I know, we haven’t passed Christmas yet, but as a pattern writer, I’m always thinking ahead. And I’m so excited to announce my next pattern, Woven Hearts! Woven Hearts will release before Valentine’s Day next year! To celebrate, I used Riley Blake Designs’ newest collection, Sending Love, and turned a Woven Hearts block into a quilt sweater!
Quilt Coats are all the rage this year, and for good reason. ‘Tis the year for all the comfy clothes, no? Well, not contented with only wearing my quilts out of the house as a quilt coat, and the fact I’ve lived in sweatpants since March, I decided to take the comfy one step further with a quilt sweater!!
I love that this sweater looks so much more dressed up than my grungy sweats but is just as comfortable and warm. Woven Hearts plays with color to create a gingham effect, and Sending Love is the perfect collection to create that effect! I originally mocked up an entire throw quilt with this collection, which will still need to happen at some point!
PATTERN: Self drafted from a RTW (ready-to-wear, aka, store-bought) sweater I own and love
QUILT BLOCK: Woven Hearts quilt pattern, coming from Patchwork & Poodles in January 2021
FABRICS: Riley Blake Designs Sending Love in Kisses Red and Kisses Ballerina, with Confetti Cotton Riley White background and Pin Dot in Peony for the binding
METHOD: I made all the components separately (two sleeves, front, and back), basted them all to batting & backing, and quilted them with 1.5″ grid. Then I cut out the pattern pieces from the quilted panels, and went over all the edges with a narrow zig-zag to secure them. I assembled the shirt, and bound the neck, sleeves, and bottom hem with bias binding (2.5″ wide)
I love this sweater so so much. I’ve just popped it into the wash for the first time, and I’m excited to see how it will become softer and cozier with time and washes. I could see how started with a well-worn and loved quilt would give someone an advantage, as the sweater would have a very “lived-in” feel from the get-go. I’ve got other ideas for quilted clothes, so stay tuned for more!