Quilting Archives

Lessons I-VII and Quilting Archives


“Threads” was made with the same vest pattern, McCall’s #6786, and shows my love of sewing and quilting. As with the previous garment, I shortened the overall length of the garment, but kept the design lines the same. The fabric used for the vest back is a narrow gold and off-white stripe. This print was also used to make the side ties. The side panels and yoke are cut from a print which features brightly colored buttons on a black ground. The center motif of a sewing machine is a pieced block and is bordered in a light blue print and then surrounded by multicolored Prairie Points.

The vest fronts consist of panels made from two small dot prints, one red and one blue, with the side panels and yoke fronts made from same button print that was used on the vest back. Prairie Points are inserted between the blue print and the button print.

A bright emerald green solid was used for the lining and for the welts on the vest front. I appliqued several thread spool shapes to the front and back, with strands of narrow bias tape used as the “thread” unwinding from each spool. I added two small pieced squares and a pieced heart design to the front and sewed narrow cotton lace around the pieces.

I plan to add a few more details to this piece and perhaps will enter it in the County Fair next time around.