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Work in Progress (WIP) Wednesday!

Hello? Knock knock? Anyone there? **crickets. Did I lose all of you? I sure hope not!

I have been traveling so much that I haven’t really been able to blog very often. Plus traveling doesn’t allow for a whole lot of sewing. Other than hand sewing. Which is what today’s post is all about!

You may recall a few weeks ago, I posted about my Hex on the Beach Kit by Tula Pink. Well, I have been working on those quite a bit. They are really nice to sit down with for a few minutes here and there. I took my classmate with me on my flights and it worked out perfectly to store my hexi’s and it became kind of a makeshift table. They scanned it twice in security as I was leaving New Bern but didn’t bat an eye in Pittsburgh. I made sure to have blunt tip scissor (less than 4″ blade) and I had a magnet with 1 push-pin and 1 needle. It was all good!

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This was my very first one. I was so excited that I had to take a picture using my alien hand. 🙂

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This picture just makes me swoon. This is going to be one SUPER amazing quilt.

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My first baggie…all done!! Aren’t they pretty!

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I took this picture a couple of days ago. I have since added 2 more baggies to this. The box is slowly starting to fill up!

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These little things are perfect for watching TV and movies. We rented the new Hobbit movie last night and I got a whole baggie done. It may not take me nearly as long as I thought it would to get all of these basted. We’ll see.

Because my Classmate that I made felt a bit large for this project, I actually made something else to keep everything in. Something a little smaller and more portable. I’ll show you that on Friday.  Be excited!!

Until than, I am actually thinking about starting a few Christmas gifts. At least the planning. I have a couple of ideas for people swirling in my head and need to get it down on paper.

Happy Wednesday Folks!!!!

Jess

Linking up to Freshly Pieced for her Work in Progress (WIP) Wednesday Link-up

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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Atkinson Classmate Pattern

After finishing up my Guild Quilt last weekend, I started thinking about what I wanted to work on next. Well, turns out, April Fools Day helped me figure that out!

I was on Instagram perusing and I come across a post that someone had done about an April Fools Day sale at an online quilt shop. I seriously thought that it was an April Fools Day joke. The sale was for 35%!!! You don’t see that in the quilting world. With the price of cotton rising and fabric going with it, the most you see is a daily deal on some sites or 10% to 15% off sometimes until things go to clearance. This was 35%!!! I hopped on over to the website, Little Pink Rose Quilting, and started looking around very eagerly. Lo and behold, I found 2 Tula Pink “Hex on the Beach” quilt top kits!!!! These are made out of her “Salt Water” line and are no longer produced so finding one has been extremely hard. On top of that, they are a bit pricey when you do, but with 35% off?  I did.

Hex on the Beach

Well, I don’t think that I really grasped what I was in for. I mean, these suckers are small. Look, I am not kidding:

Hex on the Beach Hexies

Sorry for the Alien hand. Anyway, there are over 1,000 of these in that box. So, after seeing them all, I decided that I needed something to pu them in. I mean, I can’t just go around carrying the box? That’s where the Atkinson Classmate comes in. Julie and I got this pattern quite a long time ago and while she whipped hers out, I procrastinated. Like always. I am the queen.

The classmate has clear vinyl pockets along with zippered pockets, along with lined pockets behind the pockets. I mean this thing is a workhorse! So, I picked out some of my HIGHLY coveted Tula Pink “Nest” (circa 2008) and got to work.

Atkinson Classmate 1

I didn’t take any pictures while sewing it up until I got to the binding. Those Clover Clips are fantastic for projects like this one where you can’t put pins thru the vinyl. I had some problems with skipped stitches, even after going up to a size 14 needle, and got so frustrated that I quit for the night. I went back to it the next morning, with a size 16 needle, and it was perfect. Sometimes you just have to step away.

In the picture below you can see that the left side has a small zippered vinyl pocket at the top. That has a lined pocket behind it with a pencil/scissors/seam ripper dividers below it. Behind that whole left side is a lined pocket. The middle is a huge zippered vinyl pocket that also has a lined pocket behind it. The far right side is 2 smaller vinyl pockets separated by stitching.

Atkinson Classmate 2

I don’t have a non-stick foot for my machine so I ended up using tissue paper as a buffer between the vinyl and the feed dogs. It was suggested in the pattern and it worked perfectly. On a side not, I LOVE Atkinson patterns. If you have never tried one you definitely should. They walk you thru every step with pictures when necessary.  They make things like this non-overwhelming.

Partially folded:

Atkinson Classmate 3

The D ring on the right side of the picture is supposed to have a clasp on it. I didn’t have one and neither did Walmart so I am still trying to figure out how I want to do the closure. I may have to order a clip and just sew it onto the ring or maybe some ribbon or something. Still thinking about that one. Some people online have said that when it is full, the clip isn’t the best thing so it may be good that I didn’t have one.

Here it is completely folded up:

Atkinson Classmate 4

It even has a nifty carrying handle on top! Once I figure out my closure, I will be filling it up with Hexie’s and templates and lots of good sewing accessories. Plus, this will be fantastic to take on any sewing/quilting trips. Normally my notions end up in a ziplock baggie. 🙂

It felt really good to get this done in pretty much a day. Now, I can mark that off my list and move on to other things. Zippered pouches, a Super Tote, a divided basket or two. I have a pretty long to-do list.

🙂

Jess

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for “Finish It Up Friday“. Go check out all the finishes for the week!!

 

 

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