Wednesday, March 27, 2013

March Flaunt Your Finish



Welcome to our March Flaunt Your Finish!  

It's been a long winter for some of us and we're happy that Spring is right around the corner. Here in Oklahoma, that means it will be summer in two weeks.  If we're really lucky we might have four whole weeks of Spring! I exaggerate, but not by much.

With Spring and Easter quickly approaching, some of our members have been busy sewing clothing. Andrea made this adorable Easter dress for her daughter using the "Stella" pattern from Violette Fields Threads. The fabric is from Sarah Jane's "Out to Sea" collection.


Jemellia has also been sewing dresses and although they're not shown here, she's made at least two for herself as well as this cute one for her daughter. This one is the "Geranium Dress" pattern by Rae Hoekstra. Jemellia says she's may challenge herself to round out the month with 1-3 more apparel pieces.


Agnes made this beautiful quilt inspired by the Quilts of Gee's Bend. Using fabrics from Windham Fabrics "Quilts of Gee's Bend" Series, Agnes' quilt is an interpretation of an iconic quilt by famous Alabama quiltmaker Loretta Pettway Bennett.


Having personally visited Gee's Bend a few years ago, making this quilt was truly inspirational and insightful for Agnes. She's now come full circle as far as exploring this very important influence on the Modern Quilting Movement.


We've mentioned before that several of our members participated in the Madrona Road Challenge sponsored by Michael Miller Fabrics and The Modern Quilt Guild. Our guild challenge was to make a mini-quilt and here's Andrea's. Andrea has never done any improvisational cutting/piecing before, so she played with that idea a bit. Great job!


It seems like we're always talking about bags at our meetings. Jemellia brought this bag to our last meeting and we all just loved it! And here's Melissa's version of the Holiday in London Duffle Bag by Bari J.  Melissa used the fabric line Comma by Zen Chic. (Look for it at your local quilt shop!)


This is a really great sized bag and let me tell you this: Unbeknownst to either of us, I'm also making this bag from the Comma fabric line. And while I'm piecing mine differently, I'm hoping it looks as great as Melissa's bag!


Ann is a new member and this is her first Flaunt Your Finish!  Ann saw this next project in The Liberty Book of Home Sewing.


It took a bit of time for Ann to collect the fabric she wanted to use, as she quickly discoverd she would not be able to find the Liberty Fabrics specified in the book. (If you are a Liberty of London fan, you know how quickly they go!) At the time, Ann was well in the throes of her batik phase. The body fabric was a pretty easy decision, but she didn't know how she was going to replicate the tail feather 'eye' look. Ann even went so far as to buy feathers to use!

Buying a fat quarter here and there of fabric she thought might work, Ann also searched for pins and sequins. She finally came across this exotic piece of Ombre Marrakesh by Michael Miller and felt her prayers were answered! As it turns out, this beautiful print is only seen if you look at the underside of the "feathers". The wrong side has smaller batik pieces appliqued onto them.


Everything finally came together and this is the finished project, only a mere 50 weeks later! She's so excited to give it to her friend who...wait for it...goes by the pseudonym...Gwendolyn Peacock!  Great job Ann, and definitely worth the time to find the right fabrics.


And finally, in more ways than one, we have Amanda L's "Little Apple Orchards" quilt. Amanda began this quilt June 2012, with a charm pack of "Little Apples", some coordinating solids, white and quilters linen. The apple cores are English Paper pieced, and the quilt is hand-quilted with a combination of No. 8 Perle Cotton and a variegated Sulky blendable thread. Congratulations Amanda, it's beautiful! 


Thanks for joining us this month for Flaunt Your Finish! We hope you've gained some inspiration to start a project of your own or complete an unfinished one lingering around.

Now, Flaunt YOUR Finish by linking up your blog or Flickr page below.  It doesn't have to be a brand new post, just one from the month of March.

Check back next week for April's Block-of-the-Month!



1 comment:

  1. Wow! Lots of Awesome projects. That peacock pincushion by Ann is truly inspired, and it's especially nice to see Amanda's orchard complete. Looks like our members did some really neat stuff this month.

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