Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Modified Daphne Tote

Do I say that every bag I make is my favorite? I think I might but this one, well, let's just say it really is LOVE. This is the Daphne Tote from Rebeka Lambert over at Artsy-Crafty Babe. I modified it slightly by adding a large pocket on the front. To make the pocket I just made an additional pattern piece by tracing the bag body that was about 2/3 as tall as the body. Then I cut an exterior and lining piece and used the same darts as on the main bag body. I sewed the pocket pieces together, turned them right side out and top-stitched along the upper edge before adding it to the bag body when I sewed the exterior pieces together.

The exterior is from Moda's new Prairie Cloth line - it feels heavier than regular quilting cotton but not quite as heavy as canvas and it has a LOT more movement than canvas. I used fusible fleece on the back of the exterior pieces to give the bag some body and stabilize the Prairie Cloth. My machine didn't love sewing through all those darts covered in fleece but we got through it :-) I did NOT use any fleece on the straps and they seem fine - no way I would have been able to turn them with that thickness. I haven't used this type of cloth before so I'll be curious to see how it wears and I'll probably carry this bag for a while to test the durability before I use it to make another - I do love how it looks and feels though. I made the front pocket a slightly lighter shade of gray than the bag body and the interior is from Joel Dewberry's Aviary 2 line - I adore this print in this color and probably need to stash some more of it while I can.

This ridiculously cute flower button pin? A great free tutorial from Artsy-Crafty Babe that I made more than a couple of years ago - funny how things like that work out sometimes, huh? And now of course I want to make a bunch more of them because they're so darn cute!

Zero progress on the garage today but oh well, there's always tomorrow right? TOOOOmorrow, tomorrow, I LOOOOOOve you tomorrow...teehee!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sew happy!

I just love getting to hang out at Whipstitch with cool people and SEW for four uninterrupted hours (all you moms know exactly what I mean!). We had a lovely morning of sewing on Saturday, Melissa worked on a sweet little quilt, Theresa started a Schoolhouse Tunic (and inspired me to finally give one a try) and the rest of us made pillows. I made the front part for this pillow at home and quilted and assembled it on Saturday (including the invisible zipper).

The piecing of the front panel came from this quilt block tutorial on Two More Seconds and the invisible zipper tutorial came from Stitched in Color.

A few more great pillow tutorials:

pillow month round up from Sew Mama, Sew

How to make and insert piping in pillows from Sew Mama, Sew

Basic pillow construction (includes envelope closure guidelines) from Sew Mama, Sew

Are you getting the idea that Sew Mama, Sew rocks? Because yes, that is correct :-)

This week I'm working on a Daphne Tote from Artsy-Crafty Babe, I seriously need to get my 3x6 Blocks done AND the great garage clean-out NEEDS to get done...*sigh*. Less cleaning, more sewing, always my dream!

On an unrelated note, I just discovered that the broiler in our "new" oven works REALLY well...teehee.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Quilty love

Doesn't it look great?

Don't you just love it?

The newest member of the mini quilt family fits right in! Thanks again to Jessica from SewCraftyJess.

And I LOVE it!

The quilt on the left is from the amazing Silly BooDilly.

The quilt on right I made :-)

Thank you for ignoring the pile of stuff on the couch.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Back from the beach...

and it was GREAT, so relaxing and lovely - kind of makes me sad to jump back into the laundry/what's-for-dinner game but here I am ;-) What I'm REALLY excited about is the start of the Pretty Little Pouch round 3 Swap - here's my mosaic, clearly I like patchwork and color! I added the green and gray quilt at the bottom because I just love that color combination right now. Making a 241 bag in that colorway is near the top of my somewhat lengthy list of sewing to-do's! Btu I really want it to carry THIS fall (which starts on FRIDAY! Side note - where has the year gone?!) so it's going to stay up there at the top. I also need to get some pillow fronts made for our sewing day at Whipstitch on Saturday (more on that tomorrow) and my blocks done for the 3x6 Bee. I've picked my block design I just need to get sewing!

And THIS is the package I received in the For The Love Of Solids Swap from SewCraftyJess - I seriously could not LOVE it anymore if I tried! She totally nailed it - from the colors to the design, everything! Best swap I have ever participated in hands-down! Yay! I love the gray binding she added and the little pouch is adorable.

Look at the gorgeous quilting, which you can see so clearly on the back - lovely! And it's like she had ESP with the Terrain charm pack, as I had just been drooling over that collection last week - perfect choices for me and I LOVE them all! Thanks again to my partner for being such a fantastic swapper! Go check out her fantastic blog if you have a minute - you'll enjoy it.

No word yet from my partner about her package - hope she received it ok (also going to check my delivery confirmation because, you know, the USPS isn't perfect ;-).

I'll be posting some info tomorrow for our sewing day at Whipstitch this Saturday (8AM till Noon) and will be focused on pillow techniques. I'm am SO looking forward to it after missing last month!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

For the Love of Solids Swap - DONE!

I'm not uploading these photos to flickr until my partner gets her package, which is going in the mail tomorrow. I'm pretty happy with how the pillow turned out - it was a warm/cool HST design based on one I saw on Stitches and Scissors. I knew I was going to use a 20" pillow from IKEA (down! less than $10! sweet!) which made the math pretty easy to do (and you know I need the easy math). My partner likes aqua and the look of hand embroidery. My color inspiration came from thinking about Van Gogh's Iris paintings and all those blues, blue violets, aquas and how they pop when paired with yellow, yellow-orange and golds. My partner said she likes bright colors - I hope she meant it!

There is one sad little spot (to me anyway) where my triangles don't quite line up and looking at it is making me INSANE, so I put my little hoop over it! Brilliant solution! So the swap was one big item and one small item. My partner actually has a hexagon block tutorial on her blog (I'll share a link after she gets it) and I thought it would be fun to use that tutorial to make her a hoop for her sewing room.

So I made a hexagon block (kind of) with a linen center and I embroidered her initial in the center with roughly a million french knots.

The thing is, I love french knots. They relax me. I could make them and make them and make them. So now I'm going to make Miss H one for her room too! Love how it turned out - hope my partner does too :-)

And one last shot of the french knots - don't you just love all that texture? There's more purple in the mix than you can see in this shot but my photo expert is still out of town so this was as good as it was getting for me :-) Still love it!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Birthday Preparations

So what do you do on oh say Tuesday before you're having people over on Saturday for said daughter's birthday party? Do you finish sorting the piles of clothes from all the closets you drug out and put all over the house? Nah. Do you clean the bathrooms, mop the floors? Nope. Do you start making table runners in the colors of Curious George because you don't like the cheap (but expensive) Curious George decorations from the party supply store? Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner!

I bought a few Curious George things but the thought of spending much more on stuff that would ultimately go in the trash didn't sit well with me. So I went to my stash - hear that - stash ONLY, bought nothing! And pulled out some primary colored fat quarters and got to work, sewing after bedtime and during naps and l-a-t-e into the night on Friday night. But hey, the wise words of Larissa kept me going, "sleep is for quitters". Teehee. The runners were done, the house did get cleaned up (the only reason I ever really invite people over? Because it forces me to clean the house!) and we had some REALLY yummy cupcakes.

Not the most beautifully styled shot but oh were they YUMmy! These are the peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes from Our Best Bites. The only thing I did differently was to double the chocolate frosting and use just it instead of swirling the chocolate and peanut butter like they did - lovely but would a 2 year old really appreciate it? Mine was just happy to find the peanut butter cup hidden in the middle!

Next up - my For the Love of Solids Swap project - hope everyone has a great weekend :-)

Monday, September 5, 2011

How Time Flies!

Two years ago tonight I was laying in a hospital bed hearing that I was about to have my daughter by emergency c-section, 9 weeks early. I was terrified. What would our future hold? Those first few months were rough but look at that beautiful, strong, healthy girl today. I feel lucky, blessed and so happy that this girl came into my life. Happy second birthday sweet girl!

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