Sometimes I make things just to enter in the fall fair. This was one of those times! The fair list called for a vest. This printed vest panel and coordinating lining was given to me by an Old Order Mennonite friend who had received it from someone else. My friend clearly has no use for this type of clothing. Actually, neither do I, but when the fair list called for a vest, it occurred to me that this might fit the bill!
I quilted the top panel fabric to a flannelette backing with no additional batting. The quilting design is a dense snowflake pattern, which adds to the winter feel of the garment. After quilting the panel, I packed it into my project bag to take to the cottage for summer stitching. There, I trimmed it, lined it, turned it inside out, top-stitched the edges and then added the buttons and buttonholes, Voila! A completed vest!
The vest did well at the fall fairs this year, winning several first place ribbons, along with a $25. gift certificate to one of my favourite sewing stores!
I have no idea who will receive this vest. I doubt I could ever convince my husband he should wear this at our Christmas Eve family party! But that does not matter, I made it for the fair! Hmmm. That gives me an idea! Maybe I should donate it to the Hand-Made Table, the silent auction table at our tiny one-day fair in Northern Ontario where the proceeds go to support the operation of the fair.
This Stack and Whack quilt was made from a UFO I purchased at the Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild show in Davenport, Iowa. The guild had a great show and a wonderful sale area. I spent too much money there!
This package contained the stack and whack pieces cut out, the navy background pieces and enough of the Zodiac themed yardage for the borders and binding. I added the setting triangle fabric from my stash and bought the wheat coloured inner border to coordinate. This was the first quilt I assembled on my new featherweight machine. It was very pleasant to piece this – a project I did in small snippets of time during a small quilting class with advanced level children. When they did not need me, I just stitched away on my project and they stitched away on theirs. It was very companionable and gave me something to do rather than stand over them when they were fully capable of sewing on their own.
Once the top was pieced, I quilted it with a design called Just Stars, which enhanced the Astrological theme of the fabric and echoed the stars of the setting triangles. The thread is a gold Omni by Superior Threads.
The finished quilt was given to Adam and Meg as a wedding quilt. Adam is a neighbour at our cottage who played in the forest, swam, boated, skiied and eventually partied every summer with our two children. He is the first of the very tight knit group of seven cottage kids to get married. He chose a lovely life partner and we were happy for them both.