Thursday, June 23, 2016

Mighty Lucky Challenge - Purple Improv

The June Mighty Lucky Club Challenge was all about "Saying something with free-motion quilting" with Angela Walters.  At first, I was really excited about the challenge and thought about all the cool stuff I was going to quilt.  But then life got in the way with work and soccer and graduations...

I still wanted to try quilting words on a quilt though so grabbed my first try at the February "Minimalist Improvisation" challenge - my purple improv quilt.  I picked a small white area on the quilt top, chose some 40 wt purple Aurifil thread and started quilting!

After quilting the words, I figured I might as well keep my FMQ foot on the machine and went with a few different designs for the rest of the quilt...

Some paisleys, some square spirals and some flowers.

For the binding, I used some purple scraps and some leftover orange binding I had from another quilt.

So I didn't get much practice with quilting words, but I got another quilt finished!  And this one is going on the wall of our bedroom at the Island house.

And this is project number 2 on my Q2 FAL list!  That's now 6 out of 8 projects completed!

Linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Whims and Fancies for TGIFF.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

A new tote bag for Camille

Like I mentioned in my last blog post, my step-daughter's roommate requested a new bag.  When I saw her old bag, I couldn't get sewing fast enough - the poor girl was walking around with basically a rag!

I purchased Noodlehead's 241 Tote bag pattern a few years ago and have done two since then (you can see my first one here), so I knew this one would be perfect... and easy!

I chose a Carolyn Friedlander print from the Carkai collection for the exterior and strap and a gorgeous Kona for the pockets and lining (I think it's Kona Jamaica).

I'm happy to say that Camille absolutely loved her new bag and immediately transferred everything out of her old bag into this new one.

I was also quite pleased with the results and I'm now thinking I need to make one for myself!  I have some really nice Essex Linen in black that would be absolutely perfect for a 241 bag.  All I have to do now is choose an accent fabric for the lining and the exterior pockets!

Linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Arabesque Scissors for TGIFF.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Sunny Zipper Pouch

After I finished my Midnight Mystery quilt, I didn't quite feel like starting a big project.  I have many patterns for smaller makes, but I went back and forth trying to decide what to make next and just couldn't make up my mind.

And then I thought - when I traveled to Denver last month, I had to put my make-up in a Ziploc bag because I gave all my zipper pouches away!!  So off to Pinterest I went to scroll through my Pins and found this tutorial.

It's finally starting to look like summer over here, so I went with yellow and orange scraps to put this little pouch together.  Even the lining is a scrap!

Now I can't wait to travel again so I can bring this cutie with me!

I also cut all of my pieces to make a 241 Tote Bag next - a special request from my step-daughter's roommate.  I have a day off work tomorrow so hope to be able to finish the bag over the weekend.

Linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Sarah Goer Quilts for TGIFF.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Midnight Mystery Quilt Finish

A few months ago, Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs launched her Midnight Mystery Quilt-along and although I didn't have time back then to sew along with everyone, I signed up because I love Cheryl's designs and knew I'd want to make the quilt eventually.

And when a member of my team announced he was getting married this summer, I decided the Midnight Mystery quilt would be perfect for the occasion.

He told me his wedding colours were purple and gold so I went with Kona Eggplant, Kona Sunny, Kona White and Kona Ash for the background.

I absolutely love it!  The design is so perfect for solids - so striking!  I wanted the quilting to be discreet so I went with wavy horizontal lines in a lovely purple thread.

For the backing and binding, I purchased a gorgeous lavender print.

The finished size is 72" square - perfect for the newlyweds to cuddle under on the couch.  And now that it's finished, it will make its way to Jersey City later this month.

And with that, project number 4 on my Q2 FAL list is done, done!  :-)

I will also be linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Devoted Quilter for TGIFF.

Monday, May 30, 2016

May is for Makers - Week 5

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This is the last week of the May is for Makers campaign and I have loved every minute of it!  This has allowed me to put some intention into my pattern purchasing instead of my usual impulsive shopping.

To end the campaign, I decided to go with something that will push me out of my comfort zone: curves!  I can't remember when or why I purchased it, but a little while ago, I bought a Quick Curve Ruler from Sew Kind of Wonderful and have yet to use it on anything... What can I say? Curves scare me a little.  :-)

I bit the bullet this week with my #mayisformakers purchase and purchase Urban Chained from Sew Kind of Wonderful.

I'm thinking I might have to practice with some of my unloved fabric before cutting into my more precious fat quarters though.

And just for fun, here's a recap of all my purchases this month:

Week 1: Broken Frames by Cheryl Brickley of Meadow Mist Designs

Week 2: Gathered Clutch by Noodlehead

Week 3: Tokyo Subway Map by Elizabeth Hartman

Week 4: Heading South by Material Girl Quilts

Week 5: Urban Chained by Sew Kind of Wonderful

Monday, May 23, 2016

May is for Makers - Week 4

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Who knew selecting patterns to purchase for May is for Makers would be so difficult!  There are so many awesome patterns out there, I have spent way too much time on Pinterest and IG lately trying to make my weekly selections.

The pattern I selected this week popped up in my Pinterest and Bloglovin' feeds a few times over the last few months and every time, I liked it more and more.  So this week's purchase is Heading South by Material Girl Quilts.

I think maybe it's the different sizes for the geese or maybe it's the negative space or maybe it's because this would be another great scrappy quilt to help tame my scraps.  I'm not quite sure why, but this one really called out at me!

And with that, I'm off to scroll through the #mayisformakers hashtag on IG to try and find next week's pattern!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Gathered Clutch Finish

In week 2 of the May is for Makers campaign, I purchased the Gathered Clutch from Noodlehead. And this past weekend, I decided to use the pattern to make myself a new clutch in some of the fat quarters I had been hoarding for a while now.

I chose a black fabric for the outside and the accent fabric is a really nice mustard.  And I couldn't believe it when I found a zipper that matched that mustard fabric perfectly in my stash!

The lining is a grey fabric and I used the same accent mustard fabric for the divider and card holder.

The pattern was extremely easy to follow and produces a really nice looking clutch.  And with the interfacing, it has just the perfect amount of "stiff", even with just the quilting cotton.  And let's face it, that gathered front is a really cute design element.

The whole thing only took about 2 hours to make so this would be a perfect gift.  You could make one in every colour of the rainbow if you wanted!  :-)  I know I plan on making a couple more...

I will be linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Quilt Matters for TGIFF.