I made a non-knit thing! For a really long time I’ve wanted to make a quilt coat but I also knew I didn’t have the sewing skills to tackle the kind of project I wanted to on my own. Enter Cindy (@Cindy_Sews on Instagram), an avid quilter and sewing teacher who also reads the blog and is local. She offered to help me sew a coat back in 2020 but Covid, then in 2021 I was sick and finally this year she said let’s make this happen and I spent my summer sewing and hanging out with her learning about quilts (and now I’m hooked). After months of work, we finished by quilt coat!
First we started by picking a quilt pattern. I picked the A Different Stripe quilt pattern by Denyse Schmidt Quilts and used Free Spirit Solids fat quarter bundles. I used a navy blue Kona quilting cotton I picked up at my local Joann’s to help make the rainbow pop. The coat pattern is the Tamarack Jacket from Grainline Studios.
I think the majority of our time was spent with me sewing quilt blocks. No square is the same and Cindy helped guide me along the way.
Kiwi was also super helpful. Cindy’s dog Sophie is just a few months older than Kiwi so they had a lot of fun playing and chasing each other while we sewed.
The lining is a beautiful OOP Anna Maria Horner pattern voile and Cindy did a Hong Kong finish on the seams. I added in a ShelliCan OOAK label to the inside because why not?! We extended the length of the jacket about two inches and added the hood and did buttons instead of snaps. And as much as I love this jacket because it is rainbows and happiness in one coat…Cindy took it up a notch and made matching coats for Jellybean and Kiwi!
She drafted dog coat patterns from the fleece jackets I already had for them. She’s honestly amazing and I am so thankful that she helped me through this project.
I’m definitely still addicted to knitting but this was just too fun of a project to not share. I am super thankful to Cindy and her help in this project, it was an absolute joy. If you have questions, let me know and I’ll do my best to answer them!