It’s a dressmaking aventure

Just wanted to share a new project in progress: a summer dress! I live in New-Zeeland and we are in spring right now, so hopefully, I can wear this dress very soon. I’m doing the design A and chose a floral fabric (no surprise here).

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First step was actually quite time-consuming: cutting the pattern and pining it to the fabric. I was a bit scared to cut through the pattern directly but everyone told me this is how you are supposed to do, so I ignored my inner voice and cut through.

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Adding pieces together isn’t as straight forward as it may look but after several trials, I managed to find the logic way. Yay! Thank god there are symbols to match seams! I don’t know how much more confused I would have been without them. Ha!

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And here is where I stopped: IMG_9635

Although it isn’t the final top, it still looks like a recognisable shape, so I was pretty happy with that.

Hopefully I can share the finish garment with you soon.

xoxo,

Alice

Meadow Brick Wall

It’s time to share with you my first free motion quilt finished. I’m so happy and so proud of the result.

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Have a seat on this cute bench, admire the view of New-Zeeland sea and let me tell you the story of “where” this quilt is for.

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I made this quilt not for a person but for a place. It would be for my husband’s family house. This house is quite special: it is where we met and where we married ten years later.

This house belongs to the entire family. When the great-grandmother passed away, none in the family could afford the house. It is located in a beautiful tourist place where the taxes are extraordinary high. Not to count the bills for such a big house…

However, everyone loved the house so much and they would have been devastated if they had to sell it. My husband’s granddad and his three brothers came up with an idea: building an association where every member of the family own the place, so that everyone could still enjoy the house and participate on the expenses. And it worked ! The four brothers were in charge of the house until the next generation was ready to take part. Now, the third generation (my husband’s generation) is also playing a big role.

The family meet every two-year (70 people!) in a different part of France and discuss the budget, where money should be spent, if anything need to be repaired, etc… It is a serious meetings but it is also the occasion to get to know each other better and have a laugh. I must say, as a partner of a family member it is very intimidating to be at this meeting for the first time but they are a lovely bunch and they welcomed me well.

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The house is like a holiday house, you need to book it to be able to go there and you pay a small fee per night. I was first intrigued by this fee but now I think it’s normal. As you can stay there with friends, it helps participating on the bills.

My husband spent many holidays as a kid in this house, with his cousins. Later on, we also went to this house spending holidays and long weekends with friends. It is such a relaxing place.

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Now, the fourth generation is starting to grow: one of my husband’s cousin has two kids and another one just gave birth last week. I thought it would be nice to have a quilt in this place to enjoy the garden with little ones. The quilt is dedicated to the fourth generation of the house. I’ll offer the quilt during the next meeting (next year). I’m not sure if we will be able to make it to the meeting (we missed a few when we where living in Australia) but my quilt will. I can’t wait to see all the cousins playing and getting to know each other on this quilt. I hope it will be part of a good memory of the house.

IMG_9664The label was totally inspired by the artist E. Wolfmeyer. I was looking for quilt label ideas and I fell in love with that one. I like the aesthetic and the fact that it has a lot of information without being cluttered. As the quilt will most likely be used in the garden, I thought adding a waterproof layer on the label was a good idea  would be a good idea, hence the shininess. 
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Can you see how happy I am with the quilt? Offering the quilt to the house is also a way to still be able to enjoy it from time to time. Ha!
Quilt Details
Finished Size: approx. 53′ x 55′
Fabric: Meadow by Leah Duncan
Backing: Solid Blue
Binding: Alexander Henry, Fashion for the Home
Pieced and Quilted by: Me

This quilt was part of my Q4 finish along list. Linking up with TGIFF and Crazy mum Quilt.

Sailor jumper

After the success of my last baby jumper (little matelot sweater), I decided to continue my journey of knitting with another baby jumper. This time, I went for Touch Yarns, a 100% Merino New-Zeeland wool. I chose one of their patterns, a little sailor jumper.

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The first difference from last time was to start with a ribbing (purl, knit, purl, knit, purl, etc..). I was slightly concerned to change thread back and worth for every single stitch, but it wasn’t that hard. I got the hang of it just by watching one or two video on YouTube. You can “admire” my first ribbing:

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I started with the back, which was very similar to the other jumper, so I didn’t need help and did it quite quickly.

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The front was similar but with bigger stripes and some shaping at the collar. I still find it enjoyable and easy and did not require help up to this point. IMG_9631

I now have the sleeves to do, the collar with some buttonholes (this would be challenging) and joining up all the pieces together.

I must admit that I really enjoy knitting and I already dream of all the projects to come.

Does anyone know about good link up parties for knitting? I love sharing my work and seeing what everyone else is working on for quilts, would love to do the same regarding knitting.

Mobile hearts

Don’t you love effective projects that are so easy, they could be done within minutes? Yes, me too.

While walking on the beach nearby my house, we came across a lot of dead wood and I thought it would be great to use some to hang something up in our room.

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Coming back from the walk, I grabbed some leftover batting and fabric that I liked. On the fabric, I traced some heart shapes, sandwiched it with batting and fabric and sew inside the shape. I then simply cut where I traced the heart, leaving row edges.

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In no time, I had this little mobile hearts up on the wall. It’s a great way to display your favourite fabric.

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I’m sure it would look lovely in a little person’s bedroom too.

Linking up with Crazy mum quilt.

Using my Arizona bundle

Small WIP today to let you know my plan for the Arizona line (from April Rhode) that I absolutely adore!

As some of the prints are too pretty to be chopped too small, I found a nice pattern combining different sizes of rectangles. The pattern is from the book 1,2,3 Quilt from (Ellen Luckett Baker). As I have a coordinated solid fat quarter bundle, I think this quilt pattern is perfect. It looks random, but it’s actually very well structured. It combined a repetition of only five different blocks.

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It’s my first time following a proper pattern for a quilt and I thought I may as well doing it seriously. So, I’ve written all the rectangles sizes required on each block to make the cutting process easier. arizonaartgallery

Do you know this feeling of being scared to cut through your beautiful bundle? Well, to make things last longer, I’ve pressed every fat quarter. I thought this was a helpful mental preparation. Ha!

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I’ve now cut all my stripes. It took me quite a while to go through both bundle but I enjoyed it. The only stressful part was that I wasn’t sure to have enough fabric. According to the pattern, I didn’t, but I managed to make it work. Lucky day! Arizonafabric

I was itching to start straight away but I’m waiting for Bria (from The Good Smeller) who wants to join me for this quilt. She will also uses her Arizona fabric and we will do a QAL. I’m not sure if there is an official definition for QAL, for us, it’s just means that we are working on the same quilt at the same time. It will be fun!

If you want to join us please feel free. I’m sure this pattern could be used with many other lovely fabrics.

Linking up with:

WIP Wed