Saturday, November 24, 2012

Field Study Quilt - some progress

All 148 hourglass blocks made a quilt that is 60" square, but it looks a little plain.


After spending way too long thinking about how to finish it, I've settled on creating an arrows border to reference the arrowhead type print in the Field Study collection.




Or now that I'm looking at it again, maybe feathers instead?

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Tote bag - Simplicity 2396

The Simplicity 2396 is a fairly quick bag to make and does not use a lot of fabric - maybe about 2 hours max from the time of cutting out the pattern pieces to slipstitching the lining to finish the bag.


In a bit of excellent product photography, the bag on the pattern cover looks like it has some body, but in reality, the bag is really quite flat and one-dimensional.


There are no pleats, darts, or boxed corners to give the bag some shape, but the pattern isn't bad if a gift needs to be made in a relative hurry, so long as the recipient is sure to enjoy the shape. Personally, I find a narrow bag opening to be annoying because getting at what's inside can be more difficult than it needs to be.

Again, the bag on the pattern cover doesn't seem to have as pronounced a shape as the one that I made.


In my ongoing effort to get all my sewing stuff under control, I was very, very happy to use the fun Prints Charming print and finally find the perfect home for the flower button.


The birds show up again on the inside pocket.


Finished dimensions: 11" x 14"

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Swoon quilt blocks

The Swoon quilt block is a very clever reworking of the traditional carpenter's wheel block. This search brings up both the Swoon block and the carpenter's block. The Swoon block simplifies the construction so that it's much, much easier to piece.

All you need are some half square triangles, rectangles, squares, and flying geese:


I made mine based on the 10" square. To make one 32" square block (which is a baby quilt in of itself with a bit of a border), all you need are three 10" x 40" strips of fabric, plus a little bit more of the white (or whatever you choose to substitute for the white).

Then sew the pieces row by row, and you get a pretty nifty giant quilt block or a quick and easy baby quilt. I've had this fabric for at least 3 years; it's nice to finally find a home for it.


Free online tutorials:
Flying geese: Freckled Whimsy
Half square triangle: That Girl, That Quilt

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Field Study hourglass quilt - in progress

I visited a new to me quilt store The Sewing Party in Laguna Hills. A bit of a drive, but what a fun store with amazing products. I ended up buying some fat quarters of Kaffe Fasset shot cottons and a charm pack of Anna Maria Horner's new line, Field Study. Now I understand the fascination with shot cottons. They're gorgeous, have a sheen, and amazing texture.


The fabric is actually woven with two different colored threads, so in the case of the fabric above, a turquoise thread is woven with a pink thread, like so


So cool. The fabric behind it has threads of purple and red. And, serendipitously, the random fat quarters I picked (they were so pretty; I was like a magpie picking up shiny object after shiny object), match perfectly with the Field Study fabric line.


I love that orange on top. So as not to waste any of the fabric and show it off optimally, I opted for the hourglass quilt block. I ended up making 146 hourglass blocks.


The blocks took a while to sew and then finish. I think the quilt will be the blocks set on point across rows and then a pieced border using the remaining shot cotton.



30 - 6" squares of Field Study
 +
2.5  yards of white cut into 6" squares
 +
15 coordinating fat quarters to cut 43 - 6" squares
 =
146 - 5" hourglass blocks

Some great tutorials re: making hourglass blocks the easy way:

This is how I make mine: Diary of a Quilter
Another option: Red Pepper Quilts
And a video: Missouri Quilt Company 
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