I'm super excited that some of you have expressed interest in making the In the Pantry mini quilt! Totally made my day!
First of all, you'll need to purchase the "In the Pantry" pattern set from Kerry and I's Sew-Ichigo shop. The pattern set is chock full of possibilities. Kerry has come up with 4 variations of the canister jar, and the set also includes my Mama's Pyrex pattern as well as the silverware.
Next, using this diagram, you will sew it together.
A few tips:
1. All the blocks are at 100% unless indicated by the diagram.
2. All seam allowances are 1/4''.
3. Some of the sashing pieces will be slightly bigger than the block they are being sewn to. That is ok. Just trim the sashing pieces down after you've sewn each section. And trim each section as you go.
1. Sew one of each block: mama's pyrex, simple sweet jar, knife, spoon and fork. Sew three simple sweet jars at 75%.
2. Sew sashing A to the top of the mama's pyrex block.
3. Sew sashing B to the top of the largest simple sweet jar.
3. Sew the knife, spoon and fork blocks together as indicated in the diagram, then sew sashing C to the top of the blocks.
4. Sew two of the smaller simple sweet jars together side by side.
5. Sew a 1 1/2'' sashing strip to each side of one of the smaller simple sweet jars.
6. Sew a 1 1/2'' sashing strip to the top of the jar in step 5.
7. Sew the small jar in step 6 to the top of the small jars in step 4.
8. Sew the large jar to the left side of the utensil block.
9. Sew the small stacked jar block to the right side of the utensil block.
10. Sew a 1 1/4'' sashing strip to the bottom and then one to the right of the jar/utensil block
11. Sew the mama's pyrex block to the left of the jar/utensil block.
12. Make a quilt sandwich, quilt using sparkles with Aurifil thread, then bind.
If you make this mini, I'd love to see it! You can tag me on Instagram (I'm @sewtakeahike, and please use the hashtag #sewichigo) and/or you can post it on flickr in the sew-ichigo group here!
Aurifil has long been my favorite thread for piecing. The 50wt is thin and strong, and that's a huge deal when I have lots of seams when I paper piece. Thread takes up space in the seam, so I want to make sure it takes up as little space as possible.
So when Kristin at Sew Mama Sew asked for submissions for an Aurifil Mini Quilt Challenge, I jumped at the chance. Here are the participants:
I have to admit, I felt extremely unworthy when I saw Geta's submission, and tossed and turned and all night before I finished my quilt, thinking it wouldn't be good enough.
But in the end, I went with my original idea because it represents me so well. After all, that's one of my deepest desires, to create work that speaks of me and my style. And my style is simple and uncomplicated.
Aurifil sent this thread set and the only guidelines were to use some of a few of the threads in the pack.
(image credit Sew Mama Sew)
All the colors in Camille's set are so pretty, I decided I wanted to use a little bit of each of them.
*All the block patterns are from the Sew-Ichigo "In the Pantry set", available here, at Sew-Ichigo.
And here's my little mini all quilted. Each piece is outlined with the darker teal thread and then I added some sparkles (one sparkle of each color of thread in the set) to make it retrofabulous.
Thank you Sew Mama Sew for allowing me to participate and thank you to Aurifil for making and sharing such fabulous thread!
p.s. If you'd like to purchase Aurifil, the Fat Quarter Shop has a huge selection!
Also, if you'd like to make an "In the Pantry" mini like mine, leave a comment saying you'd like to make one and I'll put together an illustration with measurements for you!
I have been a little shy to try Oakshott cottons in the past, wondering about their durability and how they would be to sew with.
Since this is my first time sewing with them, I'm not sure about their durability, but I now know they sew like a dream. (Do any of you have any long term experience with laundering Oakshott cottons and can give me your thoughts about how they hold up with many washings?)
**update** after I posted this, Michael Oakshott emailed and said this about the durability question I had: "Washing : I'd be very surprised if anyone has any problems. We use vat dyes and they are known to give cottons the best results to light, washing and rubbing fastness. The main contra indication is of course with any chlorine based product as that strips the colour straight out of cotton. Other care instructions are wash in warm water up to 40C and iron whilst damp. Shrinkage 3-5% as is normal with cotton (the hanks are all boil washed for 8-10 hours before dyeing)".
Thanks to Lynne putting me in touch with the Oakshott people, they sent me a fat eighth of the Lake bundle.
I was immediately enthralled with the sheen and shimmer of the fabrics and the colors of the crossweave threads.
I can definitely say I am a convert. The hand is outrageously good and the sheen/shimmer is magnificent. They lend a special touch to this scarf (pattern from Malka Dubrawsky's book Fresh Quilting) compared to normal solids, adding depth and interest. I really wish I could send a photo that shows the shimmer, but I just couldn't achieve that with a photo.
If you live in the US and want to try some for yourself, Tammy at Marmalade Fabrics has a small selection here, and it looks like she will be getting more soon!