Friday, August 22, 2014

Finish It Up Friday :: Zipper Edition

Happy Friday everyone! I have some finishes to share this week that I'm just so happy with. First up, the Senna Tote by Vanessa at LBG Studio and Willow and Co. Pattern Collective. I took this class the Fabricate Atlanta, taught by the super talented Diana Taylor. Now I feel like I've made enough bags that I can figure out just about any bag pattern BUT I hadn't taken the time to try the zipper foot that came with my new Juki yet so I thought this class would be a great reason to break it out. And yes, the "new" part was really in March! So it was time.

 Diana made it completely easy, she's an amazing teacher who just has gift for understanding construction and communicating it to others. Plus taking a class with friends is just fun and you learn all kinds of little tips and tricks that you wouldn't just working on your own. So I love the bag, it's a great size and I think the pockets (one big inside that you can sub-divide how you like) and two outside are just right. I used canvas for the exterior, quilting cotton for the lining and I put SF101 on everything. The only change I'll make next time is to significantly lengthen the straps. 

Then since I was on a zipper foot high I made a couple Noodlehead Open Wide Pouches - again just a great free pattern. Anna knows how to write and photograph her steps so they seem completely easy. On the pink and yellow one I sandwiched some rick rack between the top and bottom pieces when I assembled them to add a little texture and contrast.

A little pop of color on the interior of each. I know I'm late to the party with these but I can see this pattern turning into my go-to birthday/holiday gift, they're just so quick and cute.

Finally no zipper but still an adorable and fast project - this is the large fabric bin from the Birch Fabrics website - it's a free tutorial! Score! This pattern has one piece you guys. One. Totally my speed. I will warn you that this size will hold a boatload of candy if you were thinking about using it for Halloween.

I'm trying to will Fall weather to hurry up and get here which is pretty laughable at this point in Georgia but still, I can dream. 

Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Finish It Up Friday :: Really Late or Pleasantly Early?

Sooooo I may or may not have started this for last Halloween...but at this point I figure rather than saying how long it took me and how late it was, I'm just going to go with "YAY! Early finish for this year!" Way more positive, right?

St. Louis 16 patch with loads of Halloween goodness going on. I will admit though that the combinations of warm browns and stark black and whites  never completely came together for me. I loved all the components but I loved them a little less all together. Plus the cat print from Spooktacular turned out to just be too large a scale to work cut up at this size. I'm not the only one who spends the time working on finishing and simultaneously thinking about what you'd do differently the next time, right? And then bam, another quilt top has been born in my head, so don't be surprised if a new and improved Halloween quilt shows up here.

But back to this baby: I quilted across from side to side (you guys must know by now how I love my straight line quilting) and it pleased me. It just seemed really quilty and good.

Fun orange and white chevron flannel on the back that I found at JoAnn's. Again, backing *everything* with flannel from now on. I know it's the South and it's almost 100 degrees in the shade all summer but personally I'm dreaming of cooler weather. Thanks for stopping by!

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