Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Some Bags

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you'll know I love making bags.

I made two recently - one for me and one for a friend!

For these, I used Anna's Wide Open Zippered Pouch tutorial.

And they sure do live up to their name.  This is the middle sized, boxed at 1 1/2 ''.

I also made great progress on a Sew Together Bag.  I enjoy making this bag but only if I spread the construction over several days.  Here is what I have so far -

Hope to finish this one up soon. 

PS - Clearly I like this fabric as a bag lining.  I'm using up bits left over from a quilt back.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, August 13, 2018

Hand quilting

I've decided to hand quilt my hand pieced double wedding ring quilt (see a photo).

My friend Paige sent me all this beautiful 12 wt thread to work with - most of it Sulky with a few from Aurifil.  After trying it out, it was clear that this was perfect for my quilt - I added a few more colors (purples and oranges) and am ready to go.

My original plan was to quilt in the ditch around the wedding rings with hand quilting thread.  I did one ring and have now decided it has added no value so won't be doing it again!  The big stitch quilting should be enough.  Not sure I'll remove what I did (at least not now).

I watched several big stitch tutorials before starting - this technique is the one I am using.  More on that and the frame I'm using in a another post later this month.

Until I've got more quilting done to show you, I'll just share another yummy photo of the thread.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Thursday, August 9, 2018

A cozy cup of tea

Fat Quarter Shop is revisiting their tutorials and invited me to make a cup cozy (or is it koozie!)

A good excuse to open up a mini charm pack of Overnight Delivery by Sweetwater. 

I had so much fun making the first one, that I made another - the second from scraps.

Aren't these fun?

The hardest part was selecting which mini charms to use - I laid them on top of the template as I made my choices.

For the one made from scraps - and these were some small scraps! - I sewed them onto a piece of fusible batting cut to the shape of the template.

You can find the pattern and a video tutorial here at Fat Quarter Shop.  A few other bloggers are making some too - check it out!

Have a wonderful day! Patty