Thursday, August 6, 2020

COVID 19 Sewing Project

Long before I ever made a quilt I sewed clothing. My mother taught me to sew starting at age 8 when I joined the local 4-H club. I was in sewing for all 10 years that I belonged to 4-H. I wish I had more time to sew clothing but fabric designing, pattern writing, and quilt making take up most of my time. However, while we were in COVID lockdown this spring I decided to do some garment making to pass along the long COVID nights.
I don't know why but I have a problem getting rid of my old jeans. I have no problem taking my other garments to goodwill but for some reason, I hang onto jeans. Consequently, I have a whole box of jeans. Since we were in lockdown and stores were closed I had to make do with what I had for fabric. After sorting through my many pairs of jeans I decided that I would make a jean jacket out of my jeans. (I know that is not much of a creative stretch...)

I used this vintage pattern. I find that vintage patterns fit so much better than the patterns of today. I am especially drawn to the patterns from the late sixties to the early seventies. This particular pattern is dated 1965. Some day I would like to make this dress and jacket. So Jackie looking.
I started by deconstructing the jeans that I thought would work for the various parts of the jacket.

I used a waistband off of one of my favorite pairs of jeans for the collar. I kept the belt loops and left them hang loose.

I took the hem out of one of my wider legged pair of jeans and used them for the 3/4 length sleeves. I used the little fifth pocket on one of the sleeves.
I used a front pocket from the same favorite jeans that I used for the collar and added it to one of the shoulders.

I had to "borrow" a pair of my hubby's jeans for the main back piece as none of my jeans were wide enough. (I'm sure … well pretty sure they were a pair he no longer wears.) The seam down the back of the jacket is the side seam of the jeans leg. I also used the waistband from his jeans for the bottom of my jacket, again leaving the belt loops attached and hanging loose. The side seams I topstitched using a gold jean topstitching thread.

The pockets of that same pair of favorite jeans were lined with fabric that had feel beautiful printed on it. I cut out one of the feel beautiful sections and sewed it to the waistband.

I used the belt loops from that same pair of my favorite jeans and sewed them down the front of the jacket. These jeans had a double set of belt loops. There were bigger belt loops and under them were smaller belt loops to accommodate a wide belt and a narrow belt. I never knew this about these jeans until I took them apart. I never wore a belt with them. The gold zig-zag strip down the other side of the jacket came from the inseam of the hubby's jeans.

I found this great pair of wide-leg jeans from Anthropologie to go with my jacket. (No I do not get a kickback from Antropologie...I wish.)

Do any of you out there do garment sewing? What are your go-to shops/websites for buying garment fabric?  I collect vintage patterns, especially from the sixties and seventies. Are there any vintage pattern collectors out there? 

Today I am the featured designer on Riley Blake Designs Instagram. Check it out  @rileyblakedesigns. I also will be having a give away on my Instagram page @gervaissandy. Go to my page and follow the instructions to be eligible to win 12 patterns from my 3 latest lines of fabric. This is a retail value of $142.50! Don't miss out on this!

I hope you have a day of doing what you love to do.

From my heart,

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Virtual Quilt Market Spring 2020

Over an intercom, you hear: International Quilt Market is now open. Well, that is what you would hear if we were actually at quilt market.
Many things are different in our world today and that includes a new way of having a market without actually having a market - virtual quilt market.
It's a good thing this is a virtual market as my hair is long (and gray) my nails need attention and I have no new market clothes. Like everywhere everything was closed. Here in Iowa, we are just starting to open up.
Today I will be sharing with you two of my upcoming lines of fabric that I have designed for Riley Blake Designs.

The first line is Give Thanks.
I have a love-hate relationship with Fall.
I love the beautiful colors and the cooler days but hate the fact that summer is gone and winter is near. (Not a fan of winter!)

This line features a panel with large give thanks wording surrounded by fall images.

This little snail sitting on the loop of the letter G in the give thanks wording is just too cute.

A few of the prints from the line.
Love the large print with the pumpkins.
You can never go wrong with pumpkins!
Below are the patterns I designed using this fabric.

This pattern uses the panel.

Casual Friday because on Friday witches don't wear black  - they wear pretty print dresses.
You can make all 3 projects with just one 10" Stacker.
I used Sandy's Textures (a Riley Blake Designs Basic) for the black backgrounds.

Fabulous Fall is a block of the month pattern.

It is also available as a kit from Riley Blake Designs.
Isn't the kit box just fabulous!

Turkey Trot  - a fun table runner for your Thanksgiving table.
This pattern uses a Give Thanks 5" Stacker.

We just spent a long holiday weekend at our lake cabin with the kids and grandkids.
We had tons of fun.

All of this lake fun was the inspiration for my new kid's line of fabric Ready, Set, Splash.

 This quilt pattern uses the blue colorway of the panel.

This quilt pattern uses the coral colorway of the panel.
This is a FREE pattern through Riley Blake Designs when you order the panel.

This pattern uses a Fat Quarter bundle for the flags and applique.
The white caps and waves are prairie points so they are dimensional.

What fish does not want to be accepted into this academy?
It looks like a few elite frogs were accepted too.
This pattern is made with a  Ready, Set, Splash  5" Stacker.

I love that this quilt does not scream baby but certainly works in a baby's room.
I used a Ready, Set, Splash fat quarter bundle to make this quilt.

I love the simplicity of this quilt.
I used a Ready, Set, Splash 2" Rollie Pollie to make this quilt.

Both Ready, Set, Splash and Give Thanks patterns and fabric will be shipping July.

It is now 4:00 on Sunday - last day of market. Over the intercom, there is this announcement:
Internation Quilt Market is now closed - see you in the fall in Houston.

We are looking forward to brighter days ahead and seeing you all in Houston in the fall.
Stay safe!
From my heart, 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Winners of Martingale's Moda All Stars - All in a Row Again

And the winners are:
Esther Grimes is the winner of a Homey PDF pattern.
Diane Beavers is the winner of a Well Said Jelly Roll
Babyburrito is the winner of the E-Book.

Will all of the winners please message me with your info,
Congratulations to all of the winners!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Moda All-Stars: All in a Row Again

Hello All,
Well Martingale and Moda have teamed up again on another Moda All-Stars: All in a Row Again book. The sequel features 23 all-new row designs, 10 blender rows, plus a Q & A with each designer!

This book is divided into different sections.
I had the houses section. I love anything that features houses. I have designed many patterns and fabric lines featuring houses.

Leave a comment telling me which pattern or fabric of mine featuring houses that you like the best and you will have a chance to win a Jelly Roll from my newest line of fabric Well Said.
AND a second winner will receive  an eBook version of All in a Row Again from Martingale.

I will announce the winners on Monday November 27th.
We are supposed to chose our three favorite rows. Oh my that is hard to do. I do however really love the little camper row by Pat Sloan - I always love her style!
I also have on my to do list to make a quilt using just the blender rows. I think it could be awesome.

I am honored to be a part of this a wonderful book as it supports a great cause.  

Give Kids the World Village helps children with life-threatening illnesses enjoy week long, cost-free vacations with their families. Together, the designers are donating royalties from the book’s sales to benefit this charity.

Make sure to go to the All in a Row Facebook page, where they will be hosting a series of giveaways throughout the blog hop, as well as sharing everyone’s blog post (the giveaways include 10 prizes plus 3 extra-BIG prizes from Martingale and Moda!). The Facebook page link is here:

Sandy Klop is my blog partner today - make sure you see what she has to offer.

Sandy Klop:

Happy Quilting,

Below is a list of the remaining scheduled bloggers.

November 20
Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson:
November 21
 November 22
Sherri McConnell:
 November 24
Lissa Alexander:
Lisa Bongean:

Monday, February 1, 2016

It's a Beauty of a Pageant Contest (starts today)

It’s a Beauty of a Pageant Contest and it starts today!
The designers-contestants are now done blogging and you have seen all of their rows and their version of  their partner's row. Now it is time for you to do your version of row/rows.
Here’s what you need to know and do.
Buy, beg or borrow a copy of the Moda All-Stars - All In A Row book. 

Head to your stash or your local quilt shop and select some fabric - preferably Moda Fabric ;-)
Then Pick a row - any row. 
There are these 12 rows 
these twelve.
You can make as many rows as you like but you only need one for the contest. BUT the more rows you make the more times you can enter the contest - increasing your chances of winning one of the many prizes that Martingale  and Moda will be giving away. And these are good prizes - Opera like prizes.
After your row is finished take a picture of your row and post it or e-mail it so you can be entered in the Beauty of a Contest contest!
How do you post or email your row?
1.  Join the Facebook group – All In a Row Quilt Along.  Yes, you must be on Facebook to join the group.  Post a picture of your row using the hashtag #allinarowquiltalong and  you’re entered.
2.  Send a JPEG – a good-sized, low res image will do – to and  you are entered.   
If you’re an over-achiever and you make all 24 rows and post/send 24 pictures – then your are  entered 24 times. Woozer!
If you make my row or use my fabric in any of the rows you make,  please take a picture and post it to instagram using the hashtage #sandygervaisallinarow and #allinarowquiltalong. 

On March 15th I will announce winners of a Refresh Jelly roll.
The contest starts NOW. On March 15th, Miss All-In-A-Row and her court will be announced.
To enter the contest and see all of the rules and prizes go here.
Now get rowing!
From my heart,

Saturday, January 30, 2016


Below are the winners of the Moda All Stars All in a Row books.
I have sent each of you an email requesting your address.
As soon as I receive your addresses I will ship out the packages.

Check back tomorrow when ALL of the designers will be blogging 
You will not want to miss the quilt along - more info about that tomorrow.

Wow,wow,wow! I LOVE all three versions of Kate's row! But seeing the all red and white version made me totally fall in love with this row. I can't wait to win a book and get started on this!

I love the colorful row, almost has a scrappy touch to it!

I LOVE red! I've been looking at the book at my local quilt shop. It would be fun to win it!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hello and welcome to Day 11. (The last day of the hop.)
 It’s a Beauty of a Book and Social Media Hop: Moda All-Stars All in a Row 

There will be Prizes too!
All royalties from this book will be donated to 

 A charitable organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger.

Today's bloggers are Kaari Meng and Lynne Hagmeier
Below (in blue type) is the copy written by Jennifer Keltner to introduce the lovely Kate Spain.

On the straight and narrow, please give a warm welcome to Kaari Meng (French General) wearing her row DRUNKARD'S PATH. Now I was going to tell you that the inspiration for Kaari's row came to her while in France on vacation over a bottle of wine, and then another.but it wouldn't be true. A true Francophile, Kaari is simply into the classics in every sense of the word. A two-color row that's anything but plain—she keeps it scrappy using a combination of her French General fabrics, patchwork, and the classic quilt pattern –all united to create a delightful row as comfortable in a row quilt as it would be used alone to create a table runner. Merci Beaucoup!

 Is it just me or does anyone else think 
that if your replace that crown with a pillbox hat,  
Kaari could star in a Jackie Kennedy movie?

I think so.

 I LOVE her row. Red and White - a girl after my heart.

Kaari's picture is titled:

All in a Row

Lynne Hagmeier (Kansas Troubles Quilters) wearing her row FALL. Lynne squirreled away some of her very best design juju for her row---featuring not only fall leaves and Acorns, but Bcorns and Ccorns as well. When asked to participate in the pageant, Lynne was the first to join in the fun replying, I wouldn't want you to LEAF me out. (it's okay to groanLeaf me outfall  leavespeople, we need some enthusiasm, even late in the day.)   

Lynne hand crafted her beautiful acorn and leaves crown.
It rivals anything that royalty wears.
And she must have practiced her wave diligently
 as it was the best of all the contestants.

Lynne's picture is titled:

Looking for Bcorns

The Deal of the Day is:

All PDF patterns are half price today.

If you did not leave a comment on yesterday's post, please go back and do so. 
You just might win this fabulous book.

Prizes are: 3 Moda All Stars All in a Row books 
with candy packs to go with.
The special quilt along starts soon so be sure to check both
  Moda and Martingale for more information.

Tomorrow ALL designers will be blogging. See you tomorrow.

Have a Beauty-ful day!
From my heart,