Friday, April 18, 2014

Road Trip

This is my entry to the Modern Traditional Mini Quilt Challenge from Timeless Treasures/Dear Stella. Basically, entry requires making a 20x20 mini quilt that is modern traditional in style, using only their fabrics. (Follow link above for the complete rules.) The deadline is April 30 so I'm way ahead of schedule. Woo hoo!

I call it Road Trip because I used some great car/map prints and it looks a bit like a big wheel. The dark charcoal is sort of an asphalt color too. Vroom!

Check out that quilting! All of that is thanks to some courage gained from Angela Walters coming to give a lecture and class to my quilt guild. She is so fantastic! I did mark the feather in the center with a template but the rest was just freehanded. There is definitely room for improvement but I still love the way it turned out.

I made up the design. I used the Elisa's Backporch Design 7'' Crazy Curves ruler for the curves. It was a birthday present from my parents a couple years back. It was so easy to use. It feels traditional with the centered block, cornerstones and sashing, but modern because it is so graphic and I used modern fabric and color choices.

Wish me luck in winning some fabric through this challenge but even if I don't, this was a lot of fun to make. My in-laws are around to help us so I hope to have some more finishes. I feel like I have so much pent up creative energy!

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.