Monday, November 24, 2014

Tudor Bag

I finished up another bag this weekend as a pattern tester for Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness. The Tudor Bag is the perfect size and shape to tote around my laptop. To make sure it fit, I made the bag a few inches wider and I added some leftover Soft and Stable to an inner pocket.

Last time I made a bag, I substituted auto headliner foam for the S&S but never again. This stuff is a thousand times better. The handles and lower accents are Alissa Haight Carlton's Modern Solids and they are so soft! The floral print is from Maywood Studios, something I picked up on Instagram a few months ago.

Here are far more pictures than you'd like to see. Thanks to my friend Kristen for modeling the bag for me! Enjoy, and definitely check out Sara's new pattern.

















Friday, November 21, 2014

Free Motion Friday: FMQ Doodling

My birthday was a few weeks ago and I asked my boyfriend for some new quilting books. Lucky me, he was happy to get me exactly what I asked for. Two of them are FMQ specific, Graffiti Quilting by Karlee Porter and Shape by Shape by Angela Walters. They are both amazing! I've been having a lot of fun going through them to get new quilting ideas.



Of course, the best way to practice these motifs is to doodle them. I got these Stabilo pens in a swap last month and they are the best ever for this type of doodling. Plus, I like to change colors every page or so to keep the book extra pretty.

Here's some practice from Angela's book. I really love her signature design - it's instantly recognizable as hers. I'll have to practice this one some more but I think I'm getting the hang of it!







And here's some practice doodles from Karlee's book. I need to practice hers a lot more as I've never been one to just doodle all the time but I absolutely LOVE her style. 





So now YOU go and get your doodle on!

Allison

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Seattle MQG Retreat

This past weekend was the Seattle MQG's Fall Retreat and it was so much fun! Three whole days at a retreat center in the wilderness with nothing to do but sew. I guess we could have hiked or swam, but sewing was all I wanted to do.

Of course with the list I posted last week you would think I had tons of projects to work on but sometimes too many options are a bad thing. I made some Diamonds in Diamonds blocks out of some Cotton and Steel fabric I got a few months ago. I started setting them but need to do a little more work to finish the sashing. I'm really liking them so far though!


I made a cute little mouse friend to go with the Forest Abstractions coyote I pieced a few months ago. They are BFFs already and are going to have a lot of fun playing with their new owner. Just need to quilt this little guy and finish it up now!





I took my first stab at some graffiti quilting a la Karlee Porter and it was pretty fun! I was testing Juki to make sure he was ready for some FMQ so I could do a little work for a friend. Unfortunately I figured out that Juki does not like glue or applique work. Dang it, no quilting over her applique quilt. At least I figured out why the quilting didn't go so well on Falling - I had glue basted many of the pieces together.



On Sunday, I walked some friends through Noodlehead's open wide pouch tutorial, one of my favorites to make. They were great students!



This also happened to be my birthday weekend and my very sweet friend Kristen made me the most adorable birthday cake pincushion!


I'm already looking forward to our next retreat!

Allison

PS - sorry about all the IG pics. I actually did have my real camera there but only managed to take pictures of what everyone else was working on!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The List



Do you ever feel like you have a million projects you could be working on, but then when you have some free time you can't remember what any of them are?? Yeah, that's me. All the time. So I thought I'd make a little list and update it once a month or so. Or just make a list and see what happens lol.

Started projects:
- Double gears quilt: I had a bee make me these blocks in 2013. They are still sitting there. I wonder if there are enough to make a quilt top with some negative space instead of 100% blocks? Hmmm...
- Julia cardigan from teal jersey sheets: pieces are cut, just need to sew!
- Butterfly washi dress: pieces cut, back shirred, need to figure out a sleeve option and finish sewing the dress.  *** This one is going to be my ALOYF goal for November ***
- Forest Abstractions baby quilt
- Finish hand-sewing binding on Metallion
- Finish hand-sewing facing on Falling
- Resonance quilt: back is pieced but needs to be fixed, top needs to be pieced still. Twin size.
- Talahassee quilt: blocks still coming in from Stash Fabulous bee and need to make LOTS more
- 2014 Pile O'Fabric Skillbuilder BOM

Projects I want/need to start:
- August C+S Diamonds in Diamonds quilt: fabric set aside, nothing else done
- Bitches Get Stitches Swap
- giant Aeroplane bag
- arrow quilt using Sarah No Hats free pattern
- Simply Color Medallion quilt
- Blackboard pencil pouch for side swap
- something with the quick curves ruler I bought
- something similar to Jaybird Quilts Delight pattern
- Zsalya top - raise bottom of yoke
- Syrah skirt
- V& Co Chelsea bag pattern
- Trail Tote
- more Julia cardigans
- more tiny pocket tanks
- more Washi tops
- Beyond Neutral Arrows quilt
- scrappy Forest Abstractions - maybe make a tiny dent in the scrap bin
- Plus block quilt from Bluebird Park charm pack

Monday, November 3, 2014

Stitch it Swap


I'm a sucker for swaps and I just can't stop myself from signing up for them. I wonder if there's a 12 step program for that? I mean, they are always fun and I usually end up with some pretty awesome stuff but it can take a great deal of time figuring out what to make for your partner.



The most recent swap I took part in was the Stitch It Swap, hosted by Jennifer and Lindsey. This swap called for a pouch and some fun office supplies. I was given my partner and went to town stalking her. We seemed to like some of the same things and I wanted to try something with curves. I settled on the Paint Drips quilt and wanted to try to make it in a pouch version. My partner likes texty prints so I used those for the drips. I think it turned out alright though I do have some changes it would make for next time. Working with such small curves was a challenge for sure and I think I needed some even smaller to really make it work. Of course, I free motion quilted this one and each drip has a different motif. I added my partner's name to one of them also.



I wanted to play around with some more FMQ so I made a little blackboard pencil panel too. I turned that into a small, simple, zip pouch, bound on the sides with twill tape. I think it's a super cute addition to the bigger pouch.


I added in some of my fave crossover office supplies before sending it off to it's new home - glue (for basting all the things!), binder clips, super fine point sharpies, washi tape.



The package I received in return was awesome! Brandi made me a big pouch in my fave minty color and STUFFED it with office supplies. I was seriously spoiled over here. Notebooks, giant post its, washi, masking tape, and some fabulous drawing markers.


If you want to see some of the other amazing pouches made in this swap, have a look here. There are definitely a few I would like to recreate for myself!

Allison

Friday, October 31, 2014

Free Motion Friday: Falling



Alright, time for the quilting reveal of my Falling quilt I showed you earlier this week! I knew from the beginning exactly how I wanted to quilt this one. Blowing wind swirling the leaves down to the ground. I'm still working on the execution but this was good practice. I have several ideas pinned on my FMQ board that I was aiming for. I think some drawing is in order before my next one.


The top half of the quilt worked just fine, doing the FMQ in a matching blue 40 wt Mettler thread. Juki was in a terrible mood for the lower half however and my thread broke at least 25 times At least. Plus one titanium needle busted into three pieces. Dang! But somehow we managed to get through it and once it was done it was great.

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In my quest to do anything and everything to make the thread stop breaking, I ended up buying a few extra spools of thread. The one I used the most on the lower half was a variegated YLI in the perfect shades of orange and yellow. It looks UH-mazing on the back. So pretty! Speaking of the back - I found this gorgeous sheet at Ikea in Portland last month that I bought for the backing. It was in the as-is section (no packaging) so I'm not sure exactly what it is but it feels like a 600+ thread count sheet. It was just the right size to use for the backing and facing.



This is my first time doing facing (using this tutorial). I can't imagine this quilt with a binding, I think the facing is just right. Of course, I still have to sew it down to the back but for now a little Elmer's will hold it just fine. That's where the binding app comes in, right Seattle MQG? Maybe some elves will finish it for me in the middle of the night. A girl can dream...


I'm so happy to be done with this one and ready to wash and use it. I haven't decided just yet where it's home will be but I think these Oakshotts are begging to stay at my house at least for awhile. As this was my ALOYF goal for October, I'll be linking up over at the party at Fiber of All Sorts and Sew Bittersweet Designs.

Happy Halloween!
Allison

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bloggers Quilt Festival



This is so exciting, now that I have a blog I can take part in fun events like the Bloggers Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side. It's a virtual quilt show - all the beauty, none of the shipping costs or crowds. Woo!



I'm entering my very first medallion quilt, Metallion. I made it in April as part of a challenge for the Seattle MQG. We could make any quilt as long as it incorporated metallic fabric, thread, or something else. Side note - why is metallic fabric almost always gold? Silver is so much better! Anyhow, medallion quilt + metallic fabric led me to the name Metallion.



Anyhow, I used some metallics (RK Quilters Linen and TT Dreaming in Pearle) and lots of other fabrics to create this beauty. I started with Julie Hirt's Bowie pattern (free on her blog) for the center and built out from there. I knew I wanted to put certain elements in but I really just planned each border as I came to it. This little guy comes out to 40 x 40".



As much fun as I had making it, I had even MORE fun quilting it. The second time anyhow. Yep, I quilted it twice. I was originally going to spiral the whole thing and it turned out awful. The top kept spinning with the spiral until it was completely turned and the corners were not even on top of the batting and backing any longer. It was the worst!



So I unpicked it all and did what I should have done from the beginning. Some custom FMQ, totally different for each border and so much fun. Actually, this is making me think I should make some more medallion quilts so I can have this kind of fun again!



Thanks so much for looking, I hope you've enjoyed Metallion as much as I do.

Allison