Friday, September 30, 2016

Bag Making Inspiration

Elm Street Quilts Drawstring Backpack

Two weeks into the Bag It event and I'm having a great time.  I hope you are too!

Just finished up another Drawstring Backpack using some yummy Island Batiks!  It was fun to choose contrasting fabric for the lining and the hidden zip pocket.

Elm Street Quilts Drawstring Backpack

I love tutorials - to read them and to write them.  But sometimes I want to download instructions that I can print and / or save for easy access on my ipad or computer.  I'm pleased to announced that two of the Elm Street Quilts Bags - The Purse Pack and the Drawstring Backpack - are also available from my Craftsy store for a small fee.

The tutorial for the Drawstring Backpack with a twist will be available mid-November.  But you can get started now with the pattern.  The twist is the hidden zip pocket tucked into the side seam.  So handy!

The Purse Pack tutorial published earlier this month and is also available as a pattern.  These go together quickly and make great gifts - it may just be a pattern you want to refer back to again and again!

Get your copy from my Craftsy store!   More will be released soon!

The Bag It event runs through mid-December but make sure you share bags now as you make them and earn entries.  There is a permanent linky party here plus the same linky will show up in blog posts to remind you.  Look at some of the great bags that have been linked up so far!

When you think up, you'll be asked to say how many bags are in the photo.  No need to take a photo of each bag individually.   Check it out and enter your bag!

What's up next week in the Elm Street Quilts Bag It event?

On Monday, the tutorial for the Sew Travel bag will be available and on Friday we'll focus on tutorials that other people have shared.  Have a bag tutorial?  Link it up here and earn extra entries! 


See overall schedule and links to all tutorials on the Bag It event page  
Make sure you visit the sponsor posts and earn entries into the giveaway.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Crossroads quilt top is done!

Fat Quarter Shop Crossroads

This quilt is from Fat Quarter Shop and was this year's QAL.  It is called  Crossroads.  I made my blocks with a layer cake of Moda Elementary with just a little extra yardage.  The actual pattern involves about a bi-zillion HST for one of the borders.  I've not the time or the fabric to do that so simplified things a bit.  

Thanks to all the opinions and feedback from my prior post on this quilt.  I went with option 3 and I just love it!     

The quilt is 54 x 71 ''  and it will be a nice comfy couch sized quilt when I back it in flannel.  I'm hope to piece together the back from some large flannel scraps that I've got in the stash. ( I typically don't piece my backs together from random fabric so I'm working up to talking myself into it!)

Finishing my Crossroads quilt top was my OMG goal (post)  for September.  I'll be linking up here at Red Letter Quilts.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Falling Maple Leafs

It's officially fall.  I've a reasonably large collection of fall themed quilt decorations but there is always room for one more.

Introducing my Falling Maple Leaves quilt, which finished at 24'' square.

The leaf blocks are all paper pieced and very fun to assemble.  They are twisting about in a light breeze on the quilt top.  To quilt, I outlined the leaves and then did an all over stipple FMQ.

I am so happy with it!  

Want to make one too?  I've a pattern available in my Pay Hip pattern shop.  And I've got a sale underway - just enter the code BIRTHDAY for 20% off your purchase.  (Sale through end of September.)

I'll be linking up with Mini's and more parade with Sheri and Michelle.  I'll also be linking up with Sew Cute Tuesdays, , Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Fabric Frenzy FridayFinish it Up Friday and Finished or Not Friday.

Have a wonderful day! Patty