Sunday, March 16, 2014

Quilt top D O N E :)

I'm super excited that I finished the quilt top this weekend!
I have to stop by Joann's tomorrow morning 
and pick up the batting I need.
I also need to finish up the backing
and I'm hoping to have that done by tonight as well.
The photos make the fabric looks pale green,
but it's actually pale teal.
This fabric is from October Afternoon for Riley Blake.
It's called Sidewalks.
Years ago I spent every waking moment
(and every single dollar)
on Scrapbooking and all the supplies that go along with it.
October Afternoon was my absolute favorite line of paper.
To this day, I actually have some paper packs 
that I can't bring myself to cut in to.
So when I saw this fabric I swooned!
I know my daughter really likes teal 
and she loves the look of vintage things
so this fabric line was a win win :)

The pattern I used is called Lemonade Lollipops by SweetJane.
It's totally FTS.
I used this pattern for the very first quilt I ever made 
a few years ago for my granddaughter Evie.
You can see it HERE.
This quilt is for her new sister Daisy
who is due in April.
I can't wait to meet Grandbaby #7 :)
I have the binding all pressed and ready to go!
I'd better get back to work.....

Friday, March 14, 2014

And sew it begins....

I have to admit
that one of my favorite parts of quilting
is cutting all the fabrics into the different sizes.
I love the way they look
when they are all perfectly organized.

Of course,
in my eagerness,
I ended up cutting 4.5" squares 
instead of the called for 4.25" squares
and cutting 2.5" strips 
instead of the called for 2.25" strips.......

after re-cutting 36 squares and 36 strips
I'm ready to sew!

But not tonight.
I'm tired.

I can't wait to get started piecing this lovely quilt :)
I'll show you my progress tomorrow.
For now I'm going to sit on the couch
and watch my DVR'd Survivor episode.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Holy "Mini Man Bag" Batman!!!

So this adorable young man
is my 6 year old grandson David .
He asked me weeks ago to make him 
a "Man bag" to carry his important "stuff".
His daddy has a bag for his laptop
and important paperwork,
so of course, 
David needed one too.
It had to be red.....
his new favorite color :)

Luckily I had this ultra cool Batman fabric
with a red background in my stash,
waiting for just such an occasion! 
I wanted it to look rugged and "manly"
so I used heavy red canvas for the outside
and black cotton webbing for the shoulder strap
with just a hint of the Batman fabric for some fun on the flap. 
The interior is fully lined in the Batman print.
I made one pocket on the front
to carry his Awana ID card
and any other important documents he needs to bring along. 
He's super excited about his new bag.
He hasn't taken it off except to sleep last night :)
It totally makes me smile to see him so happy!
Now his little sister wants one 
and she's already picked out Disney Little Mermaid fabric
from Nana's stash for her bag.
Good thing I drew up a pattern while I was 
making David's bag :)
Evie's bag will be a girlier verson of the same bag.
I'll offer the Pdf pattern in my etsy shop
once I have a chance to type it all up.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Owl always love a great bag :)

My daughter's birthday was several weeks ago,
but illness and other circumstances out of my control
meant that I didn't get to see her until yesterday.
So now I can show you what I made for her.
I used the  Keyka Lous Messenger Bag again.
LOVE this pattern and LOVE the bag.
The company name has changed to Michelle Patterns,
but she no longer sells this pattern.
You can see other bags I've made
 using this pattern here and here.
I used this bright Owl fabric
that my daughter had mentioned that she liked
and a soft cotton canvas in black
with black and white polka dots for the lining.
(Don't you just love when a project comes out so cute
you want to keep it for yourself?)

I love all the pockets in this bag.
There are pockets on each side of the bag
as well as pockets on the front and backside
and cell phone pockets inside.
It's just a great sized bag for everyday
and totally FTS :)
The pattern might look daunting,
but it's not at all.
I already have another one cut out and ready to sew
for myself this time....
So now I'm working on finishing up a "Man Bag"
for my 6 year old grandson David :)
I'll post pics soon.

Monday, March 3, 2014

You gotta love a sturdy German girl :)

My menagerie of old sewing machines is growing :)
My mom was gifted this vintage Pfaff
by a daughter of her good friend.
And now she's been gifted to me!
She's an industrial model 230.
From what I tell online,
she was made in Germany in 1956.
I've named her Heidi :)
She has her original owner's manual
and many attachments.
She does all these fun stitches too!
And I'm in love with her wooden cabinet!
It weights at TON and is solid wood.
It's going to get a light sanding and a coat of red paint.
She works with a knee controller 
which will take a minute to get used to
but I think she's Wunderbar!!!