Saturday, September 29, 2012

Easy wins: a camera roll

Sometimes it's more fun to sew up a quick and easy project. And when it actually looks even better than I envisioned, that's a bonus. I based the project on the Pink Penguin's super simple camera case. The item is essentially a glorified fabric envelope. There are numerous tutorials online. The distinctive part about the Pink Penguin tutorial is the use of binding.


I still have a ridiculous amount of scraps left from my Fanciful Flowers quilt, so I used those to make this roll. The camera roll took, I think, maybe 1 hour max from start to finish. That includes making the binding. Normally I don't like gold decorations, but there is something about the button with this fabric selection that works. Even better, the button is part of a set I snipped from some old clothing, so the entire project is made with leftovers and scraps.


I think I like the roll more than I like the camera.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Go Raiders?

I'm not much of a sports fan, so it's always a bit bemusing to see parents indoctrinate their children at an early age to root for one team or the other. However, never one to pass up an opportunity to help someone give the perfect gift, I've begun piecing this baby quilt for a budding Raiders fan.


My cousin asked me to make a baby quilt for a friend's newborn. Can't say no to family. Having access to some licensed fabric was a big help. This quilt is made up of 4 types of blocks sort of randomly laid out. The quilt is relentlessly dark and not my usual color palette. Originally, I thought of sashing the blocks in white, but I think virginal white doesn't go with Raiders Nation.


block 1: 4.5" square framed by 2.5" squares


block 2: 16-2.5" squares


block 3: the large squares are 4.5" and the smaller ones 2.5"

block 4 is an 8.5" square of the team fabric.

Once pieced, the quilt measures 40" by 47". A decent size for taking to the stadium.


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Lisette foreign exchange bag 1905

Simplicity partnered with Liesl and Co. of Oliver+S fame to produce some patterns, including this bag. Joann had a sale so I bought the pattern super cheap. I made bag B.


It's a good size bag (14" x 18"). I couldn't find any reviews online from people who made the bag, so this one was made cold. I heavily interfaced this bag and so it's super sturdy. Having made it once though, I would not follow the directions as provided with the bag. But only because I like to do things a certain way. For example, the instructions say to construct the main part of the bag first and then attach the band. I would prefer attaching the band to the front panel and then stitching the full panel together.

The instructions seemed to omit some steps and a bit of common sense is needed to make sense of the bag's construction. For example, the instructions for the lining don't explicitly state to attach the bottom panel so if a person reads the instructions and infers the construction from the drawings, then I could see how a person would simply sew the lining panels together and omit the bottom. Or maybe that's just me. Still the bag is cute and would make a great gift.

The instructions for installing a zippered inside pocket were easy to follow, but it helps to have done the technique before.


I was sloppy when slipping the lining inside the bag and ended up with the zippered side flush with the front of the bag so that when I open the bag, the zippered pocket is facing me instead of being flush against my body. Not a deal breaker, but definitely a "doh!" moment.


The other side has a slip pocket for phones, pens, etc.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Nautical quilt 2 finished

This quilt was a lot of fun to finish. There's just something about red, white, and blue that is so uplifting and cheerful.


The design is fairly simple. A panel in the center with the pieced blocks acting as a border and a very fun blue and white stripe fabric for the binding. It actually took me some time to accept this simple design. I kept wanting to fussy it up a bit, but sometimes simple is best.


For the back of the quilt, I had a variety of nautical themed fabric that I wanted to incorporate. The pieced back also was a great way to use up some of my fabric stash.


Saturday, September 1, 2012

New York quilt

A friend's sister is having a baby and the family has strong ties to New York so the plan is to make a New York themed baby quilt. Originally I wanted to do a bunch of traditional New York beauty quilt blocks. I made a test block, which meant practicing foundation piecing and sewing curves.


This was all new to me despite having sewn for a number of years. It turned out to not be scary and went together fairly smoothly, albeit a bit time-consuming. This method does seem to produce a lot of wasted fabric scraps. This little 7" block took me 1 hour to piece together from start (cutting fabric) to finish (pressing the block). I now have a much greater appreciation for quilts that use the New York beauty quilt block. Talk about an investment in time.

Sorry, but no way that I'm going to spend that kind of time on one quilt and still make my self-imposed deadline. To make a 40" quilt would mean at least 25 hours in piecing alone, let alone thinking color scheme, layout, quilting, etc.

Plan B. Kate Spain designed a fun quilt using her fabric line Central Park. Her quilt is titled Great Lawn. I liked the idea behind the quilt and have begun my own version.


The top is a city sky line. The middle part the fantastic little pond in Central Park where kids practice sailing their toy boats. The bottom is still being thought out. Either taxis or Times Square. George Washington Bridge? Or perhaps entirely something different. Until inspiration strikes, the quilt is hanging on my "design wall".


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