Monday, November 06, 2006

Playful Patches

Well if Friday was a busy cold coffee day, then today is a fun hot cocoa day. My little patchworks grew up to be cozy coats for my sweetiegirls. They were sooo excited, which says enough to me about the level of success here.

I will not lie, they took alot of time. The design and construction was pretty basic but the difficulty came in working with the thickness of the quilted material. I love, though, that I basically made the fabric, such a different experiece than just using one fabric to begin with.

Both of them are pieced with mine and Denyse's fabrics and I think they work so well together. When I was at the fabric store looking for the trim material, the women could not believe that I would dare cut into the patchwork. I tried to explain that I have no shortage of fabric to work with, but they were down right distressed. I should go share these photos with them.

Isabela's is a quirky multi-toned combination which suits her exuberant personality perfectly. Eleni's precious patches are sweet and bright...just like her. I used solid corduroy for trim. Using only two buttons at the empire height allows lots of room for swishing and tumbling. The ample crossover layering in the front keeps them warm through all the fun.

A few ironies to share in relation to cold coffee and towers of laundry. My coffee maker stopped working right after I had talked about how my coffee gets cold when I get excited about my work and I ignore it! Not one to be defeated, my husband, boiled water and manually poured it through the filter to secure our fix. My mom did what she does and went and bought me a new one. So we enjoyed watching the girls frolic with hot coffee in hand. The other irony is after all my rambling about my relationship with the laundry baboon, I spent the whole weekend working on two items to add to the pile. But they are of the colorful, more fun to fold sort.

Tomorrow an update on this.

xoox, Anna Maria


  1. Oh my goodness! You are soooo amazing, Anna Maria! These girlies in the coats are priceless! Love them!!!!! I made my daughters some mandarin (shiny japanese fabrics) style jackets last year. Yours are fabulous!

  2. Swoon... I do believe they are the most gorgeous girls coats I have ever seen. I'm almost speechless... Well done you!!

  3. OH - MY - GOSH!!!!!! Those jackets are absolutely fabulous. I can't put into print how gorgeous they are!
    I have been reading you for awhile now. I found you through Heather. Your stuff is amazing.

  4. Anonymous4:00 PM

    I love those jackets. They are adorable! I dont see a problem with cutting into quilted fabric. It makes the garment much more original. Pehaps a pattern could be in the works :)

  5. Those coats are incredible! You are incredible!

    I copy well and I am so stealing your idea (hope it's ok). I'll have to make my Anna's a little larger so whe can wear it next year too as I know it won't get finished before Christmas and winter doesn't last too long here in Atlanta.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. These are really adorable. So tempting to start making little coats!

  7. You have made such gorgeous coats, and such gorgeous girls as well.
    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

  8. The coats are oh so cute. Aren't mom's fun. No matter how old you are, they still want to take care of you.

  9. These.

  10. Anna, I love the cozy coats. You are so inspiring!

  11. Fantastic coats. They would make you feel happy even in the dead of winter!

  12. What beautiful coats! I hope these are some of the patterns you will be putting out.

  13. Stacey6:01 PM

    Those are absolutely lovely coats. Even my 5 year old son said those are cute when he saw them on the computer screen. Of course maybe he was referring to your beautiful girls ;-)

  14. All I can say is WOW! Those coats are amazing and an incredible inspiration. Lucky girls!

  15. So adorable and original. You are amazingly talented and productive!

  16. Heather was right. You really are Miss Amazing. :)

  17. Add me into the chorus, "Those coats are fabulous!" I want one.

    You have two lucky little girlies :-)

  18. those coats are insanely adorable -- the patchwork + empire waist + buttons!! ack!!

  19. WONDERFUL work Anna Maria. You truly had a vision! :-D

  20. Those coats are beyond, beyond, fabulous!!!

    (chanting) Pattern...pattern...pattern!

  21. The coats are beautiful and the photography and girls as well. Your work is incredible.

  22. they are gorgeous!!! (girls and jackets!)
    well done!

  23. Anonymous6:45 AM

    I just can't help myself; I keep coming back for just one more look.
    Mary Lynn

  24. I always get those distressed looks at the fabric store and the quilt shop and the cross stitch store. I love these - I am so glad heather ppointed us all in your direction.

    Have a beautiful day.

  25. Ooh how cute! I want one!
    Are they lined with the corduroy too?

  26. The coats are fabulous and so sweet. I am so impressed with your ingenuity and creativity. I could go on and on about these wonderful coats--your girls look adorable in them.

  27. awww, so colorful, I love them

  28. BEAUTIFUL!! I'm so, so, so happy that I found your blog - it is chock full of inspiration!

  29. Anonymous10:45 AM

    Oh my, those coats are just are the models. ;) I couldn't wait to see what you were making with the patchwork, I would never have guessed coats. Way to go!!

    Thanks for sharing your ideas and talent with us!


  30. GOLLY GUYS!!!

    I am so flatterd and pink with blushing over here. I'd've made these a long time ago if I'd known what it would do for my ego...which is already healthy ;)

    As for patterns- yes this will go on the master list of possibilities. As for the lining, they are lined with the contrast fabric you see peeking out of the cuffs. Also there is satin in most of the sleeve to prevent the shrinking worm phenomonon that happens to a little sleeve when you are rushing out the door at lighting speed to recover some bread to go with the soup you've been working on since 6 am and you want to miss the rush hour traffic. I'm not the only one right??

    With lots of love and thanks for your words and encouragement!
    Anna Maria

  31. Anonymous8:02 PM

    These are the most beautiful girls and coats that i have ever seen!!! I love the fabric and idea it must have only took you 2 days and staying up till 1:00 in the morning.....well nice work!!


  32. Anonymous8:11 PM

    I agree with Stephanie and Heather. You really are Miss Amazing! These coats are to die for. Absolutley FANTASTIC! (Although it really makes me want to throw in the towel on my feeble attempts at crafting!) Great job on the coats. Thanks for the inspiration.

  33. No towel throwing miss AmandaJean!!
    Please have a look at my knitting to assure you we all begin somewhere!!!
    lots of love, Anna

  34. love the jackets! your girls look adorable in them!

  35. Oh my--I agree with everyone else--these are beautiful! I love the patchwork and empire style! I'm going to bookmark your page and read more when I get a chance! Your DD's are adorable in their new jackets!

  36. These jackets are wonderful! Did you draft the pattern yourself or was it a purchased pattern?

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