Thursday, July 9, 2015

A Finished Runaround Bag for Marianne

A few weeks ago, I signed up for a new Craftsy Class on zippered bags: Zip It Up - Easy Techniques for Zippered Bags with Joan Hawley as the instructor.  I had done a couple of zipper pouches before but I was never really happy with my zippers and never got really consistent results.

The class is really, really good.  Joan Hawley is a good instructor and she demonstrates a bunch of really neat tricks for installing the zippers, finishing seams and pressing your project so it looks professional.  I found that although the patterns are clearly written, you really benefit from watching the class as you work on the bags.  She provides a lot of information in the videos that aren't necessarily covered in the written patterns.

Anyhow, I was itching to make one of the bags, but didn't have any fusible fleece until last weekend.  So this week, I made my very first Runaround Bag.

I used 2 fat quarters from Lizzie House for this bag.  I just love the cats on this Cat Dream fabric and this was perfect for my daughter Marianne who just loves kitties.

The zipper isn't perfect, but it looks pretty good I think!

Making this bag really wasn't difficult at all - I cut all the fabrics one evening before going to bed and I put the bag together in about one hour the following evening.

And here is Marianne modeling the bag for me.

I will be linking up this small finish over at Crazy Mom Quilts and at Quilt Matters for TGIFF.



Thursday, July 2, 2015

A Finished Quilt for Max

My son Max has finally received a bed quilt from me.  He requested something simple, with dark colours and not too heavily quilted.


For the main fabric pieces, I used a bundle of World Tour by Parson Gray and a bundle of Juggling Summer by Zen Chic.  The black is Kona and I used the same black for the binding.


The pattern is from the April 2011 edition of Quilter's World called "Greydations".

The quilt finishes at about 66" x 88".

For the quilting, I quilted the prints with a soft meander in light grey Aurifil 50 wt thread and in the black rows, I quilted square spirals with black Aurifil. You can see the quilting on the back on the quilt which is a soft cotton sheet.


Max was very happy with his quilt and I was very pleased to know that my son will be sleeping wrapped in something I made just for him.  :-)

This is my last finish for this quarter and was on my Q2 FAL List.


I will be linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts and at Quokka Quilts for TGIFF.