Whole-Cloth Quilt in Robert Kaufman Mammoth Flannel Decision-Making Process
I love quilts filled with bamboo batting. They are just right: not too hot and not too cold. We had an old bamboo-filled quilt on our bed, but I did not made it big enough, so it just sat on top of the bed , not matching the blanket underneath. I wanted a new quilt, but I did not have time to make 250 flying-geese blocks. What to do? Make a whole-cloth quilt in Robert Kaufman Mammoth Flannel, of course! I let Fred select the fabrics. He picked our Mammoth Flannel in Crimson and Gold, Mammoth Flannel in Cobalt with Black and White, and Shetland Flannel in Redwood, so the quilt turned out a little masculine, but I still love it. I used 6 yards for both the top and the bottom: I sewed two 3-yard cuts together in the middle, matching the plaids.
I have not quilted a quilt for a loooong time, but I felt emboldened after taking the "Learn to Quilt" class here at the shop. Our teacher, Chris, advised us to pin our quilt layers together and use a walking foot. She also gave us a great hint: quilt at a 30-degree angle, and no one will be able to see if your blocks aren't completely square. The smart novice would have pinned her quilt sandwich and followed her teacher's advice. I am not a smart novice. I decided to use our basting spray, even though I have never used it before. Ugh. I found myself smoothing and resmoothing the layers on my hands and knees. And I ended up pin-basting a lot of the sandwich on top of the spray-basting. We have these great curved pins for sandwich-basting.
The quilt is far from perfect, but I love it. It matches the blue of our headboard, and the yellowish wood trim in our bedroom. The red binding adds a nice pop of color. Making a quilt entails A LOT more sewing than making a garment, but it goes quickly and the repetition is calming. I'm already planning my next whole-cloth quilt!!!
Bonnie made this classic raglan-sleeve sweatshirt using a woven plaid flannel cut on the bias. Paired with some bamboo rib-knit cuffs and binding, it's the perfect marriage of sweatshirt and lumberjack button-up!
Pattern: Grainline Studio's Linden Sweatshirt
Pattern Sizing: This pattern comes in sizes 0-18. Bonnie made this version in a size 8.
Pattern Description: "The Linden Sweatshirt gives a modern update to the classic sweatshirt. Featuring a relaxed fit, raglan sleeves, and a graceful slightly scooped neckline, this sweatshirt is perfect for fall layering."
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelop once you were done sewing with it? Yes!
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. Because the instructions are for a knit, they call for 1/4" seam allowances. Bonnies used a slightly larger seam allowance with the woven fabric.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The Grainline Linden is really a very simple pattern, even when using a woven fabric instead of a knit. She also like that it had some slight shaping--the cut wasn't too full.
Fabric Used: Robert Kaufman Mammoth Flannel in Adventure Bonnie used an extra 1/2 yard of fabric to cut the pieces on the bias and to allow for pattern matching. She made the cuffs and bindings (neck and bottom) in a navy blue bamboo/cotton rib knit.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Bonnie added 2" to the hem so it was a slightly longer in the torso.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, definitely! Bonnie would sew it in a knit or a woven again.
Conclusion: The Grainline Linden Sweatshirt is a great basic pattern with lots of options for customization. The fabric is very easy to work with and the finished look is cute and contemporary!