Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Learning Something Surprising

So I was a bit surprised when I learned something about myself this week. Let's go back in time to the beginning of the year, shall we? I wanted to try something new, for the new year. I decided to try Bonnie Hunter's Good Fortune Mystery Quilt. We were given one clue per week, and a week to make all the pieces. I wast using only stash fabrics, and mostly scraps at that. It started out well enough.
I made blocks, and joined the link ups every week, for the first 4 weeks. But after the first week, it became a struggle. I wasn't having much fun and it was stressing me out a bit, with the other projects I was working on. Week 5 did me in. I couldn't get the blocks to turn out the correct size and I didn't have Bonnie's special ruler, nor did I want to buy one just for this. So, I quit!
I dumped all my finished blocks into a project box and put the lid on it. I wasn't ready to toss it out just yet, but I was so angry and frustrated by it. I went ahead and downloaded all the rest of the weeks instructions so I would have them while they were offered for free. After a couple of weeks, I made the decision to just let it sit in the box for awhile. I decided that I would, eventually get back on it. Weeks went by, and then months. I would look at that box sitting there, mocking me. I put the mystery quilt on my 2019 project list, sort of a half assed commitment by me.

Then, finally last week, the time seemed to be right. I had few sewing commitments and I opened the project box. I pulled out the offending pieces and went to my computer for the directions. Reading them with clear eyes was so helpful. I was able to see what needed to be done here now. So I finished up week 5.

Next up was week 6 which was so much easier, to me. I had to make strip sets and sub-divide them. They were to be made from low volume fabrics. That is not something I have a ton of in my stash or scraps. I did a cursory search, and found only a few. I walked away for a few minutes, trying to decide what to do. For me, this quilt had been, in part about not buying any fabrics.

I went back into my stash bins. I slowly and carefully went through all my scraps. They began piling up on the ironing board. By the time I was done, I was so surprised at what I had. I pressed everything flat and began cutting and sewing.
 This is what I had. I sub divided all the strip sets to the proper size, and stacked them in the project box. Now, you would think that I would be ready for step 7, but you would be wrong. While I was making these strip sets, something happened to me. I fell in love with the look of the low volume strips. I wanted to make more! So I did, and I must tell you I still didn't run out of low volume scraps.

      These are some of my newly sub divided strip sets that went into the project box.
I began joining the rest of the strip sets to make a table runner! I really had to work to figure out how to join these. I cut some and turned some around until the whole thing was done. It now sits, pin basted on my table. Today, I will begin quilting it.

My whole point to this post was how time and distance from a project taught me so much. Rushing to keep up was tough, but taking time to settle things made such a difference and I got a new table runner from the deal too. I will be back soon to show you the quilted finish. Have a great day.

Hexing Again

So I dug out my hexies this week. I wanted to revisit EPP and I do enjoy hand work. I had lots left over from the Kingfisher QAL last summer.
These are all the hexies I had left after last summer. I made my quilt with Ombre Confetti Metallic, but went on to make a bunch more hexies, just because.
 I had quite a bit of the dotted swiss left from my book club QAL so I decided to use that to make some hexies to go around the hexie flowers.
I am thinking of a grandmother's flower garden type of quilt. I don't know how big it will be. Maybe small, but definitely not too large.
 And then I began to play around with the hexies a bit, trying things out to see what I liked.
I am thinking of this as a slow, long term project. It will probably come and go a few times before it gets finished. Speaking of long term projects...
 Two more 36 patch blocks. I now have 25  made and 3 more cut out. I am having fun putting these together. I cannot wait to see this one all done.
And with that, I will say goodbye for now. Have a lovely weekend. Edited to add: I wrote this last week and apparently I forgot to hit publish. Weird. So here you go again.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Goin' Bowlin'

So I have a grandson who is into bowling. He bowled in a league last year and really seemed to like it. So for his birthday this year, his mom suggested I make him a bowling shirt. She sent me some screen shots of a few styles and told me his color preferences and I was off and running.

I used my Oliver + S pattern that I had used in the past, but with a few modifications. I selected this bright green and a black fabric from Art Gallery Pure Elements. They are a bit thinner than my usual favorite Kona, and have such a nice drape.

 I decided to applique this fun little element onto the pocket. I think it adds just the right touch.
And then, with some green buttons and the name satin stitched above the pocket, he's going to be stylin' for another season of bowling. I did have to add to the length of the pattern, as he has gotten quite big in that regard, but everything else was just perfect.

I can't wait until I go visit and give it to him in a few weeks. I know he will be surprised.
Have a great Friday.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

I Made a Bag!

I have been wanting to make a small-ish messenger bag for awhile now. I had loved the fabric, and finally caved and bought some. And then it sat for several months. On Friday, when I went to sew, I discovered that my projects are all at quilting or pin basting stage and that's not what I felt like doing.
So I pulled out my fabric, I sat down with my paper and pencil and made a quick sketch. And then, I was off.
I love this fabric so much! I bought this print in canvas, and as sturdy as that is, I decided to add a layer of Pellon 809 to give it a bit of extra body.
This is the fabric I chose for the lining. I added a few pockets for things. I don't like my pen or pencil rolling around in the bottom of my bag. The shorter pockets are for lip balm and nail clippers and such. I left the printed selvedge on and just hemmed it under. It makes seeing the top of the pocket very easy.
The side is a mere one inch wide. I told you I like a small bag. I attached the strap with a sturdy X in a square, double stitched.
And this is a look inside with all my stuff in it. Everything fits just right. I don't want so much room that I can keep stuffing things in there.
And I added a strip of red to the edge of the flap for color and interest. The strap is long enough so I can wear it cross body and right at my hip. I love my new bag! And as many bags as I have made over the last year for my craft fairs, this was a pretty quick one to design and put together. I think it only took about 3 or so hours. I started in the morning and was done by lunch time.

Thanks for stopping by. See you soon.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Busy Busy

I have been so busy with so many different projects. I have not take the proper time to share here.
 This is the front of a quilt for a sweet little 4 year old boy who loves dinosaurs. This is such cute fabric.
And this is the back for that quilt. It's difficult to see, but the blue fabric is printed with cars all over it. His second great love is cars. So really, It's like getting two quilts in one!

I will be back soon with more to share. Have a great week.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Long Term Project

So I started this project several years ago. I'm not sure when, but it was before I moved 2 1/2 years ago. I began making my yellow slab, thinking that when I used up all my yellow scraps, or when it was big enough, I would quilt it.
Well I finally took it out and began on it again. I finished the slab and got it pin basted. I ended up using my pink lemonade jelly roll quilt top for the back. It was almost the perfect size. I had decided to do some machine and some hand stitching on it.

And in this polka dot area, I decided to tie it. This is just a long term meandering, do as you please project. If it sits for awhile, that's okay. I will work on it as the spirit moves me.
 The hand stitching is Pearl cotton in #12 size. I love how easy it is and I really want it to be visible.
 I am letting each section speak to me about what it needs. I know it will take awhile to finish.
 But I like the idea of a long term, slow stitching project. It is perfect for the summer time and when it is finished, It will make all my days sunny.
Some of these fabrics are nearly 20 years old! I bought them when I was just looking for something to go with something else for a quilt, with no thought to designers or collections. I sort of long for those easier days of fabric buying.

Have you ever done a long term project? How long did it take you, start to finish?
Have a lovely day.

Monday, July 8, 2019

New Pillow Covers

I have projects in the works. Some have deadlines, some do not. But some days, I don't want to work on any of the things I am supposed to be working on. When that happens, I do  something just because I feel like it. Today, it was new pillow covers. What drew me in was the fabric. I ordered a couple of new fabrics, which I do not do often right now to save money. They sat there looking at me until I caved.
The new fabric is the cat print and the little pink flowers. I had the blue on hand and I loved the way they worked together.
 And this is the way it came out. I love it. The colors are more muted than I usually use, but I am very happy with them.
 And on the back, I used a zipper, instead of the usual envelope closure I usually use. I used to avoid zippers, but I have done so many with the bags I am making for my craft fairs, I am no longer avoiding them. I just put a small flap over them to hide them.
And it looks like this when it's done. I love the way it looks and the zipper is hidden. This fabric was from my stash.
And then I wanted another one, same fabrics, different design. So I made this one. It too has a zipper, hidden under a strip of fabric. I used the same backing fabric.
And here they are together. The second one turned out a bit smaller than the first. My measuring mistake, but fortunately I had a pillow that fit into it anyway. Now I have to get back to my regularly scheduled sewing. Talk to you soon.