two shirts in (the same) double gauze…

You might remember somewhat recently when I showed a photo of some lovely double gauze fabrics I had picked up at Jones & Vandermeer. Emily of J&V provided me with thisĀ  Sevenberry anchor print, and I love it, but couldn’t decide if I wanted to see it in a quilt or as clothing.


When I was asked recently to test Rae‘s new pattern, Beatrix (coming soon!), I thought this print might be perfect. I know it’s usually a good idea to test a pattern using muslin, but I have such confidence in Rae that I knew that I could go ahead and use the good stuff! (As it turns out, I picked the wrong size (my fault, not Rae’s!) so mine’s a bit large and you can see that the darts aren’t hitting correctly, but I’ve already made a few minor adjustments and it fits well now)


I saw Rae’s first prototype in the Cotton + Steel booth last Quilt Market showing off their lovely Bespoke double gauze. I loved everything about it, especially the curved hem and that fun back button placket. I may have bugged Rae about turning it into a pattern, so then when she asked if I’d be a pattern tester, of course I had to say yes!


This is view A, and is a great quick sew, despite having some great features that make it look super professional. My sewing machine only makes half a button hole, so my top is still sporting the safety pins, but I hope to get that remedied soon, as I’d love to wear it out!


Not only did I have fun sewing up this top, but I also loved seeing how thorough Rae and her team are about making sure the pattern is as perfect as it can be. I like purchasing patterns from designers who take this kind of care to provide a great product.


But back to this fun fabric! After sewing this top, I discovered that I had just enough left over for a little something else. I’ve been wanting to try out the Linden sweatshirt in a double gauze and this seemed perfect, as it was already washed and ready to go! I made my usual size and went with short sleeves for the summer as well as a split hem. The only thing I’d change next time would be to cut the neckline a bit higher so it’s not as wide. I wore this one all day today and found it to be really comfortable, and indeed I smiled every time I looked down and saw that fun anchor print.

I still kind of want to see it in a quilt though, so perhaps a little restock is in order? You can find it here (it’s a great price for double gauze at only $13/yard!)

Also, Jones & Vandermeer are having a Memorial Day sale on these prints - save an extra 20% with code Memorial20.

Other Memorial Day sales:

Lady Belle Fabric. No code needed! Moda Fat Quarter Bundles starting at $90.00, all fabric bundles and quilt kits on sale, all pre-cuts 15% off, sale half yards starting at $2.95. Sale ends Wednesday May 27th 2015

Sew Modern. Take 20% off all regularly priced fabric in-store and online with code MMDAY. May 22nd-May 25th

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Tiger Lily for Max


Heather Ross’s upcoming Tiger Lily line is beautiful, no getting around it. But I wouldn’t have necessarily said it was the perfect line for a quilt for Max.


After making my first Tiger Lily quilt, I suggested that it might make a fun new quilt for Hazel, since she loves cats. I apparently failed to remember that Max also loves cats — he immediately wanted to know where his cat quilt was. And so this second Tiger Lily quilt was born.

(baby fingers… though now at 4, maybe less baby-like, but still tiny and cute!)


I’m pleased to report that he’s thrilled with it. Kitties! More kitties!


I used a long-hoarded piece of Heather Ross’s tadpole print which seemed like the perfect color for the backing. It’s fun to finally use something I purchased so many years ago. I quilted it with horizontal straight lines about an inch and a half apart, and used a woodgrain print for the binding (another that’s been in my stash for quite some time, come to think of it)


And now Hazel wants to know when hers will be finished…better get quilting!


Previous post about this quilt can be found here.

My tutorial for the Intersection block.

Heather Ross's Tiger Lily will be available in August!

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tiger lily triangles


After finishing my Cotton + Steel triangle quilt, I immediately thought that it would be fun to do something similar out of Heather Ross’s upcoming Tiger Lily line. I like that Heather included a number of prints on a darker background as well as several on a lighter/white background, and I thought it would be fun to alternate the darker and lighter prints.


After receiving a FQ bundle from Windham Fabrics (thank you!), I set to work cutting triangles. I posted a photo on IG the other day and then later went back to tag it with the tigerlilyfabric hashtag. Out of curiosity, I checked the tag to see what else had been posted and was sad to find that a quilt had already been made out of this line in the same equilateral triangles. Bummer!


Since I had already cut into all the prints, there wasn’t much I could do to adjust the design, but I decided to see if I could play around with my layout to change it up just a bit. I pulled out a number of the prints and replaced it with more of that great polka dot print as well as a similarly colored Sevenberry polka dot print. I also added in a skinny strip of the polka dots in between each row of triangles and a few striped sections here and there. I pieced many of the triangles again, also. [By the way, for those who asked how to make the pieced triangles, to keep it simple I just sewed two fabrics together first and then cut around my triangle template, placing the seam where I wanted it to fall.] Anyway, I’m happy that these little changes made this quilt just a tad bit different.


Last weekend we dropped the kids off with my parents and headed for a town further south. I presented it to Morgan as a day date, but in reality I also made him do work holding quilts. It’s been a while since we’ve had the luxury of just driving around without a destination and it was really fun. I do love finding fun spots for quilt photos!


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