Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Finish: Koseki Pockets to Go Cube

I have always struggled with a small organizer for my sewing table to hold the just right assortment of necessities.  This weekend we have an Intown Retreat for the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild, so it was just the nudge I needed to make Terry Atkinson's Pockets to Go cube that I've been considering as a potential solution.

On the outside of the cube there is a set of handles to easily carry the cube and also zipper pockets on opposite sides. 

On the inside of the cube there are two larger pleated pockets on two sides, and then a combination of several narrow pleated pockets with a larger pocket on the two remaining opposite sides.  I am anxious to load this up and see how it works this weekend!

For the exterior of the bag, I used two different Suzuko Koseki sewing prints with twill measuring tape trim.  The interior and binding fabrics are all from Sweetwater's Hometown collection.  This pattern is very well written and came together perfectly.  I used my 1/4" walking foot in much of this project and do think it could be challenging without any walking foot or pressure adjustment due to the bulk.  My binding certainly could have been neater, but if the cube function gets a thumbs up, then perhaps it's a reason to make another?

I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday... (thanks for the always motivating deadline Amanda Jean!)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Mini Dwell: No Covenant Neighborhood

I have a narrow spot on my kitchen wall that I wanted to make something cute and bright to fill this summer.  Several months ago I started this Mini Dwell, deciding to modify the dimensions to fit my space. (The original pattern is 3 rows of 3 houses.)

I got stuck in a bit of particularness as it seemed like all my fabrics were too large in scale and didn't work, and ended up making almost a dozen houses.    Below is my favorite block.

Only as I was putting on the sashing this week did I realize I used at least two different white solids on this project!  (And they are not close in color as you can tell!) Anyway, this is why my mini-dwell is a no covenant neighborhood...not so pretty, not following unwritten rules...but it is done.

Monday, September 8, 2014

MMQG Mystery QA Catchup

Once a week I'm trying to make a few blocks to catch up on quilt alongs/BOM type projects.  At the top of the list is to get up to date on my Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild Mystery Quilt Along.  These card trick blocks are my favorite so far.

I recently completed these, a large stack of HSTs and some angular-strip blocks.  Here are all my blocks together, not necessarily proportionately. I have several months to catch up yet and am curious to watch this one unfold.

And in case you missed it, there seems to be a big dose of irony in this project as I am using up older traditional fabrics from my stash for this modern mystery.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Heating Pad Cover Tutorial

So when it's the first week of school and you are excited to do nothing but sew and that plan is interrupted by your spouse and his thrown out back that has parked itself in the best bed in the house (which happens to be in your sewing room) for a few days R&R just what do you sew?  Honestly, not much... but a couple of new covers for the heating pad.  

I threw away the 15+ year old nasty polyester cover and made a new cotton and also a new flannel cover for our old heating pad finishing them up neatly with french seams.  I made notes of my dimensions and took photos along the way and wrote a short tutorial to share.

I used this tutorial to make a matching cord wrap.  This cover is such an improvement,  in hind site I don't know why I never thought of it sooner?

I am linking up with Amanda Jean's Finish It Up Friday.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Bamboo Shade Modern Table Runner

Feeling the need to see a bit more quilty goodness in my daily household duties, I decided to make an everyday table runner for my kitchen.  I have several holiday ones, but nothing hand made for in between seasons.

 I opted a for an eclectic mix of my favorite green, brown and cream fabrics to tie in all the colors that are prevalent on my main floor. The design is simple strip pieced patchwork using the Bamboo Shade pattern by Aardvark Quilts.  For the green fabrics I chose the bright tone used in many of the original Lush fabrics and also used a green variegated aurifil 50 weight thread of the same intensity for definite pops and bound the patchwork with some a brown Moda grunge.  I love it in all it's modern simplicity.

I am linking up with Amanda's Finish It Up Friday.  Check it out if you haven't already.

Friday, August 8, 2014

First of Infinity & Architextures Text and Solid Chevron Quilt

I have a new nephew so of course the occasion called for a quilt! His mom had a gray and white chevron quilt on her pinterest board and his room is painted gray so the design choice was easy.  I picked a Moda Bella solid color to match the paint in the room and several Kaufman Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander and prints from the First of Infinity collection to make the quilt.  I am hoping the busy text prints will discuise any future stains that are stubborn to remove.

The quilt is made of 6.75" finished HSTs for a 40.5" wide by  54" should be a nice toddler size.  There are so many options for baby size quilts, the knit ones, flannel receiving, etc. and when my kids were little not many options for  toddlers so I do generally make this size quilt for baby gifts. I used Quilters Dream batting as I think it drapes better on little people and quilted it with Aurifil 40wt.  I neglected to take a photo but lately I've been using labels from a Sweetwater panel to label my quilts that have been gifts.  They work well to sew on at the last minute and add a few details with a micron pen.

I love this last photo of the quilt...though I have a hard time believing one of my kids is big enough to hold a quilt this size up! Time does fly...

I'm linking up with Amanda's Finish It Up Friday, she has a fabulous one today so go check them all out!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fabric Tuesday: Heart & Plus Modern Comfort Quilt

I wanted to make a comfort throw for someone and took inspiration from Gina, one of my fellow guild members, that had made a "stay positive" quilt for a relative.  I added my own twist by including the paper pieced hearts to wish the recipient love and positive thoughts as you can see in the stitching below.

I used a small assortment of Kaffe Fassett prints and shot cottons paired with natural kona cotton for the front and back.  For quilting I tried several new things: circular quilting, 40 weight Aurifil thread (green spool) and Dream Orient batting.   I love the circular quilting on the large amount of negative space and from far enough away is looks pretty circular! (Despite little jags close up!) and the Dream Orient has a great drape.  I am linking up with Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story to share this sure to check out all the finishes there.