Mary wanted a new laptop carrier bag for Christmas so I looked online for patterns. I found a pattern (ByAnnie.com) which was the right size and had an adjustable strap and 2 handles. Mary gathered some fabrics together of colors that she liked. I chose one of the fabrics for the focus fabric and then found coordinating fabrics. I combined ideas from the two styles of the laptop bag because Mary wanted a large zippered pocket on the outside to hold the power cord. I added 2 strips of paper piecing to give some detail to the front and back of the bag. I used Soft n Stable for the stabilizer of the bag. I was concerned that the bag would be too thick around the edges to sew with this stabilizer so I modified the width of the pockets to create less bulk. I stitched together a couple of pieces of stabilizer to slide in the bottom of the bag. I found some of the directions confusing so I used some easier techniques that I knew would work for the pockets and the strap/handles. I am glad that Mary likes her new laptop carrier bag. I attached a little green Scottie dog that Mary gave me to the side strap. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
We exchange handmade gifts with a couple of our quilter friends. This year, I made 2 things that would remind them of our wonderful quilting tour to Iceland that we all went on this year.
One was a hotpad with a map of Iceland and an appliquéd Puffin.
The Puffin was fussy cut from a tea towel that I purchased in Iceland. I do love puffins and was very excited when we saw them on the cliffs in Iceland.
The other is a paper pieced mug rug. I found the puffin pattern online and purchased & downloaded it.
Making the mug rug rectangle made a good fit for a mug without having to cover-up the puffin.
I got on a roll with the paper piecing and completed all the large sections for the pattern. I think I need a little break from paper piecing now. I have plenty of UFOs that need to be completed. I think I will look for an easy project that won’t take long to complete. I still have to finish trimming each section before I can start attaching the sections together. So far, all my sections look like the pictures in the pattern book.Hopefully all the sections will be easy to sew together. Next I will finish cutting out the large leaves and leaf veins and attaching the leaf stems to 8 leaves. Then I can start putting the sections together. Can’t wait to see if all the colors look good together in this quilt. I used the color wheel to help pick out the colors – I chose analogous colors starting with yellow to green to blue-green to blue. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
I have started work on the Fire Island Hosta paper piecing quilt pattern that I bought last year. I can’t believe that I actually bought the pattern but the quilt looks stunning at the quilt show. Now the challenge is to complete the quilt. In June, I sorted all the fabric into bags by the sections of the quilt. In July, I completed 2 sections (8 pieces per section). Once all the cutting of the templates is completed, the sewing is easy since you just sew on the line. I did follow the tips in the pattern which were helpful. I set up a small iron and cutting board by my sewing machine so that it is easy to press and trim as you sew along. My goal is to complete the quilt top by next April. So I will try to keep working on the quilt each month until the top is finished. The colors in the quilt will be white, yellow, green, blue-green, and blue. Hopefully the colors will all work together. I will keep you posted on my progress. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
We sting them up in the main meeting room and they always look great!
This year we did B&W blocks and got 40 blocks so we had 4 raffle drawing and the winners each got 10 blocks.
No…. neither of us won. Maybe next year.
One of the ladies in our group makes beautiful fabric collaged cards and did a little workshop on how to make them. Here is the one that I made.
I don’t like to take projects to retreat that make me concentrate. Too many people to visit with. So I brought a charity quilt project. A lasagna quilt. You’ve all seen them. Here it is (before I cut it up.
Now, if I had left it that way and added borders, I’d be done. But I got to thinking about Ricky Tims and how he cuts up things and then puts them back together. Why not try it with a lasagna quilt? One of my friend said YES and with that encouragement I cut it up. First I separated it into two square pieces and then I cut it on the diagonal from corner to corner. A few of us took the pieces to the design wall and played with it. Nothing looked good, until Donna walked over and arranged them.
I sewed them back together and now I have 2 quilts (that both need borders). What do you think?
I don’t think that I’d do it again as it took too much time and I could’ve finished it if I’d left it as your basic lasagna quilt. Oh well, it was fun experiementing. Ya don’t know until you try something new.
Lastly, worked on a Big block for my southwest Modern Sampler quilt.
It’s a 36″ x 36″ block. I’ll do a separate post on that whole quilt. Here is just one Big block from the quilt. It combines lots of different block sizes and this is the biggest one in the quilt.
Mary and I went to our quilt guild’s annual retreat last week (3 night retreat along the NC coast) with 40 quilters. We had great weather considering that it is February. I worked on some projects that I had started at our quilting retreat in January. I finished quilting and binding a baby charity quilt and the mittens (Herky Jerky) wall hanging. I continued working on making squares using selvages in red and blue for a border on a Quilt of Valor. Here is a website with 25 sewing projects using selvages: http://thesewingloftblog.com/25-things-to-make-with-fabric-selvage/. I also continued working on a modern Disappearing 9 patch using patriotic fabrics – the selvage squares will be the border to this quilt. Mary and I also made paper piecing log cabin blocks for the next year’s raffle quilt. Here is my block. Several members of a quilt bee bought paper piecing patterns and batik scraps for retreat members to make some blocks. About 20 blocks were made during retreat. There was a demo on making a fabric collage greeting card. I made a card with a beach scene but I still need to add stitching and embellishments to the card. We played games on two nights. One game was called ” Right, Left, Center” I won one of the games and the prize was 33 assorted 10″ squares. It was fun to play the games but also fun to win the fabric too – especially a bird print that I really liked. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
I took an embroidery class on making a coaster (spool of thread) all in the hoop. Kimberbell designs has lots of fun patterns for “in the hoop” projects. The front of the coaster uses “paper pieced” quilting technique – pretty cool using the embroidery module of my sewing machine. If you have a larger hoop, you can make a larger spool of thread coaster. Mine was a coaster size. It was a 3 hour class. Mine is the purple spool. I was so excited about making the spool coaster that I made 3 more when I got home. I made Mary a coaster with teal fabric. I took me about an hour and half to finish each one – after picking out fabric, thread, and cutting the fabric. I think that the border looks better with a plain fabric. This was my first “in the hoop” project. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna