Wednesday, November 3, 2021

The Making of My Quilt Coat Progress Report #1

Fall is upon us and as temperatures chill, its time to get my quilt coat assembled!  I've been watching quilted coats pop up on Instagram for awhile and once I got my quilts done for submission to QuiltCon, I decided to dig right in.

I purchased fabric from an Etsy shop (Binded with Love).  I wanted to work with a FQ bundle and really loved the ones they assembled using Art Gallery fabric.  Dianne and Sara were just wonderful to work with - they created a custom bundle for me!  I ended up ordering 20 FQs, two 1/2 yard cuts of two of the low volume prints, and 4 yards of backing/lining fabric.


I chose the Patchwork Chore Quilt by Patchwork and Poodles.  I like the different updates that have been shared and I've decided to go with a zipper (see instructions) instead of buttons.

30+ pages later, my pattern was printed and assembled.


I transferred the pattern in my chosen size to Swedish Tracing Paper.  This was the first time I used this product.  I actually sewed together the back and front pieces and 'tried it on' before confirming the size I wanted to make.

The instructions give you options for making the coat from a finished quilt or creating a bunch of panels.  I (clearly) went the panel route so the next step was to start making geese.


Typically, I have a detailed plan for my quilts and know exactly how much fabric I need and exactly how many blocks.

Not true in this case - I really just winged it and covered every surface in my sewing space with geese lined up so I could get some variety in fabric placement!  356 flying geese later, I had my panels all assembled!

This is where the Swedish Tracing Paper proved to be a wonderful product!  Once panels were assembled, I could lay the pattern pieces on top and make sure they were big enough.  And, once I'm ready to cut, the fact they are transparent will help be not cut off a geese where I don't want to.


For the sleeves, I added just a little bit extra in case the piece shrunk.

To quilt, I did a grid on the diagonal.  It was fun and fast!


Panels done, everything went into the wash so any shrinkage happens now and not once the coat was assembled.  I did do a trial wash on a small quilted sample so I knew what to expect.

Next update - cutting the pieces and beginning steps of assembly!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

15 comments:

  1. I have nothing to say except I LOVE THIS!!

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  2. Oh, my goodness, I’m so impressed! You have embarked on quite an adventure. I look forward to following along with your progress!

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  3. I love Art Gallery fabric and bought the same fat quarter bundle! Your quilt is so inspiring!!! I love it!

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  4. Oooh...can't wait to see how this unfolds. Good luck.

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  5. Fun to see your progress. Design, colors and fabrics are going to make your quilt coat pop!

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  6. So interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Wonderful report of your progress/process. I am loving the quilt coats that are popping up but I have almost no experience garment sewing and am still unsure. I will look forward to seeing more of your experience. Good luck! xo

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  8. Oh, I'm so excited to follow your progress! I just became aware of this pattern today, a few hours before I saw your post. I have no experience garment sewing so I will live vicariously for a while. Good luck and have fun!

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  9. I bought a coat pattern too. =) But that project will have to wait until after I get my long arm.

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  10. I found this pattern a few weeks ago and I want to make a jacket! But, I have very little garment experience. I'll be following you on your journey and hopefully, I will start my own quilt after Christmas! I'm cheering you on!

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  11. Looking forward to seeing your quilt coat. Your quilt looks really pretty. 'Always wanted to make one of these myself.

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  12. Looking forward to seeing your quilt coat. Your quilt looks really pretty. 'Always wanted to make one of these myself.

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  13. This si going to be so awesome!

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  14. Love your quilted fabric. I'm going to have fun watching this project.

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  15. I have had the pattern for a while, but wanted to see how people would build their coats. Love your process.

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