Have you ever seen something and just instantly fell in love, knew “this is the one”? That’s kind of what I felt the first time I saw a dahlia quilt. Curvy, colorful, big and beautiful.
Of course, it’s also the kind of project that makes me think, “Can I do this?”
When I came across the Dahlia quilt pattern from Prairie Grass Patterns, I knew I’d found my entre to the quilt of my dreams. It took me a little while to get to it, but when I did, I couldn’t stop until it was done.
I used largely Tula Pink fabrics with a bit of Timeless Treasure’s Studio Basics blender and a wee touch of Cotton + Steel. It’s all machine pieced, then hand appliqued to the background fabric. I machine quilted each blade of the dahlia, echoing the lines of the piecing. Then I echo stitched around the dahlia on the background fabric.
The finished mini quilt is about 25″ square and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. It was a good learning process without the level of intimidation that is the Giant Dahlia pattern. And now that I’ve done it, I know I want to follow through and make the dahlia of my dreams.
I always enjoy creating treasures from my stash, especially when I’ve had something — fabric or pattern — for a while and have no good excuse for the sewing delay. Last summer, I taught a private class at Intown Quilters and my students wanted to sew an article of clothing for themselves. I suggested the Schoolhouse Tunic, which had been hanging out in my pattern box, and they loved the idea.
Of course, I had to make one for myself before I taught them how to make it. So August found me cutting and sewing some of my favorite cotton lawn from Timeless Treasures. These colors are so me and I love the hand of this fabric like you can’t imagine.
The tunic is designed to be worn over a cami or tank, so if you’re not into the layering thing, it’s probably not the best choice for you. I tweaked the sewing just a bit since I have a serger and am not afraid to use it. I also vaguely remember adding just a bit of length to the bodice to compensate for my slightly fuller bust. I think the empire waistline might have hit a bit too far north otherwise.
This would be a really cute dress in a slightly heavier fabric if I added another 12-18 inches to the hem. I’m not 100 percent sure the current length is totally flattering on me but I don’t care; I throw on a pair of jean leggings and wear it anyway.