Pattern and fabric designer, Alison Glass invited me to participate in her new Celestial quilt pattern Gift Along. Her task for us is to demonstrate how versatile the pattern can be by using the paper pieced blocks in smaller, gift items. So, if you thought that quilt blocks are just for quilts, think again!
Celestial includes six different star blocks that can be used in a myriad of different ways. I have chosen to use two of them to turn an ordinary apron into a festive holiday hostess gift.
I used an assortment of Alison Glass fabrics in deep raspberry and lime green, a modern alternative to traditional Christmas red and green, and added a white on gray dot for the base fabric.
The 8-inch star "C" block brightens up the square bib...
And dancing across the bottom, a band of seven of the 4" star "A" blocks...
Any apron pattern with a square bib will work for this project. I didn't use a pattern, just took some measurements and started cutting! These are the sizes for the pieces I cut if you need a starting point, but I strongly suggest you cut them according to your own body measurements. You can see the apron is a little loose on my smaller, slimmer daughter in the first picture.
The bib is lined with a piece cut 12 1/2" x 14"
The star band at the bottom is lined with a piece cut 32 1/2" x 4 1/2"
Waistband, cut two pieces that are 3 1/2" x 17"
Side ties, cut four pieces that are 4 1/2" x 21"
Neck loop, 3" x 20" (mine came out a little long, adjust as needed)
Skirt 32 1/2" x 13"
Seam allowances around the blocks are 1/4", all other seam allowances are 1/2"
This inside photo shows the lined areas. Serge or use an overlock stitch on the skirt band seams.
Side tie, detail of center pleat:
I hope you like this project and are inspired to make one of your own using the Celestial pattern. Alison is generously hosting a link up on her blog where one lucky winner will get a signed copy of her new book, Alison Glass Applique and a $25 gift certificate to her shop. You can make a featured project or come up with one of your own. If you need some additional inspiration, see what these clever bloggers will be making over the next two weeks:
If you are on Instagram, post what you are making (in progress) and tag #celestialgiftalong for the chance to win a weekly pattern draw.
You have until December 10th to link up your project, good luck and let's get sewing!!