Another Finish It Up Friday

So, I guess this whole “Finish it up Friday” thing is becoming a habit around these parts. I don’t get the chance to post every week but I love having a specific day geared towards posting about things that I have finished up.

My big finish for this week? (well, kind of last week but it strayed over into the weekend so we are calling it this week…shhhh!!) Another Sew Together Bag! I was a little afraid of making another one but best friends overtake fears. :-) Julie’s birthday is soon and she is a tough pickle to shop for. So, I started thinking about what could I make her instead. No quilts. Goodness gracious, no quilts. Tote bags are a bit time consuming with fabric choices, so I started thinking smaller. Than I realized that she didn’t have a Sew Together Bag. Score!

Reels Sew Together Bag

Sorry for the dark pictures. It was late the night before I was going to give it to her when I remembered to snap a couple of photos.

And, I also realized, I had the perfect outer fabric. Melody Miller’s Reels from way back when. I had come across a small amount of it from an Australian seller and was able to get it shipped pretty cheaply. I than pulled a Navy Essex Linen for the sides and some mustard to go with the reels and the navy.

For the inside, I cut into a new bundle of Pat Bravo ‘s Essentials for Art Gallery. Man alive, I love AG fabrics. They are silky soft. Check them out:

Reels Sew Together Bag
I tried to match the zippers somewhat to the fabrics. I don’t have a great supply of zippers but I thought it turned out nice. There are 2 blues and an eggplant color. The main outside zipper is a navy blue to match the essex linen on the sides.

Now she can fill it up and enjoy! Happy Birthday Julie!!

Oh, and before I go, I did get 3 more Swoon blocks done. Yes, you read that correctly. 3! But don’t cheer for me just yet. Apparently in my chain piecing marathon I messed up a square in the same spot in all 3 blocks. I am a perfectionist so these will have to be ripped out and resewn or it will drive me bonkers. Luckily its on the edge of each one so I can just unpick that square and than Y seam it all back together. They turned out gorgeous though! These are numbers 8,9, & 10. I only have 6 left now and than I can start putting them all together in a real quilt top.

Swoon block
The yellow one below is really a darker, deeper mustard color that plays really nicely with the army green and mustard colors in the flowers.

Swoon block
Swoon block
That’s all folks! Waiting on some more thread before I do any more Metro Rings blocks. Since I am using bright white fabric on that one, I want to make sure that I use the same thread throughout. In an effort to not burn myself out on Swoon blocks, I have a diaper to finish up (a whole other blog post to do) and than I might pull out another project. Not that I have a lack of them.

Oh, Did you guys know that this is No-Buy July?? I am going to try to go with this. I have a couple of prior commitments that I signed up for but since those were done before July, they don’t count. So, it just means no purchases on anything crafty this month. I have needles, thread, and a boatload of fabric and patterns. I should be all set. Wonder how much I could get done if I am not enticed by other, newer, shinier things?? I will report back soon and let you know!

:-)

Jess

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Finish It Up Friday

I am starting to really like these Finish It Up Friday posts. They are very motivating by making me want to carve some time out during the week to sew. Normally, I just reserve that for the weekends.

I finished up 2 things this past week/weekend.

First up, another Swoon block. This one is # 7 of 16. Almost halfway!! This one turned out gorgeous in my color choices. Since these fabrics are cut and ready to go, I already have a pile of 3 more sitting beside my machine.

Swoon 7

One of these days, if I can find room somewhere (maybe outside?), I will lay out what I have and see how they all look together. at 24″ a piece, plus sashing, plus a border…we will never have to tug on covers ever again on our king sized bed. I am making this baby HUGE for that specific reason. Poor Julie. She is going to be cursing me when I eventually hand this one over to be quilted.

The exciting finish for this week was a Noodlehead Divided Basket. Even though this is going to live with me, I am loving it!! Now, I am going to have to ship one out for me. This was made in Salt Water fabrics (of course!) that Julie donated.

Divided Tote 2

This basket seems small until you start putting it together. Its about 6″ deep and 12″ wide. (Those are just guesstimates) Regardless, it can hold a lot of stuff. And lots of stuff it shall hold! That’s the plan anyway.

Divided Tote 1

I did the outer binding a bit differently than the pattern called for. It wanted you to sew it onto one side and than do some flip and press thing and than sew again. whew…way to much work for me. I folded it in half, slid it on and sewed it down. Yes, you can see the stitching but my machine does a fantastic stitch and with the thread blending in, it all worked out.

Divided Tote 3

I used cotton webbing for the handles. This was my first time using cotton webbing and I have to say….HUGE fan here now. This stuff may be making an appearance in more things that I do. I don’t always love fabric handles because handles bear the brunt of anything you make so without proper support (tons of interfacing) they can look worn pretty quickly. But these? I could see these holding up for a long time with a lot of use.

Divided Tote 4

And lastly, a pic of the inside. I didn’t do anything fancy on the interior since my hope is that it will be so full that you won’t see much of it. :-)

Lots of plans for this weekend…Metro Rings, maybe start on a new venture/idea. Maybe a secret sewing session. We’ll see what the next 2 days hold. Happy Friday everyone!!

:-)

Jess

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Finish It Up Friday

Well, I don’t have a whole finish for you but I do have a lot of small ones from last weekend. (I don’t sew much during the week)

I have still been working on my Metro Rings quilt. I would have had more done but this girl did a really dumb thing and may have ruined her large cutting mat. I put it in the car to take to a sew day and didn’t lay it flat. Dumb, Dumb, Dumb. If you don’t know anything about cutting mats, when they get hot they conform to whatever surface they are on. Mine conformed to 2 lawn chairs. HUGE, rolling waves in my cutting mat. Ugghhh…I was so mad at myself. I know better than that. In an effort to not have to buy another one, it is currently back in the hot car, weighted down, trying to get flat again. We’ll see.

I got a few more blocks done with fabrics that I had already cut out. (luckily!!) They turned out fantastic! Here are all 4 blocks laid out together:

Metro Rings

I don’t know if I mentioned this in my last post but I wasn’t really happy with the first block that I made. The inside points did not look like the pictures of the pattern. So, after going thru all the steps again on the next block I finally figured out that my problem was in squaring the blocks up. This section of the pattern is the only one that I feel did not live up to my expectations. I decided to hit the internet to see if anyone else had had this problem and lo and behold, I found a website that did a blog post on just that exact thing. It was a lifesaver. So, after following the bloggers directions, I came out with an infinitely better block. Take a look:

Metro Ring Points

Left: First block        Right: Second block

See those points? The one on the left should look more like the one on the right. So glad that I figured it out. The newer ones look so much better. but, without a cutting mat, I couldn’t continue any farther. So, I got out my next project to work on…

My Spinning in the Rain BOM (Block of the Month) from Sew Lux. I figured I could go ahead and get this month’s block done and stay ahead. She also included instructions for making an identical mini block. So, I made it too. Both of these I was able to make in about an hour using my smaller cutting mat.

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Aren’t they cute? Since this is a monthly one, I am now able to put these up until July. I like these. No pressure to have to work on them. You just spend an hour one night a month and in a year, you’ll have a stress free quilt!

Sunday morning rolled around and I decided to finish up another bag of Hexi’s while watching some Netflix with the hubby. I snapped a picture of my box. They are slowly growing!

Salt Water Hexi's

Lastly on Sunday afternoon, I decided to whip out another Swoon block. I often forget about this one and I don’t know why. In fact, while the blocks are a bit time consuming, since the fabrics are already cut up and ready to go you would think that it would make it easier. Well, it does, if remember to pull one out to make.

Swoon 6

Swoon 6 of 16

This looks darker in the picture than it is in real life. This one is a slate gray solid with a golden yellow dotted fabric from Tula Pink’s Acacia line. There are gray dots in the yellow fabric. I started working on a second Swoon block last night but came up short on a few pieces of fabric. Apparently when I was cutting out fabric, I forgot my ability to count to 8. Almost halfway there on these blocks!

The Metro Rings quilt and the Swoon quilt are the 2 things that I think I am going to focus on for now. I do have a couple of bag type items that I want to make so if I start getting ancy with either of these, I may start one of those. Who knows, I love the ability to jump in between things. Keeps it interesting!

:-)

Jess

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Sunday Stash

Not sure I have ever done a Sunday Stash post. But, I had purchased a couple of things a while back that I am pretty excited about so I want to show them off!

The first one is a bundle of Kona Cotton solids that I got from Pink Chalk Fabrics.

20140608-210511-75911517.jpgThese solids have a very specific purpose. They are going to be used to make this epic quilt from Elizabeth Hartman @ Oh Fransson. It’s called the Aviatrix Medallion and I have everything for it, just need to find the time.

I also picked up some Waterfront Park from the destash a while back:

20140608-211920-76760344.jpgDesigned by Violet Craft these fabrics have been calling to me for a while. I am completely in love with the navy and coral combination lately. So when I saw these I knew I had to have them. They are even more gorgeous in person!! Haven’t decided yet what they will become. For now, they are fun to look at. :-)

Lastly, I preordered the new BOM (Block of the Month) a while back from Sew Lux. There were a couple of different options but I chose to make mine in Color Me Happy by V & Co.

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I finished the first block last night. Now, I can put it away until next month. Going to make sure that I don’t get behind on this one.

So, that’s what I have added lately!! I am linking up with Sunday Stash hosted by Quilts From The Attic so that you can go see what others have added to their stash.

:-)
Jess

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Salt Water Curves – WIP Wednesday

Well, a quilt bug has hit me. For the first time in a while, I found something that peaked my interest and I jumped on it!! When inspiration/motivation hits, you have to strike while the iron is hot.

The pattern that I bought is one that I have looked at in the past, but thought that it was too advanced for me. You see, even though I have paper pieced (like a champ!) and hand quilted, and mastered binding, and even made an Amy Butler Weekender Bag, this quilt has….curves. Lots of curves. Curves and Applique are my 2 fears. I have bought many a kits that require applique and inevitably, I always end up giving them to Julie. (She does it all!!) They just freak me out.

My Work-In-Progress for this week is this pattern, Metro Rings by Sew Kind of Wonderful and I think it is gorgeous.

Metro Rings Pattern

Picture from Sew Kind Of Wonderful

I finally decided that this was it. I was buying this pattern and to make it more interesting, I was going to make it out of Tula Pink fabrics. After all, she makes everything more interesting. Well, her fabrics do. I imagine she would too but I haven’t had the starstruck moment of meeting her. Ok, back on topic.

I picked up these 2 Salt Water jelly rolls (2.5″ strips) from Missouri Quilt Co. If these fabrics look familiar, its because they are the same ones that my Hexi’s are being done with. Can you tell that this is my favorite line of hers??  I already have patterns picked out for all of the other Salt Water fabrics that I own (a charm pack (5″squares) and a fat quarter pack and the second jelly roll below) but they may never get cut up. We’ll see. :-)

Salt Water Jelly Roll

So, I got to cutting! After a whirlwind weekend of family and fun, this was a nice relaxing morning. Once all my strips were cut and sorted, I started sewing. This was my first batch of curved pieces:

Curved Strip Sets

I took 2 of these and some background fabric (Bella Bleached White) and sewed up my first block.

Metro Rings Block

I used 2 of the same curved strips for this test block. From here out, I am going to make all of the curved sets first so that I can mix and match them in the blocks. Half of my corners will be this pink/coral seashell print and the other half will be a blue print that contrasts nicely.

Believe it or not, I actually can’t wait to continue working on these. No pinning. No hassles with the curves. Sew Kind of Wonderful also has some great video tutorials on how to cut these pieces using her curved ruler and also how to sew the curves. Really took away a lot of the nerves.

And, because I love pictures, I thought I would do 1 more. I don’t have class this summer so in an effort to try to give us back our dining room table, I moved my sewing area to my desk.

Sewing Area

Turns out, all it did was give me the ability to now not only use my desk, but also the ENTIRE dining room table. Oh well, I had good intentions! Not sure if it will last but its a nice change anyway. On a side note. I love having the natural light on this desk. Makes sewing feel really different compared to the yellow toned dining room light.

:-)

Jess

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Hop, Skip, Jump BOM Finish

Okay, I really did not intend to have another finish to show this week. I promise. I am such a slow sewer and do not get much done during the week. but, we have an anomaly! I killed it last Sunday.

This quilt actually started a year ago. I signed up for my first BOM (Block of the Month) thru Sew Lux.  They are a fantastic shop that I have become quite fond of. They are located in Raleigh so it’s nice to know that I am supporting a local (well, not really local, but 2 hrs is not TOO far away) store. I already have reservations for the next BOM and for 2 kits arriving in the fall.

Ok, back to the subject at hand. They sent out a new block (fabric and instructions) every month. I procrastinated until about halfway thru and than I caught up and stayed with it. Last Sunday, I pulled out the last block in the series and proceeded to put it together.

Here are all 12 blocks laid out together:

HSJ Blocks

The fabrics look a bit dull in this picture but they have some great coloring to them while feeling a bit vintage at the same time. The fabrics are PB&J by Basic Grey.

As I started packing away the extra fabrics, I thought “why not go ahead and just cut out the sashing and cornerstones so that they would be ready.” Well, than that turned into, “why not just go ahead and get a few blocks sashed” which was followed by “oh hell, just put the whole thing together and be done with it.”

So I did!

PBJ Quilt

Sew Lux had offered up Border/Binding kits to go along with the quilts and as always, I procrastinated and missed out. I looked online and saw that she had yardage available so when I emailed her she was super helpful and nice enough to put together a kit for me and send it out.

I already have the backing for this one so now, it just goes into my pile, to be given to Julie for quilting. Man alive, I have been loading her up lately. Thanks Julie!!!!

The machine has officially been put away for this weekend to spend time with family and friends. Not sure what is up next but I have no shortage of things to choose from. I may get up the nerve one day to show you my to-do list. Its pretty insane. I love it.

:-)

Jess

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Finish It Up Friday!! Errr…Saturday??

Well, this is technically a finish for last week but since I was out of town last weekend I think it still applies. Shhh…I won’t tell if you don’t!

Since my Classmate that I made was a bit too large for toting around my Hex on the Beach stuff, I knew that I wanted to make something smaller. But it had to be something that would be organized. Not just a small bag that you dump everything into. Enter the “Sew Together Bag” by Sew Demented.

Using Tula Pink fabrics, of course.

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(Excuse the dark pictures, I finished this at 10pm the night before my trip so I had to work with what I had)

Just like with my Super Tote, I have been seeing these little nifty things all over Instagram. They seemed to hold a positive vote among all of the people I follow and the hashtag #sewtogetherbag is bursting with bags in various stages of completion. Its inspiration overload.

Well, from the outside it doesn’t look like much. Maybe a round bag, with some binding on it, oh, and a long zipper down the top. Here, let me show you another angle (you all know how much I love pictures in a blog post)

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hmmm…now it just looks like another ordinary zippered bag. But wait, this is where is gets good. What looks ordinary on the outside, often never is on the inside.

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Its a treasure trove of organization, 3 zippered pockets, and tons of space! This thing really expands. To give you a better idea, here it is during construction all laid out flat:

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Look at all of that room!!

I won’t lie though, this thing was a bit rough to put together. The pattern did not really contain much in terms of graphics and no pictures. I am completely spoiled by the internet now and some designers that do step by step instructions. For something that is a bit more advanced like this, its super nice. So, I almost put the pattern away.

Than, on Instagram one evening (0f course, where else?) I found a Sew Along being hosted by The Quilt Barn on their blog. So, I headed over. And lo and behold, I started working on it that night. The sew along made it so much better! There were step by step pictures and she talked you thru each step. You still need the pattern for the proper cutting and interfacing information but I don’t know that I looked at it again after that.

This is what it is now being used for. All of my Hexi’s. The classmate was just too large to throw in my purse and go. This is perfect. I have about 500 hexi papers, 100 or so fabric squares, scissors, a spool of Aurifil thread and needles in there, with room to spare. Everything is organized and in its place.

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I have a feeling that a couple more may make their way onto the gift list.

Now, I am in a bit of a lull which is why I have been working on my hexi’s so much. I am not really up for a quilt but want to sew something. Going to sit down and look at my list and see what appeals to me to make next. I also have some swoon blocks to get back to so they may move up the list.

:-)

Jess

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