Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Twister Fabric Tray

I tested this Twister Fabric Tray, which is a new pattern from Around the Bobbin. In making this tray I got to try out a new heat moldable product from Bosal. It is fusible and an interesting product to work with and  it does take a bit of time and trial and error to get it to mold as you want it to. The good thing is that you can play with it and redo it as much as you like. I really enjoyed making the Twister part of the tray using the Mini Twister template. I have made Twister quilts before and I just love the look of the Twister quilt, plus it's fun to make too. 

The tray is a useful and fun thing to have, if only I was able to get it to mold how I wanted it to. Maybe this stuff molds easier on a small project? I do love how my Twister looks though.


This is the Mini Twister that is quilted to the fusible moldable product before shaping it into the tray.

I molded the 4 corners up into a tray. The Bosal product is very hard and stiff.
As a comparison, this was my first attempt at molding the tray and as you can see it wasn't very good! The corners were too pinched.

This is the back of the tray on my first attempt. I definitely prefer the softer rounded corners of my second attempt.
The good thing is, you can heat and play with this until you are satisfied with the result.
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Running With Scissors Tool Case

This is the Running with Scissors Tool Organizer Case I tested for Annie of byAnnie Patterns. You can use it alone or make the Stand Up Tote and open this tool case and lay to over the tote to access your tools when sewing.

There is a zippered pocket on the front.
I added a decorative stitches accent on this case just like I did on the Stand Up Tote. 


This is the back of the case and it has a zippered pocket too.


I added a couple of rivets too on the handle.

Tons of pockets inside to hold all your tools. Both fabric pockets and clear vinyl slip pockets and a  full zippered pocket and a divided zipper pocket too. While I was testing this, I must have skipped ahead and forgot to sew the yellow binding on the bottom of the zippered pocket, so I had to add something else and I sewed on a rickrack there to cover the raw mesh. 

This is a little ironing pad that you place inside the tool case that will also protect your tools, since it is padded with Soft and Stable foam.


I filled this with lots of my tools and still didn't use all the pockets! There are a lot of pockets and you can divide how you like them. I wasn't sure how I wanted to divide mine, so I made fewer divisions than the pattern suggests. This was designed to hold Tula Pink's tools and I do not have any of her tools.



The center section has fold over elastic to hold spools of thread. I mostly use large spools or thread on cones, but I found a few different sizes of threads I had to demonstrate how this holds the thread. 

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Take a Stand, Stand Up Tote

I tested a few patterns for Annie Unrein recently (byAnnie creator of Soft and Stable and designer of dozens of patterns). This Stand Up Tote was one of them. It was designed to go with the Running With Scissors Organizer (that I also tested and will post later this week). The pattern for testing had both all in one pattern, but Annie decided to separate them into 2 separate patterns so that it wasn't such a long pattern. I told her I thought it would better in 2 patterns. By making 2 separate patterns, she added a larger tote to the pattern, so that you have 2 sizes of this tote in one pattern. This one I made is now the smaller size and there is also a larger version in the pattern.

I really love this and have been using it lately as a handbag and it works out really well. I am right handed and the only thing I would change is to make the zipper open on the opposite side it is now. I will do that with the next bag I make. I have an order to make one already for a friend, so I will make that change when I start the bag.

I did make my accent strip on the front of the bag with decorative stitches and rickrack (the pattern does have a fabric only accent strip, but not with decorative stitches, which is my own artsy addition). That's the change I made, but the rest I did follow the pattern instructions.

The front of the bag has the fabric accent strip and a zippered pocket. On the back of the bag there is another zippered pocket (but no fabric accent strip). The strap is adjustable and it clips to the bag on each side, so you can remove the strap if you want to remove it.

Rickrack and decorative stitches to enhance the fabric accent strip. I added some crystals and French knots too. I quilted it in wavy lines.

The side of the bag has a loop to tuck the excess zipper into when carrying the bag. You need a long zipper because this bag opens up nice and wide.

See inside how wide it opens up and there are 2 divided mesh slip pockets with fold over elastic binding the top of the mesh. 

The mesh allows you to see what is inside the pockets.
I really love this bag and will make the large one too, but first I need to make the custom order for this size.

I will post the Running with Scissors Organizer Tool Case in a day or 2. When the tool case is unzipped and fully open it will lay over this tote, so that you can access your sewing tools from either side. But both of these items work nicely on their own too.
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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Prickly Pear Quilt

I made the blocks for this Prickly Pear quilt (pattern by Karen Stone) at least 12 years ago I think. Then they sat for years. A couple years ago I sewed the blocks together with the aqua triangles and it sat again. Well finally a couple of months ago I quilted it and now it is hanging in our bedroom. I don't know why it took me so long to finish.

These are positive, negative like blocks where you fuse the applique shapes and cut out each color and then mix up the colors onto the background squares . The background squares are black and purple. All the applique is batik fabric and the aqua triangles too.



The applique pieces here and below are different cut out shapes to give the same pattern in a positive and negative. It was a fun pattern, but a lot of blanket stitching!


I quilted free form flowers and swirls in the aqua sections.
I could only find a website for Karen Stone that is coming soon it says, but her email is there if you want to contact her and a link to buy her books too.
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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

I am a Material Girl Quilt

I made this cute quilt along with my applique group. We each made the same quilt putting our own touches on it. We started with the Amy Bradley pattern called  Everyday is a Shopping Day. Instead of adding those words (the title of the pattern), I chose my own saying and chose my own font too. I call my quilt, "I am a Material Girl", which I thought was a cuter play on words for this quilt.


I reduced the pattern to make her a bit smaller. Some of the ladies in our applique group made theirs the original size and some the reduced size. I started my quilt by using some scraps of white and cream that I sewed together to make a background. Then I stitched down the applique and added my wording, border and quilted it. I also added some embellishments. I had an iron wall decor piece I got at Hobby Lobby quite a while ago and it was the perfect size to use for my quilt. I sewed a couple of grosgrain ribbon tabs around the iron decor piece and to my quilt and hung her up that way.

Hanging on the wall in my sewing room

I entered this quilt into a contest too at PatternReview.com I came in 3rd place, but there were only prizes for 1st and 2nd place. I had more comments posted about my quilt than the winners had (at least at that time) and they were all so sweet what they said. I love my quilt and it is hanging up in my sewing room.





I added a different necklace. It's a button with a crystal glued to it.

Her dog is carrying a bundle of Fat Quarters!



Taking this photo in the sun, shows the quilting more.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my quilt.

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Baker Street Bag

This is my first Baker Street Bag. It is a free pattern from Sew Sweetness. Sara of Sew Sweetness has even made a free video tutorial for making this bag, but I have not watched it yet, as I had no problem following the pdf pattern. I did make changes though. Instead of 2 straps, I made one adjustable strap. I added an applique to the front and I added a zippered pocket on the back of the bag too.
This is a nice sized bag with a zippered top closure.



The depth is shown here.

Top zippered closure.

I added a zippered pocket to the back of the bag.

My signature zipper pull too.

Inside is roomy with divided slip pockets.

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