Ok, this is different for me. Trying something different can be fun and sometimes scary – but how scary can quilting be? NOT! It’s all fun and it’s all good! I would consider myself to be a traditional quilter. Quilts like the ones grandma used to make – traditional quilt patterns and traditional fabrics. I love making these and probably always will, but with the wave of modern quilting that is so popular today I just had to try it. I bought a book 100 Modern Quilt Blocks by Tula Pink to get me started. These blocks are so simple and easy to piece – her directions are easy, too! Then I grabbed some (fat quarter) fabrics from Keepsake Quilting and started right in! In no time I pieced this lap size quilt top! The open space, often called negative space, between the plus signs really sets off the simple block design and actually showcases the Oriental fabrics. It’s these simple blocks and negative space that makes this quilt top ‘modern.’ Not sure when I’ll get this quilted, but I’m sure I’ll have fun with all that space!
I’ve been busy sewing and quilting, but haven’t posted much so I’m going to share some things with you here.
Zipper pulls – these are wonderful to put on zippers on purses and totes:
This is an art quilt – I don’t really get art quilts so I’m putting this in a silent auction to raise money for hats and gloves for the needy.
Zippered clutch bags – I made these for a couple reasons, one being I needed a bag big enough to hold my cell phone plus a few other things – like id and charge cards. I was also practicing zippers and getting them to look more professional. Did you notice the zipper pull? Nice to have a few on hand and ready to use.
That’s it for now. I’ve made a few other things but they are gifts that I haven’t given yet, so I’ll post those in a week or so.
Alright, I get it, some sewing projects are not as exciting as others. But then again, it depends on who you are. I have a favorite tote bag that I carry to work every day – carries my planner, journal, coffee, umbrella, cell phone charger cord, small tablet of paper and a pencil (I write notes to myself), shoes (I wear my running shoes from the parking lot to the office), and other miscellaneous stuff that girls carry. So what do you do when your tote bag doesn’t have pockets? Add them yourself! I got this idea off a Martha Stewart (don’t ya just love her?!) website. I went to Home Depot (shameless plug for one of my favorite stores) and bought a 77 cent apron, cut the ties off it, and sewed it into the tote bag. Perfect! Well, Martha Stewart said to use the ties to make bows to put around the tote bag handles so you can move the pockets from one bag to another. Well, I’m not much of bow-kind-of-girl so I just sewed the darn thing in there. If my other favorite tote bag needs pockets, I’ll buy another apron. So, a little advertisement for Home Depot, but let me tell you – these tote bag pockets are handy as a pocket on a shirt. Pun intended.
Wow – it’s been awhile since I posted – somehow life gets in the way. Isn’t that great? 🙂
I’ve been working on several projects, so let’s catch up.
This is a queen size quilt that’s made of flannel squares. That may not sound too amazing, but this is something I pulled from my UFO’s (Un Finished Objects). When I pulled it out of the box, it was pieced and layered with a piece of white flannel as the batting and a red/black plaid flannel as the backing. Three layers of flannel – thin but very warm! So when did I piece it and layer it? One of the mysteries of the world. Ah, but there was a catch, it didn’t line up correctly. The batting and backing weren’t quite the same size as the top. So, do I un-layer it and line it up correctly and add in pieces to make the backing the same size as the top? No way! Cut off 3″ from each side and quilt it! The thing about UFO’s – get them done and move on. So I put it on the quilt frame and quilted a beautiful swirl design in gold thread. That really added movement to the squares of flannel. This is currently on our bed and let me tell you – that sucker is heavier and warmer than it looks! And my husband loves it!
For those of you keeping track, this is week 22 of my 52 week challenge. And just to think about it, I may start that 52 week challenge again next year – but better prepared!
This is a mug rug I made for my friend and neighbor, Flo. I know she loves her coffee and this will be a perfect little gift for her. In case you don’t know what a mug rug is, just think of it as a fancy quilted coaster.
For this one I started with a pre printed quilt label which can be purchased as a panel from a quilt store. Then I pulled some matching fabrics from my ever growing fabric stash to complete the little quilt top. I added a couple applique stars, too, because they kind of match the star flower on the quilt label. I used some variegated thread and did some fun quilting in each of the sections of the mug rug. I had great fun making this and I hope Flo smiles every time she uses it.
These were just too much fun to make. I went to the Goodwill store and purchased a 100% wool sweater. At home I washed and dried it in hot water and a hot dryer – naturally it got about 10 sizes smaller, but the threads became very tightly woven so that when it’s cut, it doesn’t ravel. Then I cut it up and made these little pouches.
I have more of the sweater left, but not sure what to make next.
Too busy to blog?! How is that possible? Sometimes life gets in the way.
Here’s a few projects I’ve been working on:
Small Notebook Cover
This is a cute notebook cover for those 3×5 notebooks. The perfect size to tuck into your purse. I made this out of scraps from a lap quilt. You just can’t get rid of those small pieces of fabric so this is just perfect!
Very handy indeed.
This bag started out as a small practice piece for machine quilting. I haven’t done that much machine quilting on my Pfaff domestic sewing machine so I thought I’d spend time practicing. Even after an hour of practice, I could still use a bit more practice, but this ‘mini quilt’ had all the free space used up – so now what to do with it? Recently, I saw a pattern for a tote bag that had an interesting way of piecing the bottom and boxing the corners, so why not? Use my practice piece! Naturally, I rewrote the directions (which is what I do with most of my patterns anyway), and look what happened? This cute tote bag! It’s not too big, only 9x9x3, but still quite usable. The only thing I don’t care for are the wimpy handles. Just a double fold of fabric, they really need to have some interfacing inside it. The handles and the bottom of tote bags is what will wear out first. So, next time I make this pattern …
Voila! Here’s what I made with the “practice quilt” from last week. Ok Ok Ok, I know what some of you are thinking – I can’t believe she cut up that quilt!
There are two sides to this argument – if you have a quilt top or a quilt that is special to you in some way, you can save it as is, finish it, have it mended, preserve it, display it, put it in your will and hand it down to your kids, but NEVER cut it up. Or, since this quilt is not special to me in any way (other than to teach me how to machine quilt a top that was poorly pieced), I fixed and finished the quilt top, machine quilted it, then cut it up and made something useful of it. To me this is an acceptable way to use a quilt. Using it to cover the lawn mower in the barn is NOT an acceptable way to use a quilt.
So, I think you’ll see how wonderful these two pillows are and they look great on the black leather couch in the living room. I have some more of the quilt left and I’m not sure what to do with it yet, do you have any suggestions?