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Friday, November 7, 2014

Swoon Blanche Barrel Bag

This is the smallest version of the Swoon Blanche Barrel Bag.  I purchased the pattern on Craftsy over the summer but only completed it a few days ago.  Since this was only the second bag I've ever made, I read, and re-read the directions multiple times. The pattern was straight forward but I did rely on a You tube video for the inside zipper pocket.  I also added two slip pockets on the the inside.  And I ended up using premade piping (which felt a little smallish) because the piping I made kept wrinkling and twisting.  I have no idea what I was doing wrong and after multiple frustrating attempts, I gave up and purchased piping. I think I will change out the straps at a later date.  I'd like to use polyester webbing with the existing straps sewn over it for a sturdier feel.

I can't wait to try another bag!


Monday, September 22, 2014

Screamin' Summer

I know that's a crazy title for the last days of summer but...

                                                                                             don't they just scream summer?
You can find the design here.  Thank you Flamingo Toes for sharing such a sweet, summer design!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

I did it! The weekender travel bag...

Here it is!  The weekender travel bag, by Amy Butler.  I really wanted to try my hand on this.  I love sewing quilts and have made a few small zippered bags but I've never tried a project like this.  And when I say 'like this", I mean piping (which I've never done) and zippers (which I've done but always find challenging).  So I searched and searched and read a lot of blog posts about this bag! I found this post to be the most helpful.

I think I read the instructions a hundred times before I began this project!  And then I probably read them another hundred while making it!

I didn't use any heavy duty interfacing.  Like the blog post above suggested, I used heavy cotton duck to cut the outer pieces of the pattern and the "quilt as you go" method with one layer of batting, cut 1/2" smaller all the way around.  When I completed the quilting, I stitched all the around the pieces, 1/8" from the edge to keep them from unraveling.

Some of the seams did get bulky, especially around the corners, but my machine handled them quite well.  The patterns says, "Go Slow" and that is absolutely key around those corners!  I used a Jeans needle as well and I didn't break a single one!  I also followed everyone's advice and made the straps a little longer so I can carry it on my shoulder.

Fabric is Denyse Schmidt's Chicopee and I used a solid gray for the lining and piping.  I love this bag and I have impressed myself with how well it came out! I'm thinking Christmas gifts for some of the "hard to buy for" women in my life! 


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sew Kitschy Block 2

I can't believe I forgot to post this!

I also forgot to post a picture of a baby quilt I made for my neice.  Actually, I forgot to take a picture of the finished product...but I do have a picture of the flimsy.  This was made using  a pattern from American Patchwork and Quilting, Issue 121, April 2013.  I just left off all the borders to keep it at a baby size.

Sorry about the lousy picture - it was taken in my dark, unfinished basement, which is where I've carved out a small area for my sewing space.  And it was taken with my cell phone.  Try to ignore the fuse panel in the background and the pipes and insulation in the ceiling.

I've also been working on a secret project that I can't share because I don't want to ruin the surprise for the future giftee.

And I'm still plugging along with my Farmer's Wife Quilt.

And, I'm still waiting for spring!  

Stay warm, be healthy!

Friday, February 14, 2014

i carry your heart...

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart)
i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
      i fear
not fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

                                                                         -e.e. cummings

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Farmer's Wife Quilt

I've been dying to get this book for ages and I finally broke down and got it.  The book came Saturday and since then I've been reading the letters and planning how I'm going to tackle this project.  I've decided I'm going to follow the block layout in the book, completing one row at a time, starting with the longest row.  Since the blocks are set on point, the rows are on the diagonal.  I've numbered each row, and then numbered my blocks accordingly.  So thihs is how I'm tracking it:
This probably seems confusing but it makes sense to me.  The numbers on the left are the template numbers.  I cross off the templates I print as I need them.  I had actually started to print them all but there's only one template per page and that was just too wasteful for me!  The numbers on the right are the block numbers and the colored numbers are the order that I need to make the blocks.  So Block number one will be the 79th block I make.  Since the setting is on the diagonal, I'm sewing the rows as I numbered them and choosing fabrics as I go along.  I hope that this method will give me a nice balance of colors in the end and I won't lose my mind shifting blocks around.  I'm using solid white for the sashing and plan on using solid red  for the cornerstones.  I haven't decided what I'm going to do for the setting triangles. 

I would love to have all the blocks pieced in six months.  That averages four to five blocks per week.  Seems manageable, right?  We'll see.  We know how life can get in the way of the best laid plans...

So for now, I leave you with:
Block #85

Block #15

Block #40

Block #53
Block #104

Block #55
Block #90   

Block #100Cheers!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

APQ Quilt Along...

 I decided I was not going to participate in the APQ Quilt Along...Really.  But then my subscription arrived.

Seriously, how could I not?  So here is the very beginnings, partially sewn. 

And I'm still trying to catch up to the Quilty Fun Sew Along! 

It's all good.


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Catching Up on the Quilty Fun Sew Along...

I've been playing catch up since Santa brought me Quilty Fun.  I had a blast doing the row along and I could not wait to get my hands on her book!  Soooo, just a few pics to show what I've been working on...
     Chubby Chevrons
                      Apples and more chubby chevrons - I just had to make one kiss and one hug!
                                                 Stars and Baskets

  And Quarter Square Triangles

I went overboard making these....
                                                                               And look at that pile of trimmings!

I still need to complete Flying Geese, Courthouse Steps, and Cups of Cocoa and then I'll be all caught up.

And the first finish of 2014!

 I actually finished this on New Year's Day - I just had to get started on something from Lori's Book!

And, I received some gift cards for Christmas so I treated myself to some goodies...I'll show you when they arrive!  Until then,


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

I hope you have a blessed and peaceful year!


Paper Pieced BOM @ Quiet Play

Quiet Play posted her first block and I had to start right away!  You can click her button on my side bar and it will take you right to her!