BAGS!

I signed up for the triple zip pouch swap because I wanted to learn to sew with zippers, and expand my world of online sewing friends.  Boy oh boy oh boy oh boy was that pouch a challenge for me.  I ended up making three…

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The first was so wretched I wasn’t sure I could face another – time consuming and the end result so crooked and weird – and I had used some of my favorite Joel Dewberry.  Sigh.  But the next one turned out better, and by the time I got around to making my swap pouch, I was making quite passable pouches.  But they took forever, and I was fairly certain pouches weren’t for me.

And then I wanted to make some for gifts, so I faced the zipper foot and the fusible fleece again.

little Anna Maria Horner pencil pouch for my friend T, of my own design.

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IMG_1391And an absolutely charming gathered clutch (from the noodlehead tutorial) for my aunt.  Love everything about this one…linen, AMH fabric and lining, so sweet and pretty.

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By the time I was finished with these, I could face the sew together bag by sewdemented that I had been to scared of (with more than a little help from this tutorial).  It is not perfect, but I am very impressed with myself – I am so far ahead from when I took up sewing again 6 months ago.

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And now I am a little bag expert.  I zipped up this little darling this afternoon (also for myself).

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Here is what I have learned:

1. Make my lining 1/2 inch shorter than what pattern calls for so they aren’t all crumply inside.  (not an issue with the sewtogether bag).

2. Skip the zipper foot, just use my walking foot.

3. Until I am good at top stitching (in 2040), I am just going to use invisible thread.

4. It is pretty cool to know what fusible fleece is for.

 

 

Grey Squares Bed Quilt: Finished!

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I finished the top for this quilt in early December, and dropped it off at the quilters and got it back in early March.  Booo.  But I couldn’t face quilting something this large on my little machine.  But I can’t face waiting that long for a quilt to get back to me again.  Conundrum.

Anyway, the quilt is 8″ grey squares surrounded by 3″ borders of the most gorgeous Amy Butler “Spots” fabric, with some Anna Maria Horner and Amy Butler floral prints thrown in for good measure.  The grey squares are too match my grown up grey curtains.  And now my bedroom / sewing room be done being decorated.  Woot.  I’ll take some pictures as soon as I can clean things up a bit.  And you will see lots and lots of pictures of the quilt on this blog as it will be the background for lots of my sewing projects.

I finished the Allison Glass feathers top on Friday as part of the #feathersqal (took the day off to finish in time for the cutoff – not obsessive at all.  🙂 )

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I love it, but am afraid to quilt it – not as big as my bed quilt, but not small either.

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So I have a day off today also – going to work on teeny tiny blocks like the one above and avoid, delay, etc.

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Or maybe I will just take a nap.  🙂

 

Spring Storage

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It has been a tough winter.  Can I get an Amen?  The weather almost everywhere has been cruddy.  Our weather has been better than most, so I can’t imagine how hard this winter has been for some areas of the US.  I think the snow and freezing has passed (knock on wood), and coincidentally things are getting better for me and mine.
* Our defunct bathroom is about to be funct.  And somewhat stylish.  It will be done soon.  Can’t wait.
* My job is getting better.  It has been the worst… a combination of monotonous mind-numbing tasks, limbo, and swallowing my pride day after day after day.  But it is getting better. Probably should knock on some wood again.
* A bunch of expense is behind us.  I have been watching money flow out at an alarming rate.  I am very much looking forward to belt tightening to save for a new roof.  No, really, I am.  Christmas, birthdays, subfloors – all paid for and a bit of a spell before any spending is needed.  And I have plenty of fabric.  Ok, more than plenty.  😉
I started this little hexagon joy a few weeks ago to avoid other sewing projects I wasn’t so much into – mostly quilting tops and, ahem, a certain feathers quilt with a shit ton of paper piecing. It started with some doodles…
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and then I got a 1/2 hexagon template from Missouri Star Quilt Co and pulled out all the fabrics that reminded me of spring and summer… purples, blues, greens, pinks, blues, yellows.  Yum.  And I cut up some of my precious Tim Holtz Dictionary.
When figuring out what I wanted to do, it looked so much better on paper in my mind, with the hexagon points running across the table.  And so there are 22 points to bind… and then this became the project I was avoiding.Manning up, I bound and bound and bound.  It really is not very good, but the overall effect is ok, and I “level upped” my point binding.
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The table runner fits over my leaf perfectly – looking like it is storing summer in its hexagon cells.  And I think it goes pretty darn well with my dining room wall hanging (and BIG bottle of Maker’s Mark DH got from my parents for his birthday :).
And one more gratuitous picture…  as soon as there are any garden flowers, there are going in those espresso cups to scream that spring is here.  Heck, I might even put hunks of my lawn in there if it starts to green up… any spring, any plant life will do.
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Tiny Rainbow Heart

IMG_0230When I finished Polly’s quilt, I wasn’t quite done with rainbow hearts.  I loved how happy the simple patchwork and, well, rainbow, of colors made me.  So I made a tiny one.  It is the first installment on my mini quilt rod that DH installed for me.  Love, Love, Love that man.  I have room for two more quilts which I will start working on once I get through the feathersqal deadline.  That will take all of my spare time between now and midnight on Friday.

Back to the rainbow heart… the piles created while making this quilt are almost prettier than the finished product.

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I recently stocked up on a lot of low volume prints.  I used to dislike low volume prints… now I can’t get enough of them.  Marking my words right now that I really don’t like solids or low volume prints with colors.  So in a few months I think that means I will love them.

Puppy Love Rainbow Heart Quilt

My parents’ pup turned two this year – and she didn’t have a quilt of her own. I know!! She is a working dog – going to and fro HMS Beagle everyday, so a quilt for her spot is a good thing.

I wanted to make her a heart because i loooooooves her. And I loved every minute of making it because I love the rainbow color scheme – definitely causes happiness.

I quilted in the ditch and diagonal both directions and machine bound it so it would be tough for a little puppy girl.

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I think she likes it.

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