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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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Brookfield Bag in Cowgirl Boots & Hats Fabric

I listed this bag on Etsy recently and it sold right away. Yay! So now I will show you the bag. This is the Brookfield Bag by Sew Sweetness. I used a cute Cowgirl Boot & Hat fabric paired with the red to accent the bag. I like this bag style and have made several in the past.

A cross body adjustable bag with a turn lock closure.

I love how cute the boots and hats are. Just had to pair this fabric with red.


Back of the bag.

Inside is a slip pocket of the exterior fabric. 

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Haiti Knit Scarf & Seaweed Knit Scarf

I knit a couple of scarves recently. The first one in variegated blue yarn is called the Haiti Scarf. The pattern is free and written by Ilga Leja.

Since I don't have a model or other way of displaying scarves, it makes photographing them rather difficult.
I think this yarn was a merino wool, but I cannot remember.
Haiti Scarf


The next scarf is called Seaweed Stole/Scarf. It is a Chevron style knit. It's wide enough to wear as a stole or scarf. The pattern is free on Holly Marie Knits blog. The yarn for this was missing the label, but it is a wool or a wool blend. It blocked nicely. I like the touches of blue and gray along with the brown and tan and rust colors.





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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Two Patriotic Bags

Being it is Thanksgiving Day in the USA, I want to wish all my American friends a wonderful Thanksgiving today. And since this is an American holiday, (although other countries do celebrate some kind of Thanksgiving as well in other months), I thought this would be a good time to show my latest bags in Patriotic fabrics.

I got a custom order to make this style bag, but in Red-White-Blue fabric, when she saw this style bag at one of the craft shows I sold at last week. Since I was making one bag, I thought why not make 2, making each a bit different. On one of the bags I sewed together strips of various fabrics of reds, white, and blues. On the other bag, I used a blue fabric with white stars. I thought I would let her choose the one she liked best and then I would have the other one to sell. She like the blue with the stars best. I will be giving this bag to her on Friday.

The bag is the large Retreat Bag by (Emmaline Bags) with so many modifications, that it is more of my own design now, other than the basic shape. My changes are: I added a zippered pocket inside, pockets on the front and the back, strap tabs, handles, a tab closure with a magnetic snap instead of a zipper closure, extra padding in the bottom of the bag and rivets. Plus I quilted it and the outside pockets too.

Here are the two Patriotic Bags~

This first one is the bag with the sewn together strips of course. The strip of fabric in the center of the pocket is the Pledge of Allegiance words. The lining of the those pockets is the same Pledge of Allegiance fabric, but you cannot see that.


The back of the bag.

The bottom of the bag with extra padding.

This bag opens wide with the internal frame to keep it open.


Slip pocket with a pen pocket on the left.


Pretty bottom, lol!!

On this bag, I had just enough of the star fabric for the body of the bag and just enough of the text fabric for the pockets, so that worked out nicely!


The back of the bag.

The padded bottom...don't we all need a padded bottom? LOL!!!

Opens nice and wide of course.

The slip pocket with the on pocket on the left.



Pretty padded bottom.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Arabesque Bag in Blues-Turquoise-Green Batik

I love making the #ArabesqueBag (pattern by Sew Sweetness), especially in batik strips. This is a nice sized bag that holds a lot and has a zippered closure. I sold this one at a craft show I did recently. I am having so much fun making these using fabric strips, that I don't know when I might try one in all one fabric.


Side view to show the depth.


The pattern doesn't have any outside pockets, but I know I as well as people who buy bags from me like an exterior pocket for their keys or phone or both, so I decided to start adding a zippered pocket to the back of my Arabesque bags from now on. I sold 3 with the back zippers at the 2 craft shows I did last week, so now I only have one left with no pocket on the back.


The bag opens nice and wide.

Inside is a slip pocket with a pen pocket.


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Monday, November 12, 2018

Take Me to Class Tote for Cutting Mat & Rulers

I made this tote to hold my cutting mat and rulers for when I go to classes or sew with friends. The tutorial to make this Take Me to Class Tote, is by the Sewing Chick, but the free tutorial is at Sew in Love with Fabric blog.

I of course made some changes. I made my straps so they went the full height of the bag and added rivets. I added a front and back pocket between the straps. I mean why not add more pockets, especially on the outside to access some items too? By making the straps longer, the pockets fit between the straps perfectly and it makes sense to lengthen the straps for more stability as well.

This tote with the zipper that unzips all the way around, allows the tote to lie flat on the table for easy access to the rulers and mat. I like how it turned out and it's quite a useful project to make.


Inside there is a pocket to hold a cutting mat. (Note: I had to piece my pocket with lime green fabric on the sides because I didn't have enough fabric to make the pocket in all one fabric)
The other side has ruler pockets that you could divide how you want them, for the size rulers you will most likely carry with you..

I didn't have a large enough table to open this to set it on to see it full opened, so it is hanging to give you the idea of how it opens flat. 

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Monday, November 5, 2018

My Fabric Folder Pattern on Sale Now!

To celebrate all things November like Election Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, my grandson's birthday, my friend's birthday, and my birthday, I am having a limited time sale for my Fabric Folder pdf Pattern on Craftsy. Regular price for the pdf is $7.95, on sale now for $5.95. So get the pattern now while it is on sale.

This pattern is a great way to use up scraps, orphan blocks, novelty prints, and applique. You decide how you want to create the front with my directions for piecing or using a fabric. These make great gifts and don't take a lot of time (especially if you use a whole fabric and do not piece or applique).

You can make them in a theme for a loved one. The folder itself is great for holding your knitting patterns, quilt patterns and more as you make something. Hold school or office papers, important documents, or just a great folder when you need to transport papers that you don't want to get bent or wrinkled in the process.

From now November 5 through November 13 (my birthday) the Fabric Folder pdf pattern is priced at $5.95. The price will go back up to $7.95 on November 13 about 6:00 PM (Mountain time).

Fabric Folder pdf pattern on sale now.  (Applique shown is not included in the pattern , it is just one of several suggestions on how to make your folder front).

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