I’m trying to find time to sew more, and in particular I want to try sewing patterns from independent pattern companies. I’ve just ordered a few sewing patterns from Style Arc, an Australian sewing pattern company focused on current fashion trends and styles. I purchased:
I concentrated on simple styles suitable for a beginner. You can download most of the patterns to print from a PDF on the Etsy Style Arc site or order a printed pattern to be sent to you directly from the Style Arc sewing patterns website. Make sure you select the correct country currency when you visit their website, as they are an international pattern company.
It has been a loooong time, but I recently finished my latest quilting project! I made another one of Amy Gibson’s quilt patterns in the Learn to Quilt Series on Craftsy, the Cozy Throw Quilt. I couldn’t be more happy with the online video class or with my finished throw quilt.
This Craftsy class teaches you how to strip quilt. Strip quilting allows you to build you quilt blocks in a quick and efficient way. Although the individual blocks themselves look complicated to make but because they are actually cut from strips of fabric sewn together, the process is easier and faster than you might guess. It took me a long time to finish this throw quilt, but only because various family emergencies and baby sleep regressions made this easy quilt pattern into a rather drawn out process. It was hard to find a block of time to actually sew, and whenever I tried to, someone wandered over to unplug my sewing machine or push all the buttons on my sewing machine.
Amy Gibson gives very clear instructions and is a very good teacher. She teaches you how to accurately measure and cut strips of fabric for strip quilting. Then she teaches you how to make quilt blocks from those strips. My quilt is far from perfect but I love it.
Craftsy offers a pre made quilting kit for this class. It is a beautiful set of bright, feminine quilting cotton solids. I chose to make my own mix of muted colors in kona cotton quilting solids from fabric.com. If you don’t want to cut fabric strips then you can buy pre-cut jelly roll quilting fabric.
My latest beginner sewing project is the fantastic and easy Custom Table Runner Quilt by Craftsy. This simple quilting project uses half square triangles in a compact quilt. I got practice making pinwheel quilt blocks and machine quilting the top of the quilt, but because this is a small scale projct I did not feel overwhelmed or frustrated. In fact, this class would help a beginner quilter learn new skills and increase their sewing confidence!
Since I don’t often use a table runner, I opted for a holiday quilted table runner. I decided to use Christmas fabric and challenge myself to make a pinwheel quilt design. I am thrilled with my Christmas table runner quilt. Its not perfect, but I never thought I would be able to make a half-square triangle or a pinwheel design. The Craftsy sewing class instructor, Amy Gibson, made the quilt chain piecing process clear and straightforward. I know can now easily apply the skills taught in this class to another table runner or even a bigger quilting project.
One thing I need to do differently next time is be more exact with my binding. I have to make sure my quarter inch seam is accurate when machine binding the quilt. I had to pull the binding quite tight on the other side of my quilt to try to cover my stitching seam,so there is some rippling on the edge of the quilt binding. I decided to finish the quilt by machine binding it, because the hand stitched binding was too painful and frustrating for me.
Now that my baby is a year old, he is starting to sleep through the night. Sometimes when he doesn’t wake up in the middle of the night, I have been able to wake up early. This change has given me the opportunity to start sewing again.
For my return to sewing, I wanted a simple but useful project. I felt like I barely remembered how to thread my machine! The first class in the Craftsy Learn to Quilt series was a perfect fit for me. This “charming baby quilt” online sewing class featured a simple baby receiving blanket quilt using square charm packs of fabric. No risky measuring and cutting for those unsure of their sewing skills! The quilt is even self bound, so there is no need to worry about binding the quilt.
I loved this quick and easy quilting project. The instructor, Amy Gibson, did a great job of answering all the basic and common sense questions I had while sewing. The instructions were clear and perfectly detailed. This class was a great foundation for moving on to any other sewing projects.
I used Cool L’s Modern Basics by Lecien for my fabrics. I wish I would have realized that Craftsy has a super cute baby quilt kit that coordinates with this class. It would have taken all the guess work and waste out of buying my own fabric.
I liked this class so much that I have already signed up for the next class in the series: Learn to Quilt: Custom Table Runner.
Since I am going to have another baby in a month and a half, I have to get some baby supplies together. Most of my old stuff is still perfectly good, but I need more burp cloths! I decided to sew myself a little stash of soft, absorbent burp cloths for the new baby. This turned out to be a quick and easy sewing project for a baby! Plus it is very cost effective considering the cost of burp cloths from a store.
I used the burp cloth tutorial from Dana Made It.
I used flannel fabric for the backing and chenille fabric for the absorbent layer of fabric. Of course the minor problems I ran into were related to the burp cloth fabrics. The flannel shrunk and the edges shredded when I pre-washed it more than I expected. The soft chenille stretched a lot when I was sewing it AND it made an unholy fluffly mess all over when I cut into it.
As a result the sizes of my burp cloths are a little inconsistent. In the end I decided that the burp cloths might not be perfect, but they are good enough to be puked on.