What I’ve been Sewing: Vintage Grandmother’s Garden Quilt and a Cozy Robe


I’ve been behind y sewing machine a lot lately. In this post I’m going to share what I’ve been working on.

I recently had a friend reach out to see if I could machine sew her Vintage Grandmothers garden quilt blocks together. I happily said yes and got to work. I scoured Pinterest for what these quilts typically look like and other ways to attach the hexagons together. Typically these quilts are all hand stitched and I was not about to hand stitch all the little hexagons together (nor was my friend expecting me to).

My sewing machine has a blanket stitch that I thought would compliment the already intricate hand stitches. While working with each block I found myself oogling at the vintage florals and prints in some of the blocks. I attached the blocks to a whitish cream muslin background.

I knew this quilt top wouldn’t be a quick project based on the number of blocks (42 in total) but worked on it a little each day and now we are at the point of sewing the quilt top together – one of my favorite parts!

The second project I have been working on is creating a cozy robe for myself. With my mantra of this year being make first, thrift second, buy third. I knew exactly which one I would get if I wasn’t trying this. The Brook Linen Waffle Knit robe. SO I decided to make it myself. I have a few details to finish but it will be prefect for when baby arrives.

I’ve been really into limiting the amount of polyester in our clothes and knew I wanted a more natural material like linen and/or a cotton blend to have against my skin for this robe so I went with the iseefabric organic cotton waffle knit in the color Flint.

I followed this YouTube tutorial and they had the genius idea of creating a pattern out of a paper bag! Never would have thought to do that. I have a few finishing details like the cuff, hem, and tie to finish, and am debating adding pockets. it did come together quickly last Sunday afternoon. I forget how quickly clothing items come together once all the pieces are cut out.

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