Persian Lime Casbah Quilt

It’s such a nice Sunday evening, I’m watching TV and working on my current quilt project. I call this my Persian Lime Casbah Quilt – it’s so exuberant! I’m in love with it, and only love would keep one going…this quilt has been in progress for a year and a half now. But I do my quilting by hand, so there is no such thing as a quick quilt here 🙂

It will be a 96″ x 88″ queen size quilt when complete, with a large center ground and 20″ multi-fabric edgings when bound.

The large scrolled print is Amy Butler Arabesque Lime from her Love collection. The counterpoint in the edging is her Cypress Paisley from the same collection. I had to include my favorite Dumb Dots from Michael Miller, these are actually dark brown on lime. And the rain spatter batik is by Tonga.
All top fabrics are 100% cotton, the quilt has a bleached muslin backing, and I used Hobbs low loft poly batting. It will be very light and cool for sleeping.
I admit I am considering quilting the edgings on the machine, if only to move this along in time to enjoy this summer. It would be hard, though, I’ve always done my quilts by hand. What if the quilt gods frown at me?
Back to my needle and thread! Coco

Wiksten Tank Top

White linen blend pants, self-made, future blog
Kelly & Kate sandals

This is my first  spring woven top fever result! And I love this tank top pattern by Wiksten. I sewed this in a super cute and fresh cotton print that is a 3 yd. Mini Bolt from ACMoore. I was so happy with how well it laundered, the finish is better than I expected (the bolt was shrink-wrapped, no touchy), and it handled very nicely.

The Wiksten pattern is downloadable, and it did not eat up my paper supply! To my surprise and delight, the pattern includes a longer version that would be a darling tunic top for leggings and jeans. Yes, I see it in my future 🙂

There is so much to like about the pattern. First, it is clearly intended to be used by all level sewists. For instance, it has all french seams. Wiksten makes this so easy by marking the pattern for the 1//4″ and 3″8″ seams. For beginner sewists, what a wonderful way to become acquainted with french seams! Second, it does not have darts – but the fit in the bust is amazing. I drew my bustline apex marks on the pattern to verify ease and so on before I cut my fabric. After stitching, I am so pleased. Truth be told, I am not wearing an undergarment in these photos…and the fit is great.

Navy weavers cloth pants, self-made, future blog

Just a couple comments on the pattern construction: I looked at a lot of renditions of this pattern online. I noticed that many gals had a very high armscye, a high neckline, and more than one complained of a gaping back neck on the garment. And I am pretty sure I know why. The pattern uses bias facing on the armholes and neckline. I think less-experienced sewists are applying the facing as a binding, not a facing. Simple mistake that makes a huge difference in fit and appearance of the garment. Wish I could reach out to them!

I decided to apply my facing so that it folded to the outside instead of to the inside. For a couple reasons. One, it puts the inevitable little stitching puckers from the topstitching where they cannot be seen. And two, the extra fold adds weight and effect to the tank top, which is otherwise a bit of a sea of fabric!

I like the result.

What a fun project and tank top. I am making more! Hasta luego! Coco
p.s. my camera is not taking good outdoors pics today…it is a somewhat aged Elph! ah. I’ll pat it.

Spring Woven Top Fever…

Last night I was looking at the almost 400 entries in the Spring Top SewAlong hosted by Made-by-Rae…uh oh!! I was overcome by the need to make some quick woven tops. All those examples in the SewAlong, and most of the sewists included comments, the Flickr site is like having a database of reviews right here with me. I have to do it now!

I’ve been looking at these 3 patterns for a while now. Each takes 2 or less yd. of fabric. And they are all downloadable. Guess what my printer did this morning 🙂

Grainline 3001 Pocket Tank Top

Grainline 3002 Scout Woven top

Wiksten Tank Top
All three of the downloads were flawless, as were the printouts. Wiksten and Grainline both provided separate instruction files with lots of pics. The patterns are very reasonably priced. More later when I’ve actually made these!
Moving on. My compulsion did not stop with patterns. ACMoore has its Baby Bolts on sale for half price, which means 3 yd. for $10! These are not high end cottons, but perfect for one season tops. So…yes, I actually got in the car and went shopping (I hate, loathe, and abominate shopping in stores!). Consolation prize for the effort: a 24″ x 50 yd. roll of trace paper for $22. I’m a bit tired of freezer and parchment paper for my download traces so I’m moving on up to the East Side…
Frosting: I had a 25% off total purchase coupon. Ok, it was so worth it! Fabrics are in the wash, but here’s a look:

Ciao! Coco