Pathfinder Vest

The patterns from Twig & Tale are so well written and flattering.  After making the Dragon coat, I made the Pathfinder vest for my second daughter.  I love that they encourage re-using/re-purposing. I’ve already made sweaters and shirts into dresses. For this vest I found a white wool blend sweater at a rummage sale, and shrunk it before cutting the pattern pieces for this vest.


The lining is left overs from a dress I made myself.vest1

My little girl doesn’t like hoods, so I went with the collar option.vest2I’ll be making more of these!

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Dragon Coat

My daughter requested a dragon costume for Halloween this year.  I found a very well done pattern for a pea coat with animal features here and made the dragon modifications.    She loves it and so do I.dragoncoat5

I used a woven purple flannel I had on hand with some fun upholstery scraps for the wings.


I went with bright green for the spikes and the lining.dragoncoat2

The large purple buttons were perfect, and we thought some sparkles would be fun too.dragoncoat4


There are even claws coming out of the pockets.dragoncoat3 She’ll be wearing it until Halloween and beyond!


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Summer Harvests

Summer is winding down, but here are a few of the harvests I managed to snap photos of this year.
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This giant zucchini weighed over 8 lbs and took the 2nd prize ribbon in the biggest zucchini contest at our local fair in August.

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Tomatoes have been late and slow to ripen. We may end up with many green ones ripening indoors.
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Plus Quilt Finished

I’m so happy I finally completed this quilt today. I started it late August in preparation for my daughter’s new room. I used many fabrics from an Alison Glass color sampler pack and added in other fabrics from my stash. It took longer than anticipated to finish and I’m glad it’s finally on her bed.
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I used this large print on the back and already made curtains for the windows to match.
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The room is aqua and I love how all the saturated colors look on the bed.
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I hand quilted around each plus. At times I considered quilting more, but I think it emphasizes the design and gives it a nice soft drape.
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It measures 70 by 90 and I used 4 1/2″ squares

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Scrappy Trip Around the World

Another recent baby quilt. I managed to finish this one in a month.
It was fun to make the scrappy trip around the world blocks with the tutorial from here. I only used five colors in each block because I didn’t want the blocks to be as big.
I hand quilted on the diagonal through the squares and did a baptist fan design in the border, all with purple thread.
It measures 36 by 46.

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