Laela Jeyne Patterns reached out to me awhile ago about participating in their Plaid and Boots Blog Tour. I’m excited to be participating with 15 other bloggers showing how her patterns can be worn in some fun fall activities. Each day has a theme with some activities many of us do during these fall months. Today’s theme is either Game Day or Bonfire. My family had planned a trip up to a cabin in Luray, Virginia, up in the Shenandoah Mountains. I knew that the trip would be the perfect setting for this tour, and boy was I right. The Tour also includes discounts and giveaways, so keep reading, because you do not want to miss out on them.
Our weekend at the cabin turned into a beautiful sunny weekend in the mid-60’s. Perfect for spending time outdoors. We took the kids one at a time out in a canoe on the river and our dog swam along with each trip. The kids searched for shells in the shallow riverbed and found new walking sticks for future adventures. In the afternoon, we made a bonfire and enjoyed family time roasting hot dogs and marshmallows for s’mores. And, we spent the late evenings hudled around the dining table putting together puzzles and playing games of Sorry. I don’t think it gets much better than that.
Laela Jeyne Patterns worked perfect for our weekend. I made my daughter the Billie Outdoor Vest using Art Gallery sponsored fabric that was perfect for the project. I chose the yarn-dyed denim in Endless Paradise for the outside of the vest and the beautiful Coquet Bouquet cotton for the lining. I also added a piece of faux sherpa for the lining of the collar. My daughter is super sensitive to how things feel, so I knew having something super cozy around her neck would work really well for her, plus it adds a nice design element.
This was my first time quilting anything, so I did make some mistakes. I did my research and learned the importance of having a walking foot, so I made sure to invest in one before beginning this project. I also had read that disappearing marking pens can show up again in the cold, so not to use those. I recommend using chalk to mark where you will be quilting. The one big mistake I made, was not making sure that all my marks were truly accurate and matched up with the other pattern pieces. Trying to pattern match horizontal quilting lines that are off is impossible and really annoying to this perfectionist girl. I made marks and sewed as I was creating the marks. My recommendation is to make all your marks first, see how they line up to the pattern pieces they will connect to and then when all is good, go ahead and quilt. I also quilted with my machines stadard 2.5mm length, but if I were to do it again, I would have done a length of 3.0mm instead. Overall, I’m happy with my first quilting project and I know that the average person will not notice lines that don’t match up.
My daughter absolutely loves her vest and she’s enjoying that it can be reversible. Although, for it to be truly reversible I would have had to use one of the zippers where the zipper pull can flip around. Oh well!
Exterior Fabric: Art Gallery Outland Yarn Dyed Denim in Endless Paradise (4 oz/sqm)
Lining Fabric: Art Gallery Coquet Bouquet from the Joie de Vivre Collection and Minky Sherpa in Cuddle Ivory
Vest Batting: Quilter’s Dream Wool Batting
My other Laeyla Jeyne Pattern was the new Women’s Sydney Slouchy Raglan Pattern. The pattern is a more relaxed fit raglan with several options. I chose the v-neck swing silhouette with a curved hem. There’s also an off the shoulder scooped neck option, high/low hem and a basic slouchy silhouette option. Art Gallery sponsored the fabric for my top as well. The shirt is super cozy and casual and was perfect for family time exploring in nature and sitting around the bonfire. The fit of the top is definitely relaxed. My measurements put me at an XS, but I think I would have made an XXS to have a little more fit around the chest, while still keeping the loose fit everywhere else. So, if you are like me and prefer tops more fitted at the chest, I would recommend sizing down for this particular pattern.
Pattern: Women’s Sydney Slouchy Raglan (V-neck Swing option with curved hem) by Laela Jeyne Patterns
Like I had mentioned earlier, this post is part of the Plaid & Boots Blog Tour and with that comes so many fun discounts, giveaways and some really really great bloggers who have made some really great pieces that you definitely need to check out. Laela Jeyne Patterns is offering a 20% off your cart sale during the tour. Just use the code P&BTOUR20 at checkout. And, check out the amazing prizes being given away below!
3 lucky people will win these fabulous prizes. To enter the giveaway, just click on the link above.
And, don’t forget to check out the other bloggers posts! Here is the schedule of posts:
And, lastly, a big giant THANK YOU to all the sponsors of this tour. Like I had mentioned earlier, AGF sponsored my fabric for the tour. Just take a look at the prizes in the giveaways and you can see they were all quite generous.