Jacket progress and the Shoo-fly block

Last night I did question (again) what on earth I was thinking when I chose to make this jacket! Notched collars, welt pockets, mitred corners, upper and lower sleeve, and faced vents… anything else you’d care to chuck at me Burda Style? No… please don’t answer. I know there is more to come but it is all going to be just fine! Anyhows here is a sneak preview of the toile.

jacket toile with notched-collar

jacket toile with notched-collar

I havent trimmed any seams, which is why its looking so bulky, so that I can refer to the toile pieces when I come to do it for real. And I really haven’t set in that sleeve properly. I have decided to let out the waist by an inch or two. It’s a little more snug than I had anticipated! And I am going to move the pockets up just a smidge. But those are the only alterations I can forsee at this stage.

So what is a girl to do after an altercation with a toile? Create a Shoo-fly quilt block of course! This was exactly the therapy I needed. It was so relaxing to do… sewing in straight lines… bliss! This is number four block in the series from The Art of Quilting and it was pretty easy to put together. Think I’m getting the hang of them now!

Shoo-fly quilt block

Shoo-fly quilt block

Block Facts:

Name: Shoo-fly
History: The name was first recorded in 1949, but this is a much older block, also known as Puss-in-the-Corner or Kitten-in-the-Corner. Early Amish examples use just two plain colours, but by the 1930s it included bright florals.
Level: Beginner
No. of pieces: 13

Progress report:

Block 1: The Double Four Patch
Block 2: The Whirlwind
Block 3: The Sailboat
Block 4: The Shoo-fly

Well that just about sums up my rock and roll weekend. Best I go and catch some of those London rays now. How’s your weekend shaping up?