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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Bags and more bags!

I got a few bags done since my last blog entry....
First, I made another wine bottle bag...
I put a corkscrew in the side pocket as part of the gift.
 
I also made a few tote bags - my DIL's mother teaches second grade.  She is encouraging the kids to read and write more on their own, and thought that if they had a neat bag to take home either a book, or a notebook to write in, it might motivate them.
The circus fabric is my favorite.
They are just the right size to hold one of these...
 
I also sent along the baby quilt I talked about here.  It's finally on it's way to the new baby.
 
Here is a picture of all the fun stuff together.
 
 
 
 
 


Friday, March 28, 2014

Wine bottle bag

I finished a bag this week, and it's just in time for a wedding gift.

I used a pattern from Atkinson Designs, called Wine and Dine.
This bag holds 2 bottles of wine.  It has 2 pockets - I think I will put a corkscrew in one of them.
 
Here's the inside
 

It's so nice to have a divider - it keeps the bottles from clanking together. 
The pattern gives clear, easy to follow directions. 
 
We are invited to another wedding next weekend.  I'll have to make another one!


 
 


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Bright baby quilt on a dreary day

I finished hand sewing the binding on this baby quilt late yesterday afternoon.  It will be a gift for a new baby girl.  I know of a lot of babies that will be arriving later this spring and summer, so I will be making more baby quilts. 
I thought this photo shows had good contrast with the brightness of the quilt, to the dull, dreariness of the day today.  There are remnants of snow in the background, and it sounds like more snow to come tonight. 
My oldest son and daughter-in-law had given me a bunch of 4 inch squares of fabric.  There weren't enough for a whole quilt, so I cut a few more.  I also cut 2 1/4" squares to make the smaller 4 patch units, and 7 1/2" squares for the larger units. 
 
I machine quilted a quarter of an inch on either side of the blocks, using a variegated purple thread.  I probably won't do that again, as I am not liking the dark thread showing up on the fabric.  I did some hand quilting - x's across all the largest blocks in white #8 pearl (perle?) cotton.  I had a terrible time finding #8 pearl cotton in anything other than white, cream, black and burgundy.  I think next time, I'll have to order it online.
I used a sheet for backing, and I'm not caring for how the quilting shows up.  Oh well.  Live and learn!
 
 


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Saturday Stuff

Ok, lots to blog about today, I'm not sure where to begin!  I just finished up my 4 blocks for March's Block Lotto.  Here they are - I took them outside and set them in the snow, hoping to get a better picture than I can get in the house.

I mailed my February blocks today.  Here's what I had...
3 of these went to New York, and 4 to New Hampshire.  I just joined Block Lotto in January.  I really hope I win the March blocks!
In my last blog post, I promised pictures of the purse I made to go with the messenger bag.  Here it is, sitting next to the messenger bag.
 
And here's the back...
I used strips from the same Honey Bun that I used on the messenger bag.  The flap is made from an embroidered doily I found at a thrift store.
 
And as I recall, I also promised to post pictures of our vacation in Arizona...
The olive mill was a fun place, too.
The weather was perfect - in the 80's everyday.  Even at the Grand Canyon, it was in the 60's. 
I thought this book looked interesting...
I think I'll see if I can find it on Amazon.  I didn't have much room in the suitcase, so I didn't buy it there.....
Lots of other projects in the works.  Have a great weekend!





Friday, February 28, 2014

February finish

I am well aware that I don't seem to be cranking out the quilts like I used to.  I seem to work on something almost every day, I just haven't gotten much finished yet this year.  I was spending a lot of time working on Celtic Solstice, but have set that aside for now.  There are a few things I need to finish first.  DH and I also took a week's vacation and went to Arizona.  I didn't take many pictures, except for the Grand Canyon.  Those pictures are all on my phone.  I promise when I get them transferred to the computer, I will post here on my blog.  The messenger bag I blogged about here  worked great as my carry-on bag on the plane.  I made a small purse to go with it... hmmm, no photos of it, either, and I haven't blogged about it yet.  I need to get on the ball! 

Anyhow, here is the quilt I finished this week -

I sewed the top together well over a year ago.  Maybe even 2 years ago.  I can't remember when.  It was made with 2 charm packs and a bit of coordinating fabric for the border.  I can't remember the name of the fabric line, I know it's an old out of print one from Moda.  For the backing, I used flannel - red with white polka dots.  I did not use any batting - and just quilted in the ditch.  The pattern is Disappearing 9 patch.  I have made several of these, and I am always quite happy with the way they turn out.  It is a generous sized baby quilt, which is good, since the baby I'll be giving it to had her 1st birthday in January.  I know, that's really a late baby gift.....

Since I was outside taking the picture of the quilt, I decided to get some photos of the icicles hanging off our house........
 

Ick, I know.  We are all so sick of winter around here.  It's not even funny anymore.  And it's snowing again now. 
 
Anyhow, I'm linking up to "Finish it Up Friday", just because I finally can!  And I promise I will show pictures of the purse, and the Grand Canyon!
 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Messenger Bag Done

I am pretty excited - I finished up my messenger bag today.  I got the pattern at Pretty By Hand.  The directions were very clear and easy to follow - lots of pictures, which helps a lot!  I added a pocket with a zipper to the inside - and I used the quilt as you go panel directions found here.  They didn't differ too much from the way the bag pattern was written, but since I had a lot of canvas and not much fusible interfacing, I used the method that uses canvas.  Anyhow, here is the finished bag:
Front view:
 
 
And here's the back:
 

I had some old vintage embroideries that I added.  These pieces all had stains, so I actually soaked them in coffee to make them darker, and then cut them apart to use on the bag.  I was able to work around the stains.  I used raw-edge applique for the pieces on the front, and just basically sewed them down with a straight stitch.  I am hoping the edges will fray a big.
On the back, I stitched along the lace, so there shouldn't be any fraying going on with this side! 
 
I apologize for the poor pictures - so hard for me to get a decent picture this time of year!
 
Anyhow, this is a great pattern.  I will definitely be making this again.  I think next time, I will make the shoulder strap adjustable - the pattern doesn't give directions for that, but I have other patterns that do.



Saturday, February 1, 2014

My Celtic Solstice

I worked on my Celtic Solstice Mystery Quilt today.  I still have a long way to go.  Mine will have 81 blocks.  I have all of the "B" blocks sewn, and I'm working on finishing up the "A" blocks.  I had enough of the "A's" made up to lay it out and see how it looks.
The mystery is from Bonnie Hunter- you can read about it here.  I'm not going to lie... it has been a tremendous amount of work.  There will be over 3,200 pieces in the top.  More than that, once the borders are added.  And there is something about the Bonnie quilt's I've made....(I guess this is only the second one!)... they really look better from a distance.  Up close, it looks like a mish-mash of colors and patterns.  But if you back up a little, the design pops out at you. 
The other quilt I've made by Bonnie is Easy Street.
 
I started another project earlier this week, and I should have worked on that today. 
I bought the pattern for the Molly Messenger Bag over at
Pretty By HandImage of PDF VERSION - Molly Messenger Bag PatternDH and I will are taking a trip to sunny Arizona in a couple weeks, and I want a big purse/bag for the trip.  I was looking for a messenger bag that had a zipper,  and this one fit the bill.  I don't want my stuff to spill out all over the place on the plane.    This pattern is so neat-  it calls for 10 fat quarters.  It also gives yardage if you'd rather make it out of just one fabric.  I am using fabric that has been in my stash for awhile, plus throwing in some pieces of vintage embroidery.  I'll post pictures in a few days!
Our weather here has been awful - this has been the coldest winter I can remember in a long time!  It's good weather to stay in and sew!  :)