Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Lone Pine Christmas Tree Table Runner

I have been wanting to make this table runner called the Lone Pine, since I first got the pattern for it a few years ago. Well I finally got it done. It is made using the X-Block ruler so it makes it faster and easier to assemble. This is another runner I made for my sister.

I stitched in the ditch in around the border fabrics to anchor the runner in place before doing free motion quilting. But it still puckered a bit. I don't know why some of my quilts come out great when quilting and others just don't lie flat and want to pucker! It sure frustrates me when the top looks so good and then after the quilting it doesn't look that great to me. I spend so much time making quilts large and small, and I really hate to ruin it with quilting, but sometimes the puckering doesn't happen until I am well into it. No I won't rip that much quilting out! Besides there is no guarantee it won't pucker the 2nd time around. I hope my sister loves this. Maybe after washing it, it will all pucker and look better. I didn't want to wash it first because it might look like I gave her a used runner?

I made the runner larger with more trees than the pattern called for. Overall I like this runner's look. I quilted the border in a variegated thread.

I actually went in and covered up the white stitching across the trunks by using a brown Sharpie marker, which looks better. Did that after I took these photos.


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Monday, December 18, 2017

Wool Sunflower Pincushion

A good friend sent me a kit for my birthday last month of a wool sunflower pincushion. She knows I love sunflowers and (coneflowers too). I made this right away, but had been so busy posting bags for the Bag It Linky that I joined in on, that I hadn't had a chance to post this pincushion. Oh and by the way I found out I won a prize for the Bag It, a fat 1/8th bundle from Green Fairy Quilts. So I am looking forward to receiving it. The fabric is autumn colors.

I do love and use my pincushions. I made several of them myself and have been gifted with some too. I have one on my cutting table, one on my ironing table, one next to my sewing machines, one in the zippered pouch with all my sewing tools that sits on the table next to my chair when I watch TV. Plus lots of other little ones in other bags that I take with me to my groups, etc. I have all sizes and shapes of pincushions too. They are so handy and do make lovely gifts for sewing friends too. (I still use that little square wool pincushion you made for me years ago too Susan :0) Thank you for this sunflower pincushion kit Susan! I love it.

Here is the pincushion with a few pins added. I stuffed the pincushion with ground walnut shells, so this is weighty too. I finished it differently than the kit instructions too. The instructions wanted you to make a muslin liner, but I have never done that with wool pincushions before. The beauty of wool is that the wool (and the walnut shells too) will condition your pins and needles and I love wool for pincushions because the pins and needles also glide into it nicer. 

The leaves from the trees were on the ground and this pincushion looked perfect set on top of the leaves.




The back of the pincushion is a green wool herringbone. The color is really much richer than this photographed. It is more of an avocado green. Looks paler here.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Rover Small Passport Wallets

I made 3 of these passport wallets, but forgot to photograph the first one I made before taking it to the gift shop. So here are 2 of them. The pattern is called Rover and it's designed by Geny Cartes Sewing Patterns. It is an easy pattern and this passport wallet is smaller than the other ones I have made. It will hold a passport or 2 and ID or credit cards too. Doesn't take much fabric so ideal for using up scraps.

The city scene fabric is about 19 years old now! It was a Millennium fabric that came out just before the year 2000!!! Gosh remember how we counted down the days and minutes to the year 2000 and people were so worried that computers would crash? Can you believe in just over 2 years we will be in the year 2020??? Where did the time go? 2020 always seemed so futuristic!

I repeated some of the exterior fabric on the inside too.

You can put a passport here and on the other pocket across from it. Can be used for cash or tickets too.

The front and back view.
This is another Rover Passport wallet using another Millennium fabric, clocks.

The back side.


Inside I used a blue and a yellow fabric.


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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Large Gerbera Cross Body Bag

This is the Gerbera Bag that I enlarged. I made it in all batik fabric on the outside.

A touch of a sunflower print in the center.


Inside is a slip pocket and a zippered pocket.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Decorative Stitched Clematis Wristlet

I made another Clematis Wristlet in denim and I stitched decorative stitches on the denim. This is a free pattern by Blue Calla Designs.


This is one side of the bag.

This is the other side of the bag.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Small Arabesque Bag in Purple

After making the last Arabesque Bag smaller, I decided to make another one using purple scrap strips. This bag has a lot of royal purple fabric, but for some weird reason purple tends to photograph blue! This is a great bag pattern for using up scraps. It is a free pattern by Sew Sweetness.
One side of the bag.



This is the other side of the bag.

Inside I added a slip pocket and a zippered pocket. This fabric is really royal purple! Photographs blue, weird!
This bag has sold!

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Large Clematis Cross Body Bag

I made another Clematis Bag that I enlarged to 120%. The free pattern is for a wristlet. I also added a zippered pocket in addition to the slip pocket inside. The pattern is from Blue Calla.



Slip pocket and I added a zippered pocket across from it too.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Multi-Purpose Tech Bag

I made this Multi-Purpose Tech Bag a pattern by So Sew Easy. I didn't have a large grommet like the pattern called for, so I used a magnetic snap to close the bag. I used the cowboys on a fence fabric for the flap and back of the bag.

My tablet fits inside this bag easily.

I think the cowboy fabric is so cool.

The back of the bag. There is a zippered pocket on the back.

I used a magnetic snap as a closure.

The back zippered pocket.

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Kyra Card Pouch Wallets

I made a few Kyra card wallets, a pattern by GenyCartes Sewing Patterns. These are easy to make and use just a little fabric. There are 3 sizes in the pattern, but I made 2, the large and the small. There is also a tall size as well that I haven't tried yet.

I gave the large one of these to a friend for her birthday and the small one I donated as a prize at a craft show I did in November.

They hold business cards, credit cards or ID cards.

My friend loves tea, so this was a nice fabric for her.

The back sides.

Here is another one in different fabrics.

The back side.


I made this one a bit different by adding another pocket, so now it has 4 card pockets instead of just 2 pockets.

This is a different card wallet that I found somewhere online for free, but I cannot remember where or the name of the tutorial. Sorry.

I used scraps to create the outside.

Inside are 4 pockets for cards. I used a piece of Ultra Suede for the snap tab.



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