Origami Double Gauze Quilt

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My Girl asked for a Blanket, as a Birthday gift. And who am I, to say no to such a request. I`m not a quilter. The only quilts, I ever made, are small babyquilts. Nothing to compare. This one had to be big. Big enough to snuggle down in it. I decided to go with a size 135 cm of 200 cm. A good choice.

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I wanted it to be soft and fluffy. Double gauze it had to be. A double gauze quilt will never be as perfect as one sewn in quilting cotton. But I don`t mind. The gorgeous material makes more than up for that. Just relax and enjoy sewing. Double gauze has a mind on his own.

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The Pattern I used is self-made. Actually, it`s an origami of a flapping bird. I used the crease lines as a guide. Normally, origami is a square, right? I divided the square in 4 parts and used two of them again on the bottom. See what I did here? That was my template.

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And you can laugh now, but I really found a paper big like this and made a giant origami bird. The same size as my blanket. No idea how real Quilter would do that.

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The back of my quilt is a beautiful linen in the same color as the binding. Between a soft, thick cotton batting. I used temporary spray adhesive, to hold everything in place while sewing. This was a game changer. Not one single pucker on the underside. I never got such a neat result when I used safety pins.

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I just stitched in the ditch to quilt the layers together. First to keep the softness and as a bonus I have the nice origami pattern on the underside as well.

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I think quilting wan`t be a new hobby of mine. But my first quilt experience is rather positive! I must say, I love the result a lot! And so does she! She was so proud and happy when she finally received her blanket made specially for her. In her favorite colors. She`s convinced that the quilt is able to charm her while sleeping. And it surely does. It`s made out of love! Love in every stitch.

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A Birthday without a special dress, incredible. I had to try the super cute just knot it dress by Mind the Whale. I used Naniiro scraps from the quilt for the bodice and linen for the skirt. There`s too much bulk inside the waistband that`s bothering me a bit. I should have cut it down properly. But still I think she looks really sweet in it.

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A very beautiful pattern! The fit is spot on and it`s nicely finished on the inside as well. One to set on your to sew list!

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Maybe there`ll be an other quilt in the future. It`s so satisfying. Never say never.

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Fabrics: Naniiro, Cotton and Steel, double gauze. All from Miss Matatabi. Linen is from the Dutch fabric market.

Quilt Pattern: self-made

Dress Pattern: Just knot it by Mind the Whale

Louisa + Giveaway

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A princess seam dress isn`t something, you gonna sew for yourself while having a big baby bump, right? I really felt the urge, to sew the Louisa for Women, when it was released last fall. But don`t worry, I stayed down-to-earth and didin`t sew one for myself. Instead, it happened that my mum`s Birthday was just around that time… that`s how it came, that she has a Louisa by now. It was my Birthday present for her.

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I initially planned to sew a winter version with 3/4 sleeves, but with summer just around the corner (you see how long it took me to finish this dress), I decided to skip them. The dress is fully lined in the same shade of the rosa like the flowers. Because it is a gift and should be something special, i went for all the nice (and time-consuming) finishing touches, everything is under-stitched, the hem is hand-sewn i added sideseam pockets and so on. I hope she`ll love this dress for a long time. I really loved to sew it, it`s beautifully drafted!

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Mum picked the Naniiro, on the middle panel, out of my stash. The color, really suits her well, don`t you think? As you can`t patternmatch princess seams, I was worried the print will be really nervous splinted up by the seamlines. I suggested, to combine it with the beautiful Fuwari Naniiro. I love to touch this brushed cotton, it`s so soft, amazing to work with!

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My mum has a small frame. I sewed a size 32 and still had to take in 1.5 cm at the sideseam around the bust. I shortened the dress about 8cm to her preferred length. No other changes were necessary. In my eyes, the fit is perfect. She seems to feel good in her new dress and i feel good every time she chooses to wear it.

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To make you feel good, I`m going to Give-away one gorgeous Paperpattern of the Louisadress for women by Compagnie-M. Just leave me a nice Comment how you feel about sewing for loved ones. I`ll randomly choose a winner next Monday 20/6/16. International entries are very welcome!

Pattern: Louisadress for Women by Compagnie-M

Fabric: Naniiro brushed Cotton, purchased at Miss Matatabi.