Monday, June 1, 2020

Embroidered Tote


This has been the view of my embroidery table for weeks. So much clutter and so little room for new ideas. The first step in the project was finding my table. 
After a little while, sorting things, storing things, and admitting somethings would never get done, I could again find my desk. I hooped up some stabilizer and a tote bag
This design is from Urban Threads. 
The design is called Cattery Border
Aren't they cute!

This is great medium-size tote to carry books, groceries, or some yarn and your current project. 

Friday, May 29, 2020

Don't Blink Poncho #2

I recently shared my first Don't Blink Poncho. After looking at it for a week, I decided I needed to make another so at least some of the wording would be right-side up.
While the fabric has that tossed/scrambled look, I think it looks better on this one than the last.

Here they are side-by-side. The left is the first one I made (I think the words look upside down). The right is the second one (I think the words look right-side up). Now I have to figure out what to do with one of them. I certainly don't need two weeping angel fleece ponchos. I'm going to keep the upside down one, because it is a little more jarring and therefore more creepy. 

Don't blink!

Tools and Supplies (affiliate links):
Fiskars Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat
Creative Grids 4.5" x 12.5" Rectangle Quilting Ruler
Grabbit Magnetic Pin Cushion
Fiskars 8-inch scissors
Juki TL-2010Q

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Dream Big

Part 1
I've had this Dream Big panel for a while. I picked it up because it seemed everyone was doing it.
I found a piece of leftover backing fabric that was wide enough to user and I picked my threads. I wanted to blend the thread with the petals so I pulled seven different thread colors. 
I used a double layer of batting and basted the entire panel before beginning. I don't usually baste, finding I get a better result without basting. 
I started in the middle. 
If you look at all the different versions of this panel, both in color and quilting, you'll see so much variation. I looked at none of those while planning my quilt. I worked color by color, petal by petal, until I was done. 
I tried to use a different quilting motif on each petal. It wasn't easy, and I needed my stack of free-motion quilting books to get some inspiration. I'm breaking this post into two because it's just too many photos. Look for the second part next Wednesday.

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Fiskars Micro-Tip Scissors, 5 Inch
Hoffman Fabrics Hoffman Digital Dream Big 43'' Floral Panel (I didn't see a panel in the colors I have, but there are loads of options)

Books in my Library (affiliate links):
Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book: • 155 Mix & Match Designs • Bring 30 Fabulous Blocks to Life • Plus Plans for Sashing, Borders, Motifs & Allover Designs Spiral-bound 
Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters: Choose & Use Quilting Designs on Modern Quilts
Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting: 50+ Visual Tutorials to Get You Started • Professional-Quality Results on Your Home Machine
Shape by Shape Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters: 70+ Designs for Blocks, Backgrounds & Borders
Shape by Shape, Collection 2: Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters - 70+ More Designs for Blocks, Backgrounds & Borders
Graffiti Quilting: A Simple Guide to Complex Designs (no longer available through Amazon but you can buy it directly from the designer)
Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts

Monday, May 25, 2020

Quick Laundry Bag

We have quite a collection of face masks. These little bits of  fabric end up in pant legs and trapped in bed linens. I wanted a way to keep them all in one place both once they've been worn and when going through the laundry. I grabbed this piece of fabric, a 16" zipper, and got sewing.
This project took about 20 minutes from start to finish. Fabric is cut 16" by width of fabric. I left the selvages on so I wouldn't have to hem before adding the zipper. I used french seams to finish the side seams. This means no raw edges to fray in the wash. French seam: with wrong sides together, sew a less than 1/4" seam allowance. Turn wrong side out, press, sew with a 1/4" seam allowance. 
The zipper is sewn directly to the selvage edges, with the zipper end not enclosed. This is a technique similar to Noodlehead's Open Wide Pouch directions. I top stitched after attaching to make it a little neater. 
Here is the finished bag. Seriously, it took about 20 minutes from start to finish. Then I promptly filled it with worn masks and threw it in the wash. When the masks come out of the wash, I'll stack them neatly and hang the bag in the laundry room until it fills up and goes back in the wash. 
So quick that I made another one to hold my hand-knit socks when they go through the wash. This might be great for felting slippers, too. Finished size is 15" wide and 22" deep. 

I buy my zippers from ZipIt on Etsy. They have very limited hours right now but their service has always been excellent.

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Creative Grids 6.5" x 24.5" Rectangle
Fiskars Rotary Cutter
Fiskars Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat
BLACK+DECKER Classic Steam Iron
Grabbit Magnetic Pin Cushion
Fiskars 8-inch scissors
Juki TL-2010Q