How many quilted coats is too many?! I wasn’t planning on keeping this new quilted coat featuring warm-toned ombré Sprout Wovens, but then I was heading to my first QuiltCon (read about that here) and I was excited to show her off!
I was also curious to see how this version would feel stitched up entirely in woven fabrics.
Another quilted coat to add to my expanding collection! And today I’m sharing all the details with you of how she came to life.
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When I first shared the fabric pull I was planning to use for my new quilted coat in warm-toned ombré Sprout Wovens, I was a little surprised by how many of you mentioned the colourway being more muted than my typical bold colours 😉 and you’d be absolutely right – ha!
Since quilted coats are garments you wear, I have a tendency of leaning towards a more classic and understated palette. I share more about how I’ve used my own capsule wardrobe as a guide to inspire my textile selections. I share more about this process in the Capsule Wardrobe: How Your Closet Helps You Select Fabrics for Your Quilted Coat blog post. There’s also a free guide to download in the 3 Tips on How to Pick Fabric for a Quilted Coat, which you might find helpful!
Why I Chose These Colours
I’d just recently finished making the Jade Ombré jacket using Sprout Wovens and I was curious about seeing a coat made entirely from that collection. So, when I was preparing for the Winter Quilted Coat Workshop, it was my immediate go-to starting point.
Whenever I tackle a new project, I always like to challenge myself to think outside the box and not work with colours and materials that I’ve worked with already. It keeps things fresh and encourages me to not get too comfortable 😉
Since I’d already explored gray and beige colourways, as well as the Jade ombré, I decided to go in an entirely new direction and focus on warm tones. I was super excited when I found out the Arcade Wovens had started shipping as I was curious about exploring working with plaids.
Armed with a Colour Plan
So, armed with wanting a warm-toned colourway that featured only wovens with some kind of plaid interior, I set off to peruse the options. It didn’t take me long to narrow down a few top contenders from the selection of plaids: namely I was focused on Agave, Lazuli, and Garnet.
With my parameters set, even though I was attracted to Agave and Lazuli (and pulled together the Sprout Wovens I would have matched them with), in the end, knowing my objectives of what I wanted helped me eliminate the other two options and stay focused on what met my criteria.
Working with Screens
Did I mention I did all this on screens?
It’s not my ideal way of picking fabrics.
When I received them in the mail, the colours were a liiiiittle different than what my monitor had registered. I knew this was a possibility, but since I didn’t have all the colour cards on hand for the new collections, I had to roll with it.
I was a little concerned that there wasn’t enough of a contrast between a couple of the colours, but I just rolled with it and am I ever happy I did because I love how she turned out.
Tip – sometimes you need to see things through to fully appreciate whether you like the ultimate outcome or not. Said otherwise, don’t judge the project mid-construction.
One of the fun steps in the quilting journey is when you see your half-square triangle combinations for the first time after being pieced and trimmed up. It gives you your first peek at how the colours and fabrics will play off one another. I was encouraged to keep going with this new quilted coat featuring warm-toned ombré Sprout Wovens 😉
I had initially planned on hand quilting my entire quilted jacket. That is until I got my Etched Diamond Quilt x Hovea Coat patchwork basted and ready to quilt that I questioned that direction.
What made me hesitate?
Well, I didn’t want to compete with that cute little ‘X’ motif featured on the Sprout Wovens!
That’s kinda the genius of that collection – it gives you lots of texture and detail without the hand-quilted work. I was concerned that adding in a bunch of big stitch hand-quilted details would actually overwhelm the design and end up making it compete for attention with those Xs.
On the flip side, if you’re on the hunt for a way to add a maximalism feel to your quilted garment, then combine away!
In the end, I opted for some classic 1” machine quilted lines featuring this 40wt Aurifil Thread. Interestingly, this is one of the first spools of Aurifil Thread that I picked up to use in my Playtime Quilt! It’s not a perfect match to my background fabric, it’s a little on the purply side. But it was a perfect match for the lining and I felt it was close enough 😉
Shockingly I didn’t go with a striped binding!
I was 100% tempted to, but I challenged myself to resist the urge.
Would I have loved it with a striped binding?
Am I sad that I went with a matching binding?
I actually love the more streamlined and coordinated look. I find that it helps keep the focus on the colours used and patchwork details. Not a bad thing 😊
What’s your verdict? Are you here for the coordinated binding look or are you missing the punch from the stripes?
Big Stitch Hand Quilted Binding
The final detail was deciding on my big-stitch hand-quilted binding thread. I went with this lovely muted purple rose colour in pearl cotton size 8 to tie in with the colours of the patchwork.
See It In Action!
When it comes to fashion, I always find it super helpful to see it on someone, and see it in action. This video should help you see just how yummy this new quilted coat featuring warm-toned ombré Sprout Wovens is!
To make your own, you can find the Hovea and Hovea Curves coat patterns in Megan Nielsen’s shop and to add the patchwork details, you can find the Etched Diamond Quilt x Hovea Coat Pattern Extension in my shop.
If you need some tips on selecting fabrics for your own quilted coat, check out:
- How Your Closet Helps You Select Fabrics for Your Quilted Coat
- 3 Tips to Pick Fabric for a Quilted Coat + Free Guide
- Latest Quilted Coat in My Spring Wardrobe
- Dive Into Me-Made Fashion with the Etched Diamond Quilt x Hovea Coat
- How the Etched Diamond Quilt x Hovea Coat Pattern Extension Came to Be
And if you’re looking for more guidance, take the Quilted Coat Course at your own pace and from the comfort of your own sewing room! I walk you through every step of the piecing journey so you can have confidence in stitching up your own quilted coat!
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