Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Twins :: A Finish

My sister sent me these two completed tops, I finished them.

I believe they were originally one quilt top, but she didn't like it for some reason. She included a yellow fabric with the tops. I found a purple with yellow dot in my stash. One has the purple for backing with the yellow for binding and the other has the reverse.

Both are washed and ready to donate to my local hospital's oncology department.

Monday, July 27, 2015

A Second Charming Handbag

Over the weekend I finished a second Charming Handbag. 

For the lining of this one I used a cute black and white shoe print. 

It has two interior pockets. I used the same invisible sew-in magnetic snaps for this one as I did for the first one. For this one I add interfacing to the lining. I like it and will interface the lining of any futures ones I make too.

Click here to see my first one

Click here to go to the free pattern on the Moda Bake Shop.

Friday, July 24, 2015

My First Charming Handbag

I bookmarked this tutorial back when I first saw it. It is called the Charming Handbag and is on the Moda Bake Shop. Click here to go directly to the tutorial.

I recently saw some of these on another blog I read, Happy Quilting, and decided that I needed to make at least one. So here is the first one. 

This is the project I showed you the quilted back side of yesterday. I'm really pleased with how cute the quilting is on this!

I say the "first" one because I'm sure I will make a few more. These are fun to make, aren't too complicated, a good size when finished and darn cute. This one used a Cuzco charm pack. I had a few fat quarters of Cuzco too and used three of them for the lining and handles - two for the lining and one for the handles and an inside pocket.

I used another pair of my invisible magnetic closures for this one too. They go in between the lining and the bag exterior. If you look closely at the photo above you can see the two small squares when they are sewn to the lining. Below is a close-up with an arrow pointing to it on one side.

I have a few more charm packs laying around my sewing room. I think it is time to dig them out and make a few more of these!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A New FMQ Book for Me

Earlier this week I purchased a new free-motion quilting book.

I own one of Christina's Craftsy classes. I like it so much that I decided to purchase the above book. Check out the index of all the various designs in the book.

I tried out "Mettle" from page 80 on a project. Here is what it looks like from the back.

I love this book! As the title says, she shows you step-by-step how to create the designs. Many of them require no marking but a few require minimal marking. The design above for example requires you to mark the bottom points for the "humps" of the first row. This is all the marking that is required as the rest of the design is based upon the previous row of stitching. However, I didn't mark mine. I used the piecing lines as my marks and it worked just fine, but I like a more "organic" look to my quilting as opposed to precision perfect quilting. With more marking I could have been more precision perfect.

In the first few pages of the book she details each of the nine basic shapes referred to on the cover. After that, the next few pages discuss various types of design (nestled, branching, edge-to-edge, etc.), how they work along with samples and page numbers of designs from the book that are of each type.

The majority of the book is laid out so that on the left hand page she shows you step-by-step how to create the design. On the right hand page the design is drawn out to fill the page so you can see what it looks like "stitched out" over a larger area. The list of design names is shown in the second photo above. There are lots! You can mix and match them to create even more designs.

All of the designs can be stitched with either a long-arm machine or a domestic machine.

There is no information about basting or thread, this is a book of designs. If you need the basic information of exactly to how free-motion quilt, then this is not the book for you. If you want a nice, well-written and illustrated book of free-motion quilting designs, then I highly recommend this book!

I plan to get this project finished today so come back tomorrow to see the front side.

Disclaimer: I purchased this book with my own money. I have no affiliation with the publisher or the author, I just really like the book and wanted to share that with you.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Hand Embroidered Wool Covered Notebook

I made another covered notebook using my tutorial for covered notebooks. By the way, if you haven't visited my tutorials page lately, I've updated it recently.

This is my first one made from wool. I started this as a teaching project for my wool bag class at Kathy's Fabric Trunk. Here is the cover opened out before it was trimmed to become a notebook cover.

The applique, embroidery and quilting were all done by hand.

Here is what it looks like finished.

The Front
The Back

The Inside Front Cover
The side flaps and lining are cotton fabric. The same fabric that I used for the cotton square on the front. I'm very pleased with how it turned out!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Another Clothesline Tote

I tried two new things with this one.

First, I used a single thread for this one. I had an unused spool of Signature variegated thread. The spool had 500 yards on it and I used most of it for this tote. It gives a different look to the finished tote to use a single thread for the whole thing. It also goes much faster because you don't need to keep changing thread on your machine. This one took about 2 2/3 bobbins on my BERNINA 380.

Second, I tried adding the handles as I was making the tote. I like this idea, but they didn't turn out as I had hoped. The spacing and shape isn't quite right. They work just fine but I will adjust things with the next one. 

This one used all but about 18" of a 100 ft. package of clothesline.

Monday, July 20, 2015

A UFO Finish

I started this bag about a year ago as a store sample, before the owner of my LQS told the staff she was closing.

I don't remember the name of the pattern now. All I had left to do was sew the ties down to the sides, attach the pre-made handles, and make the inside bottom piece.

I don't have a use for it now which is one of the reasons why it has taken me so long to finish it.

It measures 13" wide by 10" tall by 5" deep. It has a magnetic closure, one exterior pocket and lots of interior pockets. It has three interior pockets on one side, two on the other and two smaller ones on each end for a total of nine interior pockets.

Anybody want to buy it? I've thought about setting up an Etsy shop in an attempt to find good homes for some of the things I've made but no longer want or can't use. As most folks do, I struggle with how much to charge for things. And setting up an online shop seems like a daunting task. I'm seriously thinking about it though.

If you have any advice or thoughts on my setting up an online shop, please leave me a comment. If you have an online shop of your own, what did you wish you knew before you started? What, if anything, would you have done differently at the start?