Monthly Archives: May 2014

Retro Quilt (from Simply Retro)

May 11, 2014

The third quilt I finished last month was the Retro quilt for a little boy who is almost turning one. The pattern was from Camille Roskelley‘s book Simply Retro.

I really love how it turned out, especially because I had a ton of blue fabric that I originally intended to use for the Double Wedding Ring quilt. I’m glad that I changed my mind on that because it looks great here! The pattern fabric is from Red Rooster Fabrics called Vintage Play.


Like the two previous quilts, I also quilted this in a large meandering design. I took this photo to try to show the wrinkly/yummy/just-washed look:


Here’s the back, also with a personalized embroidered label on the white strip:
DSC_7250I am so happy with how it turned out. It was a lot of fun to make, and I have several more quilts I want to make from the book. (I’m looking at Vintage, Dwell, Framed, and Fresh!)

These quilts are the first that I have made to people outside the family, so I was a little nervous. I don’t usually give out handmade gifts, but there are only so many quilts I can keep in the house at one time! These seemed like good entry points to start giving quilts as gifts.

Plus, the personalized label would make it harder for them to throw it in the trash, or give it to Goodwill, right?  😉

Sew Classic Clothes for Girls – Twirl Skirt

May 5, 2014

The first thing I made with my new serger is the Twirl Skirt from The Cottage Mama’s Sew Classic Clothes for Girls book.

The fabric was leftover from my Swoon Quilt/Rug which I thought would give me a chance to practice making clothes, use up some leftover scraps, and practice on the serger.


A couple of issues came up:

  1. I did not have enough thread, so it is kind of a mishmash of everything. (Note to self: buy lots of thread, especially more than just off-white!)
  2. I cut the top tier wrong so I had to just make do with it being shorter.


It was a good first project for me. I had it sitting on my to-do pile for a while, so at least I can say I made a skirt. My daughter reminded me of a prairie girl as she ran around playing in it. DSC_7519

I am going to tackle another pattern soon. It’s just a matter of choosing which one I am brave enough to attempt next!