Not Just For Your Kitchen Sink! The Rag Apron

Hello Peeps! It’s another date with A Vision To Remember (AVTR) this week. Following on from the recent rag-quilt baby car seat cover, I have a raggedy apron to review.

I must admit to being a bit perplexed about a rag apron. After all, rag quilts are several layers thick depending on the end fraying effect you want. Thats a lot of fabric! I’m a post menopausal cook, so I’m hot in the kitchen anyway. I couldn’t imagine 3, 4 or 5 layers of fabric. But 2? Now that had potential. Especially as I live on a ski hill. We have tons of snow, yet still manage to BBQ in winter. Plus, I can see me taking this to the lake to BBQ. Perhaps there is room for a warm apron in the kitchen?

My plan decided I looked at the pattern. The drawing at the end is very useful and gave me the idea to make the apron a scrap buster. After all, why not make a scrappy apron? With the right flannel backing (more scraps), the fraying effect could be most pleasing. I like using scraps. They bring so many memories of previous projects, favoured articles of clothing and fabrics I love. The smaller pieces of fabric were bequeathed from a dearly departed quilting friend. I decided to use lace from a thrift store as the ruffle. The large squares are the remains of a ‘layer cake’ I used to make my mum’s 75th queen bed quilt. The whimsy in me decided that the pea pods fitted in, though I nearly broke out all the fruit and veggie fabric when I saw how good it looked.

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All the pretty things

If you want a fairly quick project and are tired and grouchy, make this one. As the designer states, it is very forgiving as long (as you don’t snip through all the stitching). There were a few glitches, but credit to Bobbie the designer , who reviewed and tweaked her pattern before we started the tour. That did impress me.

The pattern came together easily and sewing it together was rewarding. I have a lovely 1970s Kenmore called Evelyn. She is solid and I use her to sew my heavier fabrics. With a size 16 needle she easily sewed through these many layers. I decided to use my ruffled eyelet lace as a ruffle, as I have so much of it! As such, I cut the scalloped bottom 9″ deep instead of 5″ and just sewed the ruffle to the top. I also measured the neck band and made mine 25″ long instead of 18″. When I came to pin it in place I measured it and re-pinned to a size that went over my head easily; it ended up being 22″ long. The back is made from a lovely green flannel. Yes, it was meant for a baby quilt, but now it can snuggle me. I added a couple of pieces of random beige in as a bit of a highlight.

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Soft and gentle colours

I’m really pleased with the end result. I did intend taking photos by the BBQ, but we had over 6″ of snow today.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my apron. If you’d like to check out some of the other creations here are their blog links:
2/22/16: Larissa from CBAT

2/22/16: JaNette from Merri Poppins

2/23/16: Patricia from Sew Far North

2/24/16: Melissa from Rebel & Malice

2/25/16: Ula from Lulu & Celeste

2/26/16: Denita from HattieLu Handmade

2/24/16: Essence from Amazing Adventures of Bubba and Bug

Disclaimer: To be able to make this item I was given the pattern. My views are my own, and not influenced by anyone. I hope you enjoyed the read!  

Quilting 101: Addy Mae Car Seat & Tent

The hardest part about making any quilt is choosing the fabric. This is even harder when I don’t know who the quilt is for, don’t own a car seat – or a baby for that matter! Originally I was going to hack this pattern into a cat cage cover. After all, those furry critters get chilly in their cages, but a friend is expecting her first grandchild in spring, so I decided to make the pattern as is. It looks so very cute after all.

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Love, love, love this look!

My girlfriend, an accomplished quilter and seamstress says quilting isn’t usually undertaken by the young for the following reasons. Fabric, notions and miscellaneous supplies can be expensive; it calls for time, which most people don’t have; it calls for precision and the ability to follow instructions carefully. I’m not sure I agree with her to he honest. I see a lot of young women, especially those with a graphic design or creative backgrounds developing as designers in all areas of fabric and textile art. Plus, sewing in general is having a resurgence. The ability to go online to purchase fabrics, sign up for a class, ask for help and post your finished item has opened the world of quilting (and sewing) to everyone.

Back to the pattern… I’m really glad I made it because it is so darned cute! I’ve quilted for a while now but haven’t made a rag quilt before. I didn’t read the pattern the whole way through, and as such didn’t see there was an option for a larger size.Doh! I’m also used to concise quilt pattern instructions that assume some knowledge. This pattern has an artsy font, but it’s easily readable with good visual instructions. One thing to remember and to stop the Husband thinking there has been a snowstorm in the laundry room, is to open the dryer door carefully and slowly, and to not shake the quilt indoors. It made a heck of a mess! I don’t have a car seat, so haven’t sewn the positioning straps on. That said, I might not … it just might sit on my chair for a while.

On a final note, watch this space over the next few months for more A Vision To Remember pattern reviews, click here for the Etsy shop link, and check out the FaceBook Group.  If you make this pattern and enjoy it, get out and buy a quilting magazine, join a quilt guild and keep quilting.

A Vision to Remember Addy Mae is the perfect gift for all those little babies this winter! Be sure to check out the different blankets this week!

Jan 26- Larissa from Connected by a thread

Jan 27- JaNette from Merri Poppins

Jan 28- Patricia from Sew Far North

Jan 29- Essence from Adventures with Bubba and Bug

Jan 30- Jona from Stitches & Spills