Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Few Noodlehead Pouches

Are you feeling the holiday crunch?!? If you're like me, you've got a mile long to-do list and a clock that keeps on ticking!

I have an ambitious goal of making several handcrafted gifts for teachers, friends and family.

I started by making pouches for a few people. I'm using the tutorial for the Noodlehead Open Wide Zippered Pouch. It comes in three sizes. I decided to make the medium size, not too small and not too big.

I made the first one with Riley Blake text fabric from the Cottage Garden collection by The Quilted Fish on the top and Essex linen on the bottom. I added a bit of red hand stitching in the middle and a red zipper.


The second one uses more Essex linen on the bottom and an Amy Butler Lotus print on the top.


The third pouch keeps the black, red, and white theme going. This time I used canvas on the bottom for an extra sturdy pouch.


I got a bit fancy with this one and added an inside pocket. It was super easy to make and a great place to tuck in a gift card.


And then just for fun - and for me! - I made a mini patchwork version of the pouch using 2.5" squares of Anna Maria Horner's True Colors collection and a denim weave from Moda. I have no idea what I'll use it for, but I'm sure something will come along that will be just the right size.


As I've been making these pouches, I've been experimenting with the amount and kind of interfacing. I like a pouch that's more sturdy than less. A combination of medium weight interfacing with a layer of canvas seems to work best for me.

The other thing that worked well for me as I made these pouches was using my walking foot to sew the entire pouch, even when putting on the zipper. I found that the walking foot helps to feed the layers through evenly.

Now to fill up these pouches with goodies! I'm thinking gift cards and chocolates.

How about you? What are you stitching up for the holidays?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

And the Rainbow Goes to...

Thank you to everyone who shared what inspires you in the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day drawing sponsored by RJR Fabrics. One lucky winner gets this rainbow stack from the Basically Patrick collection by Patrick Lose.

Basically Patrick rainbow stack

Random.Org says that out of 609 entries, the bundle goes to 266. 

Entry #266 comes from Carrie who writes:

 tlcala4meDecember 8, 2014 at 10:47 PM
I'm inspired by the older women in our modern quilt guild that you would never suspect are so richly skilled until you see their handiwork. And I'm inspired by the young generation of mom-bloggers who create with little ones under their feet, and then blog to share it with the rest of us. I'm inspired by the visual feast that can be found on Pinterest and Instagram. And I'm inspired by young woman in our local community who have no network yet of fellow creative souls, but simply add to whatever they find to make fabric and clothes their own.

So beautifully said, Carrie!

Please join me in congratulating Carrie!

Friday, December 12, 2014

IG Mini Quilt Finished!

If you've been following along with my IG mini quilt making, you'll remember that I've been working on lots of tiny blocks. For more on those blocks, see my previous posts here and here.

I'm happy to report that those little blocks grew into this mini quilt.

IG Mini Quilt Swap Sampler
The quilt measured 18" by 24" with each block finishing at 4.5."

IG Mini Quilt Swap Sampler_quilting

I used invisible (AKA monofilament) thread for the quilting. I love using invisible thread when I have lots of different colors in the quilt and don't want the distraction from a contrasting thread color. It blends right it!

IG Mini Quilt Swap Sampler_quilting2

One of the blocks that didn't work for the front of the quilt became the label on the back.

IG Mini Quilt Swap Sampler_label

Along with the quilt, I included a few extras for my partner: Tula Pink fabric, a seam ripper, thread, needles, and a pincushion.


I made a little lined drawstring bag to hold the extras. I used a tutorial by It's Organised that I found through Debbie's Sew Mama Sew post.

Drawstring bag

The mini quilt and extras have arrived at their new home with Julie of Quilty Sewing. From what I can tell from Julie's comments on IG, they are getting lots of love!

Linking up to Finish It Up Friday!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway!

It's that time of year again: Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

If you're stopping by Mama Love Quilts for the first time, welcome!

I'm Nicole, the Mama behind Mama Love Quilts! I love to make modern quilts and other home decor items using improvisational and traditional techniques. Check out this mosaic to see what I've been stitching lately.

My creation

1. Churn Dash Pincushion, 2. IG Mini Quilt Swap_5 blocks, 3. Sunset_Modern Patchwork Summer 2014, 4. Playing cards quilt_folded, 5. Sparkle_Modern Patchwork Summer 2014_2, 6. RJR Blog Hop_Closeup1, 7. Connect the Dots Table Runner_Closeup2, 8. Anna Maria Horner Flannel_Close Up, 9. Needlebook

The Giveaway

This year's giveaway is being sponsored by RJR Fabrics. They are giving away this bundle of 12 fat quarters from the Basically Patrick collection. Basically Patrick is a great set of blenders that will be a nice addition to any stash.

One lucky winner will receive this rainbow bundle, hand picked by moi!

Basically Patrick rainbow circle

You've got four (4) chances to win: 

1. Leave a comment answering this question: Who or what is your greatest quilting or sewing inspiration and why? (one entry)

2. Follow my blog (via Bloglovin, Google Friend Connect, email, RSS, etc.) and let me know in a comment. If you're already a follower, leave me a comment letting me know (one entry).

3. Follow me on Instagram (@mamalovequilts) and leave me a comment letting me know. If you already follow me on Instagram, leave a comment letting me know (one entry).

4. Like me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and leave me a comment letting me know. If you have already liked me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter, let me know in a comment (one entry).

The giveaway will stay open until December 12th at 8 p.m. EST.

I'll let pick the winner. If you are a no-reply blogger, please leave your email address in your comment so that I can contact you if you win. If selects a winner that does not have an email address available, I will use to select a new winner. If you are not sure whether or not you are a no-reply blogger, check out this post by Adrianne at On the Windy Side to find out.  

The giveaway is open to folks in the U.S. and Canada. 

While I will be unable to reply to comments due to the high volume, please know that I read each comment and appreciate the time you took to enter the giveaway.

Basically Patrick rainbow stack

Thank you for entering! Good luck!

The giveaway is closed.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Another Batch of Mini Blocks

The final days of the IG Mini Swap are here!

I think it's time to finish up my mini quilt, don't you?

I've got the last batch of blocks done. For the first set, click here

There's Aunt Eliza's star...

IG Mini Quilt Swap_Aunt Eliza's star

Ohio star...

IG Mini Quilt Swap_Ohio Star

Road to the White House...

IG Mini Quilt Swap_Road to the White House

New England block...

IG Mini Quilt Swap_New England block

Three and six...

IG Mini Quilt Swap_Three and six

Friendship star...

IG Mini Quilt Swap_Friendship star

and Darting birds.

IG Mini Quilt Swap_Darting birds

These blocks will finish at 4.5," a nice size for a mini quilt.

IG Mini Swap_Mini blocks

I'm in the home stretch of making this mini. Hopefully, I will have it done and in the mail soon!

Friday, November 14, 2014

From Orphan Block to Pincushion

I love when I can turn a mistake into something useful.

I goofed on the measurements for this little block, but I did not want to leave it an orphan.

IG Mini Quilt Swap_Churn Dash

So I turned it into a pincushion.

Churn Dash Pincushion

I added some hand stitching and backed it in solid aqua.

Churn Dash Pincushion_Side

It's all ready for my partner in the IG mini quilt swap. Now to finish the quilt!

Linking to Finish It Up Friday!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Itty Bitty Blocks

Back in August, I signed up for the IG Mini Quilt Swap organized by Sandy Greenberg at Curly Boy.

Since then I've been stalking my partner, trying to figure out what she would like.

I think that she will like something pretty traditional so I've decided to make her a sampler quilt of itty, bitty blocks.

I got started this weekend and made this Churn Dash block.

IG Mini Quilt Swap_Churn Dash

As you can see from comparison to the rotary cutter, it is a small block. But at 4.25" it was too small to fit with the quilt I am planning. So as not to leave this little block an orphan, I plan on turning it into a pincushion for my partner. For more on saving orphan blocks, check out this post I wrote.

I re-did my math and made the block a bit bigger. This one is 5" and will finish at 4.5."

IG Mini Quilt Swap_Churn Dash 2

And then I made an Attic Windows block...

IG Mini Swap_Attic Windows

...a Puss in the Corner block...

IG Mini Quilt Swap_Puss in Corner

...a Maple Star block...

IG Mini Quilt Swap_Maple Star

...and a Big T block.

IG Mini Quilt Swap_Big T

That's five down and seven to go!

I love working with these tiny blocks. I have worked with even smaller blocks before so these aren't too bad. The smallest blocks I've made were for this dollhouse quilt. You can read more about this tiny quilt here.

Dollhouse quilt_quarter

Have you worked with tiny blocks? How small did you go? What did you make?