Archive - March, 2009

Pins get an upgrade.

I have always meant to make myself a beautiful pin cushion but have some how never gotten around to it. My pins lived in a ugly little plastic container.

Pin Situation

But no longer!

Megan from Philistine Made is in Block Party with me.  She was so sweet and sent me one of her amazing pin cushions along with her beautiful blocks! I was thrilled! Look how much better my pins are lookin’! I’m loving that this will now be a staple on the sewing table… Thanks Megan!!

Pin Situation Remedied!

Block Party – March

For March of Block Party, Kristen gave us a really great challenge. She posted this photo and asked us all to come up with the answer.

quiltplan

Needless to say, it took lots of thinking before I got started. I knew I wanted to include curved seams but also the log cabin feeling. We’re all making two blocks so I had to come up with the solution to the equation twice!

Here’s the first block that I came up with:

Block Party - March

This was the first time that I’ve ever done curved seams and clearly they aren’t perfect… Things got crazy with me making templates and everything!

Making templates

And the second block that I made:

Block Party - March

To me it kinda looks like there’s a little tv in there. Didn’t do that intentionally…

I’m pretty pleased with them.  Especially individually.  Together I wonder if they “go” but I hope that they will mix in with all of the other blocks just fine!

Block Party - March

Hope that you all have great weekends!

Yet another purse

Recently I’ve been getting a little thrill out of making projects that you can finish in one sitting. Quilts certainly don’t provide that, but cute purses do!

Linen Purse

This one’s from the same pattern as the last red one I made. It’s really a great little pattern. I often struggle with handmade purses looking… well… handmade. This pattern really doesn’t have that vibe to me.

Linen Purse - Inside

I’m going to have to buy more Hello Betty the instant my fabric buying ban is lifted. I really love it so much. To me it’s the perfect mix of modern and pretty.

I’m out of magnetic snaps so I’m improvised by adding a button. I think it’s a cute touch!

Linen Purse - Button detail

I’m not much for linen in my quilts, but in purses?!? It’s perfect. Love. Love. Love.

Two Baby Coin Quilts

All done with these coin quilts that I made simultaneously.  I enjoyed making them at the same time.  Since they are this small (34″ x 46″) it didn’t feel like it took too long.

Two Baby Coin Quilts

I really love so many of the fun fabrics in these!

Baby Girl Coin Quilt - DetailBaby Boy Coin Quilt - Detail

I didn’t intend to do different backs, but after mistakenly I sewed the strip of patterned fabric upside down on the girl quilt, I thought, why not?!?

Two Baby Coin Quilts - Back

Baby Boy Coin Quilt - back detailBaby Girl Coin Quilt - back detail

And some simple solid bindings. I have found that I really love solid bindings as a nice simple frame to the louder coin strips.

Simple Solid Bindings

Up next, two more baby quilts, also made at the same time!

A stack of quilts.

Just ’cause it’s pretty!

Stack of Quilts

More red linen

I’m loving linen.  Way back in this haul, I got a bunch of different colors and there was yards of it.  I was, needless to say, delighted.  I’ve been using the aqua here and there for awhile, but this red was recently rediscovered when I clean up my stash.

A new purse for me!

Red Purse Wide

Made with this pattern. I modified it a bit – mostly in how I sewed on the handle strap. I included the handle in the step when you sew the lining and the outer shell together, rather then sewing it on at the end.

Red Purse Close up!

And that pretty patterned fabric?? A fat quarter that I got in the Sew, Mama, Sew! fat quarter swap. I love it with the red linen!

Happy weekend to you all!

Baby quilts and a little linen.

Progress here…

Coin Girl TopCoin Boy Top

Have even gotten them all quilted and am stitching bindings!

All Quilted!

And a friend asked me a for a little red pouch so I delivered! As I put it together with no pattern I was very pleased to realize that I have mastered my understanding of bag making and lining. It tends to take me forever to wrap my head around these things. I can follow directions and have it turn out right over and over but now I finally “get” it!

Simple little linen pouch

I love the lining fabric from the Hello Betty fabric line.

Simple little linen Pouch

Solids & Squares Quilt is all finished!

I finished the quilt that I made for my mother. I really enjoyed putting it together. As I’ve mentioned before, working with different colors and so many solids was a wonderful push outside of my comfort zone.

Solids & Squares Quilt

I’m so pleased with it’s combination of being modern design, but also simple and not loud.

Solids & Squares Quilt

For the back I did mostly blue with a strip of warm reds and browns – all fabrics that are in the front.

Solids & Squares Quilt - back

And I’m so happy with the binding on this one too!

Solids & Squares Quilt - binding detail

I’m not usually drawn to batiks, but this simple one that my mother has told me is her “favorite fabric ever” works perfectly to add another small nice touch to the quilt. Can’t wait to give it to her when she comes for a visit later this month!

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