Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pins and Trimmins Bag

I have always wanted one of these but just never took the time to make it.  This past Spring (yes, I am a little behind here), I designed a bag for the ladies to do at our guild retreat.  I will post the tutorial next post.
Don't you love this fabric.  I have a thing for notion type fabric.  I think it is incredibly cute and perfect for projects like this.  Its been in my stash for about a year and a half.  Whew, that time went fast.
This is not on the pattern.  One of the ladies suggesting putting a little rubberized backing on it.  I just hand sewed it on
Then I wanted a match set because I never have matched sets.  Like you know those ladies that have matching bags and suitcases.  Not me.  Just a conglomeration of whateve was on sale.  Ha!  But thats okay I am a thrifty kind of girl after all.  But this was a little treat for myself along with some functionality. 

I just measure my machine, figured a rectangular size, added a half an inch for each side. I added some batting as well.  I sewed my sides and one end with right sides together and then turned it inside out.  I added Velcro and the straps.  Just turn in the final side and sew closed.

Yes, below there is a little bit of a mess.  My sewing room is in a constant process of clean and then messy.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Feathered Star

Here is what I have been painstakingly working on over the past month.  It was kind of a personal challenge.  I did good but not as good as I would have liked. I am calling this a practice run.

I have Marsha McCloskey's book Feathered Stars and have also followed some advice from Erin Russek of One Piece At A Time.  That has been very helpful to me because I used a rotary cutter and Marsha uses templates.

My Mom being the traditionalist she is, saw this, and said, oh, Lori, you have to make two of these for the kids. Argh! Does she know how long it takes to make one.  How exacting every stitch is?  I did say that to her but her reply was, "Its worth it, this is an heirloom type quilt."

While we are on the subject-  I think scrap quilts are heirlooms.  Not my Mom apparently. Really, I have seen people say that on their blogs and heard people say that.  I am not totally in agreement with that statement.  Think of how quilts first go started.  They were made from scraps.  They certainly are heirloom, are they not?

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Itty Bitty Nine Inch Patches

They are two! inches! finished!

As annoying as they are, they are so freaking addictive to me right now.  Why?  I dunno. Maybe it helps me forget the personal and familial challenges of the last two weeks.  I am not going to over analyze it.  I am just going to go with it.  Two inch nine patch thrust.

Here are my adaptations, what works best for me with Joan's Nine Inch Patch Grid.

1. Take special note of the lines going vertically, the dotted ones.  She did say this in her workshop.  I am saying i again because it really IS important.

2. Make sure you are accurate in your cutting.

3. Make sure you sew on the line.  If you sew to t he left of the line (along side it) you will have a slightly less than two inch patch.

4. Now, here are my things that work from me.  Sew all the vertical lines and then clip as directed.  Sew the first two horizontal and cut that line off.  I do this because as you are sewing down the bulk of them is a bit cumbersome.  The patches are completely sewn on that row anyway.


5.  Also, when sewing the horizontal row, things can get fiddly.  You need to make sure all the bulk is where you want it to be.  You also have to make sure your sewing lines stay straight.
6.  Here is a real IMPORTANT tip.  Check, every single time you go to use your iron to make sure the sticky glue dots are facing up- not down on your ironing board.

7.  This is kind of going backwards a bit but I like to make all the grids ironing after each nine patch is placed, this way it does not move around while I place the rest of it.  I just do it enough to stabilize it.

8. When placing pins in the line and making sure they come out the other side, I just stick my pin in through the font and over to the side, this way I don't have to pin it twice.  I turn it over and check to make sure it is lined up.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Scrap Therapy Plus One... Little Squares

A few of the ladies from my guild and another guild attended a class with Joan Ford. She is the author of Scrap Therapy: Scraps Plus One and Cut The Scraps: 7 Steps To Quilting Your Way Through Your StashHere is a link to her blog- Hummingbird Highway.
Here are some of her quilts.  Way nicer in person.

See how tiny these little patches are.  In her quilt, 99 Bottles, there are around 500 give or take.  If you want details see her book Scraps Plus One.
Here is my box of scraps to work from. I wish I had brought more 2 inch ones.  At the last minute I decided I wanted to do blue theme.  But in the end I am going with whatever for a total scrappy quilt.
Here is our teacher, Joan Ford.  A real good sport that thankfully has a good sense of humor.  We might have become just a tad rowdy on her.  Nothing out of the norm for our group.  No one would ever call us straight laced.  Just a warning there.
This is all of us, ah hem, except for the people that just would not get their tails out for a pic.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Video About Social Media

Social media is a great thing but it really has a bad side too.  Like all things it is about balance.  If you try to ignore all the social media out there you really miss out.  Likewise if you spend all your time with the computer or your phone you really miss out on REAL people, REAL experience.

This is a really great video.  All so very true. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Aquas, Corals, Oranges and Turquoise

global brights
Design Seeds

These are all the colors I have been wanting. Not sure exactly how I will go about it or what I will do...  Want to focus on the coral and aqua.  I wonder why I have this in my head.

global brights
 color rack
 color field

Monday, June 9, 2014

Easy Paper Bow

I totally love this bow because you can make them so easy.  You can style up your package exactly how you want it to be.  You could even use some cartoon paper for something a little different.

You can find the tut and template here at How About Orange. Have you been to that site How About Orange.  Lots of fabulous ideas things to look at.