That is it for today folks! Thanks for hanging in there!
Ok, so I haven't posted any bee block pictures on here in months, like literally since October maybe? Don't worry, they have all been shipped to their owners, some a tad or a lot late, some on time, but none of them live with me anymore. Anyways, these blocks deserve their moment in the sun, so here they are in all their glory:
Parisian Star from the Modern Blocks Book, found on pages 128-129. This block is for Susan over at The History Quilter and is part of the Modern Blocks Bee. She sent some lovely Anna Maria Horner voile and a rough open weave type fabric for the background. Very interesting combination of fabrics together. Hard and soft all rolled into one. Lovely block!
Leanne over at She Can Quilt requested improv asterisk blocks. This block is part of the Always Bee Learning group. I went for a simple asterisk block, but on a large scale, this block measures around 16" x 18" or somewhere around that. She sent me Madrona Road and Chicopee fabrics, both of which are fabulous together. I can not wait to see what Leanne does with these blocks, she is so talented!
Toni over at Hoosier Toni requested this half square triangle block from the Modern Blocks book, it is entitled Diamond Ripples and can be found on pages 46-47. I'm not even going to lie to you, I did not like making this block, way too many hst, but boy was she smart to have everyone make one for her, and this quilt will be so cool once she has it together. The effect created with this block is very neat and there are multiple ways to put it together. This block was part of the Modern Blocks Bee.
Also for Toni are these two blocks here, above and below. As part of the Always Bee Learning group she requested the herringbone block above, tutorial found HERE. She sent us Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt strips and then asked us to create an imrov block with all the scraps left over from the herringbone block. I used them all up and created this 12.5" x 12.5" block seen below, improv is so fun! I see a fish, what do you see?
Last, but not least is another block from the Modern Blocks Book and part of the Modern Blocks Bee. This block is named Piece of the Garden, and can be found on pages 134 - 135. It is for ellebee'squilts and she gave us the option of making this block in several different size options. Boring old me, chose to do it at 100%, so this block measures 12.5" x 12.5". I believe this is also Denyse Schmidt fabric and my first time piecing hexagons like this, very fun!
That is it for today folks! Thanks for hanging in there!
Determined to have a bunch of Birthday and Christmas gifts made and set aside for the following year (to reduce the holiday sewing stress,) I decided to make a lot of Triple Zip Pouches to give this year. Featured here today are the first five I have finished. I have another six cut out, interfaced and ready to sew. They won't be finished in time for the Triple Zip Along hosted by A Quilter's Table, but at least they are ready to go! I think the hard part is going to be deciding who will get what pouch. They are all so pretty, in my opinion at least!
These five went together so quickly, especially when sewing assembly line style. Once you have made one and understand the process, it really is so easy to construct the rest. I just love them and am seriously considering keeping one for myself! I will be adding these to the Triple Zip Along Flickr Pool and if you get a chance, head over and be prepared to be awed by the sheer amount of people who have made the same pouch, but yet they all look so different. So impressive! Thanks Debbie for such a great tutorial and such a fun sew along!
I also wanted to briefly mention that all my zippers were purchased from Zipit, a wonderful etsy shop with great prices and fast shipping, I can not recommend them enough. Also, all of these pouches were constructed using Pellon interfacing. Both of these businesses are sponsors of the sew along!
My last post showed off the two Triple-Zip Pouches that I made back in December. At the time I figured out a different way to finish up those pouches (different from Debbie's tutorial.) You see, the last steps of the tutorial were really hard (virtually impossible) for Debbie to photograph, so there weren't any photos, just step by step directions. Well that is a problem for me, I'm totally a visual learner, so I was kinda like "what?" So I stopped and I thought about it for a few days. The more I thought about it, I started pondering a different way to finish, then decided to try it out. Success! It worked! Debbie has so graciously given me permission to share my method (tutorial) with you guys here today! I have photographed every single step of the process, and hopefully for those of you who are visual learners this alternate ending will help you finish it up!
I know that several of you have figured out this method already and have even posted basic directions in the Flickr group and online. In no way do I mean to step on anyone's toes, and only hope to provide a visual step by step to this already great award winning tutorial. If you have any tips or tricks in regards to this tutorial, feel free to add them in the comments section.
Triple-Zip Pouch - Alternate Ending Tutorial
Triple-Zip Pouch Tutorial by A Quilter's Table found HERE. Use this tutorial all the way through until the last photo. This tutorial picks up and replaces the "To Finish" section in Debbie's original tutorial.
This is a photo of the last photographed step in Debbie's tutorial. Your pouch is inside out, all zippers and linings are sewn into the pouch and basically it is an odd looking tube.
Separate out the main (largest) lining from the main body and two other linings. Zipper should be centered in the middle. On the left (in this photo) is the main body fabric, and the two lower pocket linings. On the right is the main (largest) lining.
Flatten out and pin. Zipper should be centered. One side will be the main lining only, the other side will be the main pouch with two other linings flat on top.
This is the same step, just the back view, pinned. Basically if you flip it over, it should look like this. You can see the fusible fleece on the main body of the pouch.
Using a 1/4" seam allowance. Start sewing on one side, following the directions of the arrows in the above photo. Stitch up to the zipper, as close as you can without going over the zipper. Repeat for the remaining three seams. Leave a 3"-4" opening on the bottom of the main lining. This opening is for turning the pouch later on.
There are two main reasons for not stitching over the zipper. First, it is easier not to stitch over all that bulk. Second, by not stitching over the zipper, once you turn your pouch, it allows for you to push out those top corners further than you could if you had stitched over the zipper. Creating a nice square pouch. If you choose to stitch over the zipper in one continuous line (it can be done.) Be sure to go slowly, and to push the zipper itself towards the main body fabric and two pocket linings. This method creates more of a "rounded corner look" when you turn the pouch later on, which some deem as a slight downfall, but it is totally up to you and your preferences.
Press the 3" - 4" open edge of the main lining in 1/4". You can always finger press this opening, you don't have to use an iron.
Turn the pouch through the 3" - 4" opening, leaving the main lining sticking out of the pouch. At this point, push out all your corners to get them nice and square. Pin the opening of main lining closed.
Stitch the opening closed, very close to the edge (normally in a matching thread color.) Push the main lining into the pouch, push out the corners, then iron to smooth out and flatten, creating a nice finished crisp look.
Congratulations, you now have a finished Triple-Zip Pouch!
It begins! What, you ask? The Triple Zip Along hosted by Debbie over at A Quilter's Table. Debbie designed and created this great tutorial for a super cute triple zippered pouch. I made two pouches right before the Christmas holidays for my son's two teachers Christmas gifts. I think they turned out too cute. I plan to participate with everyone who has signed up for this fun sew along, I need to make more! Debbie has created a Flickr group for you to join and follow along. It will be so neat to see so many variations of this great little pouch. It really is easy and totally doable, uses scraps of fabric and is so rewarding in the end - you have a great pouch that is the perfect size to tuck right into your purse. The event runs from January 28, 2013 to February 15, 2013, so gather up your supplies and get ready to sew! Hope to see you there!
My work in progress today. I can see the end of these two table runners. Once they are bound, my January goal will be met. Woo hoo! I'm off to stitch on those bindings. Finished projects here I come!
Linking up with the following:
In a mere two days, my little baby boy will be a whole one years old. Hard to believe, oh how the time flies. We had to push back his birthday party a bit because of the never ending illness around our house these days, but that is ok, it gives me more time to plan and prepare. I am thinking about going a simpler route for his cake. One cake for the party goers, and cupcakes for my little man and the kids. I always scheme these elaborate cakes and then end up cursing and swearing I'll never do it again, especially since all my cakes seem to fall into a million pieces every time I have to transfer them. That being said, I am sticking with it, going the easy route, and plan to do a simple cake like the one below. Easy enough right? Maybe I will fancy it up with a pudding layer in the middle. Yum.
Speaking of cakes, I realized I never shared the cake I made for my older sons fifth birthday. A pirate cake, yes, he is still obsessed with pirates, which is fine with me! I found this image originally through Pinterest, but have included the direct link here, just in case you attempt to make one yourself. I was pleasantly surprised to find all the supplies needed at Walmart, all those different pretzels and all! The only thing I did differently was to eliminate the breadstick on the front and instead just use another pretzel rod in its place.
What do you think? It turned out pretty good, in my opinion. I have a number five candle and 4 pirate themed candles stuck in the center if you were wondering what all that junk was. The only thing I would do differently is to make the sails a tad bit smaller and work at getting more of a "yellow" icing color than the peach that is below. My son was tickled pink and that is all that matters. I had left over icing, so I dyed it blue and made the "ocean" around the ship, which also hid those crumby edges. As good as this looks, the cake fell into a million pieces and is held together by mushing it with my hands and icing. Very frustrating at the time, but at least the end result is good. All this talk of cakes falling apart had me wondering, do you know of a store bought cake mix that holds together well? I know for sure that Pillsbury is just too spongy and soft, it falls apart every time. I used to think that Betty Crocker was perfect, but lately those cakes have fallen apart too? Any ideas or suggestions?
Linking up to Tuesday at the Table over at A Quilter's Table. Hop on over and visit all the other wonderful link ups.
Wow, I had no intention of taking a two month blogging break, but alas it happened and nothing I can do about that, so Happy New Year! I am starting this New Year with a fresh approach, fresh outlook and fresh new goals. I'm excited! This is the first year in many that I made a New Year's Resolution! Oh my! This is a big deal for me, I'm normally not the type, but it feels good and I'm going with it.
Last year I started organizing and taking stock of the unfinished quilts and works in progress I had laying around and stuffed in cabinets and drawers. Low and behold I discovered that I have 14 unfinished, started on, in pieces quilts. Yikes! So, my solution is to finish one a month for twelve months during this year and knock out the majority of them. Most of them have all of the blocks done, they just need to be put into a top. A few are finished tops, and a few need more work than that. I am only focusing on one at a time, until it is finished. Hopefully I can keep up! If I finish it early in the month, then I will go ahead and move on to the next! Below is my mosaic showing all 14 unfinished quilts. Below that is my intentions for the next three months, and I will be linking up with She Can Quilt, who will be hosting the quarterly Finish-A-Long this year. Monthly I will be following along with Cut To Pieces, who is hosting the Flickr group Project: UFO 2.0. Wish me luck, I'm excited about this challenge and ready to get to work!
1. Modern Baby Quilt Block, 2. Kaleidoscope Quilt Top Hanging 2, 3. Scrapbuster Swap - Depression Block 5, 4. Quatrefoil Block 3, 5. Log Cabin Block 2 - Quilting newBEES, 6. Macaroni Love Quilt Top, 7. Stargazing Quilt Block, 8. Scrapbuster Swap - Postage Stamp Blocks 2, 9. Bottled Rainbows Scraps, 10. Christmas Spiderweb Block - Christmas Fabric Bee, 11. Scrapbuster Swap Christmas Blocks, 12. Scrapbuster Swap Christmas Blocks, 13. String Pieced Block - Always Bee Learning, 14. Medallion Quilt Fabrics, 15. Le Petite Salon Front View
Finish-A-Long Quarter One Goals (Month by Month):
1. January - Two Christmas table runners, made from these 10 blocks (see photo above.) I need to construct tops, sandwich, quilt and bind it. I have all of the supplies needed. Good to go!
2. February - One quilt made from these blocks, throw size. I have either 15 or 16 blocks ready to make a top. I just need to figure out what I am doing with them, make the top, sandwich, quilt and bind it. I have all the supplies needed for this quilt too!
3. March - Time to finish up Cosmic Burst! The top is done, so all I need to do is sandwich it, quilt it and bind it! Once again, I have all of the supplies needed. Easy peasy! This will be a wall hanging quilt.
4. Anytime During the First Quarter - Construct three pairs of pajamas. I have all the needed supplies, just need to cut them out and sew them together! I want them ready for the boys to wear next winter.
That is it folks! Interested in following along or joining in yourself? Click on either photo below to go to either of these ladies lovely sites!
Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog today! This is the last day of the UR Priceless Coin Purse Blog Hop, and I am happy to say that I am one of the participants. I signed up for this particular blog hop because I have never tackled a "frame" pouch or purse and really wanted to give it a try. This was a great way to get my feet wet and to join along with tons of really creative participants!
I wanted to make sure and thank Madame Samm over at Sew We Quilt and Katherine over at Sew Me Something Good for hosting, organizing and providing/designing the pattern for this lovely blog hop.
This is my only finished one (at the moment) and I am quite pleased with how it turned out! For my first frame pouch, I think it is quite cute, and was really a lot easier than I thought it would be. I started with some tiny half square triangles that I had saved from a previous project, stitched them together and created the front panel for this pouch. I believe the hst measured 1.25" before they were stitched together, so you can see they are quite small. After I created this piece, I ironed on the fusible batting and then machine quilted it. I then echoed the quilting on the back panel of the pouch, just to tie the whole thing together. Stitching together the pieces of this pouch was really easy, but I will say the size of this pouch is pretty small (a 3" frame) so it was more challenging than something larger. My experience sewing Barbie clothing from my childhood days came in handy here for sure!
I used a Liberty of London print for the interior of the bag, and continued the color scheme on the inside. I also wanted to use a busy print on the interior to in essence hide the stitching that does show from hand stitching on the frame. I think I was pretty successful in this aspect. Can you see the stitching? It is there, and it isn't that neat or pretty. Look hard and I bet you can spot it, it really is a hot mess in there, which is the only real downfall to these hand stitched frames. But honestly, I prefer not having to use glue, so you win some, you lose some.
I wanted to mention the hand sewn metal frame process. This was my first time doing this and I was really unsure as to how it would work out in the end, but honestly it fit much better than I ever would have imagined. A near perfect fit, I was impressed. I wasn't sure how to tackle it, so I just stuffed the top in the frame as much as I could and started stitching in the middle, and continued outwards to the sides, making sure the pouch was centered on the frame. It worked great, I used a medium needle with a big eye, and once you got the hang of it, it really went pretty quickly. Though it wasn't a perfect process. I started with a navy blue Pearl Cotton size 8, was almost finished with my first side and the needle pierced the thread wrong and broke it. No way to fix it other than to start over, take out the stitches and redo it. Before I started over I tested the thread I was using (by yanking it really hard) and realized it just wasn't strong enough for this application. Not having any other navy blue thick thread on hand I decided to quadruple up regular sewing thread. So that is what I did. Then once the frame was completely sewn on, I went back with doubled up thread and stitched the whole thing a second time for extra security. This wasn't ideal, but did allow for me to use a needle with a smaller eye, thus making the stitching process easier. Even with this one hang up, I think the pattern is great and made a cute little coin pouch.
I have another one almost finished, but alas had to go and get sick and wasn't able to finish it on time, bummer. Oh well, I'll show it off once I have it finished.
Make sure to hop on over to all of the other participants today, check out their blogs and their versions of this cute little coin purse. The full blog hop schedule can be found at Katherine's blog, Sew Me Something Good.
Dachsies With Moxie
-----> Marci Girl Designs <--- You are Here!
The Sunflower Patch
Wish upon a star
Mary on Lake Pulaski
Mack and Mabel
Dreaming in Patchwork
Judith Handmade Treasures
Patchouli Moon Studio
Sew We Quilt
Thanks for joining me today and reading about my version of this coin purse!
It is Blogger's Quilt Festival time again! My regular followers have seen this quilt before, earlier this year, but for those of you who are visiting for the first time, hello and thank you for visiting! I chose to feature this quilt for the festival because it is my favorite quilt I have made this year and one of the first quilts that I actually started and finished in a timely manner. Normally it takes me a year to finish a quilt, but this one was done within a month, a new record for me! I won't bog you down with all the details because I have blogged about this quilt before and you can read the extended story of this quilt HERE.
This quilt was my entry into the Patchwork Prism Quilt Along hosted by Sweet Diesel Designs, though I didn't place in that contest, I was very honored to be a finalist In the Summer Sewing Contest over at Ellison Lane Quilts, though I didn't win that contest either. Aww... do you feel bad for me yet. Ha, I'm sure you don't and shouldn't because this quilt is a winner! A few weeks ago I entered this quilt into the Cottonport, LA Festival of Quilts and placed first! I was beyond thrilled to see that blue ribbon on my quilt, even though it was displayed sideways (I'll get over it.) It was so nice to receive a ribbon for my work and even more honored to be displayed and judged against so many beautiful quilts. There were 98 entries into the Festival of Quilts and I'll share some of those other beautiful quilts in a future post.
The photo above illustrates both the machine quilting that was done around each "prism of solid color" and the hand quilting that was done inside of each prism. I really love the combination of both machine and hand quilting, it gives the quilt the best of both worlds, in my opinion!
Pattern - Patchwork Prism by Anna Maria Horner for Janome
Size - Wall Hanging 24.5" x 27.5"
Fabrics - No duplicates with the exception of the solid "prisms" and mostly from a 5" charm swap of designer cottons that I participated in earlier this year.
Batting - Cotton/Poly 80/20 Blend
Backing - Cotton floral print by Alexander Henry
Quilting - Machine quilted with tan thread. Hand quilted with pearl cotton in the "prisms", all quilting was done by yours truly.
Binding - Lisette sateen print from JoAnn Fabrics
Special Techniques - A combination of machine and hand quilting. I also added four small ribbon loops to the top of the back (sewn in with the binding) in order to hang it on the wall.
Category - ROYGBIV (Color Wheel) Quilt, Wall Hanging
Be sure to head over to Amy's Creative Side and visit all of the other fabulous entries into the Blogger's Quilt Festival.
My latest work in progress, an example block for my Always Bee Learning bee mates. I'm the "Queen Bee" this month and these are the packets they will be receiving. This block is from the book "Fresh Quilting" by Malka Dubrawsky. It is the Modern Baby Quilt pattern, and is constructed entirely out of Y seams. I will honestly say that this is my new favorite technique, and I absolutely loved putting it together. Hopefully my bee mates agree with me! The fabric is from Kate Spain and is one of her new lines, Cuzco. The "solid" is by Laura Gunn and is called Painters Canvas, I just love the look of these fabrics with such great texture. I personally think this quilt will be one of my new favorites, what do you think?
Linking up to WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.
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