For those of you who follow me on Instagram (@heritage.threads), you know that I have majorly fallen down a rabbit hole. This rabbit hole is making neck ties for my 2 sons and my husband. My wonderful husband wears a tie to work every day. Probably a year ago he asked if we could work on drafting a tie pattern for our own use from one of his old ties. I said absolutely and then promptly forgot, as I do.
This year I finally decided to make it easier for myself and purchase Dana’s Everyday Necktie Pattern.She has an awesome YouTube video that goes along with her pattern and it is pretty much fool proof. If I can do it over and over and over, I promise you can do it as well.
I have learned that I can fit a men’s tie, a tween tie, and a boy’s tie all on 3/4 of a yard of fabric (one 3/4 yard piece for the front and one 3/4 yard piece for the lining). There is still weird waste, but it doesn’t feel as wasteful as 1 tie.
I made ties for Easter for some neighbors and then just couldn’t stop and made more and more and more ties for my boys……. I have 2 more planned and then I *might* stop….. maybe…… I thought it would be fun to document the ties I’ve made and I will continue to update this post as I make more. 🙂
I made this quilt originally about a year ago and enjoyed hand quilting it. I went for some free form baptist clams using perle cotton and it has the softest texture because of that.
This quilt has a really special back story that I thought I’d share here on my blog. We are blessed to have a quilt made by my husband’s great-grandmother, Ellen Susanna. She was born in 1867, got married in 1900, had 7 children, and then lost her husband in 1916, when her youngest (my husband’s grandmother) was just 3. She worked very hard to provide for her family. One thing she did was make clothing for others. She used the extra leftover fabric to make this quilt.
I love that it is mismatched, has velvet, wool, suiting, you name it and it’s in this quilt, but it is a show of resourcefulness of generations past and I love it for that. As a tribute to this beautiful quilt, I wanted to remake it in a modern way. My quilt is asymmetrical like hers. It uses a chunky sashing and stones like hers. It finishes with half and quarter blocks around the edges like hers. In every way I could, I made it like hers.
This pattern uses a mega charm pack of 5″ charms from Robert Kauffman, which helps a lot to make assembly easier. You only need 9 low volume fat quarters (or raid your scrap bin!) as well as 1 3/4 yards of low volume for the sashing and 1 fat quarter (or quarter yard) for the stones.
I could not be happier with how this quilt turned out. It is a real tribute to generations past, not just my husband’s great-grandmother. This pattern is now available in my Etsy shop and in celebration, my entire etsy shop is 20% off currently.
Fat Quarter Shop has recently updated their website and now has sorted their free patterns based on precut type that the pattern uses! It is super easy to search and gather inspiration for any precuts you *may* have sitting on your shelf that need a project. 🙂 HERE
I used Sun Print 2018 to make the Jelly Roll Twist pattern. Let me tell you, it is a super SUPER fast pattern to make. I did have some lessons that I learned as I made this quilt that pertain to using Jelly Rolls that I thought I’d pass on.
Each fabric line differs in the number of prints that are in it, yet each jelly roll has 42 strips. What this means is that each Jelly Roll has a different number of repeat prints in it. Some have zero, some have 21. When you are choosing a pattern, it is important to have an idea of how many repeat prints there are in your Jelly Roll. When I chose this pattern, I didn’t think through this very well. In the end, I don’t think this quilt ended up being as fun as it could have had I been more careful in choosing my Jelly Roll.
I still really like this quilt, but if I had used a jelly roll that had minimal repeat prints instead of many, this quilt would have a completely different look and feel. Jelly Rolls are my favorite precut. They are so easy to use and they save so much time cutting endless strips for projects. They also help you achieve a scrappy look without having to put a lot of thought into how to pull it off.
What is your favorite precut? Are you team jelly roll like me??