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Sunday, July 22, 2012

DWM: a cloak, and wedding quilts


For Christmas last year my niece, Amelia, asked if I would make her a cloak.  I asked about the style and ascertained she preferred a Lord of the Rings type cloak rather than a Folkwear's Kinsale cloak -- a McCall's pattern (.99 on sale (cover price $16.95!)) was just right.   We finally coordinated our schedules and met at Vogue Fabrics in Evanston on Friday.  She loved the wool suitings at $19.95/yard.  So did I, but not for the cloak.  I found a linen-texture polyester for $8.95/yard. The pattern required 5-3/8.  Amelia chose a bottle-green poly for the hood lining. 

Vogue is known for its fashion fabrics.  Home dec is a strong secondary line.  Quilting fabric is a small part of the business.  Nonetheless, I did find some quilty bargains in the remnant room, as well as a piece of navy wool for a skirt.  (The navy skirt I made in 1995 no longer fits and cannot be altered.) 
Sunday report:  the cloak is finished!  It wasn't hard, just awkward with huge pattern pieces.  (No photo because all you'd see is a lot of black fabric.)
Wedding 9-Patch
As for wedding quilts:  I have two of them to make, one for August and one for September.  I was intrigued when I found this Bento Box tutorial  and created this flimsy. I decided that it's too girly-bright for a wedding gift, though I'm glad I tried the pattern and look forward to making it again.  (Idea:  scale down the block, or use a combination of block sizes.)  Instead I'm quilting a flimsy I made earlier this year, a Bonnie Hunter block called  "Grandpa's Star."  (I will rename it before I give it to the bride and groom!)  The second quilt was inspired by a project in the current issue of Quilt magazine.  The bride said they like woodsy colors and I had just the right batiks in my stash.   This turned out bigger than I anticipated -- 80 x 86!   [Thanks to the sharp-eyed reader who noted the incorrect hourglass placement.]
Grandfather's Star

See what other quiltmakers are up to this week at Judy's Patchwork Times. 

16 comments:

  1. That wedding 9-patch just glows and it is my favorite! Good job!

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  2. Check the second hourglass in the top two rows - I think they are turned wrong. Love the quilt.

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  3. Great quilts! An inspiration for me to see. : )

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  4. Love the border on the bento boxes.

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  5. Very pretty quilts and I love the colors. I have always wanted to make a costume with a cloak but my garmet making skills are a bit poor! Great to hear it was easy for you

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  6. Loved seeing your pretty quilts.

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  7. Wonderful quilts! Love the 9patch! Such lovely fabrics.

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  8. I like all the quilts but my favorite is the bento box.

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  9. Those are all lovely quilts but I think the wedding ninepatch is just perfect. Love the colors!

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  10. I love the wedding 9P.
    I made a long hooded cloak for myself back in the 70s and loved it. I wonder if I still have that pattern!

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  11. All three of your quialts are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Wow that wedding nine patch is beautiful!! And the bento boxes is super sweet, looks like careful planning was required for that one.

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  13. Beautiful quilts, all three of them.

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  14. Your quilts are always an inspiration. I've started rebuilding my stack of little 9-patches after seeing yours today. And the Bento Box prompted me to pull out some fabrics and start a quilt for a friend's grandbaby. Not that I didn't anything else to work on....

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  15. Nann, the more I look at your Wedding 9-patch, the more I wonder just how you did it. Was it done with traditional setting triangles to go on point? Or is it a flying geese and rectangles border that has been added onto two alternating blocks? I'd love to buy this pattern if I can.

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  16. All wonderful! First time I've seen Bonnie's Grandpa's star worked up into a quilt - thanks for sharing :)

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