Friday, September 11, 2015

A Patchwork Pouch

Ooh, it feels good to have a finish!

I made this patchwork pouch as part of a birthday package for my dear friend, Valerie.

Mama Love Quilts_Patchwork Pouch

I used the Noodlehead open wide zipper pouch tutorial for the medium size with a couple of modifications. First, I made patchwork panels of 1" squares. For more on that, see this post.

Mama Love Quilts_Patchwork Pouch Closeup

Second, instead of having the zipper hanging out, I made little tabs at each end. That took some trial and error, but I got it in the end. 

Mama Love Quilts_Zipper pouch

For the lining, I used a text print from the Quilted Fish's collection of The Cottage Garden.

Mama Love Quilts_Pouch lining

I must admit it was hard to let this one go!

Have you seen the leather open wide pouches that Anna made? Now, I need to find some leather so I can make my own!

Linking to Finish It Up Friday!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

W.i.P. Wednesday

What do you do when you have stacks of w.i.p.s?

Start a new one!

This one should be a quickie, which is why I'm giving myself some leeway to get it done. I'm making a patchwork pouch. I've got the panels made of 1" squares using Anna Maria Horner's Folk Song collection.

Mama Love Quilts_Patchwork panels

The panels came together quickly by piecing 1.5" strips together. If you want to learn more about this technique, Red Pepper Quilts has a great tutorial here.

Once I get the pouch done, I'll need to get back to the charity quilt that is long over due. I'm using big blocks so the top should come together fairly quickly. The rotary cutter is there for scale. The blocks will finish at 24". Read more about this charity quilt here.

Triangle MQG_Charity quilt_big block

Can you tell from the color scheme that I started this quilt around July 4th?!?

Triangle MQG_Charity quilt blocks

But first I've got to get this quilt off the frame where it has been living this whole summer!  

Quilting Linking up to W.i.P. Wednesday!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

A Storytelling Bag

Work has had me busier than I'd like, which means my sewing machine has been gathering dust. I dusted it off this weekend to make a little bag as part of my mission to give my girls more storytelling practice.

More storytelling practice should make learning to read easier. I found an excellent book on Amazon - Show Me A Story by Emily Neuburger - that is filled with great storytelling ideas.

One of the ideas is to use photos as prompts for stories. I clipped photos from old magazines, glued them to card stock and laminated them.

Storytelling photos

I thought a patchwork bag would be a nice way to hold the photos and make it easy to bring on trips. To save time, I used this mini charm pack from the Airmail collection by the Comstocks.

Airmail mini charm pack

I used the tutorial on In Color Order to make a patchwork version of the lined drawstring bag. In case you are interested in doing something similar, I used 30 mini charms. I stitched two 3 by 5 patchwork units and a center accent piece that was 5.5" x 10.5" to make the main exterior sections. For the accent pieces, I used Essex linen in black. For extra stability, I added interfacing to the main exterior sections.

Thanks to the great tutorial, the bag came together quickly.

Storytelling drawstring bag

The drawstring is perfect for making sure we don't lose any photos, while being easy for little hands to open and close.

Storytelling drawstring bag_casing

The bag holds all the photos and has plenty of room for digging around in and holding more photos.

Storytelling drawstring bag_inside

I am thrilled with how the bag turned out and even more thrilled that the kids are already starting to tell stories.

Storytelling drawstring bag_photos

Mission accomplished!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Triangle MQG Quilt Challenge

Back in March, the Triangle Modern Quilt Guild put forth a challenge to members to create a charity quilt using fat eighths of these Spoonflower fabrics and 3 solids.

Unfortunately, it wasn't until a week before the challenge was due that I figured out what to do with the fabrics.

I decided on making quarters of log cabin blocks. I started with a big log cabin and sliced it into quarters. Here's the first set of four blocks.

After making this one with white, navy, orange, and yellow, I decided to add some red to the white and blue and loved it!

I'm going to stick with the red, white, and blue color scheme and do something else with the first set of blocks. It could be the inspiration of last weekend's 4th of July holiday, but either way, red, white and blue it is!

If you want to check out the quilts of members who actually finished their quilts on time, click here.

Happy stitching to you!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Cotton and Steel Mini Finished!

Allow me to introduce to you the mini quilt I made for the Instagram Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt Swap!

Cotton and Steel Japanese X and + mini quilt

It's made primarily from fabrics from the Mochi collection by Rashida Coleman-Hale, with a few prints from other Cotton and Steel collections and a few solids.

With only 9 Japanese X and + blocks, it came together quickly. For the tutorial I used from badskirt, click here.

I kept the quilting pretty simple with vertical, horizontal and diagonal straight lines. A cool secondary design emerged where the lines intersected.

Cotton and Steel Japanese X and + mini quilt_DETAIL

I used the back as an opportunity to use up a few orphan blocks that were part of my design testing. It feels good to give those blocks a home.

Cotton and Steel Japanese X and + mini quilt_BACK

The mini quilt arrived safely at its new home and is getting lots of love!

Linking to Finish It Up Friday!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt Swap

A few months ago, I signed up for the IG Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt Swap. The June deadline seemed so far away at the time. Now it's almost here, I'm buckling down to get the mini quilt done.

I pulled fabrics mostly from the Mochi line by Rashida Coleman-Hale, with a few other prints from different C + S collections.

Cotton and Steel fabrics

I went back and forth with what to do with them, but decided on the Japanese X and + quilt block. I'm using the tutorial posted by badskirt. It's perfect for a mini as the blocks finish at 7.5" squares.

Japenese x and + blocks

I've got the blocks laid out and ready for stitching!

Japanese X and + block stack

Linking up to W.i.P. Wednesday!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Recommitting to WIPs

In an effort to clear some space in my closet, I'm recommitting to getting my WIPs done. I had an "Aha!" and a "Duh!" moment the other day when I realized that the faster I get my WIPs done, the more room I'll have in my closet.

The first WIP I chose to work on was this almost finished quilt top.

Improv Wonky Star Quilt_Patchwork

I started this top about two and a half years ago when I was on a mission to use every little, itty, bitty scrap. I used improvisational piecing to stitch together the teeny pieces of scraps into "made fabric" and used those to make stars. If you'd like more info on this technique, check out 15 Minutes of Play by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.

The top has one jumbo star in the center and little wonky stars surrounding the large star.

Improv Wonky Star Quilt Top

For the backing, I chose this Dear Stella dot fabric in a bright green. I think it will be a nice contrast to the subdued gray background fabric on the front of the quilt.

Improv Wonky Star Quilt_Backing

I'm still debating on how to quilt all the negative space, but am leaning toward using it as an opportunity to practice my swirls.

Improv Wonky Star Quilt_Patchwork Stars

Now for some time to turn this top into a quilt. Wish me luck!