Friday, September 19, 2014

Where Have I Been? Finished Bags! What Do Scraps and Rabbits Have in Common?

I know the title of my post is long but I had a lot of information to convey!

First of all, I have been so busy--so very busy, that I have truly had to choose between trying to sew at all or blogging.  Sewing won out.  I indeed have been sewing, and working on smaller projects that made me happy and finished more quickly or just satisfied my need to create.  

While I am still on overload for the next few months, I will try and post, too.  I remain infatuated with small, in-the-hoop embroidery projects, and here are a few that qualify me for finishes!  The bags I have gifted have been very well received!

Because my beloved BabyLock had to go to the doctor for her annual checkup, I made some bags of a different design.  Love them a lot, and they are so fast and easy.  I was running around Walmart at the very last minute looking for some lace trim and actually found some.

This pattern was a Craftsy purchase, and you can really make it your own!  For instance, on my first try, I set both zippers in the same direction.  On the second pouch, I set one in each direction, left and right.  

The bag above is my first try as the zippers are both set in the same direction!  Instead of drawing a pen line down the center to mark the sewing line, I used my hera marker.  Also, since I enjoy making bags, I keep a rather large stash of zippers from zipit on Etsy.  You can really mix and match for fun.  

And THEN, well, have I ever mentioned how much I love scraps?  And how scraps make me kind of nervous if they just sit around and no one is sewing them together?  Well it is true, and so I have been working on these blocks.  

These blocks are so much fun to make.  Mom and I were in a small fabric store where there was a box of scraps.  I picked through them and bought a bag full. What?  Like you have never bought scraps before?  But what happens when you sew scraps together and trim to size?  Like rabbits, they breed!

More scraps!  Triangle-sized.  And really interesting triangles, too.  What to do?

Quick!  Grab MORE fabric and start making little squares and thinking outside the box (that's a pun).  This really should be fun!

I am just about to wrap this up and link my post to Sew Fresh Quilts' Friday Finish!  Glad to be back in bloggerland with you all, and thanks so much to my bestie who checked on me while I was gone!


Monday, August 18, 2014

Made Some Bags! {Frog}

I managed to get two bags finished, one monogrammed and one for fun!  The one for fun actually cracks me up        

Okay, so I am easily amused but the frog looks so funny staring at me from the bag!  I had some of the Tula Pink Prince Charming frog left over, just enough to make this bag.

I had to cut my fabric quite carefully to make the most of my piece, and to get the froggy centered.  The design is from Pickle Pie Designs, and is completely made in the hoop.  

I added a pocket to the back, further complicating the small piece of fabric I had.  I ended up seaming the pocket on the inside and across the top, but I got the frog centered again!

The strap is matching ribbon and fabric with a small strip of batting.  I have quite a lot of batting strips in a pile.  You know, the pile of scraps that are too small to ever use again.  THAT pile!

The other pouch is smaller, and so cute.  I'll put that in the Christmas gift pile!

And now, we join our regularly scheduled quilting project, already in progress!  (not really, I have to get that started up again!)

Linking up to Patchwork Times!!


Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Finishes! Celebration!

I am inordinately pleased to have some finishes to report for this week.  It is honestly amazing that it could happen!  I had to start a new job while continuing my old one, and my husband had emergency surgery.  Other than that we are good!

I have one bag done, and I realize that I did not credit the pattern to Pickle Pie Designs.  This bag turned out so cute, is fully lined, and worked up rather quickly.

I did a lot of experimenting with coordinating fabrics, and  variegated thread to see what would happen, would I like it, etc.  Small projects are a great time to experiment!
I really like how the quilting grid stitches right into the design.

I used another Amy Butler fabric on the inside.  This bag had a pocket on the outside.  One of my "experiments" was to leave off the pocket.  Next time I will include it again.

And now for my Sawtooth Star Quilt!   Whew, it feels good to have it complete and so pretty, too!

I decided to go with a straight line grid that would intersect the stars into pie pieces!  The thread is a King Tut cotton, all pinks and oranges, that picked up every single color in the quilt (well, not the gray).  Beautiful!  

The yellow star is so striking and the colored thread made perfect pie pieces.  

The thread shows up beautifully on the gray.  I still need to wash the quilt, which is evident from all the batting lint on the gray.

I am pleased as punch, and hope things calm down a touch.   Linking up to Can I get a Whoop Whoop!! at Confesisons of a Fabric Addict!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wednesday WIP-- Embroidered Bag

I'm about ready to bring out a finished quilt; however, I wanted to sew up some in-the-hoop bags to keep on hand for gifts.  They are so cute, use very little fabric, and give me a chance to practice some appliqué.     I'm getting hooked on various styles of these bags, so I may be turning out quite a few!  And all those wonderful zippers in every color of the rainbow from Zipit on Etsy!  I love color, and I know you do, or you would not be quilting, lol.

Hope it isn't too late to link up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced Modern Quilts!!!  Once I get a few of these bags done I'll post pics of the finished products!  


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Juki is Home and How I Showcase my Mini Quilts

Finally, my beast of a Juki is home.  It seems to be working well, and I decided to go ahead and baste my Sawtooth Quilt.  I had no desire to even baste the thing without my Juki to quilt it.

First though, I had to make the backing.  I initially dread the thought of making one, and then always enjoy it.  I love to piece the backing too, and see how it turns out.  I cut, sew, lay it out, then cut some more.

All of my orange and grey Denyse Schmidt in that particular line will be gone now, which is sad, but the fabric is there to use.  The camo-looking fabric is actually a grunge, not camo at all.  It looks all soft in real life.  

And we are ready to rock and roll!  I am going to use a variagated pinks thread for the straight  stitching   however, I am thinking, maybe, hopefully, of using a dark gray in the gray squares for some extra punch.  We will see!

The other item I wanted to show is a really neat way to show off a mini quilt.  I use them in my living room curtains to fill in the space.  It looks so nice and is a wonderful conversation piece! 

The ribbons are just pinned to the top to make it easy to change out the mini whenever I wish.  

Have a wonderful weekend!  I attended a Bernina Sewpalooza yesterday and had a truly wonderful time.  Lots of energy and fun ladies there.  I don't even own a Bernina but who cares!


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

August BIG COURSE Sale at Craftsy


I actually hoped to have some more sewing to show; however, instead, I shall have to post about a sale at Craftsy.  Which is fine!  I just finished up my Angela Walters class on FMQ, and it was such a great value for the money.  Seven segments, where Angela showed how to do a different pattern in each, along with variations.  Right when I started to try the methods, my Juki broke and went to the repairman.  Last word is that Juki is on its way home. 

I would like to take a bag-making class though, and so I think that would be my next choice.  Maybe quilt-as-you-go-patchwork-bags with Tara Rebman?

At any rate, I have so much sewing time right now, lol, at least the classes don't expire!

Happy Thursday to all of you, 

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More Important Than a WIP

The high school where I work has been shut down.  It should not have been but it was.  We have educated students, worked with their parents, seen them graduate.  We are bereft.  

Now it is left to us to close the office down.  Besides all the paperwork, there are boxes everywhere, and memories.  Today I found a bag, behind a cabinet, and inside the bag was a jumble of lanyards, imprinted with the school name.

I actually always found them to be somewhat scratchy and unpleasant to wear, to be perfectly honest; however, today I found them to be another reminder of what we are losing.  And an idea immediately popped in my head.  I should cover these lanyards with fabric for my fellow staff members, so that they could keep them and wear them (incognito) wherever they went!

Hanging from my display rod!

Now I love selvedges.  I mean, doesn't everyone?  All that color, the writing, the dots, just everything!  Selvedges hold all your fabric neatly together until you cut it, right?  And I have a pile of them.  So I decided to dive into that pile and use some of them to cover my lanyards, which of course, made them scrappy.  I only made five so far but have to make more, and will share them around.  It did make me feel a little better, too, at least for a minute!

My favorite fabrics!

The lanyards now feel comfortable against my skin, too.  So much more important right now than my WIPs!  

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced for fun!


"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ~ Jeremiah 29:11