Friday, January 16, 2015

Zips Strips



In the previously mentioned interest of improving my zipper skills, I made a Zip Strips pouch from Terry Atkinson's Cash & Carry pattern.  Terry is known great directions and diagrams so I thought per pattern would be a good place to start.  The pouch came together easily and I was pleased with the way the top turned out save a little wiggle in the straightness of the zipper.



And the ends came out looking very neat.


The panels are done in a quilt as you fashion and then finished inside. For my next attempt, I'd like to have a fully lined pouch and have this good of luck with the zipper install.

I am linking up this uber small finish with Amanda Jean's Finish it up Friday.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Gift Sewing



After the first drawstring bag I made turned out so well, I decided to make a few more! I made this set of three for my infant nephew, I thought they would work well for organizing toys in the car, packing bigger items like blankets, or packages of diapers/wipes in the car for road trips.  From Jeni's pattern I made the laundry bag, the artist's bag and everything bag.  The fabric is fromthe Rocket Scientist collection by Keri Beyer.

I also made a few pair of pajamas for the same nephew with my favorite pattern, Kwik Sew 2315.  I think the pattern has been discontinued since the ownership change but you can still find it pretty easily.  I have always preferred Kwik Sew patterns for sewing for kids as their sizing has been spot on and like the basic styles, but will be interested to see how their new patterns (under new ownership) compare.

I am linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish It Friday.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Project Bag: In Color Order Lined Drawstring Bag



I might just be the last person on the planet to sew up Jeni's, Lined Drawstring Bag.  Well, I certainly have to agree with all the other rave reviews, it is a very well written pattern.  There are a many sizes of the bag included in the pattern and it was very clear as to yardage needed for each and also what sizes to cut each piece of fabric. 

Anyway, I whipped up this bag as a project bag for a knitter out of some Lecien Esso linen and Amy Butler fabrics that I had on hand and was very pleased.  This is another item that goes on the definitely to repeat project list.

I am linking up with Connie @ FreeMotion by the River today...

Friday, December 26, 2014

Needles and Notions Zippered Pouch





Today's finish is a needles and notions zippered pouch that I made for a knitter in my family.  I found the tutorial by Very Shannon on the LuvInTheMommyhood site.  Originally I had contemplated a needle roll but wondered if that was a good idea not knowing much about knitting needles OR what kind/how many the recipient exactly had.  When I stumbled on this tutorial I loved it as it is not so specific.  The zip pocket is designed for needles and then snap pocket on the side for circulars. 



I used a combination of Sandi Henderson prints for the pouch exterior, lining and pocket and was lucky to have a matching Snap Source snap on hand.



The zipper did not turn out how I hoped, but in fairness the directions did not set the zipper how I would have liked.  I have Elizabeth's zip bag pattern and love the way her's look so tried to follow that pattern at the same time but I really need to get the method down before applying to other patterns...so I guess I'll be practicing!

I am linking up with Amanda Jean today!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Granny Square Hot Water Bottle Cover (Charm Friendly)



This last month has been full of holiday preparations and household end of the year tasks.  I am happy that I did find time to make a few small gifts.  I used a charm pack of Winter's Lane by Kate & Birdie Paper Co. that I had cut into 2.5" squares (same size as mini-charms) to make the granny square design for the front of this hot water bottle cover. I did not use a pattern but just made my own by drawing around the water bottle I was using.  It ended up very snug, so if you make something like this yourself I would suggest using a greater allowance than you think you'll need. (Though it doesn't slide around inside when filled which is nice.) I definitely see making a few more of these in my future, living in a cold winter climate I think they make a nice gift.


Today I am linking up with Connie in Iowa at Freemotion by the River.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Stash




Look what I found on Etsy a few weeks ago - a Doe layer cake!   Once in a while I think to look on Etsy and Ebay after Quilt Market to see if someone is trying to sell their sample spree loot and this time I got lucky!  I don't know what I'm going to do with this other than drool over it but I it is nice to see the colors in person to get a better idea of what I want to order when the collection is released next month.  This was indeed my favorite of all the new fabrics I saw online from fall market.

I really haven't bought much fabric at all in the last year.  Since school started this fall, I've been trying to destash on Instagram and Etsy.  But last month on our way to North Dakota for fall break, I stopped at Modern Textiles and found the Cotton & Steel fabrics pretty irresistible in person!  They also sell official licensed NDSU Bison panels so we had to get a few of those too!



And a few weeks later fellow MSP guild member Steph got a shipment at her shop of the Cotton & Steel navy states canvas in that has been eluding me, so of course I had to get a few yards while I had the opportunity.



Monday, October 6, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop



Welcome to my turn of the Around the World Blog Hop.  I was asked by Mary on Lake Pulaski to participate, if you are not familiar with her blog please check it out.  I am in love with one of her most recent finishes, a hand pieced and quilted pouch for Yoko Saito quilt market booth, but she makes wonderful quilts and many creations for her grandchildren in addition to great bags.

Here are some of the questions I was asked to answer as part of the blog hop:

What am I working on?  I just finished a quilt top using Marcia Derse fabrics as shown in the post below, so I am now working on a back for that and plan to quilt it myself.  As you can see above, I have also started my own version of the ever popular Modern Maples quilt.  I am using my treasured Anna Maria Horner Good Folks Fabrics with a Robert Kaufman quilters linen in ivory metallic.  I love the little sparkle the metallic adds.

How does my work differ from others? I don't know that the projects differ but I do think I work with a pretty broad variety of projects compared to many.  This is where the Rugged & Refined portion of my blog name came from. 

My husband has always wanted a denim quilt, and last year I finished a large quilt as you go denim quilt that is his favorite.


I enjoy modern quilts with large amounts of negative space and seeing the impact the quilting can have on the finished piece.



But I also enjoy traditional pieced blocks and fabrics, too.



And this is one of my most favorite pieces ever that to me wraps all of the above in one piece...and that mix of styles is what I most enjoy.



Why do I create what I do? This is pretty simple, some items are functional like the denim quilt, pjs for my kids or DIY upland hunting pants I made for my husband, some are decorative like seasonal runners and wall quilts and most are in between...there is nothing better than snuggling up with a quilt in the cold of winter.

I have asked two fellow Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild members to play along on this Around the World Blog Hop...

Annik of Mini Mushrooms and I met at the second guild meeting quite sometime ago.  She makes fabulous bags and quilts and has a great eye for picking fabrics.

Kristin of A Little Crispy has absolutely mad piecing and designing skills.  I remember of the first meetings she came to and brought a quilt that she had hand dyed each fabric to the just perfect shade for a design she had created and executed flawlessly.

Please be sure to check out their blog posts next Monday, October 13th.  Thank you for stopping by!