I'm slowly going to share each quilt, in order, with the exception of a few that I've already shared. So, first up we'll be looking at the quilts in the color chapter. Last month I shared the first quilt, Opposites Attract. Today I'm sharing Interlocked.
For more on how the book is structured see this post.
I currently have signed copies of the book available in my shop.
In the end, I settled on this interlocking design. To make the design work well, I tried to really limit my fabrics to prints with no other colors in them, beyond these three. I think it helps make it feel more cohesive.
This is one of the smaller quilts in the book, a nice little throw. I definitely gravitate towards big quilts, but I threw in a few smaller designs to provide some variety. And let's be honest, make it a little easier to finish all the quilts in six months!
For the quilting, I did my signature doodle loops. It goes nice and quick, especially on a smaller quilt! I find it much more forgiving than a standard stipple.
It's finished off with a colorful binding, and a nice blue-purple print from Luxe in Bloom for the backing. I have a handful of quilts with backings from that collection, and it's still not enough!
Happy July! It's time for June's monthly report. See past reports here.
Early in the month I drove home to Ohio and spent a week with family. We squeezed a lot into this trip, including a trip down to Columbus to visit with my Aunt and Brother. Stopped in at Jeni's ice cream while we were there!
Every month we're here, I've sewn a little bit more. I finished this pillow last month for my friend Amanda's birthday. Now that she's received it, I can share! I made one block from my Webbed pattern using Lizzy House fabrics along with some linen. I'm happy with how it turned out, and she loved it. Mission accomplished!
I can't quite wrap my head around the open empty space that we have here. After being so cramped in our tiny apartment for six years, having enough room to baste a quilt is unbelievable. Since taking this photo I finished my vintage sheet four patch quilt. I'm hoping to get some photos of it this weekend.
We bought some outdoor furniture a few weeks ago and have been wasting no time breaking it in. This past weekend Michael smoked ribs, so I brought my singer featherweight outside and worked on my scrappy pineapple blocks.
To keep myself accountable for my stash goals, I'm tracking my yardage for fabric and yarn each month. Read more about how I track my here. Here is how I did in June:
June Fabric Used up: 11.75 yards Brought in: 7.5 yards Net: -4.25 yards Year to date: +19 yards
June Yarn Used up: 0 yards Brought in: 0 yards Net: 0 yards Year to date: +218 yards
The end of the month seems to be when I am most susceptible to buying fabric! I hadn't bought any until the 29th. I checked out a new-to-me shop and picked up some goodies. No yarn activity this month, but I am knitting again! So maybe in July?
I finished my wonderland log cabin blocks, and they're now sewn into a top! Plus, I made a scrappy backing too, so it's ready for basting. Really looking forward to getting this quilt crossed off my list.
Played out a few variation ideas for my lined drawstring bag pattern. I think the result is pretty darn cute! Looking forward to experimenting more.
George bunny says hello. He's at the tail end of his big yearly shed, so he's extra fuzzy right now! Have a great month!
Happy Friday! I'm really excited to launch my new pattern, the Workshop Tote today!
I designed this tote to be the perfect size for taking to your next workshop or retreat! Fill it with your latest projects, sewing supplies or snacks. It's nice and roomy, and can easily be customized with piecing or a really fun fabric. The pattern includes three styles: half-square triangle, patchwork, and plain. There's also instructions for adding a simple slip pocket to the interior.
These bags are meant to be strong, but soft. I find that when I'm packing up my stuff for a retreat, I don't pull for the super stiff bags. When I carry my featherweight, I of course use something with a lot of weight to it (my sew portable travel set), but for everyday use I like something that's softer. Structure is added with tucking at the very end, along with medium-weight Pellon SF101 interfacing.
For all three of my bags I used a mix of light and medium weight woven fabrics. It also stitches up great in quilting cotton! You could also use light-weight canvas fabrics, but I'd avoid those for the half-square triangle version. Could make for some bulky seams! If you'd like a stiffer tote, you can always choose to use a heavier interfacing.
The tote exterior can be made with yardage, fat quarters, fat eighths or charm packs.
You can find the Workshop Tote Pattern in my online shop. It's available in PDF and paper formats. This pattern is suitable for comfortable beginners!
There are instructions for making your own handles as well as using webbing for the handles. I love to buy 100% cotton webbing to have on hand for making bags like these, because it's dyeable! I'll share a tutorial soon for using RIT to dye your own custom handles, it's super simple. I also like the look of the webbing as is, which I used on the solid sample for this pattern!
This is a great time to make these totes because there are tons of different woven fabric options on the market right now! My samples are made from woven fabrics from a number of manufacturers, which I'll include in a list below with lots of other great options. The new wovens from Alison Glass would also be perfect for these totes!
I originally designed the half-square triangle tote included in this pattern back in September 2016 for Quilts & More magazine. This one was stitched up in quilting cotton and it turned out great! It was my first project for the magazine, and it appeared in the Spring 2017 issue. See more about that version in this post. With a lot of magazine work, you have to wait a specified amount of time after the magazine has been published before using your designs in other ways. So that's been part of the delay, that and our big move!
The time has finally come. I've mentioned quite a few times over the last few years that I wanted to share each of the quilts in my book, Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle. I put a huge amount of time and effort into writing it, it seems silly that I haven't gone into greater detail about the quilts in it.
I'm slowly going to share each quilt, in order, with the exception of a few that I've already shared. So, first up we'll be looking at the quilts in the color chapter. For more on how the book is structured see this post.
Let's start at the beginning. This little scrappy block was the beginning of my loving relationship with half-square triangles. It was made with the little triangle offcuts from joining binding strips together. These exact scraps came from the binding of my first two quilts! My warm color quilt and my cool color quilt. This simple block led me to hosting my first quilt along, the Warm Cool Quilt Along, and was the inspiration for Opposites Attract.
This quilt was the first one that I made for the book. I had just signed my contract, and I got to work right away. Since I played with warm vs. cool in my earlier work with half-square triangles, I knew I had to include the concept in the book.
I used a pretty wide range of values for this version. If I made it again, I would have omitted some of the darker prints.
For the quilting I used two different free motion designs. In the cool colored sections I did my standard doodle loops. In the warm colored sections I quilted organic lines. The difference doesn't show up too well in photos, but in person the difference in quilting really helps accentuate the design.
For the last year or so, I've been trying my best to prioritize working on getting old projects finished up or pass them onto someone else. This has been an effort to make things easier for our move, but also to tie up some of my many loose end projects. For the most part, I've done a pretty good job of this. Now that we've been in our new home for six months (whoa), I felt like it was finally time for a shiny new project.
When my parents came to visit last month, they brought with them the rest of my vintage pyrex and enamelware collections. I used my stash of vintage sheet fabrics to pack those collections. It worked out great, and made the unpacking really fun and colorful. When I was putting away all my sheets, I kept the scraps and small pieces to the side. I decided my next quilt had to be a scrappy sheet quilt.
With all these crazy patterns and colors I knew I wanted to keep the piecing simple. I happened to have a small stack of 5" squares already cut, so I built off of that. I decided to make some four patch blocks that finished at 4.5" to go with them. This was great for cutting up smaller scraps.
There has been a lot of chain piecing to put this quilt together. The day I started it, I didn't have much of a plan other than the basic design. I didn't know how big it was going to be, how many blocks I'd need, or any other details worked out. I just started cutting and piecing. This is a big deal for me, because I almost never work this way. Usually I have everything figured out and the math done before I even iron the fabrics. It was a nice change of pace.
I think I was able to comfortably work spontaneously on this quilt because it was super scrappy. I didn't have to work about running out of a particular fabric or color. I did dip into some of my smaller cuts once I ran out of variety in the scraps, which was fine. I ended making the blocks in three batches.
I stitched the top together downstairs one evening with my vintage singer featherweight, in front of the tv. It's such a quiet machine, it was perfect!
I'm very excited to get this one finished. It has been a great low-stress project for me, and the fabrics are just so cheerful. Happy Quilting!
Happy June! It's time for May's monthly report. See past reports here.
Keeping things short and sweet for this month's report! We've been spending time working outside whenever the weather cooperates. A few weekends ago I made a couple of planters for our front porch. I followed this youtube video. I'm really pleased with how they turned out!
I've pulled together most of the dining room, and now have all my vintage enamelware and vintage Pyrex out and on display! I love having it all together again. Here is my shelf with all my Cathrineholm, Dansk Kobenstyle, and Arabia Finel pieces.
I've been sewing, still working mostly on smaller projects. One of which was another little stuffed mouse! I made one for my Mom for Easter (see it here), and this one I made for myself. Her name is Penelope. I used this pattern, and my favorite tiny heart buttons.
To keep myself accountable for my stash goals, I'm tracking my yardage for fabric and yarn each month. Read more about how I track my here. Here is how I did in May:
May Fabric Used up: 8.5 yards Brought in: 9.75 yards Net: +1.25 yards Year to date: +23.25 yards
May Yarn Used up: 0 yards Brought in: 0 yards Net: 0 yards Year to date: +218 yards
In terms of stashing, I did okay this month. I bought a few yards of plain canvas for some upcoming bags, plus a few goodies from Bijou Lovely. The rest was gifted to me, which I do still count! :)
One project from last month was this simple mini quilt that I made for my Mom for Mother's Day. I've been holding onto these panels by Suzy Ultman from Appleville for years. I still have a few pieces left, but it felt good to use up a few!
Two George photos this month, because why not? He's been his usual cute self. Have a great month!
Happy Tuesday! This quilt is a long overdue share. I finished it and took photos of it in April last year!
This quilt was made with a leftover variation block from my book, Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle. In addition to all twelve quilts included in the book, I made a variation block or quilt top of each design. I've slowly either passed these along or turned them into finished projects myself. This baby quilt was made using a variation block for the Convergence quilt.
Guess what? I've got signed copies of my book available in my online shop again! Get your copy here.
This block was already pretty big, so one wide border was all it needed to make it baby quilt sized. That pink butterfly print is hard to photograph, it's really much more of a red-purple in person!
I kept the quilting pretty simple, just some wavy lines quilted with my walking foot.
I did have fun piecing the back! I wanted it to be two sided, so I pieced a big asymmetrical cross. I needed something that would still look right after trimming away the extra backing, and I'm happy with how it turned out.
Bound it up in a fun print that happened to match well from my stash. I attached the binding by machine to both sides, as always. I find this especially handy for baby quilts, knowing they'll end up getting washed a lot.
As I mentioned, I snapped these photos last year, when we were still in Wisconsin. This spot was really close to our apartment, my favorite spot on Lake Mendota, Raymer's Cove. Missing it for sure! Happy Quilting!
FIGO Fabrics is a new fabric division of Northcott fabrics that launched last week at Quilt Market. They debuted with five beautiful modern fabric collections.
The folks at FIGO reached out to me this Spring to mock-up some of my patterns in their new fabrics and they stitched up a bunch of great projects! Many were on display at the show, and they can all be found in their LookBook! I'm sharing the projects made from my patterns below, but definitely check out the entire thing here, as well as their instagram.
As much as I love wrapping paper or a cute paper gift bag, my favorite way to give gifts is wrapped in a handmade Lined Drawstring Bag. Especially if the gift itself is handmade, I like to coordinate the bag with the same fabric or similar colors. I thought today I'd share my tips for using these bags for wrapping, plus which size I use for different gifts. With Mother's Day this weekend, there's still time to make a gift bag!
So first, why make a handmade gift bag? A few reasons. I think it instantly adds a little something extra to whatever you're giving. The bags are reusable, so they're an eco-friendly alternative to gift wrap. Adding a handmade element can also help jazz up store bought gifts too, making them more fun and adding a personalized touch. For quilts, I find drawstring bags are a great way for the recipient to store the quilt while it's not being used. Finally, they're just fun to make, so it's a good excuse to make one!
One quick thing I like to do before gifting is to tie up the strings in a bow! It's simple, but is a nice finishing touch!
Everything Bag (tutorial size) - Bubble bath/lotion/soap set - Swap goodies (pincushion, candy, fabric, cute scissors) - Small flower pot + seed packets - Baked goods - Scarf or other small accessories
Tiny Bag - Enamel pin - Jewelry - Gift card - Candy - Earbuds
Snack Bag - Small toys like Tsum Tsums, toy cars, Littlest Pet Shop, etc - Make-up - A few fat quarters and a spool of thread - A cute mug and some hot chocolate mix or tea - Candle
Project Bag - Set of potholders or dishtowels - Small stuffed animal - Knitting/crochet kit (yarn, pattern, needles) - Dvds - Framed photo
Artist Bag - Baby quilt - Art supplies - Children's book and a toy - Small electronics (tablets, ipad, large headphones) - Quilt kit
Laundry Bag - Throw quilt - Large toy - Handmade pillow - Dishware - Small kitchen appliances
Happy May! It's time for April's monthly report. See past reports here.
I actually sewed quite a bit this month! I didn't finish many projects, but I made progress. It's been slow getting back into a groove, mostly because I keep getting sidetracked. All of the house projects I've been tackling are eating up my time.
One project I did finish this month was a set of coasters to use in my sewing room! I saved these quilted square cutoffs from my Dreamin' Vintage Sew Portable Travel Set that I made a few years ago, not wanting them to go to waste. I finally decided to turn them into coasters. I used binding scraps to finish them, so they're extra scrappy!
I pulled out my scrappy pineapple blocks and made a new block, bringing my total to nine blocks. I love how these are turning out, and I'd like to start working on this project more regularly again.
Most of my sewing this month was on samples for my class at Glamp Stitchalot in November! Here is a little peek.
Lots of block sewing, including these fruity cat blocks. Fruit prints are from Sugar by Erin McMorris. Block tutorial can be found here.
See the plus quilt I made with this collection last Summer, here.
I am trying to get back into knitting too, it's a very relaxing activity for me, and I've missed it. I decided a hat would be a good way to get back into it!
I love matching my project bags to my knitting, of course. Using a lined drawstring bag made from Nordika for this one.
To keep myself accountable for my stash goals, I'm tracking my yardage for fabric and yarn each month. Read more about how I track my here. Here is how I did in April:
April Fabric Used up: 4.5 yards Brought in: 3.75 yards Net: -.75 yards Year to date: +22 yards
April Yarn Used up: 0 yards Brought in: 0 yards Net: 0 yards Year to date: +218 yards
I managed to buy no fabric until the very end of the month. I was working on my Glamp projects and I ran out of the neutral dot from Mochi. I was only short a 8"x2" piece, boo! Since it's a work project I didn't want to sub it out, so I ordered some more, plus a few other colors fell into my cart.
Speaking of finishing projects, we were able to cross our pantry off the list this month! Here's a little before/after of our kitchen pantry. It's at the top of the basement stairs, and as you can see it was pretty gross and non-functional when we moved in. So, we tore out the old shelving, did a lot of wall repair, primed, painted, installed new shelves, and ripped out/replaced the old linoleum. It was a big project, but was so worth it. We have so much more storage space now, and it looks a lot cleaner and taken care of. I used this tutorial from Young House Love for the shelves.
A fun thrifting find from April, this candy colored wizard of oz sheet!
Last but not least, George bunny taking a break from running around to wash his face! Have a great month!