Thursday, July 27, 2017

UFO Progress

This one has been in progress for quite some time. The last time I showed it to you was in November 2014! Click here to read that post.

Recently I put the final quilting stitches in!

I'm not sure if I want to put binding on this or a facing or something else. I'll think about it for a bit. Obviously I'm in no hurry to get this finished!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cake Mix Recipe 3

I had so much fun playing with Cake Mix Recipe 1 that I decided to pick another one to play with. If you don't remember what I ended up making with recipe 1, click here to see that finished top.

Recipe 3 makes 2" finished HST units. I chose a layer cake from the Haiku fabric line from Moda.

There are lots of blocks you can make with HST units but I decided not to make blocks. Instead, I'm trying to create a design with them. Above is my current favorite layout. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Basic Embroidery

After completing my hand embroidered Colorado State Bird & Flower piece there was interest in having a basic hand embroidery class at my shop. So I've started a little piece as a class sample.

My plan is to stitch on the lines which are printed on this fabric. I'm limiting my colors to the three you see above, light gray, charcoal and turquoise. I'm using Eleganza size 8 threads but any embroidery floss will work. 

Students will be able to choose to work on either the Colorado State Bird & Flower block or on a fat quarter of the fabric shown above. The advantage of these is that everything is printed on the fabric so you can just start stitching. The class will start with back stitching and go from there. Should be fun!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hand Quilting :: Postcard from Sweden

I completed the top of my version of Postcard from Sweden in February 2016. (click the link to see full photos) I dug it out recently and decided to finish it.

I'm hand quilting it just for fun using several different 12 weight Sulky Blendables threads for the quilting. I'll quilt each triangle using an appropriate color from my limited selection of these threads. The brown stitching you see in the ditch are just basting threads. I basted it on my HQ Sweet 16. All of that stitching will come out.

This will take a while but I'm not in a hurry.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Puzzle Quilt 2 :: A Finish

In my last post I shared with you my first Puzzle Quilt finish, here is the second.

For the back I chose this fun print.

This one is also ready to donate to my guild's oncology quilt project.

I did a tutorial for this quilt if you are interested. Click here to go to the tutorial.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Puzzle Quilt 1 :: A Finish

My boys (husband and son) took a quick trip last week which gave me a little time to sew in the evenings. I took the opportunity to finish a couple things.

My first finish is the first Puzzle Quilt I made. The link will take you to the tutorial I did for this quilt.

I just happened to have the perfect backing fabric in my stash.

It's done and labeled and ready to donate to my guild's oncology quilt project.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Zippy Crossbody Bag

I tested a new bag pattern.

This one is a keeper! I made the "full size" version which finishes at 8" by 8".

The front has two outside zippered pockets.

The back has one outside zippered pocket.

The top closure is a fourth zipper and inside there are two more pockets.

At 8" by 8" finished size, this is not a large bag, but it does have lots of pockets and is a great size for carrying the essentials. The strap is long. I had to knot it to get a good photo. The pattern calls for adding a slide to the strap to make it adjustable, but I only had a 1" slide, not the 1/2" slide the strap needs. I can add it later though with minimal ripping.

This one is a shop sample so I'll need to make another one for myself! I'll wait to do that after I get the proper sized slides in stock at the shop though.