Monday, February 24, 2020

Freelancer Quilts

I recently purchased Deb Tucker's new Wedge Star ruler.

The free pattern included with the ruler is called Freelancer. I have made two versions.

The top one is the second one I made. It uses 3" finished size blocks and finishes at 14". The bottom one uses 9" finished size blocks and finishes at 37".

The ruler is really nice and Deb just came out with two videos explaining how to use it along with tips and tricks. I made the first one just from reading the directions included with the ruler. Then the videos came out. So I watched the videos and decided I needed to make another one.

This will be a new class at my shop soon. If you are local, look for the class on the schedule. The class will be called "Freelancer".

I just love Deb's rulers! They make difficult units easy to sew and precise.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Drawstring Gift Bag

The last Saturday in January I had an LQS Day event at the shop. We had a short bolt sale. Afterwards we had some bolts left over so we have been getting creative with ways to use them.

One of the left over sale bolts was this Merrily fabric. The animal is fat quarter size. So I designed this lined drawstring gift bag using the animals. Shown is the moose. The others are a polar bear, a deer and a penguin. We kitted up the animal with coordinating fabrics, twill tape for the drawstring and a pattern. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!

My family has used only fabric gift bags for several years now. I have made them in several sizes. It makes Christmas morning clean-up much easier! And there is very little trash to throw away. Birthdays are easy too. It is a great way to use novelty prints that you bought because they are so cute but you don't know what else to do with.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Untitled :: A Finish

This one took far too long to finish, but I'm excited to finally have it finished!

Click here to read my last post about this project. I started this in 2012. I finished quilting it in 2017 and then it got lost in my sewing room. I recently spent 3 hours cleaning in my sewing room and found this under a pile of other stuff. So I picked a binding fabric from my stash and "got 'er done." This project was inspired by the backing fabric. I didn't take a photo of the back when I finished this but if you click here you can see a photo of the backing fabric from a past post.

In shop news, we are getting ready to celebrate our 4th anniversary at the end of this month. It is hard to believe that I have been a shop owner for four years, but it is true. 

Monday, February 3, 2020

Mountain Vista Quilt

This one is both personal and shop sewing. Bonus points for me!

These fabrics arrived in my shop recently and this is the pattern I purchased to go with them. We have kitted it up but also have the individual fabrics and panel for sale. Yes, the center is a panel!

The quilt will finish at 59" by 68.5" The binding fabric is the darker red used for the half-square triangles in the outer pieced border. This will look lovely hanging in my dining room once the shop is finished with the sample and it's quilted up.