She’s done and photographed and ready for me to share all the quilty details of the chambray and woven Fall green quilted coat I made for the Fall quilted coat workshop.
You probably already caught all the details about the fabric pull I shared a few weeks ago. Suffice to say, I was surprised by the direction I was drawn to but super excited about seeing the combination come to life.
I can’t tell you how many times throughout the piecing journey I literally gasped and said to myself “oh, I’m LOVING this. I think it’s my fave!”. It was an ongoing joke with my hubz as I just couldn’t get over how much the combo was speaking to me.
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Iterating to challenge yourself
That’s the beauty of quilting (or being creative, really), you get to play and come up with new ideas to explore and you surprise yourself with just how good some of those experiences turn out to be 😊
There’s also something to be said for repetition.
This is, after all, my 7th Hovea coat that I’ve stitched featuring the Etched Diamond pattern extension. You’d think I’d be all out of fresh ideas, but this one proves iterations help you hyper-focus on a specific skill and tackle it from different angles.
It’s fun and it helps you improve your skills. I’m all for that!
Take this as a friendly reminder to revisit a project you enjoyed and see if you can approach it with a new perspective.
It was love at first HST sight!
As soon as I started piecing the half-square triangles, it was love at first sight! I was instantly smitten with the fabric direction I was heading in.
That’s always the litmus test; seeing your textiles stitched up in patchwork allows you to see the mood and vibe you’re creating. It’s also an encouraging moment in the piecing adventure to spur you on to keep making!
For help on the fabric selection front, check out my Top 3 Tips on How to Pick Fabric for a Quilted Coat. There’s even a free guide to download!
Quilting direction I went in
On the quilting front, I wasn’t as adventurous – ha!
The reason is that I absolutely love the understated and classic look of the one-inch straight lines. I did opt for a little extra texture by going with a 40wt Aurifil Thread. I managed to find it on liquidation too – score!
Worked out well, as I purchased the thread specifically for this quilted coat, and ended up using it in the Guiding Lights pillows too. Totally unplanned but love that it coordinated beautifully!
The fact that I’m still really loving the matched binding with the background surprises me! This is why I opted to feature the green chambray on the binding too.
It creates such a seamless, understated look, and keeps the focus on the patchwork.
I did sneak in some added detail with some big stitch hand binding in 12wt Valdani thread.
If you’ve never tried big stitch hand binding then I encourage you to give it a go (tutorial on how to here). I love flipping my cuffs and seeing that tiny detail – makes me smile every time 😊 Plus it looks lovely with the Monarch Wovens which picks up on the purple and lavender tones.
Quilted coat in the wild
I’ve been reaching for my quilted coats on the daily this time of year. I’ve tried to capture that so you can see how I style them and actually use them! That’s the key, right?! Using our makes! And I’m just thrilled that I love wearing mine.
How to extend the wear of your quilted coats
As the temperature drops, I’ve found that layering a sweater and a scarf extends the wear time of my quilted coats.
I do live in Canada where the temperature will continue to drop below zero degrees Celsius, and will stay there for several months. Once that happens, I’ll be reaching for my parka and reserving my quilted coats for cozy indoor snuggles.
If you haven’t tried snuggling up on the sofa while wearing your own handmade quilted jacket with a quilt draped over your legs, then you’re missing out on a snuggle fest! I encourage you to give it a try 😊
Once you put your own handmade quilted coat on, you’ll realize why I’ve made so many for myself and gifted them too!
Combining quilting and garment sewing in one project can be a lot to tackle, and my students have been saying how helpful the Quilted Coat Course is. You can take it one step at a time by following along to the on-demand video tutorials.
After making so many, I’ve learned a thing or two about what to do and, more importantly, what not to do – ha! This is why, I’ve snuck in all my top tips to help you avoid any stitching pitfalls. There’s even a ‘What size should I make” video to help decide on your fit. Which I know tends to be the scary part of garment making!
The big question is, what fabrics will you feature in your Hovea Coat featuring the Etched Diamond Patchwork? Share in the comments below so we can all get in on the quilty fun!
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