Sewist’s Name: Maureen Williams from Ohio
Type of Project: Coat
Pattern: Butterick B6802
Featured Date: 7-20-23
Hi, I’m Maureen and sewing has been my passion for more years than I care to mention! As a very young child a neighbor taught me how to do embroidery. She provided me with a printed design of a nursery rhyme character, “Jack Be Nimble”! And there it began. I am now retired from my nursing career and sew as often as I am able, usually every day. I’ve lost count of the number of quilts I’ve made, but each of my five children received one at their wedding shower. Each of my 10 grandchildren received one when they graduated from high school. Four of my grandchildren received another when they were married and three-great grandchildren have received one! I also enjoy embroidery as well as garment sewing and purses and bags.
I am blessed to live in a large city where we are blessed to have a very large, very active group of sewists who gather frequently at Pins and Needles, a sewing center in Northeast Ohio, about 10 miles south of Lake Erie in Cleveland Ohio.
Recently the “rage” has been to make a jacket or coat from a quilt! I was shocked! I couldn’t imagine cutting up one of my quilts… until I came across one I handmade a long time ago. It was aging, the fabric was old and somewhat worn but really not in good enough shape to use as a quilt. There were a few faded areas that added character, so I went for it. The following photos are of before I cut it up and then the finished jacket. I wanted to use the entire starburst but being a rather small person, the only way to do that was by using a pattern with an inverted pleat. The pattern I used was Butterick B6802 in a size 6. Since there wasn’t a binding on the original quilt, I made binding from my fabric on hand. The quilt was hand embroidered and hand quilted.
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