Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I made another one...

The Sew Together Bag by Sew Demented is a wee bit addicting. It's such a fun bag with its zippers and pockets and fun finish of zipper that is handle. Because I like making them, and one of my best friends from college requested one from fabric that I was trying to destash via Instagram, a commissioned bag was spawned. This was the seventh one I've made and it took me just under 2.5 hours from start to finish. I love my Pfaff which can handle all the layers when putting the sides together with the body of the bag.

Along with wanting the elephants as the focus print, she said I could use any other blue that I wanted throughout. So I went with a mix of Allison Glass Streamers and V and Co Simply Style plus a solid ocean blue.

The front and back (is there really a front/back) are identical with the patchwork stripe.
 Pocket linings! It's always fun to have a little pop of the unexpected. 
 This shows the streamers as the middle two open pockets and the inside of the accordion pieces.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

100 Quilts 4 Kids Bloghop

Welcome to the second stop on the 100 Quilts 4 Kids Bloghop!
100 Quilts for Kids

The DC Modern Quilt guild runs a charity quilt drive each year called 100 Quilts 4 Kids. It was started by Katie Blakesley of SwimBikeQuilt, the guild's former president.  This year the quilts will be donated to the Carpenter's Shelter in Alexandria, VA. For people who donate quilts there are some great prizes available! The DCMQG is also working on several group quilts. I will be doing the quilting on one of them at the September meeting. 

I'm using this is a way to push myself to finish up WIPs and using orphan blocks. 

I had a lot of fun practicing a new freemotion pattern on this quilt. It's small ~30"x40"
Quilt 2: Riley Blake Quilt Challenge Faux Cathedral Windows
This one hasn't been quilted yet, but it's also a small quilt. 
Quilt 3: Set in Hexagons measures ~50"x48"
This one will have a minky backing to make it extra soft.  Then it will be bound in red to echo the internal border. The white border will have some fun freemotion in red thread. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Metro Lattice - Piecing done in a week.

I'm pretty pleased with the Metro Lattice pattern to make a Double Wedding Ring quilt. This one will finish to 54"x60" once I put the connector pieces on either side; those are cut and pieced, just not ironed and trimmed so they didn't make it up onto the design wall. However, you can see the little squares on the left side that will go between them.
I'm going to have fun with free motion quilting on this one. I haven't decided if I'm going to do an all over design or custom quilting with the rings/centers being different. 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Curves and more curves

Yesterday was the DCMQG sewing day at Finch Studio in Leesburg, VA. It was my first time in Leesburg (without being at a soccer field or the outlets). Finch is a great sewing space, and there were many little restaurants which the guild availed itself to when it was lunch time.

Since the sewing space was limited, I didn't bring the big bed quilt that I'm working on, Framed Squares, so I brought the Quick Curve Ruler and charm packs of Barcelona which I had already started sewing into HSTs to make the Metro Lattice pattern - aka Double Wedding Ring without the annoyance. In all honesty, I didn't actually buy the pattern, but was able to figure out the construction just by looking at pictures of it. I think mine is actually a little smaller than the official pattern since I used charm squares to make my centers.

This was my practice block using scraps from my polka dot quit. You can see that I wasn't super careful and matched up the purple and green cut outs (oops!), but this is why it was a practice block.

Here is my work area at Finch and then a basic layout just on the cutting mat to show what this will look like. I haven't actually done the calculations because I'm a little lazy on it, but the finished product will have 30 center squares, which should make it approximately 50"x60"