Since I’m about to leave town for a few days, I figured I better get a post in before I miss another week. In one of my last posts I promised pictures of things I’d been working on or had completed so here they are. Obviously, this post is going to be very pic heavy, so depending on your internet connection or browser, you may need to take that into account.
First off is the wall hanging I kept mentioning that I gave to my mom. This was made using the exploding block pattern I found from Missouri Star Quilt Company. I used squares from two different charm packs, one lights (Butter Churn Basics) and one darks (Kim’s Favorites), and while they weren’t to my tastes, I figured she’d probably like it. Aside from my bag projects, this was the first big project I made and I definitely considered it a learning process (basting spray and a walking foot are definitely going to be used in my future large quilting projects).
Exploding Block Layout
Exploding Block Top
Exploding Block Wall Hanging/Table Topper
For my little fabric catch-all baskets, I’ve actually made quite a few now as I had someone buy six of them (*squees and dances*). As mentioned the last time, these are super easy to make, I think it takes me about 15 minutes to make each one. I got the original pattern from The Crafty Gemini, but I’ve actually made a semi-tutorial on how I make my modified version.
For my charm block purse, I’ve made one and have a second one in pastels in process. These are using the 30s Playtime 2017 Charm Pack. Once again, not to my tastes, but since I’m looking at selling them, they don’t have to be. This is another pattern from Missouri Star which shows how to make three bags from one charm pack.
And I finally finished my flying geese log cabin block, also from Missouri Star, though I have no idea what I’m going to wind up doing with it.
For my paper crafting projects, I’ve made little journal books as well as the magnets and basic little card packs.
I have a couple new projects I’ve tried out, so look for the post talking about those coming up soon.
Since I’m way behind on my flashback series, I thought I better get caught up. This is about the third tote I made, dubbed the Pink Paris Bag. This is the same San Clemente pattern as my first two totes but amended slightly due to the directional quality of one of the fat quarters…which leads to the second half of my title. I had picked out these 6 fat quarters that were almost all from the same line, got them home and ironed, laid them out to begin cutting…and realized that one of them wasn’t going to work. Why would this fat quarter not work when it was actually sized correctly (unlike some of the ones I’ve gotten)? Because the pattern was going horizontally across the fabric instead of vertically. Now you have to understand that the bag pattern gives you specific cutting instructions for each fat quarter in order for you to have enough pieces to assemble the thing. The problem I ran into with the pattern running in the wrong direction from what I needed, I couldn’t get the right size pieces. I wound up fixing this eventually, after several hours of debating on just going to get another piece of fabric to replace it or adjusting other parts of the pattern, by deciding to just make one of the interior pockets smaller. It worked, the bag came out well, I experimented with zig zag stitching, but it was my first exposure to the perils of directional fabric.
Continue reading La Vie en Rose and Why I Hate Directional Fabric
So this past week has been kind of slow on the actual crafting front, but I’ve been doing a lot of backroom type stuff like watching videos for ideas for new projects, looking up business and tax information (such fun *headdesk*), even Twitch‘d cutting fabric up for a couple projects I worked on later in the week (you can listen to me fuss at my cat who was tripping out the entire time too LOL).
Continue reading Slow Week
*Cue flashback music* So, after the success of my first tote, I had to make another. And because I’m incapable of focusing on just one project at a time, I was also playing around with some other blocks that I thought looked really interesting and wanted to try. My second tote (from the same pattern as the first) was made using a fat quarter bundle that I got from Joann’s and some yardage that I’d been sitting on for a while that I finally decided to use. It’s been so long I don’t even remember where I bought it, if it was a remnant, what size I asked for if it wasn’t (I didn’t measure before I started cutting it up), or anything. But the fabric was cute and matched really well with the fat quarters in the bundle that I had bought at some point and never got around to using. Also, the bundles only have five fat quarters so I would have had to buy another one anyway to make the bag. As it was, since I wanted to use the yardage fabric that was essentially a type of panel, I opted to have a solid front and back instead of the pieced stripes like the first bag so wound up with extra fabric left over from the fat quarters to use in other projects.
Solid Panel San Clemente bag
Interior Solid Panel San Clemente bag
Continue reading Second Tote and More Blocks
So, Sunday was actually a really productive day. I completed the bag that was from the sewing pattern, which is a folding market tote, and I am never never making it again LOL. To be fair, there’s probably nothing wrong with the pattern, I just suck at understanding them, as I mentioned before. The bag itself wasn’t really that difficult, the most complicated part of the body of the bag was attaching the bias tape around the handles, but the pocket panel gave me so many issues. Once again, I think it was because I just didn’t understand what the pattern was telling me to do. I’m also not thrilled with trying to sew around curves, it gives me a lot of issues but that may just be a lack of practice. I might take a stab at a similar type of bag at some point but after making a couple changes to make it more… logical? accessible? understandable? to me.
Fold up market bag – closed
Fold up market bag
Continue reading Busy Day, Lazy Day
So while I was in JoAnn Fabric back in mid-May, they had books on sale and I found a book called Fat Quarter Bags by Leisure Arts. The nice thing about this book is that each bag only requires 6 fat quarters and just over a yard of fusible fleece. There are seven different bags in the book, all with two nice big pockets inside, but I decided to start with the one called San Clemente as it was basically just a few rectangles and the others involved a lot more piecing to be done. Continue reading My First Tote Bag
I can’t say that I *just* started sewing this past month, I have done a couple quilt blocks before as well as some foundation paper piecing over the past couple years, but haven’t really kept with it. I also picked up a couple sewing patterns last year to try my hand at and never even completed the first one (mainly because sewing patterns just don’t make the most sense to me). Continue reading Venturing into the land of sewing
So yeah, was working on the baby blanket for the friend last night, finished off the third skein of yarn, remeasured it after laying it flat…and realized I’d somehow measured it wrong and I’m still about 8″ short of the finished size *headdesk repeatedly*. We’re heading up to Georgia today, my extra yarn for the project is home almost two hours away from where I’m at, there’s no way I’m getting it finished for Saturday (and this is after I originally had last Saturday as a finish date). On the upside I have another baby blanket I made that I can give them. Guess I’ll just save this one for when the baby actually gets here lol.
Continue reading Oops!
Okay, here we go with my first actual status type post. I’m going to do this in sections for each project just to try to make things simpler. Where available, I’m going to include the website links to products, however some stores don’t have them at their website but they may have them in store.
I started the hubby’s afghan yesterday. It’s a ripple afghan using basic double and triple crochet stitches as well as a couple modified decreases and front post crochets. I’m including pictures of the first three rows to give an idea of how the color sequence is going to go since it’ll just be repeated until it finishes after that. Continue reading Starting Fresh