|My latest pattern... the Voilà Vase!|
Having previously admitted that I'm not a home decor fan, this latest creation is most definitely a home decor item.
Oh well. As the saying goes, there are exceptions to every rule. (I'd also imagine that there are probably more home decor fans out there than not.)
In any case, when I felt compelled to do more 3D "paper" piecing after making a hanging ornament, the concept of a vase was the first thing that popped into my mind.
The subsequent plan to turn it into a pattern was two-fold. First, I hadn't written up a pattern in about a year and needed "the exercise", so to speak. Second, it seemed like a unique item to write up as a pattern, made more appealing by the fact that it's not too difficult to sew up.
|My smaller proof of concept vase standing alongside her big sister...|
If you're wondering how big this is, let me say that it was designed to be a statement piece. With the topper, the vase is about 13” (33cm) high by 8" (20cm) wide, with a 4” (10cm) square base. Without the topper, it's 10” high (25.5cm).
|To give an idea of scale...|
So it's not small. Choose your fabric wisely and you'll have a one-of-a-kind designer vase to highlight that special spot in your home.
Which leads to the reason for the name: it's the Voilà Vase. (Yes, read carefully, that's voilà, not viola.)
Getting back to the topic of fabric, my test vase was made out of two black and white selections. The one with the white leaves on a black background was originally a duvet cover from Jysk. (First seen in a bucket bag lining, it's also been used as the lining for my custom messenger bag.)
The other fabric is part of my Spoonflower Zen collection; specifically, Untangle My Zen (Multiples), the creation of which was documented in this blog post. I managed to "stretch" the use of a fat quarter for all of the contrast panels. (The only one that couldn't be accommodated was the contrast part of the base, so I merely used the other fabric for it.)
While my proof of concept vase ended up featuring the contrast panels on the exterior, with this one, I decided to switch it up and alternate all the panels. It did require me to pay more attention in the final assembly stages (and yes, I had to take out my stitch ripper more than once), but I like the result.
I would imagine that using four different contrast fabrics on top of a main fabric would also make a striking vase.
|My old dusty flowers have been given new life in a new home...|
After a rough start looking for testers, Sarah at Cozy Nest Design came to my rescue and put me in touch with some talented bodies who were up for the challenge. Here are the the results of their pattern testing, in the order in which I received them.
Marilyn (of ShadesofBold)
Of the testers that were sent my way, I was already familiar with Marilyn. I've always admired her selection of fabrics along with her meticulously crafted end products.
She made her version of the Voilà Vase with a permanent topper.
A handy tip from Marilyn: "I used 1/4" washable wonder tape to turn in the sides of the contrast fabric and it worked like a charm. It was an easier way to measure the 1/4" turn under and it stayed in place until I attached it to the main fabric and Peltex."
Mary Ann (who can be found on Facebook as SewMe Creations)
Mary Ann also made her Voilà Vase with a permanent topper.
If you're observant, you'll notice that some of her cardinals are not perched upright. ;-) However, if you're even more observant, you'll notice that none of her stitching shows.
Mary Ann used invisible thread on her vase. When I asked about how difficult that might be to sew with, she says she's had no issues using the ones from Superior Threads.
Synthia (who can be found on Facebook as SynSewn)
I definitely learned something new when I heard that Synthia's sewing machine didn't have a zigzag stitch. That possibility never, ever occurred to me, so it was serendipitous to discover it during pattern testing.
On the down side, this meant that Synthia had to hand sew all of the panels together. Despite physical challenges, she ended up being proud of her persistence in finishing.
By the way, Synthia's Voilà Vase is the basic version without a topper. And given the eclectic fabric and her choice to alternate the panels, I had to share with you this shot of the inside of her vase.
A huge thanks to my testers and most particularly to Sarah for being so amazingly supportive. (A couple of testers had issues beyond their control that affected their schedules, so any other project photos I receive will be posted directly to the Craftsy pattern page.)
The PDF for this pattern is 34 pages long, with full-size templates, detailed instructions and over 60 photos to help you create your own Fabric Pieced Voilà Vase. Measurements are provided in both metric and imperial.
As a bonus, I have included instructions on how to create the templates needed to make the smaller proof of concept version.
|Sample pages from the PDF...|
Who is this Project For?
|The topper can be a decorative base as well...|
How Long will this Project Take?
The cutting and interfacing will take up most of your time. But since most of this is machine sewn (as long as you have a zigzag stitch), it goes quickly once you get started. It's the sort of project that, if you start in the morning, you'll be done by the end of the day.
What do I Need to Make this Project?
A complete list of what you'll need to complete this project is provided at my Craftsy Shop.
where you can grab the pattern for
(that's 33% off the regular price of
* At some point after 6:00 pm on the evening of Sunday April 15 in the MDT zone (which is GMT-6), the regular price will be applied.