirting was on sale.  I bought a blue herringbone that Joe approved.


Since I used Berninas making my last projects, I decided to break away and use one of my "White" sewing machines.

My Wilson Rotary comes to mind instantly.  It is a straight stitch machine made by White.

Just a little preview of my next project.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

McCall's 7818

After making several shirts, it was time to change gears and try a jacket again.  I decided on McCall's 7818 because of it being lined and supposed to be oversized.  Since my height and long arms need longer than standard, I thought this might be a good pattern to try, even though it is a unisex pattern.



The medium muslin surprised me.  The arms and the body seemed to be the right length.  The shoulders seemed pretty good.  However, there was a lot of extra material around the stomach and in the back.  I tried to take in the seams a little, but then decided to try a muslin in small.

The small was way too small.  So I decided to make a medium jacket with some adjustments.

I sewed them with my Bernina 1005.


I had some wonderful wool fabric in my stash.  It was perfect for a casual jacket.

The first step after interfacing the fronts, sides, and back with lightweight fusible was to install the welt pockets.  I didn't like the instructions.  I followed Pam Howard in her Modern Jacket Techniques video on Bluprint.

Everything was fine until I tried on my new jacket.  The shoulders had wrinkles.

First I pulled the threads and twisted the shoulder to the rear.  That helped a little, but I still had wrinkles under the arms.  After adjusting the arms several times, I decided to leave them alone.

Now on to the lining.  I used a white lining because Wal-Mart had it for $1 a yard.   I machine sewed the arms into the body even though the instructions said to hand sew.  Otherwise I did quite a bit of hand sewing.

I sewed the jacket with my Bernina 640.

I am modeling the jacket in a made by me outfit.  I am wearing a short-sleeved shirt, so no cuff to show.




It fits nicely.  I actually made it just as the pattern called for with no adjustments.  The instructions were good until the final sewing of the lining to the jacket, which were vague.

I am glad to say it is finished after a month of sewing.  It was a fun project, I don't know when I'll get a chance to wear it.

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