Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Sophia Pouch

I gave you a sneak peak of this project a couple weeks ago. The pattern was revealed yesterday so now I can show it to you. 

The pattern is called the Sophia Pouch by Svetlana who blogs at s.o.t.a.k. handmade. This is the first pattern of Svetlana's I've used and it will not be the last. She has some really cute patterns in her shop. I recently got the Helen Shoulder Bag and will be making it next.

This pattern is well written with good photos of all key steps. In this bag I learned a new-to-me technique for installing a zipper and learned how to make bias piping. The instructions for making bias piping are not in the pattern but since I didn't have any pre-made packages I had to make my own. I found several good instructions by doing a simple search and had no trouble making it. You do not need to use the piping in the pattern. In fact one of the other pattern testers didn't and her bag is just as cute as mine.

Be sure to visit Svetlana's blog post about this pattern release to see the Sophia Pouches made by the other testers. And check out her shop if you are interested in purchasing a bag pattern.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Vicki's Turquoise Tote

My friend Vicki is another hand-dyer. She wanted a hand-dyed clothesline tote like mine, but didn't want to make it herself. We worked out a deal and I made her tote. 

This is what I started with.

And here is the finished tote.

It turned out fabulous!

Now that her tote is finished I can start on the one she hand-dyed for me.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Bettie Birdie Pin Cushion

I finished one of the wool pin cushions I started earlier this week.

Here it is ready to be turned into a pin cushion.

And here it is finished.

Initially I thought she needed to be a little fatter. Now I think she is perfect.

The finished size is about 4" square.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Mystery Quilt Report by Spooky

My momma makes nice quilts. I'm the quilt tester. This is me.

I like to get in and on all sorts of things. My momma made me a great basket to sleep in. I know she has shown it to you but I like this picture so I'm going to show you again.

My momma is making a mystery quilt with her scrap group. It is very pretty but I'm sworn to secrecy and can't show you the whole front yet. 

I take my quilt testing job very seriously. I had to test this one while she was quilting it. For some reason this upsets my momma but this time she just let me sleep and sewed on something else instead.

Then I had to test it during the binding process. My momma was gone buying people food so it was a good opportunity to do another test. 

Now it is finished. My momma has washed it and put it in her sewing room closet so I can't nap on it any more. She tells me it doesn't need testing any more. Don't tell her, but sometimes I pull open that door and do a few more tests on the things she has put away.

Like I said, this is a mystery quilt my momma's scrap group is doing. I can't show you the front yet but the back looks nice too.

My momma will take the quilt to her scrap group in a couple of weeks and then I can show you the front. 

Now she is working on another quilt. It is just in pieces right now so it doesn't need testing yet. I'm ready though as soon as the top gets put together.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Wool Applique and Embroidery

I am teaching my wool applique and embroidery class again this week, tomorrow in fact. I need a sample project to work on but I don't feel like making another Rose of Sharon Bag. I decided to make pin cushions. Below is the start of two.

The bird is appliqued and ready for the embroidery. I think he needs to be a little fatter, but it's too late to change that for this one. I'll adjust my pattern if I decide to make another bird. 

The orange cotton fabric on the left hand one is one of my recent purchases. I'm patting myself on the back for using brand new fabric instead of hoarding it. I plan to use the same fabric for the bottom of the pin cushion.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Charley Harper Kitchen Towels

My guild retreat is coming up at the end of October. This time we are exchanging "kitchen items." For some reason in my stash have a collection of kitchen towels. I pulled out two of them and added two Charley Harper prints.

My criteria for these exchanges is "Would I like to go home with what I contribute to the game?" These definitely measure up. I'd love to have these in my kitchen. I may need to make a couple more for myself!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Recent Shopping

I laid off buying fabric for a few months. Not because I was on a fabric diet or couldn't afford it. I just didn't see anything I felt I really needed or wanted. All that ended recently.

My LQS got in some Modern Backgrounds. I got some yardage of the Paper line and two charm packs each of the Paper line and the Ink line.

Then I got some fat quarters of the new For You line by Zen Chic for Moda.

I love the colors and the geometric prints!

Finally I picked up a few prints from the Nocturne line. Again another Moda line.

It's nice to be able to purchase some modern style fabrics locally! It pays (or it's very expensive) to let your local shop owner know what you like.