Monday, July 28, 2014

Lucky Denver Mint & Chandelier Swing Bags

This month for the Big-City Bags SAL we are eligible for Double(prize) Entries if we made both the July bag and the August bag,due to a little mix-up!  So I got busy last week and...

First July's bag,The Lucky Denver Mint bag.  This bag is kind of a mini version of the Bye Bye Love Bag,in that is has a similar shaped top.  This bag is nice,but just simply not my style.  I used a scrap to make the bag and so was not able to get the design centered on the bag.

A peek inside shows off the Ice Frappe Kona solid,which goes perfectly with the accent color that outlines the design on the exterior of the bag.  My pockets are a little smaller than the pattern calls for,because again I used up a couple scraps!

For The Chandelier Swing Bag I used a scrap of Little Kukla for the main part of the bag exterior and a DS Flea Market Fancy print for the top and strap.

The backside has a zippered pocket,which I debated on omitting,but in the end I went ahead and included it.  Since the inside has no pocket,and a bag should have at least one!

This bag has a recessed zipper,this was my first time ever inserting this type of zipper closure in a bag.  I am happy to say that it went smoothly.

For the inside I used a super orange pop of a print!  It was the only orange I had enough of and even though it is a much more vivid color than the other oranges in the Little Kukla print,I like it.

You can probably tell by the amount of photos,that this is my favorite bag of the two.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Little Red in the Woods

It was a busy weekend,but I still managed to get a bit of sewing in!

Last year at Fabric Fest I purchased this,Little Red Riding Hood roly poly.  This Moda Bake Shop tutorial has been on my radar for a while now and was the inspiration for this quilt top.  Although I had to change it up and make it my own.

Partly because I did not have enough of this Kona Candy Pink,and partly because I just wanted to.

So here she is Little Red in the Woods...this was sewed up yesterday afternoon and evening!  Since it was finished after dark I had to wait until today after work to take photos.

I am toying with the idea of some straight line quilting or just tying this one.  Since my sis was here the tying my quilts bug is biting...

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Manly tote/fish bag...

Happy Friday everybody!  Not sure about you but I was very happy to clock out at work this afternoon!  Tomorrow Mr. P and I are taking a day trip so he can do a little fishing.

Three years ago I made Mr. P a bag to put his fish in for transporting them from the fishing spot home. (since he likes to take my car when he goes fishing)  The original bag was pretty small at about 13 inches by 11 inches and the bottom was not boxed.

He wanted a bigger bag to hold the "big ones"so I went to work making him an updated,or new and improved version.  It needed to be big,"like the tote bags you make",with a real long strap so it can just be slung over the shoulder for ease of carrying.

I used a belt discarded from a recently purchased pair of shorts for the strap.  Just like the first bag this one has a fusible vinyl coating fused to the fabrics,so that the bag can just be washed out at the garden hose after each use.

For the inside fabric I used the same fabric that the first bag was made from.  To give the bag stability I used some deco fuse on the lining fabric,so the bag not only stands on its own,but the top also stays wide open.  So that it is easy to add fish no matter what size.

I had some issues with the thread breaking while trying to sew the topstitching around the top of the bag.  Other than that this bag was an easy project.  My favorite kind!

CherryLicous is also finished!  This was my second finish for the week,for the quilting I did a crisscross pattern that ended up making diamonds and rectangles.  The backing is the same black cherry print used in the second round of churn dash blocks.  The binding is scrappy with green and a red,black and white print.

Have a Sweet Weekend!
Linking up with : Fabric Frenzy Friday #23 over at Fort Worth Fabric Studio,  Let's Bee Social # 29 over at Sew Fresh quilts & Finish it up Friday over at crazy mom quilts

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Half Vintage Modern

We have been having storms most afternoons into the evenings here lately.  Which cools things off considerably.  So I have been taking advantage of that and working on another quilt top!

The majority of the fabric used in this one is from some fabrics that came from my mom's stash.  If you remember,I had raided her stash a couple years ago,and then made her this Quilt from her own fabrics.  I have no idea how long these have been in her stash,but my feeling is at least the nineties for the strips and,the little squares are much older.(I am thinking 60's or maybe 70's)

They have been in my stash for the last two and a half years.  Recently I found a couple prints on a clearance rack at a quilt shop in the next town over.

I also found this book on sale!  After looking at the fabric requirements I decided that with the two sale prints there would be enough to make this quilt.  Although the larger squares in the book are charms and mine are only four inch squares.  So I decided to skip the charms and just frame my squares to make them appear to be charms.

I used Steam-A-Seam2 lite to fuse the squares to the quilt top.  Sunday I went to the LQS to see if they had anything to use for the vertical strips and the frames.  The arrow in the photo is pointing to the color I was trying to accent or bring out.  I came pretty close!

This quilt is called Dancing Squares,(mine is called Half Vintage Modern).  I plan on mixing up the quilting on this one.  Meaning that I will be doing some machine quilting and then also some hand quilting or tying with embroidery floss.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014


Have you seen or heard about the Nested Churn Dash QAL?  You can find all the info over at quiltjane

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Recently my friend Jamie posted her Awesome version,which reminded me to get busy and sew up my own!

So Last night I did just that.  The cherry fabric has been waiting to become a table mat for my kitchen table since last summer!

Now to get it quilted and bound...

This last week Vicki over at A Quilters Mission posted a tutorial for sewing up this little cell phone pouch!

It is just the right size for your phone and a pair of sunglasses or a really small wallet.  I did have a bit of trouble with the zipper,but that is probably because I was talking to my sis on the phone while sewing it up.  If I make another one I will either use a thin batting or omit the quilting.  The reason being that with just interfacing the quilting does not sink in like it normally would with the batting between the layers of fabric.

That being said,I love it anyway!  Thanks for the tute Vicki!

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