Thursday, June 30, 2016

Wedding Quilt for Jen and Sue

A few months ago, I purchased a kit which was on sale from Craftsy.  I didn't think I'd want to make the quilt, but the fabric was V & Co's Ombre so I went ahead and purchased the kit.  I figured I could use the fabric for another quilt.  In the end though, I decided to go ahead and use the pattern that came with the kit.

And while I was finishing it, two friends of ours announced they are getting married!  After 20 years of living together, they finally decided to tie the knot!  I couldn't be happier for them and knew they would get this quilt as a wedding gift.

I love the fading effect of this design and that pink binding is just so pretty!!!

For the quilting, I tried some random square loops and I love it!  The texture is great and it was pretty easy and fast to quilt.

The finished size is 64" x 80" before washing.  I know it'll shrink a bit in the wash, but it'll be a really nice size to cuddle on the couch with.  I sure hope they like it!

This is project number 7 on my Q2 FAL list and my last finish of the quarter so I managed to get 6 out of 7 projects completed.

I will also link this finish up at Crazy Mom Quilts and at Celtic Thistle Stitches for TGIFF.

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.