Planning the Quilted Coat – Sew Along

This week, Beatrice and Wendy share their inspiration and plans for their Quilted Coats. But first, how is the sew along going to work and why you should join us. Last post we introduced you to the FreeSpirit Coat Story challenge and the requirements to participate. Don’t worry, we will repost on a regular basis. Of course there are prizes to be won and tons of fun to be had. But… What if you have something else in mind?

Maker Savvy will run its own Coat Story challenge so that we can include everyone. We would like you to use the Tamarack Jacket pattern, but other than that – use whatever fabric designers you would like and we will not have the Quiltsmart pre-printed interfacing requirement (but you can certainly use it). Your projects will not be judged by us or your peers, but of course there will be prizes. We ask that you tag us (@MakerSavvy) in your social media posts and share the hashtag #savvystitchers and we will randomly choose the winners. Every post will give you a random draw entry.

The deadline for both will be May 27th, 2022, again, so we can include everyone.

We will begin showing you our progress and begin the actual Sew Along in February. Our goal is to have our first progress blog post on February 6th. In the interim, we will continue to post on our inspiration, planning, and when products become available. We will also post videos in our stories on social media of the Quiltsmart preprinted interfacing product and the shapes and designs you can create with them. FreeSpirit has confirmed that for their challenge you must use the Quiltsmart product in at least one part of your jacket, but you do not have to use it for the entire piece.

Here is what Beatrice is planning. She will be using Tula Pink fabrics from both the ‘Line Works’ and ‘True Colors’ collections. Design inspiration came from the Modern Rainbow modern quilt book by Rebecca Bryan. Another addition she will is planning is a standup collar and a detachable hood. Grainline Studio has provided a downloadable pdf addition to the Tamarack Jacket pattern for a hood as well as a stand up collar. Bea will also be using the 1.5″ grid package from Quiltsmart for part of her jacket.

Wendy has chosen fabrics from Tim Holtz including ‘Abandoned’ and ‘Abandoned II’, ‘Monochrome’ and ‘Provisions’. Design inspiration is coming from the improv piecing of Gwen Marston, designer Jen Kingwell, and Japanese Boro garments. Like Beatrice, she will also add the standup collar and a detachable hood. Wendy will also use both the 1.5″ and 2.5″ grid from Quiltsmart.

What’s next? Start your planning, save Instagram posts for inspiration, create a Pinterest Board and look to your books and patterns for some inspiration. Follow our stories this week for video’s of the Quiltsmart product. We welcome you in the store or send us a message with questions, and/or fabric designer ideas.

Next week, we will unveil the prizes – Wooo Whoooo.