Monday, July 27, 2015

Dragon Chow Dice Bag

While I was on the hunt for some dice bag ideas to make my DH a new way to store and transport dice I found this great tutorial for a small dice bag.  The design is from Lindsay at Dragon Chow Dice Bags.  Sadly, Lindsay no longer makes and sells these fun dice bags but she does share her tutorial for how to make one of your own.  The pattern is licensed with a Creative Commons: Attribution 3.0 License.
First, go check out this great review of the dice bag from Dice of Doom.  It gives you a look at the bag and gives a gamer's point of view.  It includes a video of the bag in action!
You do need some notions for this one.  I had this cording and these drawstring stoppers in one of my many boxes of stuff.  Otherwise the only special thing I needed was a bodkin.  Although a safety pin will work (the tutorial linked at the beginning shows you how).
The pattern requires very little fabric.  I picked a couple that were hanging out on my cutting table and got to work.  The cutting is really straightforward.
I made my lining and outer bags pretty quickly.  I did press the two before putting them together.  This will be difficult if you don't have a sleeve board or something similar.
Nested and pinned.  I wrote a tool tip for the magnetic pin cushion last year.
The construction of this one baffled me at first.  When I figured out the point of what was being done with this super deep seam allowance I was so happy with this small genius.  There are no raw edges anywhere on this bag.  Not even inside the drawstring channel.  I love it!
Here you can see my bodkin.  I love this for threading drawstrings and elastic.  It is a great little tool.  I picked mine up at a quilt show but you can get one from Amazon.
I love this bag because it is perfectly reversible.  Here is the inside.
Here is the bottom.  I am overly pleased at how neat the bottom looks.
Overall this is a great little bag.  The tutorial is easy to follow.  I think it would make a great gift for new gamers, or someone who has a giant collection of a single type of dice (like a hundred D10s for those that play Vampire the Masquerade or 7th Sea).  If you want to start off your collection of dice, I can recommend Chessex's Pound-O-Dice.

None of the links here are affiliated.  This means I looked up this information to share with you without being compensated in any way.

Have you found any free tutorials that you love?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Charity Quilting: Country Pinwheels

This top was made by another member of Annapolis Quilts for Kids.  I quilted it up with the humble meander.
This farm border print is so cute!  I'll hand this over at the next meeting for another member to finish the binding.

Are you a member of a guild or group that makes things for charities?  I would love to hear about how you're using your love of quilting to make a difference in someone's life.

Quilt Count:  26

Monday, July 20, 2015

In the Mail Monday

I want to tell you that I've read the book from cover to cover but it just isn't possible.  I think it will be a great way to use classic block patterns into modern quilts.  You can learn more about it on the Vintage Quilt Revival website.
As for the Add-a-Quarter?  If you want an easy way to trim up the work with paper piecing I recommend this fun little tool.  It is quick and easy and makes paper piecing so much easier.  Do you need it?  Absolutely not.  Does it make trimming which paper piecing easier?  I think so.

Have you found any must-have tools?  I love rulers so I might not be the best person to ask.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Charleston MQG: Love and Support

Recently the Charleston Modern Quilt Guild put out a request for blocks to make a quilt in support of the community forever changed by the shooting that occurred at the Emmanuel AME Church in June 2015.  Follow the link above to get the information on the block size, how they want it prepared and where to ship the finished block.
I made and sent along my block to arrive before August 1st as requested.  If you want to see how many blocks they have I recommend checking out the Charleston Modern Quilt Guild's Instagram account.  The last count I saw 552 blocks had been received.  They were still looking for blocks from several states (Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Louisiana, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming).  If you have a couple minutes I hope you consider sending them a block to add to this project of love and support.