Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sewvivor- Piece At Last- Rachel

My cargo duffle bag is my audition piece for Sew-vivor Season 3: Quilter's Edition.  I love this bag so much, and thoroughly enjoyed making it.  While it's not a quick make, I learned so much about construction during the process.  I used a favorite Tula Pink print (Acacia Arrowheads) for the main body, Essex yarn-dyed linen in black for the bottom panels and gussets and handles, some Pearl Bracelets for the pockets, and Kona Coral for the accent color on the handle, inside pockets, and main lining.

This was only my second quilted bag (the first being a tote style bag) that I've ever made.  And that welted pocket in the lining was a first for me.  I love how this bag challenged me!

I hope I make it as a contestant on Sew-vivor!  I've got so many ideas swimming in my head for the announced challenges.  Good thing I just learned how to make and sew hexies two weeks ago :)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap gift

I am participating in my first handmade swap, the Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt swap.  This has been so fun making for another maker, stalking checking out their social media sites to see their style and going shopping for a few of their favorite little extras.

I decided to use the Supernova pattern from the book Quilting Modern by Jacquie Geringand Katie Pedersen.  I omitted the top and bottom rows, my block size was 2.5" unfinished, and I did it in a scrappy rainbow instead of the suggested color layout.  I love how it turned out and hope my partner enjoys it!  Finished size is 22" square.

I made one of Svetlana's drawstring bags, and I was extremely impressed with how easy and quick it was to sew this up!  It's my new go to bag.  I bought some paracord from Home Depot (roughly $3 for 50 ft) and used it for the drawstring.  I just used a lighter to melt the frayed ends.  This bag housed some of the extra goodies I included in the swap package.  The package has shipped so keep a look out for it on a doorstop near you :)

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

WIP Wednesday: June 25, 2014

This is the current state of my dining table.  I started working on making 3.5" 9 patches (those yellow and pink strips at the top) and then saw @makinglifeprettier's picture on Instagram of a spool and immediately knew I wanted to use some of my strip pieces from the 9 patches to make a spool mini quilt for my sewing room.  No time like the present to start a new project eh!?  I love that the text "men fashion" happened to fit perfectly into the spool block featured above.

And that orange pile of a mess?  Well thats my 3 year old's beloved dinosaur tail fresh out of the wash.  I made it for him when he was 10 months old, but it has only recently gained popularity.  We rediscovered it over a week and a half ago and it hasn't been off his body since (with the one exception of showering).  This past weekend we went camping and he wore it the entire time.  By the end of the trip it was caked in dirt, had a hole on the underside from rubbing the ground, and had also unfortunately been vomited on during our windy car ride back home.  I've got to get this thing ironed, patched, and stuffed so that all can be right in his world!

Here's the dinosaur tail tutorial I used.  Such an excellent tutorial (I've made 3 so far) and they are such a hit with kids.  I also like to embroider the child's name on the circle part that goes against their back for a little personalization. My son keeps telling me I need to make my daughter one… "purple with pink spikes for baby."  So I guess that's also a soon to be WIP :)

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Friday, June 6, 2014

My cargo duffle

As soon as I saw Noodlehead's Cargo Duffle bag it jumped to the top of my "must make" list. I used a favorite fabric for the top, Tula Pink's Sunset Sugar Arrowheads for her Acacia line.  I was a little nervous to use a white fabric for the bag since I have two littles and it'll be used for traveling, but you can't help what you love!

The pattern is genius, and it helped to review the Cargo Duffle Quilt Along  as well as Anna's Cargo Duffle trouble shooting blog post.  I used this tutorial from Skirt As Top to make the lining with welted pocket.  It's not a fast make, but so worth it!  I learned a lot about bag construction while making this. 

My only wish is that I had hunted down a YKK zipper instead of using the suggested Coats and Clark carryall zipper, as it doesn't zip as smoothly as I'd like.

This bag has already been on a road trip and was awesome for all my magazines (yes I still kid myself that I'll be able to read while on vacation with a 3 year old and 1 year old), gadgets, and kid accoutrement .  Just don't let your husband throw it in the dirt while he's packing the car… I nearly died.

Linking up today with Crazy Mom Quilts' Finish It Up Friday