Wearables, quilted jackets, vests, coats, hats, scarves
Latest Activity: Sep 22, 2020
Started by Lindy / UT. Last reply by Gloria Edinger Jun 25, 2011.
Started by Lindy / UT Feb 14, 2010.
Started by Marsha. Last reply by Barb D in Maine Jan 17, 2009.
I am a long time member of "Quilting With Us" (QWU). I used to give virtual workshops here. Like many others, I have ventured out as QWU became more quiet.
We are getting the warning that QWU is at risk of being disabled. I fear this is a sign that QWU will one day be no more.
It has become like family here and the thought of losing the friendships we have developed has giving me a sad heart. Like many dark clouds, there is a silver lining. When I ventured out, I created a quilters social network, much like QWU. I never mentioned it, for it was a conflict of interest. However, in this dark hour, it is time to let others know there is an alternative. It does not have to end here.
I would be honored for QWU members to join "Pattern Pastiche". If needed, we are more than happy to create a group for your new home.
Your "Pattern Pastiche" code: QWU
"Pattern Pastiche" is at
As far as wearables go, I've only made a few spring scarves over the past month and none of them are quilted. I;m still slowly learning to make clothing items. In Feb, I joined 'Threads Insider' on the Threads site so that I could access their 'insider' info. I'm learning quite a bit there...good for novices like me. They give a 30 day free trial and I decided that, in my case, it was worth joining for a year. They do add new things to learn about, so I may stay a member as long as I keep learning more good things. I also receive sewing newsletters from a few on line groups and I get some helpful info in them as well.
I have several books on sewing and tailoring, but I like the videos on the 'Thread' site even better than the books...just the way I learn. All of it, books and videos, are helping me gain confidence and learn more techniques. I now have a dress form to help me with fitting items for myself too. Now I need to 'do it', so I can improve my skills.
The only quilty things I've made lately had been several sets of pieced or appliqued coasters, potholders, and table runners I made them for a gift to my Mom and to donate to a local animal rescue group's Flea Market booth. I'll be making more items for the rescue group, but I do plan to get around to making a few more tops and pants for myself very soon. I also need some comfy 'lounging around the house' summer clothing.
I have not done anything with the sweatshirt yet, but I still plan to make a quilted jacket out of it (maybe later this summer). I would like to fuse fabric strips and other shapes all over the sweatshirt and then add fleece and quilt it. I saw this technique on an old 'Simply Quilts' TV show, years ago and I still have that episode recorded on a VHS tape. I have an old VHS recorder/player in my closet that I use to play those old shows. I must have at least 15 full VHS tapes..all with Simply Quilt shows on them. I have other old craft shows recorded on a few other VHS tapes as well.
I can't get access to most of the old 'SQ' shows on the HGTV web site anymore, so I'm glad I didn't let my DH throw out all those old VHS tapes. I keep them in an suitcase under my bed. Okay, I've talked enough for today. I need to finish a couple of potholders. 8)
Anyone working on anything interesting lately????? Hoffman Challenge coming up - anyone going to enter? I've got the fabric and still thinking about it.
Way to go! They are fab! I am working on a couple of things, but can't seem to get anything finished. But onward.....
Angie - Great jackets!
Hi guys have not been on for awhile i have made three sweatshirt jackets, One for myself and two for two adorable little girls.
I have made 3 sweatshirt jackets: a bargello, a chicken embelished and a red and white crazy quilt type pattern. The thing I like is that they fit. If it fit as a sweatshirt, it will fit as a jacket. Lots of fun to do.
Welcome to the group Gloria, and yes, we don't say much! But we are all friendly when we do! Hang in there with the clothing, the most important thing is to learn how to fit, so you don't feel like you have wasted your time when done coz it doesn't fit! Did years of hit and miss sewing...not good.
Re: the sweatshirts, are you cutting them up and making something from them, sort of Project Runway challenge style? Or are you planning to make jackets with them? My mother wants to try the sweatshirt into jacket thing, I'm looking for the pattern that our guild used.
So I never finished the Hoffman Challenge outfit, I did draft the pattern, bargello the fabric, got the pieces sewn together but the sleeves were off, and I threw it in a bag and never got back to it. Trying to decide if I want to fix it and finish it, or make some kind of Christmas table runner out of it....I'll have to think on that. the bargello is fabulous, so I can't just leave it in the bag!!!
Hope you all have nice Holidays!
I see this group is real talkative, LOL. That is ok with me though. You must be the type of folks who only talk when you have something to say. I do love quilted jackets and also other clothing that uses quilt techniques and designs, artsy or traditional, as part of the fabric...no quilting added.
I have some quilted jacket patterns, never opened so far, that I would like to make this coming fall. I'm in NW Florida, USA. I've found that wearing a lightweight jacket in the winter is about all the warmth I can stand ....of course, hot flashes might be part of my "natural" inner warmth over the past few years too.
I'm hoping that by joining your group, I will finally open those quilted jacket patterns I have and make a couple for this next winter season.
I'm also learning to sew some other clothing items for myself too. I have made several simple tops and a few pull on pants so far. Gotta start somewhere, right?
Over the past few months, my DD has offered, several times, to take me clothes shopping, so that tells you how good/bad I sew my clothing so far. Not giving up yet though.
I usually make art quilts, home dec items, and a few bags. Sewing clothing is my latest attempt to work more with fabric. I'll go take a look at your discussion threads now. Glad I found this group. 8)
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