Thursday, April 17, 2014

My first zippered bag

This is a fairly old project but I'm trying to catch up on blogging on a few things I've made. I haven't had much time to sew since January, but that it turning around a bit now. Thank goodness!


I love this lining fabric!

I used wire cutters and popped off the zipper pull
and replaced it with this cool button.


I made this for a zippered pouch swap at the Front Range Modern Quilt Guild. It was from the free No Guts Boxie Pouch that I downloaded from Craftsy. It went together well, except for one little detail. I want to make those tabs on the ends a bit bigger next time. I decided to add in the coral polka dot stripe and paid attention to how my stripes were cut so they would wrap around and meet up at the seams. It turned out pretty neat--and big. I somehow did not expect it to be quite as big as it is.

It was so easy to do a zipper. I'm not sure why I put off trying it for so long!

It ended up going home with Stephanie. I hope she likes it or at least finds it useful! It reminds me of a Red Green quote, something like if your wife doesn't find you handsome, she should at least find you handy. And, yes, I am a total dork.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Two quilt finishes: Kaleidoscope and Jacquie Gering improv class

You know the thing with blogging, life gets busy and bloggin gets pushed aside--even reading my favorite blogs. Also, so does extra time for quilting. Anyway, I did manage to finish up the Kaleidoscope quilt from the Don't Call Me Betsy Kaleidoscope QAL (which only started in May 2011, ha!), and a little improv wall hanging from the improv piecing class given by none other than the lovely, talented Jacquie Gering. If you ever get a chance to take a class from her or even just to meet her, take advantage of it. She's an amazing artist and has a great personality to boot.




The kaleidoscope details...

Pattern: Don't Call Me Betsy Kaleidoscope QAL, throw size

Quilting: by me

Notes: Finished as part of the Front Range Modern Quilt Guild's UFOctober. I needed a little push to complete this. It has bugged me that my points don't match up well in almost every block where the convex angle is so that kind of sapped my motivation to finish it.

Who it is for: The quilt was always intended for my son and I'll put it on his big bed when he is old enough for one. Right now, it is draped over the rocker in his room. I hope he'll like it when he get's a bit older. It wasn't made with perfection, but it was made with love.

Fabric: most of it is Make Life by Sweetwater for Moda, but there are lots of others thrown in. I think most of it ended up being Moda. There is some Sherbet Pips, Peas and Carrots, American Primer and Sunkissed for sure.



The improv details...

Pattern: from Jacquie Gering's improv piecing class. Instructions for it can be found in her Quilting Modern book, the quilt is Urban Garden.

Quilting: by me

Size: about 24''x24'' (I didn't measure it exactly, but it is pretty small)

Notes: The class with Jacquie was inspiring and this pushed me artistically. I don't feel that's ever happened in a quilt class before and I loved it. This was a really intuitive quilt for me and I don't feel like I really nailed the design but I do enjoy it. It has a lot of energy, for sure. I am a little uncomfortable with how crazy it is. Also, the way I basted and quilted it distorted some of the shapes pretty badly but it sort of works with the design. I am declaring that a happy accident.

Who it is for: this quilt was made for my husband for his upcoming birthday. Many of the prints have extra meaning in them. 

Fabric: the background is a blue/black shot cotton from Studio E. The rest are primarily text prints I have collected over the years with a few other solids and prints mixed in. 


Sunday, June 30, 2013

Nature's Notebook Scrap Bag quilt



This quilt is so new that it is still in the dryer as I write this post. (I'm looking forward to seeing it all crinkled up.) I had two Moda scrap bags—strips leftover from their production of precuts—of Nature's Notebook by April Cornell and some coordinating yardage. I got the hair-brained idea to make a quilt for my sister in law and brother in law on Wednesday and here it is finished on Sunday, in time to give it to them tomorrow. It was one of those moments where I had to just try and see if it would happen. I lucked out that it did!

2 1/2" finished strips, 1 1/2" finished sashing

backing fabric

it's nearly a queen size!


I started with the vaguest of plans to sew the scrapbag strips together in sets of 8, cut them and sew them together into 3 stacked coin strips, separated by white solid and set into the medium blue print. I had the perfect amount of backing fabric stashed away and enough of the medium blue print for binding. To top it off, the wonderful Deb Geissler had just the time to get the longarm quilting done in a day, with a small rush fee. It was some seriously good quilting karma.

It is a really pretty quilt and has cheerful colors. I really hope they will like it!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Huckleberry quilt finish



It feels good to have a quilt finished! Isn't it the best feeling to take a new quilt out of the dryer?

This is the one I made at the class by Latifah Saafir on her Huckleberry quilt. It is also known as Porthole Baby Quilt from the book Seaside Home.

I love it and think it will look great in my son's room.


I quilted it similarly to Latifah's version. I tried something new to me in the center with overlapping rectangular shapes. The navy ring and grey border are concentric rings that I somewhat tediously marked out with a compass. 

I debated about the binding, but in the end went for the grey so it wouldn't really be seen. It makes that navy ring pop.

Fabrics: Kona in Navy and Iron; Reunion and Make Life by Sweetwater; Pezzy, Punctuation and Peas and Carrots by American Jane; 26 Letters by Chloe's Closet; Babysaurus by Blend Fabrics; Simply Color by V&Co; Robotex by Mint Blossom; Katie Jump Rope and various DS Quilts by Denyse Schmidt; Salt Water by Tula Pink; Sherbet Pips by Aneela Hoey; plus a few others

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Latifah Saafir workshop



The weekend before last I had the pleasure of listening to a talk by Latifah Saafir about listening to your inner artist and then attending a workshop where she taught us how to make the Huckleberry quilt. I have to say it was inspiring to see her quilts in person. She couldn't have been any nicer either. I was blown away by the way she approaches quilt construction and the fresh take she has on quilting in general. It really is unique. That girl has a gift! Making the quilt was so much fun and I am excited to have a new technique in my repertoire. Plus, my son is going to have a neat quilt to hang on his wall. I'm about to sit down to quilt it right now. I'm crossing my fingers my son takes a long nap to allow me to make some good headway. Wish me luck. :-)


Thursday, May 16, 2013

To Boston With Love

front

back

light shining through


I made a flag for To Boston With Love. I wanted to make it with a patchy, hand crafted, imperfect look so I freehanded my peace sign and heart. (I need to work on my wonky though—it's not nearly wonky enough.) It has an interesting design because when light shines through it you will see the heart through from the back in the middle of the peace sign. I can't wait to see the display with everyone's flag together. It will be amazing.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Finally, A Productive Week

Last week I got so much done. After a crazy March and an April to recoup, it felt really good to get some things checked off the list. In case you want to know, in the past two months I have had to say goodbye to a much loved and missed cat who was pooping and throwing up on the floors daily (poor little guy had a tumor), two bad head colds, painful dental issues resulting in a root canal and crown, kids with colds including my now 6 month old, hubby out of town for work, a trip to see my family for a week, a big presentation to the FRMQG on color theory and did I mention I have an almost 6 month old? The time has flown by.

Anyway, enough of my rambling... here are the projects.

The first is a pillow for my daughter with hand appliqued hearts and wonky improv piecing. It was a lot of fun. She saw me come home with those hearts a few months back and loved them, asking if they were for her. (Of course they were, sweetie!) We had a guest speaker explain a few techniques on hand applique using this heart shape. I'm not sure I'll be doing more of that anytime soon, but it is very useful to know how. I didn't want the pillow to feel too formal or stuffy, so I got improv-y with the rest of the piecing to give it some personality. It was my first time trying that.

Best of all--she loves it! In fact, she loves it so much that she cried because she didn't know which pillow she loved more: her mushroom pillow (which I made her a couple years ago) or the new one. Seriously melts my heart. I love a girl who appreciates handmade things!


the much loved mushroom pillow (left)
 and the new heart pillow

The second set of projects completed are a gift to some friends of ours. Jenny loves batik fabrics so I went out of my comfort zone and used them for this pillow set and table runner. (They are a charm pack of Sunrise Sunset batiks from Moda.) They go perfectly in their earthy/modern house. The table runner is a funny story because I was again being improv-y and didn't like the initial results. I then used a glue stick and randomly stuck on 3/4" strips of fabric on top of what I had pieced. Then I stippled it, leaving the edges raw to fray and weather. I really like the look. It adds a lot of texture. I think both of them really liked it too. It was fun to see how it picked up on so many of the colors that they have in their house.


lots of fun texture with the raw edges