Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Zippered Knitting Project Bag

I made a couple of zippered pouches using the Knitty Kitty knitting motif fabric from Benartex fabric. One has a white zipper and one has a lavender color zipper. These pouches open up nice and wide and feature a pocket inside too. They are great for knitting or crochet project bags.

This one has the lavender colored zipper and lavender lining fabric too.

Includes my handmade beaded zipper pull with a charm.

Inside has a pocket.

This is the one with the white zipper and pink lining fabric.

Handmade zipper pull with beads and a charm.

Pink lining with a pocket.
Each one is for sale in my Etsy Shop. Lavender lining bag is here. Pink lining bag is here.
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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Hoot & Holler Owl Table Runner

When I saw this adorable table runner on the Wooden Bear Pattern site, I loved it and had to make one. I have a round table, so of course this runner won't work on my table, but it is for sale in my Etsy Shop.

I will be making myself a round version, including about 3 owls and maybe some pumpkins too. I hope it will turn out looking as cute as this runner does. If I start soon, it should be done by next Autumn, you think?

I used mostly batik fabrics in making this runner. I just love batik fabrics! I added buttons for his eyes and colorful buttons along the scalloped edges too and a bit of hand embroidery for the scarf fringe. This Hooty Owl is all bundled up for the cold weather and ready to dress up your dining room table.

I added colorful buttons on the scallop.

I love how the button eyes gives this owl such personality.

A branch of leaves and acorns make this an Autumn table runner, but it's cute enough to use any time of the year.

This owl table runner will dress up any dining room table.
Runner measures 12" x 35 1/2". One-of-a-kind runner in my Etsy Shop. While I can make this again in other fabric colors and prints, it will never be repeated exactly like this one, making it one-of-a-kind.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Pineapple Quilted Table Runner

I made a Pineapple Table Runner using scraps of white fabrics and scraps of batik fabrics. The inner and outer border and binding is also batik fabric. I quilted it in a wavy variegated thread.

The blocks were made using the Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Ruler, which made this much easier to make. I posted about this when I had only made the blocks and shared the video from Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilting Co. After watching her video I had to get this ruler and I am glad that I did. I don't like to buy specific rulers unless I know I will make more than one quilt, runner, etc. using the ruler. Mainly because those rulers are all so dang expensive! Creative Grids price fix their rulers, so they don't go on sale unless they allow them to go on sale, which I have not seen more than a 50 cents difference in price on any of their rulers before. So if you are waiting for a sale, don't hold your breath! (I am not an affiliate of theirs.)

When it comes to rulers, if you want to know how to use them properly and get tips, etc. you must search online to find a good video to learn how to use various rulers and not just from this company. Going to local quilt shops, you will find lots of rulers, but unless someone in the shop demonstrates a ruler, I would have no idea how to use it and may or may not want to buy it without knowing this before purchasing the ruler. So quilt shops please listen up and offer ruler demos or you won't sell many rulers! And don't charge for a class in order to learn how to use a ruler that you are selling either. We can all go online and find free videos to see how to use the various rulers out there and then decide whether we want to buy the ruler or not. I am all in favor of supporting local shops, but if they don't make it easier for me to buy rulers from them, then I will go and seek out the help I do need in order to make an informed decision. Yes I can be very opinionated, lol!!!

Quilted wavy lines in a variegated thread.

Back of quilt.
The runner measures 26" x 45 1/2". It is for sale in my Etsy Shop.

In case you missed the free tutorial showing how to use the Pineapple Trim Ruler, here is the video:

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Sunflowers Over a Fence Quilt

In August I went to a quilting de-stash sale with a couple of friends. It was fun to find lots of goodies at bargain prices. I had no idea what I would find when I got there. I was looking for anything that caught my eye, but hoping to find some red, purple and neutral fabrics, which I did find some of those too.

One thing that caught my eye was a kit for making this sunflower quilt. I love sunflowers and blue and yellow together, so I snatched this kit up for a great price of $10. I made it in September and hung it on the wall in my bedroom, but haven't had the chance to post it and share it with all of you.

I used all the fabric that came with the kit, except for 2 of the brown sunflower centers I just didn't like at all and used my own brown for those. One brown in the kit was nearly purple in color and the other was brown corn-on-the-cob print, which I didn't want for my sunflower center. The rest of the fabrics were from the kit and I used my own backing fabric.

I usually never buy kits, mainly because I prefer to choose my own fabric colors; but at this price how could I not snatch it up? I love how it turned out. The sunflowers are supposed be peeking over a blue fence.

The brown flower center on the left was my fabric I replaced from the one in the kit.

The brown flower center on the left flower I also replaced. I think my brown choices look much better than the other 2 browns that were included.

I like that chicken wire background fabric! So cute.

Oh and my other 2 friends also loaded up on goodies of their own. It was a fun day and it will take me several years just to use up what I purchased at that de-stash sale. This was their 3 or 4th annual sale and only my second time attending. Will they have another sale next year? I don't know. Maybe I will attend if they do, or maybe I will chain myself to my sewing machine to use up the other stuff I acquired at this sale. It's hard to resist a good sale though. My one weakness....
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Monday, December 3, 2018

Pandora Bag

I tested this Pandora Bag for Sammy of Shamballa Bags. It is a nice shoulder bag that is super roomy inside and opens up nice and wide.

The large floral print was fun to highlight on this bag. I used a royal purple accent, but purple doesn't photograph very true. It looks more blue, but it is a royal purple (think Crown Royal felt bag).

The Pandora has a main zipper closure, a zippered inside pocket and and an inside slip pocket too.

Here is the link to see some of the other tester's bags: Pandora Test Bags
Buy pattern here.

Buy this Pandora Bag below in my Etsy Shop.

For fun I added a flower painted button on the zipper tab.

The back of the bag show a different part of the large floral print.

Bag opens nice and wide!

Zipper pocket with my handmade beaded zipper pull with charm.

I divided the slip pocket with a pen pocket down the center.
This lovely Pandora Bag is for sale in my Etsy shop.

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Take a Stand, The Stand Up Tote #2

A friend of mine saw my Take a Stand The Stand Up Tote (byAnnie Pattern) that I had tested for Annie last year and commissioned me to make her one too. She wanted purple and turquoise. So I made this one for her in batik fabric.

I had stitched some decorative stitches on the accent of mine and she liked that too, so I stitched it on her bag too, only a bit differently. I couldn't repeat the exact same stitches in the exact same way even if I wanted to. Last month I delivered this to her and she loved it, which makes me just s happy as it made her!

Decorative machine stitches, hand French knots, buttons and crystals embellish the accent strip. There is a zippered pocket across the front and the back of this bag too.

Bag closes with a zipper and the bag is nice and deep.

Zippered pocket on the back of the bag is large too.

Inside the bag is roomy and has mesh pockets that are divided. 

To show you how much this can hold, I put in my large wallet, a strawberry fold up bag, sunglasses, reading glasses, a coin purse, and keys.

After testing the #StandUpTote, Annie added a larger size than this one to the pattern. That one is large enough to hold most irons if you take it to class or retreat. The smaller bag can be used as a purse or a project bag. It is sure pretty enough to use however you want to.

Here is the pattern cover from Annie's site to shoe you both sizes. I need to make the large size one day too.
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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Pineapple Quilt Blocks

I started making some pineapple blocks using the Pineapple Trim Ruler by Creative Grids. After watching Jenny Doan (of Missouri Star Quilting Co.) demonstrate this ruler in one of her video tutorials, I was sold on this ruler and had to have it. So I grabbed white scraps and batik scraps and played making scrappy blocks. In the photo below I just placed the blocks down to get an idea of what it would look like. I later sewed these together and I just need to add a border and quilt it.

I will be making more blocks as time permits. The pineapple block has always been a favorite of mine.

Here is the video quilt tutorial:

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