Category Archives: Project Finishes

Maker’s tote II {a finish}

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I finally have my own maker’s tote (a noodlehead pattern) and its the large version of it. You may remember a couple of months ago I shared some tips on making a maker’s tote. At that stage I had finished a small maker’s tote (which I gifted) and I was 3/4 through making this one.
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I have finally added the binding and the handles, which was all that was really left to finish. I added a bright pink binding to pull out the pink in the insects and natural Essex yarn-dyed linen handles that match the zipper covers (in the inside part of the bag).

The only additional  problem area I had while finishing this one up, was actually catching all the layers when I sewed in my gussets. I missed lining in some areas.  Next time, I think I may glue the lining to the edges of the top as well.  Luckily, I discovered this in time,  before stitching on the binding, so I could unpick and re-stitch areas while sewing on the binding.

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The bag is a success. I have already used my bag for a quick overnight business trip. I used it actually for my change of clothes and toiletries and it worked great!! I love my new bag, highly recommend it to anyone who wants to make one.

 

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Safari Moon Fractal Quilt {a finish}

Last month, I was digging around my WiP pile and found a finished 60 x 60″ quilt top. This is one of my early quilts from 2014, and one of a few made from a pattern. The pattern is Fractal from the book Quilt Lab.

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I made a decision last year, that if I did not have a quilting plan for myself to execute on, it was ok to send quilts off to my LQS for long-arming. That is what I did with this one. I dropped it off to Cary Quilting Company, decided on an edge to edge Baptist fan design and ~$90 later (includes batting) I have a finished quilt.

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It was perfect timing too, as a friend’s daughter just turned one, and she is now a proud owner of her own quilt.

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I did find it interesting reflecting on where I started to where I am now, but relieved to say that this is off my WiP pile.

Details

Name: Safari Moon Fractal
Design:
Fractal from Quilt Lab (Alexandra Winston)
Fabric: Safari Moon, Frances Newcombe, Art Gallery Fabrics + Variety of solids
Backing: Tula Pink Free Fall wide back
Binding: Utopia, Frances Newcombe, Art Gallery Fabrics
Dimensions:  60 x 60″
Quilted: Baptist Fan @ Cary Quilting Company

 

 

 

 

Traverse Bag {a finish}


Recently, I traveled to Denver for a weekend of catching up with some sewing buddies and fun. In other words, Sewtopia. This is my favorite event and I look forward to it each time. This time, we got to have a class with Anna Graham from Noodlehead.

We made her Traverse Bag, a recently released pattern. Spending time with her, talking about her work, her patterns etc. was such a memorable event. Corrinna, my Sewtopia roomie, by fluke, chose the exact same fabric for the back, but in different color ways. It’s a Japanese print we both found at Bunny Designs at our last Sewtopia in Austin.

I love this little bag, only my third I had ever made!! This was the first time using actual bag hardware to make that strap. Strap and piping is a mint Cotton + Steel basic.

Lifting the front flap reveals two fantastic slip pockets. I lined all the pockets with Tula Pink’s Owl fabric.

There are two zipper openings. One revealing the opening to the main pocket at the top of the bag.  The other zipper opening is on the bag where a pocket is perfect for storing my phone.

I really enjoyed making this bag. It can easily be done in 3 hours (if all your fabric and prep work is done before hand – add about 2 hours for the prep work).

So, this was my only finish at Sewtopia. On the last day, things wrapped up around 12pm. This gave me time to walk around the downtown, before catching my flight home. I bumped into this guy peering into the convention center 😉

 

Maker’s Tote {a finish}

Friends and I have gotten together for two sew days to make Noodlehead’s Maker’s Tote. While others start theirs, both times I avoided it. I was apprehensive for a couple of reasons:

  • It’s my second bag I have ever made, and the first was 3 years ago.
  • There are several new techniques that I have not done before.
  • I wanted it to be good (funny how this stops us making things).

Finally, over Easter weekend and the following week, I managed not just one but started two Maker’s totes (a large and a small). I really wanted to have one for myself and one for a gift at Sewtopia Denver (this past weekend). Yes, I decided to try a brand new pattern the weekend before I needed it….Procrastination in my middle name :-).

Overall, the bag pattern is really not that complicated. Anna (@noodlehead) really walks you through the pattern step by step. I really enjoyed making them. There were a lot of lessons learned which you will find as tips below.

For the Large tote (which is the one I am keeping), I decided that I would finally cut into the Cotton Steel bug print which I have been hoarding and paired it with a Carolyn Friedlander print, pinks and Citrus.

The small tote, is made with this fabulous strawberry print from Cotton and Steel. The inner lining is the metallic Lizzie House Asterix,  the accents in various red prints and Art Gallery Denim.

I decided to quilt both bags. I liked the finish of them quilted. I used Aurifil 50 wt to quilt the bags.   Tip: Glue baste the fabric to the soft and stable. The first one I pin basted and I still got movement and the fabric shifted as I quilted.

I loved the bug fabric so much, I almost decided not to include a pocket. I did add the front pocket, but to keep the fabric the focus, I matched the print the best I could. I loved how it turned out.

Tip: Remember the 1/2″ seam allowance when trying to cut and match the print. This one landed up being a little lower that I would have liked but it still works.

On the back is a zipper pouch. On my large Maker’s Tote (the first one I was making), I found that the pins for the inside pouch did not stop the fabric from rolling/popping out when top-stitching around the zipper. Tip: For my small Maker’s Tote I glue basted the fabric to the soft and stable to hold it in place. It was easy to peel off when I needed to stitch the pocket seams.

I had a hard time with this zipper pocket on the small tote, I managed to stitch the pocket lining all the way through the zipper stitching, the handles, the joining of the bag layers (inner and outer), and the binding. The pocket lining was not down but landed on being flipped up. I unpicked all the offending stitches to free the pocket lining and re-stitched.   Tip: The lesson learned, make sure you have your pocket lining is facing down before any other step.

The inside lining and pockets were a breeze. If you have made Anna’s Carry-All pin cushion then the pockets are very similar instructions. I had some difficulty installing the zipper binding. The stitching appears on the outside so you will need straight lines. Tip: I  landed up glue basting both sides, drew a straight line using a marker, then stitched these two lines.

The gusseted ends were easy to make, but the hardest part of the making of the bag. I used binding clips as recommended in the pattern. This worked well for placement as I did have to play with moving the gusset around the bag to make it even and finish at the same height on both sides of the bag.  Tip: Use the binding clips to get placement and then glue baste it down. The clips get in the way of turning of the gusset as you stitch it in. Also, use a walking foot, I used a zipper foot as proposed which worked ok, but I think the walking foot would have handled the thickness better. No-one will see your seams when you are done….they are covered by the binding.

Final Tip: For the binding, stitch on the inside binding with a machine, but hand-stitched the binding to the front. Press the binding. I think it gave it a nicer finish.

I still need to finish the binding and handles of the large tote, but the small tote is finished and gifted!!

I can highly recommend this pattern. I loved making it and it is such a great finish. The small tote (after working out all the gotchas in the large tote) only took ~4 hours.

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Pink Sherbet {a finish}

What feels like forever ago, I posted a secret project out on Instagram.

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Well, that project had its reveal to on Love Patchwork and Quilting Instagram and Facebook accounts. “Pink Sherbet” is a pattern in this month’s issue of LPQ #43.

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Photo Credit: Love Patchwork and Quilting

This is a huge project for me, as its only the second time I have made a twin size quilt.  I am also not a fan of pink, so getting the right balance was important for me. I loved playing with the improvisational strip piecing and seeing some of my favorite prints in the mosaic of pink.

A couple of design decisions, included adding 3 areas of scrappy grey piecing into the sashing – the bottom left corner was just some strips, the right middle was a variety of quarter triangles, and lastly (which is almost hidden) top second left strip has a few flying geese (also in the first image above).

The other design decision was to add a bright yellow binding, which I think offers a great complementary warm color, balancing the silver grey. This yellow is also in the back with some great Alexander Henry 60 looking prints.

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Photo Credit: Love Patchwork and Quilting

Details

Name: Pink Sherbet
Design:
Original Design
Fabric: Pink Strips of variety prints, Kona Sliver
Backing: Alexander Henry (mostly)
Dimensions:  72 x 90″
Quilted: Large Circles by Cathy Kirk @ The Quilting Cowgirl

The best news is that LPQ are starting a sister TV channel (Sewing Quarter – coming soon..tomorrow in fact) and you may see this quilt in the backdrop of the set sometime.

Fractions {a finish}

I loved the collaboration with my son on this quilt. He actually designed it based on his 3rd grade math fraction homework, last year. He was also the one who decided on the scale – he wanted it “big”.

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Due to the large-scale size and not wanting to buy additional fabric, lead to the fabric combinations you see – Kona Pickle, Highlight, White, Sliver, and Stone.

There were actual several other design choices:

  • Irregular width border
  • Color Placement – Stone (which is in the bottom right corner) was too over powering to be a big triangle, so I replaced it with White and made the stone a smaller triangle. Also, I didn’t want the border to look as an additional, so the white triangle on the top right was purposely placed to break that definitive line.
  • Quilting – The big decision other than the overall design was to again address the incorporation of the border. I extended the quilting lines from the small triangles through the border. The direction for each of the quarters through the border were defining the diagonal quarter lines of the square.quiltingdetail_2
  • The thread color matches each of the fabrics and that color continues through the borders.
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  • Lastly, the binding was mostly white but add color balance, I add pickle to the top of the quilt which is matched to the bottom pickle triangle in the bottom left edge. I repeated this balance on the right side binding by matching the stone triangle.

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I love how the quilting turned out and its going to look amazing once its washed.

Details

Name: Fraction
Design:
Original Design by my son
Fabric: Robert Kaufman Kona – Pickle, Highlight, White, Silver, Stone
Backing: Various Carolyn Friedlander prints
Dimensions:  60 x 60″
Quilted: Straight line Machine quilted. Used Aurifil wt 50 – #2021, #5022, #2600, #2325, #2110

Linking up with Amanda @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

 

Improv. Log Cabin {Quick finish}

It’s been a slow start to blogging this year. I am still in New Zealand, and just finished a tiki-tour around the top of the South Island. It was so great to be reminded how beautiful New Zealand is.

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I have managed to make progress on a couple of quilting projects while I have been away. I am going to go a little out-of-order (if you follow my Instagram account) as I need to take more pics on a couple of bigger finishes. So, the first project is the Christmas Gift for my sister. She has a lovely red wall in her house and I thought it might be nice to make a hand-made gift for that room. This pillow was her gift.

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This was a fun project. I played with some scraps I had in cotton and mixed it with Robert Kaufman’s mammoth flannel and Metallic Essex Linen.  I used some organic matchstick quilting in white which seemed the best choice. The back is the red “quilty” canvas you see in the middle.

Details

Name: Log Cabin Pillow
Design:
Original Design – Improvisation
Fabric: Various Solid from my scrap bins, Robert Kaufman Mammoth flannel, Metallic Essex Linen
Backing: Canvas
Dimensions:  18 x18″
Quilted: Organic Matchstick Quilting. Used Aurifil #2021 wt. 50