Karen from One Girl Circus has a great new pattern out called the Infinity Sweater.
I love the look of an Infinity Sweater in Jersey, which can be worn in countless ways, but for the cold end of fall, I longed for something super warm.
So I made a version of the Infinity out of flannel! And not just any flannel! Made by Rae’s flannel Fanfare Foxes!
Sorry for the grainy photos here. Terrible fall lighting + dead camera + blogging with kids = my excuses.
The first time I saw Rae’s little foxes, I just wanted to drape myself in them. Screw kid’s clothes – it was time to ensconce myself in flannel. I am a modern-day George Costanza.
George ensconced in velvet
But I didn’t stop at the foxes! I made another version for a friend out of some really fun woven fabric.
Blankets as fashion – this is me:
These “tribal” sweaters (ugh – there’s a better word I’m sure, but that’s the one getting used) are so hot right now. Check out this one from Anthropologie:
And I made one more. This one I made from just cheap JoAnns flannel, as it was my first experiment with a flannel Infinity. A wearable muslin, if you want.
So cozy! I love it. I love all three of them and they are WARM. If you’re looking for a socially acceptable way to wear your slanket out in public this is it.
A couple tips if you want to try this look yourself.
- Get the pattern – it’s awesome and can be made as-is, or given slight alterations to take on INFINITE design ideas.
- Go a size-up – the Infinity is designed for stretch fabric, and if your fabric doesn’t stretch you should account for that for a better fit.
- Play with the front-flap lengths. If you’re making this from a thin fabric (like most t-shirt jerseys) then you could keep them full-length so you can wear the cardigan in multiple ways (as a wrap! tied behind your back! over your neck!). But if you’re making this from a thicker fabric and know you’ll ONLY wear it open, you may want to shorten the flaps.
- For the foxes Infinity, I shortened the flaps so it’s all the same length around when worn, and I actually hand-tacked a fold to keep a certain look in place. Let’s call the a couture hand-sewing element, rather than a weird cheat ; )
I was very honored to have had two of my quilts accepted into the Modern Quilt Exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. See all of the exhibit’s quilts here…
“Trapezoids at Work” originally blogged here
“Archicoop” – more pictures here – and featuring my homegirl Rossie who teaches this applique method.
A simple, fun commissioned quilt for a newborn boy!
The pattern is inspired by a design from this book HERE.
Cars are from Riley Blake’s Peak Hour and were appliqued using my sew and turn method.I’ve made two of these quilts before and they are blogged here.
Here’s a take on a Positive Space quilt in perky yellows, oranges, and blues. It’s for a new darling boy who was born a couple of weeks ago.
I love these Lizzy House fabrics and also, if you look at the picture above, I like the chevron prints that I cut on angles. Sort of fun, huh?
I used yellow thread for the quilting; a zig-zag stitch done with my walking foot.
I love this binding with the plaid, and the backing is shirting fabric. It is so incredibly soft!
After seeing the awesome, simple tutorial on Elle Apparel, I knew I had to make a “kimono.”
Rather than silk, however, I was dying to use the Echino Rhino print. It’s a 85% cotton/15% linen blend, but I like the way it hangs, especially after a wash. The design is so awesome, I literally felt the need to drape myself in the fabric.
This has been a great way to add a touch of fashion to my tees and jeans wardrobe.
My sister in law recently acquired a piece by YURI MASNYJ and decided she wants to hang it in her bedroom – where she will be sure to see it everyday.
This lead to her desire to have a new quilt for her king-sized bed that would coordinate with the print and the variety of other beautiful artworks she has in her room. (She runs an art gallery and her whole house features AMAZING art.)
I was super honored that she commissioned me to come up with a quilt! We worked together on the design, and after seeing THIS quilt and THIS quilt I came up with this sketch:
And then it was off to the races! I drew a grid over my sketch to help me keep track of the proportions:
Each row was developed and built out, then framed with grey. The rows were then joined and the final border was fleshed out until I had my desired width.
My Bernina people said that they would never try to quilt a King on their machine. I have a 550 QE and I just didn’t want to give up and send it to a quilter without giving it a try – especially since I knew I really wanted a version of straight line quilting! I used a thin cotton batting and am happy to report that with my walking foot and ziggy zaggy stitch 16, as well as a large table with chairs around helping support the blanket, AND some clean gardening gloves to aid in my guiding of the fabric, I really had ZERO problems quilting this blanket. Zig Zag stitches every 1.5 – 3.5 inches throughout the entire blanket. I did it in two sittings.
The backing is three panels: stripes, white and grey. The binding is stripe fabric (an homage to Red Pepper Quilts): some skinny stripes, some wider.
I am looking forward to making this quilt a little sister someday! I’d love to play with this design again on a smaller scale.
My dear friend is having a baby boy in just a couple of weeks! Her decorating style has always really impressed me. Her home has lots of dark wood, rich colors, gold filigreed wallpaper. They are big on Americana and she finds all sorts of amazing items at estate sales. In fact she is one of the bloggers for the popular thrifting blog Dig This Treasure.
I decided to do a repeating plus block quilt similar to THIS ONE, but in nutty browns, tans, black, white, and some splashes of orange and yellow. This whole quilt came to fruition when I scored some vintagey looking Star Spangled Banner music fabric from a swap at the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild. It’s quilted with a large zig-zag embroidery stitch (#16 on my Bernina).
The backing fabric is mostly this AMAZING Field Notes fabric by Moda and some left over strips (origin unknown) that I used to back THIS quilt from the Positive Space Quilt-A-Long
Embroidered label : )
Anyway the quilt goes best with my friend’s living room, but take a look at their amazing mint nursery! And yes – that’s a taxidermied boar’s head. And that’s a real dog, not a toy.
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