Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Last quilt of 2013

This will surely be the last quilt finish of 2013. I made it for my dad for Christmas.

I wish I would have gotten a picture of when he unfolded it, but sometimes we get caught up in the moment. I'm pretty sure he liked it.

This is  my version ofElizabeth Hartman's Dancing Queen quilt.I added a row on the length and width making the finished size 74in.X78in. I think it's the biggest quilt I have yet to make. To me, it was a monster to make.  Each block took me 2 hrs. I made 22 blocks.  The quilting didn't go quite as bad as I expected. I finished that in about 12 hours. Add in all the cutting, and piecing the blocks, squaring, etc....well, I lost count of the hours, but you all know where I'm coming from:)
It's kind of hard to see but I did an all over circuit board quilting keeping it 1-2 inches apart. I wanted a snuggly quilt.  Dense quilting is so pretty, but not really snuggly in my opinion.

I loved how it turned out! It's a great quilt to finish the year out with!
I hope all of you had a GREAT CHRISTMAS!! I know I did;)

Friday, December 13, 2013

Sew Sweetness & Sew Mama Sew Bag Contest

Here I am, under the wire to get this Aragon Bag done for the Sew Sweetness & Sew Mama Sew Bag Contest. I just finished a night time photo shoot, so my photos were the best I could do under the circumstances.

Here's the front. I found this "Ray" fabric by French Bull a few months back at my LQS. It was one of those buys like, I don't know what I'm going to make with this, I just have to have it!

My mother-in-law has been hounding me to make her a diaper bag for a few months now.  She watches my twin nieces all the time and wanted her own diaper bag. She somehow has it in her head that it is cheaper to make one than buy one. Well, it is when the maker BUYS ALL THE SUPPLIES, LOLOL! ( It's gonna be a Christmas present so it's totally worth it;)When I saw this contest, I knew the fabric would look GREAT with the Aragon  Bag and enter the contest thereby killing 3 birds with one stone!

Here is the back of the bag.

Here is the inside. I totally LOVE all of the pockets!

I stayed pretty true to the pattern other that adding a few of my own touches.

I added piping and accent fabric at the top of the outer side pockets. I think it makes the bag look so electric!

I have to say I LOVE this bag and I know my MIL will too! It took me many many hours to complete, but so worth it! I read one of the testers completed one in 7 hours! Ummmm.........not gonna happen here;) I guess I'm a slow sewer!

I really love Sara's bag patterns and the next one I do will be from her book Big City Bags, the Fireside Bowl Bag! LOVE IT!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Some loot and a baby quilt

 I've been a little blog lazy lately, but not because I'm not getting things done! With Christmas quickly approaching, I have a more than a few projects in the works. As usual, I'm probably biting off more than I can chew.

 I made this little quilt for a work friend who is expecting her first baby a few weeks back. I needed to get it done fast. I saw this quilt on pintrest and thought it would be a cute quick quilt.

I changed the arrangement for the back.

I did some super quick loop-de-loop quilting.

She LOVED it! It turned out so light and cuddly!!!!

Here is some loot that came in the mail today! It's my winnings for the Purse Palooza 2013!!!!YAY! I have to give a BIG THANK YOU to Sara Lawson, Kay Whitt and Pat Bravo!!

I'm keeping it short and sweet today. I have a monster quilt i FINALLY got pieced and basted that is screaming to get done!


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Bulldog Bag #2

 Here is the second prototype of my Bulldog bag. You can see my first version here. My friend/coworker, Kelly is modeling the bag for me. I asked her to model it for me because this girl has STYLE! I think my bag looks great on her and she makes my bag look great;)

 I quilted it this time. I used quilting weight cotton so I wanted to experiment to get a good weight to the bag. As I was quilting the pieces, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. I almost scrapped it before I ever finished, but I'm glad I didn't! I love how it turned out!

I really LOVE this bag! I made it a tad bigger then the last one. A bigger bag is better for me! I also did a tutorial for the twisted handle, so if you want to give it a try, check it out HERE!

This is my second entry for Purse Palooza 2013 So go check out all of the great entries!

Twisted Cord Purse Handle Tutorial

 As Promised, here is my twisted cord handle tutorial:

You are going to need about 3 yards of 12/32 upholstery cording. You can get this at Joann's and Hobby Lobby. Also, you need to cut 2 a 45" pieces of fabric on the bias. I cut mine 2and 1/8 inches.
Cut your 3 yards of cording in half. Make sure to tape the raw ends. 
Fold your bias strip right sides together(don't iron it, just fold) and sew with a 1/2" seam.
Cut off most of your seam allowance. I used pinking shears.
put a safety pin on one of your ends to get ready to turn.

I know this picture is blurry, but you get the idea.
I bought this handy little tool at Joann's in the notions section to pull cording through.
Stick it down the middle of the top of your cording and pull the little ring down to secure.
Insert the cording into your fabric tube that you made.
 You are going to need to push and pull the fabric to get it all the way on the cording. It gets slippery with the cording tool. if you noticed, it has a small loop at the top. you can stick a pin through the loop(just feel for it)to help keep the fabric from slipping back.

Once you get both of your cording all the way made, slip them BOTH around the ring and fold in half. Secure with a rubber band.
Cut 2 of you ends evenly and wrap thread around so they will be easier to insert onto the other ends.The other two ends need to be cut evenly as well. Also, you will need to peel back the fabric a bit and cut a chunk of the inner cording out-about 2X's as much as you wrapped the other 2 ends. NOTE: you can save this step for later if you are worried about the length of your strap.

When you cut the cording out, it should look something like this.
 Begin to twist your strap. It will naturally want to twist. Try to keep the pieces going in the same flow all the way down.

Put another rubber band on the end. If you haven't trimmed and wrapped and clipped the cord ends yet, do it NOW.
Fold in your 2 pieces that you cut a chunk of cording out of. At this point, if you don't have O rings that open, you are going to have to put them on and sew the pieces around them. I suggest using spring open o rings. I bought mine here. That way, you won't have to deal with trying to stitch around them and can it them on later.
Put your cord wrapped ends into the folded in ends. I already got my needle started in one end at this point. Then just stitch it shut.
At this point, you should have something like this. you can take the rings off for the next step as well.
I used jewelry wire 20 gauge.I like that they have colors! :)
bend your wire down so you can cover it as you wrap.

keep wrapping leaving just enough room for your ring. once all the way down, cut off your rubber band.
Now feed the other end of the wire behind the wrapped wire. If it's tight and hard to feed through, you can use a big blunt upholstery needle. That's what i ended up doing on one end that was very tight! (I wish I would have gotten a picture.)Cut down your wire ends and hide as good as you can!
You're DONE!

If you have any questions, just ask. 


Monday, October 14, 2013

Purse-Palooza 2013

 Here it is. My Entry for Purse Palooza 2013! I have named it The Bulldog Bag.Why?

Well, as I was picking out the fabric, I wanted a classic look that would look good this fall, so I went with this grey twill. I love twill for making bags! It is a great weight of fabric and I feel like it will stand up to much abuse and I think It might even hold a kitchen sink :) which I may or may not carry in my bags:))))))))))))))))) Anyway, grey and crimson are my old high school colors. Benjamain Bosse High School is where I graduated So I'm a Bosse Bulldog. This is the exact grey, so I thought hey, what a great name. It wasn't until I was almost finished with the bag before I realized how much the lines of the bag actually sorta kinda mimic a bulldog face. It was then I knew that is what the name should be.

In preparing for this challenge, I came across a bag that I absolutely loved by Michael Kors. This particular bag goes for $995.00. No way would I ever pay that no matter how much I love MK. I pretty much recreated this bag. You can look here and see how I did. I looked that bag over carefully and drafted a pattern.

I'm a sucker for well made hardware and Emmaline Bags added this new little blingy thing to her stock. I think it really polishes the bag!

I didn't go with crimson for the interior. I does have pockets although it may be hard to tell with that print!

This is the first time I have added purse feet. Love them!

The handle was a challenge to say the least. I tried a couple others that just weren't doing the bag justice. I wish I would have taken a photo, but they had hardware on them and , well, I cut the hardware off before I thought to take a photo. I did a simple flat strap with the same round studs I used as feet. It looked to limp for the bag. Next I tried a thick corded handle. I cut my fabric on the bias for it, but the handle wanted to flip one way on one side, and the other way on the other side. When I straightened out the arc for how it should sit, there were ripples all the way through. The only thing I can figure is I didn't cut on the TRUE bias. My last ditch attempt, I saw a ready made handle at Joanns I thought I could re-create. You can see it here. But after I got it almost made, I decided it too, was to wimpy for this bag. Then my brain started storming with this one grey cord in my hand, I I thought, what if I double up and twist them together???? So I went for it! I think It was pretty perfect for this bag! And really, it was easier to make then it looks! So easy, I made a longer one in case I want to swap it out for a shoulder strap

I know it looks kind of goofy with this long strap standing up, haha! Let me know if anyone is interested in a tutorial of this strap! It's looks complex, but really, it's not!!!

So there you have it. I will be working on another variation of this bag in a more fun fabric for this challenge.I can't wait to see all of the bags at Purse Palooza 2013 with Sara from Sew Sweetness!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Baby Boy Quilt!

My cousin and his wife are having their first baby. I'm so excited for them. They have been trying for awhile and started to worry. No worries, baby boy Conner is coming! Kristen had her shower last weekend. I called my aunt and said "what color and what themes" She said blue, grey, and airplanes.

It's kind of hard to tell. My photography took place right before dusk, so light was dimming, but look at this PERFECT fabric I found! 

See the airplanes?? It's Robert Kaufman Inkjet Designs by Marie Perkins.

  And notice my quilt lable? I had them made up at Spoonflower!! I think I shared this on my last post, but it's been so long who would remember, haha!

 I also went with my go-to boy quilting- Circuit board(slightly wonky).

I was being a bit frugal with the backing. The quilt turned out bigger that I thought but I had enough of this matching Kona solid Caribbean:)

I kept cut the cones pretty freeform. This resulted in a wider than I wanted and shorter than I wanted quilt, so I just made it a 47x47in square....or so I thought. when I was all done, binding and all, it actually measured 46.25x47. I thought it was a little off when I looked at it, but oh well, what is done is done!

Here is another project I am working on that I actually started on before the baby quilt.

It's another Elizabeth Hartman quilt. You can find the tutorial here.  I actually started on this first but realize the baby shower was fast approaching so I had to switch gears.:( And NOW Purse Palooza is coming up so this quilt will have to wait again. you know I hate to have UFO's!!! But I haven't put it away so technically it's a WIP:) 

Well that's all I got today! I gotta get some work in on my purse. Stay tuned to hear about my inspiration for that one!