I am taking the plunge and joining in on the virtual quilt show! What a very fun idea from the likes of Amy at Park City Girl.
As I have said over and over, I am not a garment sewer. Two years ago, I met my BFF at the Chicago Quilt Festival. We had a wonderful time together. We looked at all of the fabulous quilts and of course all of the vendors. At one booth, my BFF saw this jacket. She immediately wanted to make one, and she said that I needed to make one too! Whoa-ho girl, I don't do garments! She finally convinced me and we purchased the pattern. As my BFF lives in cold country, and I live in the south, we have to use our time wisely when we do get together. BFF was coming to my end of the world and she said we were going to make these jackets! Whewww........ now I was in trouble. The first objective was to find a 100% sweatshirt. Ha, ha, well let me tell you that it is VERY difficult to find any kind of sweatshirts in Florida in the month of May! After much searching, we did finally come across sweatshirts that were 80% cotton. As I drove around, she had seamripper in hand and tore out the cuffs and the neck trim.
We used the fabulous Kansas Troubles, and Thimbleberries line of fabrics. I love the rich color combinations. My BFF worked diligently on her jacket and I followed along. It was a very fun project and we both came out with great looking jackets.
That year I decided to enter the jacket in the Florida State Fair. I have never entered anything in the State Fair before, but I felt that the jacket was something a little different and maybe was worthy to show. To my amazement, the jacket took a second place red ribbon! What a wonderful surprise.
Here are some close up shots of the back and quilting. I also added a nice closure at the top.
Thank you Amy for letting us be a part of the first ever Bloggers Quilt Festival. I am looking forward to viewing the beautiful quilts online.