Friday, January 10, 2014

Sock Monkeys and Pirate Sharks

First quilt finish of the year, and first for the Pregnancy Care Centre Sew-along!

Made with sock monkey fabrics donated by FatQuarterShop plus a few coordinates. I love that I get the chance to practice free motion quilting on these! This is a pretty little baby quilt, so not too intimidating and bulky to do on my domestic machine.

It's not perfect - have to work on getting my meandering even, but at least I figured out (by accident) the best settings on my machine to free motion! When it turns on, the sewing machine defaults back to left needle position. I'd only ever tried centre position before, but forgot to change it once when I turned it back on, and it was smooth sailing! Suzanne is quilting the second sock monkey quilt.

And just sewed the buttons on this little baby shirt:

Also from fabric donated by FatQuarterShop. I had to cut everything with 1/4" seam allowances, a little tight, to make it fit, plus I cut the underside of the collar as well as the sleeve placket and back hang loop in aqua.

Pattern: #8 Ringmaster from Ottobre Winter 6/2013
Fabric: Shiver Me Timbers by Jamie Wood for Clothworks, contrast aqua cotton/poly blend
Size: 62 (3 months)
Mods: Underside of collar in constrast, added hang loop in the yoke seam.

I loved the details and accuracy of this pattern! It was a joy to sew up - lots of details, so it took some time, but worth it. The sleeve placket binding is something I've never tried. The directions were very clear and it turned out very well.

Next up: receiving blankets and flannel quilts. Happy to stash bust for a good cause!


  1. Love the pirate shark shirt!!! I may have to look that pattern up in my Ottobre--it looks so professional! And, the sock monkey quilt looks great--love the contrasting quilting on the border :)

  2. Love these items. The quilt is great. Very nice work on the shirt with the details.