Friday, April 18, 2014

Datura #3: A Pattern by Deer and Doe

It's official, I love the Datura blouse pattern by Deer and Doe.  I am on my third and it might be my favorite yet.  I used a Nani Iro double gauze I purchased from someone destashing on Instagram.  If you have not ventured into the world of Instagram yet, you should totally try it.  So many great projects and people out there!  

For this version of the Datura blouse, I used the border and factory edge of the fabric for the bottom hem of the top.  Because of this, I made a straight hem at the bottom instead of the original hem as I did in my first two Datura blouses.  

I also went with a plain neckline, no triangle cut-outs or collar.  Simple but awesome.  The double gauze was a bit tricky to sew with, however I was also using a different machine than I normally use so I am not sure it was all the double gauze.  Either way, I love the result and I already have the fabric for my next Datura washed and ready to go.  I believe this is going to be my go to piece this summer!

The only part I have not finished on this top is the buttons.  What kind of buttons would you use on the back?

Thanks so much for stopping by.  This post is linked up with Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts. and Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Layer Cake Sampler Quilt Along: A WIP Wedenesday Edition

This post is going to be fairly short and sweet.  I joined along with the Layer Cake Sampler Quilt Along over at Material Girl Quilts, click the image below to check it out.
I resisted for a while, but I kept seeing everyone's blocks popping up on Instagram and caved!  It is such a cute pattern and HST are really fun anyway.  I had already started a quilt using some HST I made using leftovers from a couple of baby quilts back in January.  I love that I was able to make a whole other quilt top from them, which I am almost finished with but haven't had a chance to photograph it yet, so here is just a photo of the blocks.
For the quilt along, I chose to cut into my Reunion by Sweetwater charm packs.  This was extremely hard to do and I went back and forth on it for a while.  I am still not convinced that it was a good idea, but only time will tell I suppose.  I also was pretty late to the quilt along so I only have two blocks done so far and they are on blocks 13 and 14 this week.  I have a lot of catching up to do!
Thanks for stopping by!  This post is linked up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Datura #2: A Pattern By Deer and Doe

I finally made another Datura blouse by Deer and Doe.  I am pretty sure I mentioned this before, but I love this pattern.  I like the way it comes together so much and I love the fit.  This time around I made the collared version (love it), and used some of the Palos Verdes Voile by A Creative Mint for Cloud 9.  This fabric is gorgeous by the way.  
Sorry, I didn't realize how wrinkled it was until I saw these photos!  Here is the back.
Let's rewind of a second and talk about the first Datura I made last year.  I made the triangle cut out version, and used Essex linen in flax for the top portion and The Way of Flowers from the Koi Collection by Rashida Coleman-Hale for the bottom.  Pretty much love how this one turned out as well.
I am also in the process of making another version, with a plain neckline and straight hem using a Nani Iro double gauze I got from a seller on Instagram.  (Instagram is so amazing…and yet so dangerous!)  I have been wanting to make a top or skirt using a border print where I don’t have to hem, and this is it!  I was hoping to have it finished to show you today, but it has been very difficult finding time to sew this week.  You will just have to just check out my pieces for now, and hopefully I will have a finished product to show off soon.
I also have a couple of other Datura blouse ideas and I even bought fabric for them already.  One is similar to a Datura blouse I saw on @christinehaynes feed on Instagram a week or so ago using a navy Art Gallery print for the bottom half and a natural linen color for the top and collar.  I found the same print in a dark gray and plan on making pretty much the same top!  So awesome.  Then for the other I just found another Art Gallery print from the Indian Summer Collection by Sarah Watson.  For this fabric I was thinking plain neckline but a hi-lo hem….if that is even the correct term for it!  Do you think that will be enough?!?!
Thanks so much for stopping by!  This post is linked up with Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

I'm Back....With Some More Farmer's Wife Blocks: A WIP Wednesday Edition

I am so sorry that it has been so long.  It has been tough keeping up with everything lately.  Plus, it has been tax time....dun, dun, duuuuuun!  Anyway, I just wanted to do a little update on my Farmer's Wife quilt.  I finally finished my twelve new blocks for March about a week ago and now it is April already.  What!?!?  I guess I will be doing another update sooner rather than later.  Here is where I am so far with my blocks, I have made 36 so far.  
I am going to show you a close up of six of my latest blocks.  Two of the blocks I made this month were duplicates of each other.  I need to have 34 doubles I believe it is so I thought I would do a couple now.  The first block is the Buckwheat block, which is number 13 in the book.

I love how much the look of the same block can be with different fabric.  It gets me every time!  The next duplicate block I made was the Economy block, number 29 in the book.  I am sure you have heard of this one.  I believe there has been a quilt along on the web where quilters are making whole quilts using only this block.  They look great....perhaps I will have to add that one to my giant list of projects as well!  Here are the two Economy blocks I made for the Farmer's Wife quilt.
Then there is the Broken Sugar Bowl block, number 12 in the book.
Finally, the Evening Star block, number 31 in the book.  The red it this photo looks a little off, but you get the idea!
I am using the template method to make these as instructed in the book, and I like it.  I know there are others out there who use a different method.  Either way I think this is an enjoyable project that I can do a little at a time and I love what I envision the outcome to be!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I am hoping to be blogging more regularly again, so come back soon to check it out!

This post is linked up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced