Starting Summer

What could be more fun than a special sewing prize? How about two! How about combining gifts?!!

Thank you Bramcost Publications for sharing your new book, How to Make Aprons: Vintage Patterns for making Home, Garden, Utility & Craft Aprons. Sew many unique aprons here, I want to make them all!

We had so much fun at Bloggers Quiltmarket Meetup! And we won super prizes!! Thank you Daria and Megan Boutique Cafe girls who awarded us NEW Kaufman charm pack, Sweet Pickins by Darlene Zimmerman, not to mention other super cool stuff.
This super cheery 1930's reproduction fabric just screamed KITCHEN to me. What to make with this special prize? Hey, how about an Apron?

For this project, I chose one of the Patchwork Aprons (pg. 75, if you are following along), which uses 40 squares, WOW- exactly the size of my charm pack prize.  The triple-V edge is SEW VINTAGE! And I had way too much fun sorting the charm pack to align matching series. SEE?
The pattern is for 4" patches, so using the charm pack made the apron larger than usual. I decided to go ahead in the XL direction, and added 7' of ties. I know how hard it is for my big friends to find aprons that fit. So I also adapted the ties to a no-waistband style. This way apron won't look stretched at the waist.

Luckily, I had this lovely old fashioned blue calico in my stash, and there was just enough to create bias binding and matching ties. Matches great, wouldn't you say? Just right, so it doesn't fight with the blue gingham center-top either. Perfect!
Starting the summer with a new apron..... We should make this a tradition.

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