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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Ditty Bag & Boxy Pouch.

The other day I made this ditty bag. I'd been meaning to make myself a new make-up bag. I had won $10 to MichellePatterns and used it to purchase the pattern. This is size medium. It's cute but I decided I'm going to give it to my teenager daughter for her own make-up.. or nail polish, or something.

Then yesterday I decided to make a boxy bag for myself. I'm always looking for ways to use my scraps and this ended up being the perfect project for that. I pieced a bunch of scraps together and then free-motion quilted the panels and used those quilted panels as my exterior fabric pieces.

I really love how this came out!

Close up of the quilting.

I loved the bag so much I decided I'm just going to make a bunch of them out of scraps. Maybe to sell or maybe for Christmas gifts. I don't know. We'll see. But here are two more scrap quilted panels ready to be turned into a boxy bag :)

Sewing is really difficult lately. My big belly gets in the way and my back hurts. Only 16 days until my due date but it doesn't seem like the baby has any intentions of coming on time. Two of my three kids went past their due dates and one was born right on her due date so I feel like this one will be late too. I am hoping she decides to come a little early since the week of my due date and the week after we are sooooo busy with school starting and all the open houses and orientations for the kids. I don't want to be in the hospital and have to miss any of that. My husband will go, of course, but I don't want to miss it myself.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Finished Art Quilt: Smile

Here is the finished wall/art quilt I made for a friend. You can read more about the process in this post.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Car Organizer.

I was browsing on Pinterest looking for car organizer ideas and came across one that I liked. After some research I found out it's a Simplicity pattern but the pattern is out of print. So I sketched it out on paper and figured out the measurements.

I made a few mistakes... the biggest being that the whole thing was supposed to be put together with exposed binding on the outer seams... but for the life of me I could not figure out how to do the binding on my machine that way. So I ended up just putting it together with exposed seams on the inside which I went over with a zig zag stitch to prevent fraying... it sure would be nice to have a serger for things like this but honestly if I had a serger I doubt I would use it very often so I can't justify spending the money on one.

It has two slip pockets in the front, one on each side and then of course the big pocket. I made the strap with D-rings so it's adjustable, mostly I was too lazy to go out to the car and measure to see how long the straps needed to be. Ha.

Hannah is really excited because it's "hers"... I have enough of this fabric left that I can make a few more things for organizing the car. Right now this is in the third row seating for Hannah's stuff, she's pretty much the only one of my kids who brings stuff in the car, but it would be nice to have something in the second row of seats too, just in case.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Art Quilt Progress Shots

I finished the art quilt I was working on for a friend of mine! I can't show the completed quilt because she's on vacation right now and hasn't seen it yet, but I can post the progress shots.

Whenever I make art quilts like this I am always amazed that somehow a sketch with all these marks on freezer paper will turn into a quilt to hang on the wall.

I like the cutting, ironing and gluing part. It's kind of relaxing...

It just all comes together nicely.

And here it is with all the freezer paper removed, waiting for Decor Bond, applique stitching, (omgomg I am so pregnant that I can't even think of the name of the stuff... you know, the fluff stuff that goes in a quilt sandwich!!!)...and quilting, rod pocket, label and binding.

I know you're probably thinking this doesn't look like much... (and it really is kind of plain and boring without the details and quilting) but I have finished the quilt and I love it!!! I am so happy with the way it came out and I can't wait to give it to Meghan and I can't wait to share pictures here.