Thursday, March 15, 2018

Travel & Passport Wallet 2

I made this Passport Travel Wallet for my sister and gave it to her in December. She and her husband will be traveling in the summer to visit her eldest son who is living in Taipei, Taiwan. (My son is also living in Taiwan in a different city).

This passport wallet will hold their passports, tickets, currency and more. The pattern is from So Sew Easy and this is the second wallet I made, but on this one I changed some things. I added a tab closure with a magnetic snap and inside I angled the pockets instead of making them rounded like the pattern. I also lined the longer currency pockets.

I only had a small piece of the airplane/map fabric and it wasn't enough for the exterior of the wallet, so I added a border all around it to make it large enough. I like how that framed the other fabric. 

Inside is room for tickets, passports, currency and ID cards and more. Perfect size for holding essentials 2 or more people.

The back/front opened up to show how it looks from the outside.

I am glad I was able to use this cute fabric at last.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Gabbie's Grove: A ChrisW Design Pattern

Christine of ChrisW Designs has designed another bag for her Easy Street Collection of bags and this one is called Gabbie's Grove. Easy Street Collection patterns have fewer pattern pieces and the bag designs are faster and easier to sew, compared to Christine's other bag patterns. Even though these bags are easier to sew they are still loaded with great design features! I loved testing this bag!

This bag can be worn across the body with an adjustable strap. You can also take off the adjustable strap and carry it like a clutch and it can be converted to a backpack as well by looping the adjustable strap through the top carry handle. It can also be carried as a tote bag by the two handles that are on the front of the bag. Such versatility in one bag! I am keeping this bag for myself because it will be a great bag to use for quilt shows and a day out shopping. As I shop, and the bag gets full, it will be able to hold a lot.

The bag is made using a foam stabilizer so when opened up into a tote the shape of the bag will stand up nicely and not flop over.

See testers versions here. Newsletter subscribers only can get the SALE price through March 17 (Australian Eastern Standard time) get 20% off the pattern, but only on Christine's website here. But you need to subscribe to her newsletter to get the discount and get the code.

The Celestial Fabric seemed a perfect choice for me with not only moons, but suns and stars too.

I used a Celestial fabric I had for a long time and a faux cork fabric, called Uncorked that is a quilting cotton that is made to look like cork. I love the look of the faux cork and it comes in several colors. I got 3 colors to use on future bags too.

The back of the bag has a phone/key pocket.

A grab handle, which you can loop the adjustable strap through to convert it to a backpack.

The front of the bag folds over when wearing as a cross body bag or on the shoulder.

A zippered pocket is located on the front of the bag under the folded over front.

The front opens up into a tote bag and can be carried by the shorter handles when you have it full of  goodies from your day of shopping. 

Inside the bag. The bag snaps closed with 2 magnetic snaps, so when it is folded over everything stays nicely inside the bag. And as long as you don't stuff it too much when fully opened, you can snap it closed in this position too.

I added a divided slip pocket inside the bag to hold a couple of pens and a pad of paper.

Opened up showing the back

Opened up showing the front.

Front folded over. 
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Colors of the Seashore: Baby Quilt for Great Niece

A baby girl was born to our nephew this month. They named her Scarlet. I made a baby quilt not knowing if the baby would be a boy or a girl (they didn't want to know in advance), so since they live in California, I decided to make a quilt in the colors of the ocean, and I named the quilt, Colors of the Seashore. I used aqua, blues, greens and sand colors. I backed it in a flannel of aqua with white peace signs. Truly a California quilt. I am still a California hippie girl myself, lol!

Welcome Scarlet. I hope to someday meet you. I hope you will enjoy being cuddled in your quilt.

Made using scraps that I had in these colors.

I quilted it in a simple diagonal grid.

Flannel backing with peace signs. 

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

$2 Sale Patterns on Makerist

Hello friends, I wanted to let you know about a fantastic sale that is going to be happening at Makerist. March 12-18 patterns will be on sale for only $2 for all kinds of crafts, like quilting, knitting, sewing, crochet, embroidery, etc. Only participating designers will be having their patterns on sale and they may or may not have all their patterns for the $2 sale, but hey it is worth checking out! I have 4 of my patterns on sale during the $2 sale.

You can shop by category, or by designer too. So if you want to click on quilting and browse all the patterns, you can do that. If you select shop by designer, then you can click on the designer's name and only those patterns will pop up. Once you click a category, like knitting, then on the left you can also narrow down your search with other categories, such as hats.

Have fun browsing and shopping all the sale patterns and maybe even the patterns not on sale too. I know I will be browsing some patterns myself!

Mark your calendar for the Makerist $2 sale on March 12-18.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Enlarged Clematis Bag in Patchwork

I made a scrappy patchwork Clematis bag that I enlarged and added an adjustable strap to as well. The original pattern is a smaller wristlet bag. The pattern is free from Blue Calla Designs. I like changing things on bags that I make, like making them larger or smaller, adding an adjustable strap so it can be worn across the body or on the shoulder and fit a variety of woman, and adding additional pockets too.

Inside the bag is a divided slip pocket with pen pockets and a zippered pocket too.

I quilted the bag in wavy lines.

Side view to show the depth of the bag.

The back of the bag

Closer look at the back side.

Another view inside showing the slip pocket and zippered pocket.
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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Nesting Baskets

Lisa of Around the Bobbin just released her set of 3 Nesting Baskets pattern. I was also a tester of these baskets. These baskets are easy to make once you get the hang of it and with 3 sizes to choose from you can make several for all your needs and they make great gifts too. Plus it is  great way to use up fat quarters of fabric! I made one of each size and will be making more of them when I get a chance.

Lisa's instructions are excellent and she chose the perfect interfacing to create these baskets. I did a bit of experimenting on mine, so I will mention what I did when I get to that basket photo. The pattern in on sale for a very short time, so grab it while you can and save 25% off the pattern price through Monday Feb. 26 by using the code NEST25

To give you more inspiration and see how these baskets look in different fabric, check out the testers versions here.

Here are my baskets~

This is the small size, which is still quite roomy inside.

Small basket.

Small basket from the side.

Small basket.

Small basket empty.

Medium basket.

Medium basket showing the side.

Using the stripe fabric made the folded sides automatically have mitered corners, which was a fun surprise.

The medium basket size holds 4 large cones of thread to give you an idea about size.

Inside the medium size.

Top view.

On the large basket I tried using one-sided fusible foam (Flex Foam). Even with a lot of pressing afterwards, it left a bit of wrinkles on the fabric. I would not recommend using the foam, at least not the fusible kind. It stands up nicely, but I prefer Lisa's interfacing choices instead.

Inside the large basket. This lining fabric is a fabric that was from my mom's quilt shop from the mid 1970's! My sister mailed it to me last year. I had some of this fabric in a blue colorway and had forgotten about this yellow/orange colorway.

Instead of adding fabric handles (which you can add to any of the basket sizes and are included in the instructions), I made a Kumihimo Handle instead of fabric. Kumihimo is Japanese braiding.

The side of the large basket.

I added rickrack and French knots around the top of the basket because either the thread I was trying to use to topstitch was not stitching well or my machine was starting to have some tension issues right at the end of making this basket, so I had to get creative, lol!

All 3 sizes nesting inside of one another.

Papa, Mama and Baby size baskets.

Don't forget you need to act quickly if you want to get 25% off the pattern price for the Nesting Basket pattern, using code Nest25. Discount good through February 26.
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