Lotta Jansdotter Challenge & Giveaway

A monochromatic baby quilt sewn by The Finished Garment.
Warp & Weft Sewing Society
A Warp & Weft Sewing Society project

I know I’ve mentioned that I’m part of the Warp & Weft Sewing Society before, but this spring Esmari, the owner of Warp & Weft organized something really fun for us – a sewing challenge.

And there’s something for one of you too, so don’t forget to enter the fabric giveaway at the end of this post.

There are seven of us in the sewing society, and we each got six fat quarters from Lotta Jansdotter’s latest collections MorMor and  Sylvia. Then we had to sew something related to spring.

Esmari has made a lovely, bright quilt. Sherri made some cute tote bags. Carla made a beautiful set of bags. And there are still three more days to go.

Everyone got a different bundle and you can see what mine looked like below. The fabric is so pretty! And perfect for spring.

My Lotta Jansdotter fat quarter bundle from Warp & Weft
My Lotta Jansdotter fat quarter bundle from Warp & Weft

Unfortunately, mother nature has been taking her time delivering spring, at least where I live. So I decided to do something a little different.

Instead of sewing something that celebrates the joyous bursting forth of spring with flowers and vibrant colours, I created something that celebrates the moment before – the time where  spring appears to be still on it’s way. There are no visible signs of spring – yet! – but everything is slowly building underground. It’s the part of spring when you have to have faith – that spring will come, the flowers will bloom, the birds will return and the cycle of like repeat once more.

I made a baby quit, using just two fat quarters and a grey background. It’s a bit monochromatic for spring, but that’s what spring looks like here right now.

A monochromatic baby quilt sewn by The Finished Garment.
Front detail on the spring quilt.
A monochromatic baby quilt sewn by The Finished Garment.
The in situ shot.
A monochromatic baby quilt sewn by The Finished Garment.
The backing is a bit random.
A monochromatic baby quilt sewn by The Finished Garment.
The rectangles are supposed to look like garden patches.
A monochromatic baby quilt sewn by The Finished Garment.
The wavy lines ended up making the quilt very crinkly – way more than I expected.

So that left me with four fat quarters. Actually that left me with three fat quarters, because I cut one up for the quilt and then changed my mind. We all make mistakes sometimes, right?

So I took the two coral fat quarters and made a tunic for my littlest. This is the Roller Skate Tunic by Oliver + S. It was a dream to sew. I think I finished the whole thing in just over two hours, including the cutting. 

The Roller Skate Tunic sewing pattern by Oliver + S, sewn by The Finished Garment.
The Roller Skate Tunic – front.
The Roller Skate Tunic sewing pattern by Oliver + S, sewn by The Finished Garment.
The Roller Skate Tunic – back.
The Roller Skate Tunic sewing pattern by Oliver + S, sewn by The Finished Garment.
Button detail in the tunic back.
The Roller Skate Tunic sewing pattern by Oliver + S, sewn by The Finished Garment.
So cute!
The Roller Skate Tunic sewing pattern by Oliver + S, sewn by The Finished Garment.
“Is it spring yet?”
The Roller Skate Tunic sewing pattern by Oliver + S, sewn by The Finished Garment.
Seems to have passed the quality assurance test. ;)

Quilt Summary

Pattern: my own.

Fabric: Trassel in Mist from the MorMor collection, and White sufi from the Sylvia collection, both by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics.

Size: 36″ by 36″.

Tunic Summary

Pattern : Roller Skate Dress and Tunic by Oliver + S.

Fabric: Little Blomster in coral, and solid coral from the MorMor collection by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics.

Size: 18-24 months.

Sewing Level: Advanced beginner.

Modifications: Colour blocked.

Results: Great!

Fabric Giveaway

Enter to win 12 Fat Quaters from Lotta Jansdotter’s latest collection MorMor and  Sylvia, generously provided by Warp & Weft.

In order to enter this Giveaway please follow the Rafflecopter instructions and leave a comment on this post.

You can obtain 7 entries in total by leaving a comment on each participating blogger’s Lotta Jansdotter Challenge post.

The winner will be announced April 28. Good luck!

Blog Hop Schedule
Esmari – Warp & Weft:  April 21
Sherri – Thread Riding Hood:  April 22
Carla – My ½ Dozen Daily:  April 23
Shannon  – The Finished Garment:  April 24
Cathy – Blueberry Patch:  April 25
Cynthia – cynthiaf:  April 26
Lysa – Lysa Flower:  April 27

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A monochromatic baby quilt and tunic sewn by The Finished Garment.
My Lotta Jansdotter challenge sewing.

Author: Shannon Smith

Sewist, quilter, fabric lover, and pattern hoarder in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

63 thoughts on “Lotta Jansdotter Challenge & Giveaway”

  1. Shannon, let me be the first to tell you that your quilt is absolutely stunning! I can’t decide which side I like most! Don’t be surprised if you ever find a copy of it in my home…;-)
    You’ve created such a beautiful analogy with this quilt – it is completely spot on and a time of year that can so easily be overlooked.
    And the tunic is so sweet! And two fat quarters friendly – that’s a bonus!

  2. Wow, the baby quilt is stunning. And the little tunic, I love the colour blocking. Now I want to go home and sew

  3. Shannon, the quilt is beautiful. I have never used such a neutral colour scheme but I feel inspired by the beautiful simplicity of your design and colour choices. Also love the wavy lines, I will definitely try that out on my next quilt! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  4. Both are beautiful! The quilt is simple & modern; the randomly pieced back is interesting. Super cute top for your little girl from TWO fat quarters! Just perfect for a spring (whenever it shows up) day!

  5. Love the fresh, clean lines of the baby quilt piecing. And the wavy quilting is the perfect complement to it.

  6. I just love this quilt, with the is it so simple and modern with randomness. The colours are great, I wish or maybe will try to make one for my daughter…The shirt is just right for the summer, light and colourful.

  7. Both the quilt and the little tunic are beautiful, and I hope they will bring spring to Montreal soon! :-)(I also live in Montreal)

  8. I LOVE the quilt and just recently bought beautiful Liberty fabrics in London, think I’m going to try this pattern. It is perfect for them !

  9. The gray quilt is “simply” gorgeous. And the little girl in the tunic looks like granddaughter Annabel from the back – melts my heart!

  10. Super duper uber cute! The lot of it. I love the deep thoughtfulness of the just before spring quilt and the joyful and cheerful tunic! Simply beautiful.

  11. Love the quilt. Wish I had a little one around to dress in a cute tunic like yours. So sweet!

  12. Great use of the fabrics! Your Roller Skate Tunic screams spring to me, and I love the crinkle of your quilt.

  13. Your quilt might not be ‘springy’ colour wise but it is very beautiful. I love the simplicity in the colour choice and the design is stunning, even the back is beautifully pieced! I love it!

  14. A perfect interpretation of spring yet yours looks like it fresh and happy rather than dull and dismal! Well done.

  15. Your quilt is very pretty. I love the fresh look of greys. The tunic is very cute too. You sew beautifully.

  16. I love these spring colors. We have not had any spring either. The weather man also has dire predictions of a hotter than normal summer. I’ve been laughing at him for a few weeks. Summer will arrive mid July at this rate.
    Anyway…I love those orange flower on the little dress. Very cute.

  17. Your quilt is Amazing!! My Son would loooove it…he redid Master Bedroom in his house, in these colors!!

  18. I absolutely LOVE your last photo. So much like spring here–gray (snow tomorrow)with pops of color here and there (daffodils!)

  19. Your quilting looks like ploughing in a spring field. I think it’s very appropriate. Beautiful quilt and darling tunic.

  20. I am getting so many great ideas for modern quilts. Love the tunic too. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  21. I rather like the”crinkly look” on the quilt! It makes it look vintage:) The tunic is adorable as is your daughter!

  22. The little top is adorable, but I especially love your quilt and your motivation for using shades of grey. It turned out beautifully.

  23. I hear ya! It has been monochromatic and grey up here in Sweden too, till this weekend. Went to grey and yellow (clouds and dried grass) but then we had some lovely sun so the grass is greening. I loved your interpretation of just before spring. It’s a lovey quilt, and a very sweet teeny tiny tunic!
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  24. love the use of grey for baby! so calming. and great idea for the ‘garden’ patches. we still have snow here too!

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