Tuesday, August 27, 2013

jazzy Jackets

This was such a fun project I thought I would post it again,

Jazzy Jackets
Jazzy Jackets
Created by: Louisa Smith
Be sure to give us feedback on this project below.

Level: Intermediate
Time: 5 hours
Louisa Smith provided these construction notes for a fun twist to a traditional vest. You can adapt this technique to any pattern! Simply sew together strips to the sizes of your pattern pieces, and then treat the sewn pieces as one large piece of fabric. It’s a fantastic way to use up some of your stash – or to add color and splash to a traditional pattern.

Janome Supplies Required:
Any Janome Sewing machine
Any Janome Embroidery machine (optional)
Janome embroidery thread in colors to match fabrics (optional)

Fabric and Notions Required
A vest pattern of your choice. Louisa used the Jazzy Jacket pattern by Debra Lunn - you can puchase it herePattern paper
See pattern instructions for fabric yardage:
We have used 27 different 1 ½” wide strips for the Retro Revived version as well as some plain black fabric.
And for the All That Jazz version, we used a Black ‘n White print along with some smaller pieced fabric sections.
Fabrics for the lining of the vests
All-purpose sewing thread in colors to match fabrics

In this case we have used the pattern in the shortest form. But any pattern you select can be cut down to have this cute short style to layer over longer shirts. And if you decide you prefer a longer style vest, the procedure is basically the same.

1. Start by placing the vest pattern pieces on your table surface. Draw lines onto your pattern pieces and cut them into sections according to how you would like your finished vest to look. Remember when you cut them out to add seam allowances to these cuts!!!! We opted for three different sections on our vest patterns. But notice the All That Jazz version on the backside we have placed the sections vertically.

2. For Vest A (Retro Revived) I sewed together 27 different 1 ½” wide strips. And placed the appropriate pattern pieces on it and cut them out. You may choose wider or narrower strips. Additionally, you may choose to cut some pieces out of plain fabric.

3. For the in between sections I chose plain black fabric so that the machine embroidery will show up. The inspiration for the embroidery actually came from some of the fabrics used.
4. For Vest A (Retro Revived) I inserted a piece of plain black fabric to showcase the embroidery design. For Vest B (All That Jazz), I followed for the most part the same procedure but I used mostly a black and white fabric and inserted some pieced fabric for contrast. The embroidery patterns were a collection of musical images.

6. Sew the pattern pieces together according to pattern instructions.
7. Finish the shoulder seams only…..and complete the machine embroidery of your choice. Please refer to the vests for inspiration. Once all this is completed, you may also want to make an additional vest out of a cotton fabric, because these vests are completely reversible!!! Again just finish the shoulder seams only of the lining vest.

8. So now you have:
One vest completed with embroidery and shoulder seams sewed &
One vest out of a wonderful fabric to be the lining and shoulder seams sewed.
Place these on top of one another right sides together, sew all around the edges, leaving the under the arm seams open so you can turn them inside out. (You may want to trim the seams before turning.)
9. Sew the under the arm seams and your vest is completed: two for the price of one. Add the buttonholes where needed. We opted for fabric covered buttons for both our vests.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Just want to share the Asilomar class with you all. Can not begin to tell you how awesome the week was. Great weather, incredible students I must say, just look at the work!!! All pictures courtesy of Dixie Johnson. Thanks so much. Wow, is all I can say they were all so creative. I will finally start sending out some of the things I promised I would. So sorry but were moving my kids from my house (for 6 months) into their own.
Also we, Helen, Linda, Laura, Cyndy and I,  walked every morning along the beach, I miss you all already! That was a delight!
Thanks ever so much to Dixie for setting up a special facebook page for our class. Love, love it.
Hoping to see the finished quilts, what a delight that will be inspiration for us all. Seeing Brenda's quilt in class makes me want to finish my elongated larger ovals. But for now I am gardening, I just started this week, in years past I am all done and I am just maintaning so I have my work cut out for me, will be spending days in the gardens to catch up. Seeing Edi's beautiful home and incredible gardens made me just jump right in. Wow, Edi thanks ever so much what a treat, it is a piece of heaven for sure. I will create another post just for the pictures I took in Asilomar and at Edi's gardens.
But for now thanks so much to all of you, success with your quilts some of you made more than one quilt in class. I hope to hear from you and let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Asilomar Empty Spools Retreat- May 26 - 31 2013

I would love to tell you about my upcoming classes at the Empty Spools Retreat in Pacific Grove, CA. I am lucky enough to have taught there for many, many yeas and it is truly the most beautiful place. Along side the ocean awesome, awesome. And the food is incredible 4 star for sure.....and if yu know me well you know I love to eat!
www.Emptyspoolsseminars.com  You will get all the information there; I am in session V and I would love to say this new procedure is so much fun, it is great for the beginner and also good for the very advanced. There are that many choice to pick from. You can either use your wonderful commercial fabrics or use your own manipulated and hand dyed or painted fabrics or a combination of both. I have also used a lot of colorful Dupioni silks so just about anything you like. I will give choices at the beginning of the class.... Here are some pictures I want to share with you. Just a small sampling.....

International Quilting Day

Dear Quilting Friend


International Quilt Day is just around the corner, and as a featured artist on a past episode of The Quilt Show, (www.thequiltshow.com) I wanted to let you know about a gift that Alex and Ricky have put together for quilters around the world.  


Beginning on Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 17, everyone who signs on to The Quilt Show will have free access to over 120 of their internet shows, including my episode # 204     .  You can watch the shows, check out the great tutorials, browse the gallery of over 19,900 member quilts, visit the forum for answers to the most burning quilt questions and lots, lots more. And if you missed my show, you can see it now.


You can also enter the TQS prize drawing with fantastic prizes from companies we know and love like Bernina, Gammill, Superior Threads, AccuQuilt, C&T Publishing, RJR Fabric, and Ricky and Alex will have gift baskets to give away too.  The grand prize is a new Bernina 550QE sewing machine!


I wanted to make you aware of this amazing event so you can take advantage of everything this exciting weekend has to offer without leaving home and all for free.


Don’t hesitate to share this email with your quilting friends, fellow guild members, social networking friends and local quilt shops so that they don’t miss out on this fun weekend.  And feel free to post an abbreviated version of the details on your Facebook page.  I want everyone to know about this amazing 3-day celebration of all things quilting.


So check in at www.thequiltshow.com on Friday, March 15, and enjoy the shows and exploring The Quilt Show website and all it has to offer!  And I’d love to have you view my show, episode #204         .

Louisa L. Smith



Monday, March 11, 2013

March 11 Billings Quilters Retreat

300 plus strips!

Car cover's back side
Strips 'n Curves class

Brooke Atherton's Car cover

Got home from awesome Quilters Retreat in Billings, MT. Was delayed in airport for a while on Sunday but after the wonderful retreat I did not even care! To the quilters in charge, Georgene and her incredible staff hats off to all of you for making this so special for the quilters and the teachers. I was truly pampered did NOT want to go home. Wow, great classes great students, thank you all so much. Had a wonderful time with Alice Kay Arnett from Laramie WY-  we had so many laughs my jaw hurts! And let's not forget wonderful Susan Cleveland who shared so many tips with me I owe her big time!!!! Big time!! We celebrated her birthday at the HuHot Mongolian Grill and had marsmellows, graham crackers and chocolate at the table, see photo! With the other teachers and some of the quilters extraordinaire. What a blast. My classes were great, my students the best. I have never seen a bigger strata in all the years I have been teaching this method, she blew me away! I believe it was 300 plus strips. Bigger than mine, for sure. And Brook Atherton from Billings I believe did the car cover isn't it a hoot!

Friday, March 1, 2013


Wow, I have not been on for a while, so far 2013 has been a wonderful creative year. Had our first big snowfall defenitely needed, it has been so dry. My poor plants and trees will suffer this spring if we do not get some more moisture. But the snow was so incredibly beautiful could not resist taling pictures. As far as my quilting, I am now working on the double vision series again. As you can see I am auditioning the black outlines as it is here computer generated. Well have to play some more!!! I did finish the quilt top for the Battered Womens group called Crossroads and here it is prior to the machine quilting. Does not look too cool with my red headboard but you get the picture! So one more snow picture!!!! Who knows Spring might come early!!