| Sophia's Closet (Vintage Dresses)|
block pattern by Charise Randell
Started January 10, 2016
Completed November 1, 2019
Trudy custom quilted it, some of the dresses have some very cool details.
I can't pick a favorite dress from the set, I like all of them.
The backing is a Connecting Threads sale fabric that I had ordered specifically to use for backing a quilt.
When it came time to draft a label, I didn't want to just keep using the pattern name, I wanted to give it my own spin. My Guy vetoed most of my ideas. He said that the quilt is too sophisticated to have a quirky name. So I looked at photos of well known actresses from the 50's and decided that Sophia Loren's wardrobe had dresses of the right vintage and style. So this quit became Sophia's Closet.
This label isn't anything like the one I'd been working on. The first label just looked so drab when I did the test print that I decided a new bright one was really needed. This one definitely worked and the blue gingham dress blends perfectly with the backing.
Sophia's Closet was started in January 2016 as my Rainbow Scrap Challenge project for that year. The goal was to finish two blocks in each color per month. That's the only way I'd ever finish such complicated blocks. This was my first introduction to complex paper piecing. It didn't always go smoothly, but I really loved how the blocks worked out. The finished quilt is full/queen sized (sorry I never remember to write down the final measurements).
For now, the quilt is going to stay with me. Eventually it may go live with someone else, but I want to enjoy it for a bit before turning loose of it.
Linking up with the normal beginning of the week linky parties: Monday Making and Monday Design Wall. Vintage Dresses/Sophia's Closet is on my 2019 Finish Along 4th quarter list, so I'll be linking up with the last Finish Along post for 2019 in January when that becomes active.