Thursday, August 31, 2017

Jelly Roll Bag

I saw this tutorial from Man Sewing about how to make a bag using only a jelly roll. I was intrigued and decided to try it.

It took a long time to press all the strips. Easily the most time-consuming part of this project.

I opted to cover my side seams with a leftover strip. Next time I will not do this and use the extra strips in the body of the bag instead.

For this one I used 32 strips for the body, 2 strips to cover the side seams, four strips for the handle and one for the top edge. I had one strip leftover. Next time I will use, four strips for the handle and the rest for the body. I also found the 4" boxed corner recommended in the tutorial to be way too large. I used a 2.5" measurement instead. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Kitty RunAround Bag

The boy is a pacer. He likes to listen to music and such and paces back and forth while listening. Lately he has been using his new Kindle to listen through but it doesn't fit nicely in a pocket. He has been using one of my RunAround Bags to put his Kindle in. It isn't made from "manly" fabrics. So on Saturday I let him pick out two fabrics from the shop for me to make one just for him. This is what he chose.

He does love our kitty and she him. I believe she approves of his choices.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Cake Mix Recipe 3 :: Part 3, A Finish

Quilted, bound and done!

It finished at 40" by 50", a perfect size to become a quilt for my guild's oncology quilt project after the shop is done with it.

I used only part of the layer cake to make the front, the rest are on the back.

Here are links to the first and second posts on this project:

Post 1 and Post 2

This was fun to make and not super hard. I started with the pinwheel and worked my way out to layout the half square triangles. I have half square triangles left over. I could have done another row on the long side and still have a few left over, but decided against that. This size works for my purposes.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Chinese Finger Puzzle Quilt

This is another top I've made in preparation for Sew a Jelly Roll Day coming up in September.

The top requires one jelly roll (40 2 1/2" strips) and that's it! Without borders, as shown, it will finish at 48" by 56". I used a jelly roll from Sweetwater's Cookie Exchange fabric line from Moda.

This is one of the free patterns I'll be handing out in my shop next month with the purchase of Jelly Roll or any of our 2 1/2" strip packs.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Everything Old is New Again :: Chenille

Last weekend I tried the chenille technique for the first time. This is not a new technique, but I'd never done it now. I used five of these panels.

You have to line things up, pin in place, then sew diagonal channels. Actually, I marked the sewing lines on the top one first, then layered the panels. I sewed them half inch apart. Cut the top four layers between the sewn lines, wash and dry.

I put an envelope backing on mine with binding. This way it can be a wall hanging or a pillow. I'll have to make a pillow form for it since it finished at an odd size, about 17" by 21".

I could have been more careful when lining things up, but I think it turned out alright. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Jiffy Jelly Roll Grunge Dots Quilt Top

I'm preparing for National Jelly Roll Day. It will be September 16th this year. 

I'm putting together some samples of quilts made from Jelly Rolls. This one is called the Jiffy Jelly Roll Quilt. It uses pretty much every bit of a jelly roll and makes a 48" by 60" finished size quilt. I love that there is nothing left of the jelly roll!

This will be one of a few free patterns I'll be giving to customers on National Jelly Roll Day with the purchase of a Jelly Roll.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Cake Mix Recipe 3 :: Part 2

I've got the center together!

It measures 33" by 43" at the moment. I think it needs a border. I'm trying to decide which fabric to use for the border. 

I only used half of the layer cake for this and have a few half square triangles (HST) left over. I'm planning to piece the rest of the layer cake squares together to make the back. The rest of the HST will just get added to my scraps stash. I can always use already made 2.5" HST!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


A friend recently went to Alaska and brought me back a gift!

She knows me well. It is blue with circles. Love it!

Another gift, this one from a customer.

She has an embroidery machine, loves to use it, and is quite good with it too. She makes these adorable zipper pouches with various designs on the front. She gifted me this one last week.