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Sewing for Me in March – Week #2

Posted on: March 15th, 2014 by Lorna McMahon

In celebration of World Wide Quilting Day, I am sharing the progress made on my latest quilting adventure!  A quilted jacket.

Each week, those of us participating in the challenge hosted by Sarah of Berry Barn Designs (30/30 Linky Party), link up a progress post.  You can read my goal setting post here.

Last week I acquired the fabric and found the perfect pattern needed to make myself a jacket.  And then listed my next steps, which were to . . . .

A) figure out what fabric I am going to use as the lining side for the inside of the jacket

B) decide whether to piece the fabric or just use the fabrics as is to make the sections

C) choose thread and a design to do the quilting with

For the lining, I did find a piece of what I am assuming is a poly cotton blend in my stash.  This piece of broadcloth was just the right width and length to use as the backing for my quilt sandwich.

In the comments left on my last post, my friend Teje of Nero’s Post and Patch said, “I would make absolutely pieced ‘outside’ – you are a quilter – right?! Shouldn’t you have a patchwork jacket!

I really could not agree more!

Although it was difficult to cut into those Charley Harper fabrics, as a quilter, I knew it must be done.  It did take me a while to work out the layout, but in the end, I went with simple vertical strips.  They say horizontal strips make you look wider.  So of course I am hoping the vertical piecing will give the illusion of taller rather than wider.  Hoping!

The strips were pieced into columns and then the columns were joined.  I spread out the broadcloth on my quilting frame, placed the quilt batting on top, and then smoothed out the newly pieced top.  And began to pin.

Thread for quilting.
Yes, this was another decision to make.

Superior Threads had kindly offered to sponsor the thread for this project.  This was right after finishing my Modern Charm quilt, and back when I still was in the planning stages for this jacket.  I ordered some very bright yellow and orange Magnifico threads.

Knowing now that my palette was based on teal, mustard and mushroom, I felt that those bright new threads would not be giving the look that I was going for with this wearable piece.  I dug into my stash of Superior Threads and chose my variegated blue Fantastico #5006 Niagra.  Using a 3.5 stitch length, I quilted 1/4″ along each side of every vertical seam line.

I felt a little more stitching was needed.

Digging into my thread stash once more, I came up with a cone of variegated Fantastico #5005 October and quilted 1/4″ away from each of my previous stitch lines.

Awww!  Now that’s better!

My goals for the coming week…….
A) layout the pattern pieces and cut them out
B) begin piecing the jacket together

Linking up with everyone at Sarah’s for Week 2 Progress.
Come on over and check out the progress of all the other linkers!

I am really enjoying the learning process this project has provided.
It is scary fun to try new things.
And I am so glad to be making something for me!

Thank you for the helpful advice and for all your kind words of encouragement!!!

Thank you, my friends!
Keep On Quilting On!

38 Responses

  1. sherry says:

    wow nice project…this is going to be a stunning jacket

  2. This is coming along beautifully, Lorna! I love that the fabric you chose feels cozy and modern at the same time – perfect for the jacket pattern. I love the strips, love the line quilting – you're going to look very tall indeed ; )

  3. Kacey says:

    Can't wait to see the finished product!

  4. Jasmine says:

    I love seeing how your jacket is coming together. Thanks for sharing! It will look awesome!

  5. Mary R. says:

    Love the variegated thread and the vertical stripes really show off the fabric nicely. Keep up the good work!

  6. Mara says:

    It is looking so AWESOME, I love variegated threads and the fabrics just look yum, can't wait to see it all finished.

  7. Vicki says:

    Yes, the two colored quilting did the trick! This is looking so very good. Can't wait to see your next progress post.

  8. charlotte says:

    Loving it so far…can't wait to see more. You are doing great Lorna.

  9. Shauna says:

    I love it, I think the thread colors you chose are perfect, great job!!!

  10. Jessica says:

    Oh, I am so excited about your jacket! The fabric is beautiful and I love that thread. What an inspirational project. 🙂

  11. Renee says:

    It is coming along so nicely! I love the threads you ended up using, they look great with the fabric.

  12. Adore your fabrics choices!

  13. Jo Ferguson says:

    Your jacket is coming along beautifully, as I knew it would. The colours are gorgeous and I love your thread choices. I'm getting excited to see the end result.

  14. What a great idea to use the different coloured threads. Perfect! Thanks for sharing….can't wait to see it shape up….

  15. Anonymous says:

    I like the fabrics, and I like the way you chose to quilt them. Thanks for showing this.

  16. Great quilting, looking forward to seeing the finished project!

  17. Perfect fabric for your jacket and the threads look neat!! I can't wait to see you in the jacket!!

  18. Great progress so far!

  19. I love hiw it's coming! Beautiful stitching.

  20. inchworming says:

    Nice choices on fabric and thread! Can't wait until next week to see more!

  21. Kris says:

    ooh fantastic progress you are making! :)Looks great and can't wait to see how it will turn out.

  22. Vera says:

    It is so fun to see the making process! What an adventure!

  23. It's looking fabulous, Lorna!! I like the added stitching a lot.-Soma

  24. Cheryl says:

    Greta start, I love the little extra the stitching adds

  25. CeLynn says:

    Way to go on your soon to be jacket Lorna! The second color of stitching looks like the perfect amount too. You will probably be looking ten feet tall while wearing it 😉

  26. Well done Lorna. The thread choice is perfect. I wouldn't have thought to use two different threads. It works!

  27. This is going to be amazing!!

  28. Nilya says:

    Looks so wonderful. Love your photos!

  29. Hannele says:

    Beautiful fabrics and threads – it's exiting to see the project as it proceeds!

  30. RosieGma says:

    Lorna, Love the thread colors, first ones are nice too, but the ones you used added so much to the vertical pieces,,,,cannot wait for the cutting up part…….

  31. These threads look great on the fabrics you are using! Can't wait to see this come to life.

  32. Now why haven't I thought of 2 colors of thread for quilting. Such a clever but simple idea to enJOY. Thank-you for the seed to a brainstorm.

  33. Scrapatches says:

    Pretty fabrics. You made some good progress on your goal. Looking forward to seeing your new quilted jacket … 🙂 Pat

  34. Looking fab Lorna, love your thread colour choices and you can't go wrong with Charley Harper ever! 😀

  35. Elise Lea says:

    I adore what you have so far, the quilting is just perfect! I bet this is going to be just stunning, can't wait..

  36. I'm really enjoying the color combination of threads! I must try that sometime. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

  37. RunningHen says:

    Lorna, I love it!!! I have a jacket pattern that I bought probably more than 10 yrs ago, & still need to make it. I love your quilted idea, and I LOVE what you did with the threads cuz you didn't stop with one line of stitching and one color, BRAVO! Thanks for the inspiration.