WIP Wednesday 32

I’ve been working on a few projects this last week.

One of my goals for the year was to create a garment I wouldn’t be embarrassed to wear in public. I made one earlier this year, but let’s just say the fit wasn’t great. (It was both too tight and too lose all at the same time. And it was a schoolhouse tunic. I’m not even sure how that’s possible.)


However, this last week, Rachael @ imagine gnats asked me (along with others) to beta test her Bess top. With only two pieces and a fit that didn’t even require adjustments, I figured I could give it a shot. Plus it looked like a super cute pattern! I grabbed some Nordika and Art Gallery Solid in Spiceberry and was able to make this tunic version by myself in an afternoon. I love it! I also have no idea how to take a picture of a person modeling a garment that doesn’t look ridiculous, so maybe that should go on my list for next year. Maybe we should have brought the fan outside to blow back the hair..


In non-garment news, I am contributing to a group project where we were asked to create a block that represented our blog. I spent a long time totally waffling on what to do and hit a creative block. I was chatting with Sarah @ {no} hats in the house, and she asked why I didn’t just do a paint chip block? Definitely a real “duh!” moment for me. So I whipped up this palette builder block. It’s a 6″ (6.5″ unfinished block), so yes, that sashing is 1/4″. FUN! (Seriously!)


I’m also making progress on my Sew Sew Modern swap item. I know I want to do a pillow, and I’ll be doing the square in a square design, in “rainbow minus purple” heather ross and friends. I’ve started work on it, but haven’t made a ton of progress yet. I hope to have the front done by the end of the weekend, though!

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    • anne Post author

      Thank you!! I think if I made a full quilt of them, I’d size up the block a bit. šŸ™‚ A 6″ block would take for-EVER. Unless of course there was some major sashing. šŸ™‚ Given the response, I may work out the math for a few sizes of these (6, 8, 12?) and post a tutorial.

    • anne Post author

      Thank you!! šŸ˜€ Now if only I could figure out how to move some circles around to get the fabric palette to change. šŸ˜‰

    • anne Post author

      Thank you! šŸ˜€ The construction is really clever and the sleeves are part of the back piece that just wrap around. The art gallery spiceberry color is a pretty good match for that nordika print!

    • anne Post author

      Thank you! I have been wanting to use that nordika print ever since I saw it! šŸ™‚
      I think to make a full quilt of the palette blocks, I’d probably want to size up the block. 6″ blocks would take a long time to make a full quilt! šŸ˜€ Given the interest, I’ll probably do the math to figure out different sizes (6, 8, and 12″ perhaps) and post a tutorial. šŸ™‚

    • anne Post author

      Thank you! It was super fast to whip up (it took longer to figure out what colors I wanted, I think!) and is fairly straightforward other than the tiny sashing. Given the interest, I will probably figure out a tutorial and post it in the near future. šŸ™‚

    • anne Post author

      Thank you! The pattern will hopefully be out soon, I really love it. I even bought some MORE fabric to try and make another one. šŸ™‚ I need to figure out what I want for the contrast fabric before I can make it, though. šŸ™‚

    • anne Post author

      Thanks so much! šŸ˜€ It’s actually a pretty simple block to put together, other than the tiny sashing. Given the response, I think I’ll put together a tutorial fairly soon. šŸ™‚

  • Kristel

    The tunic looks great! That’s my favourite Nordika print and you used it to great effect!

    Love the paint chip block too, it’s a lot of fun! It would be neat to do a whole quilt of a single line (especially one of Laura Gunn’s since they’ve got that whole painted thing going on) though you’d need a REALLY great stash of solids to swing it šŸ˜€

    • anne Post author

      Thanks so much! That Nordika print is just amazing. It’s so perfect for clothing!!

      Laura Gunn would be perfect for that kind of block!! I love her stuff. šŸ™‚ And I’ll let you in on a secret, only two of those palette squares are solids. šŸ™‚ Two are shot cotton and the brown is a chambray! šŸ™‚ I’m guessing you could use some blenders for the palette squares and it would work just as well.

    • anne Post author

      Thanks so much! It felt very “meta” to be making a quilt block based on the palette builder which I made to help make quilt blocks. lol I’ll have to see if I have other fabrics which would work well as the picture part of the block. šŸ™‚

  • Molli Sparkles

    I’ll totally hold the fan! And btw, that palette block is sick! It is so descriptive of you and I can imagine a whole quilt of thos e blocks. Seriously, you are a design QUEEN, and such an inspiration for me!

    • anne Post author

      You totally made me tear up!! <3 you! You inspire ME! Mutual admiration society!
      I'm going to work out a tutorial for the block, they are super simple and I'd love to see other people make them. šŸ™‚ I however, can't imagine making enough 6" blocks for an entire quilt. o.O So I think I'll work out the math for other sizes. šŸ™‚

      I'm totally going to make you hold the fan for the next fashion shoot. It'll be brill!

    • anne Post author

      Thank you! šŸ™‚ I’m going to work out a tutorial for various sizes of the block and hopefully get it posted in the near future. šŸ™‚

  • Laura C

    Um, craze watch: your palette block is simple, clean, smart, and attractive. Bet you $1 that this is the new gotta-make-it block, by this fall. Brilliant, Anne!

    You look fantastic in your Bess top. I love the sweet shoulder pleats. I agree modeling garments is so goofy, but like the Bloggess says “lean into the weird,” I have the most success if I lean into the goofy! (fwiw I think this is a fine photo of you and your top!)

    • anne Post author

      You’re so sweet!! I’d love it if other people made the block, it’s so fun to see other interpretations! Given the response, I’m definitely going to be doing a tutorial, but I want to calculate other sizes since 6″ is kinda nuts. As is quarter-inch sashing, but whatever. šŸ˜‰

      I LOVE the bloggess!! I have no trouble leaning into the weird, though. Most of my friends assure me I’m insane on a regular basis. lol
      That particular pose is taken from Cameron Russell’s TED talk, which is a really obscure reference, but it made me laugh while I was doing it. šŸ™‚

  • Jess

    Your block is genius – I think Laura is right, they’ll be popping up all over blog land soon :o)
    And seriously, how cute are you and Molli! Made me smile :o)

    • anne Post author

      Thanks so much! I really didn’t expect such a response from such a simple block, but I am of course thrilled people like it. šŸ˜€ I’m going to try to fit in a tutorial next week, but I see on my calendar I’m supposed to write one on something else.
      Molli is awesome! He’s so unapologetically himself. What’s not to love about that? šŸ™‚

  • kim

    Um… definitely needed the fan. I vote for a redo. Also, Sarah was right – paint chip block! I love the palette block you made. Is this for a quilt of your guild members blogs?

    • anne Post author

      Yah, the fan would have really helped the whole thing I think. I have some nani iro for a second one, so if I ever get up the guts to try again (cuz maybe the first time was just a fluke?) I will totally bring out the fan for the photo shoot!
      As soon as she said paint chip I started looking through paint chips and trying to make it look like those. And then at some point my brain was like “hey dumbass, you’ve totally got this thing that you made? It has a pretty easy iconic style? Try that.” lol The quilt is actually for an online thing. So I’ve sent off the block. When the quilt gets put together, I’ll be sure to post it. šŸ™‚