Beginner's Quilt-Along

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Greta - 3 Times the Charm

Greta from '3 Times the Charm' has finally been pieced together! The charm pack that I used is from the line Sea Salt by Moda. This isn't my normal color palette but I really like some of the patterns in here. The sashing and border are both on the tame side which I think really helps bring the focus inward.



This week I also worked on a small baby quilt. This kit was from the Fabric Bin in Aberdeen. I love the little owls and racoons that are featured on it. This includes both cuddle and cotton fabric which I think is perfect for a baby quilt. It isn't technically 'quilted' since i just sewed the front to the back and then flipped it right side out but I did tack down the center panel to avoid issues when it gets thrown in the wash. 



Have a great rest of the week! Spring is almost here!

Angela S.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Lazy Girl Candice Bag

My fabric stash got the best of me this weekend and I just had to make myself a bag :)

I received a gift card for the fabric shop in Aberdeen at Christmas time and made good use of it right away. I had originally planned to make the Professional Tote by The Creative Thimble however after going through the pattern I realized that I wasn't quite up to the task. I ended up using the Candice pattern by Lazy Girl Designs instead. 

I love patterns from Lazy Girl because they always have lots of pictures for me to follow. From cutting the fabric to throwing the bag over my shoulder it took about 6 hours...it would have been 5 however I initially made the pocket for my planner going vertically and with the zipper it didn't fit. I, of course, didn't figure that out until I had already stitched close the bottom seam. So I took that apart, did a little seam ripping, installed the new pocket stitches and went on with life - no big deal :)


The only change that I made to the pattern was to make the front and back of the bag look the same. If i had followed the pattern the backside of the bag would only be the tortoiseshell print and there would be no pocket. I thought having pockets on both sides would be great. 
 

I love all of the pockets! The pattern gives you great information on how to make the large pocket so that it will fit a planner, iPad, Nook or whatever you would like.  
 

The fabric that I used is from Tula Pink and the line is called Salt Water


 I hope you are all staying warm out there. Personally I will not be upset if I get snowed in and have to sew all weekend!!

Angela S.  



Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Round Robin 2013

This week I was able to complete another walker bag and a block for my guilds round robin that is starting this month. 



 This walker bag is my favorite so far. I think the dimensions are a bit better and the middle section( where the handles are attached) is reinforced with flat felled seams. I have not used these before but I think it will really help sturdy the bag up. 


The block that I created for the round robin includes 2 paper pieced cats and then 2 fabric cuts to make a type of windowpane. The round robin starts this month and there are 6 people in my group. Each month we will trade projects so by the end of the project everyone will have worked on each block/row. My piece is 16x14ish so I'm not sure if people will treat it like a row or a block - either way I am excited!

This weekend I am hoping to get a few more walker bags done and finally piece together the quilt blocks that are on my design wall. I also reallllly want to work on a new bag for myself but we'll see!

More to come!

Angela S. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Charm Pack Lovin'

Valentine's Day is fast approaching so I thought it was about time to work on some lovey projects. I found a great Valentine's charm pack from Sandy Gervais called 'Flirt'. It has some great colors in it and has a really modern feel to it. 

Out of 1 charm pack I am making two table runners. Here is the first all done up and the second is pieced but not yet quilted. I started with the smaller one first since it will just go on an end table. I find that its helpful for me to make a 'test' run of some things. This was definitely one of those things that the second time around will work/look better :)



The pattern for the large runner is from the following video:



In addition to working on table runner I am also prepping binding for my Coffee Cats quilt. Here is a sneak preview of the quilting on it.


Mmmmm mmmm mmm. Just looking at all of those quilted coffee mugs makes me want some hot chocolate right now! The binding on the quilt is going to be the green color and I can't wait to get it all finished up. Chief must really like it as well since he has been making it HIS since I brought it home :)

Have a great week!

Angela S.