Recently, Sara of Sew Sweetness sent out a call for pattern testers for her Velocity Girl Bag. I really enjoyed the process of working through a pattern and taking notes on where things could be improved or spots where the instructions became confusing.
What a lovely bag this is, though! I made mine from an upholstery remnant and a coordinating solid (for the lining). There’s a small touch of coordinating fabric across the front too, in the form of faux piping. I used Pellon Thermolam, a fusible batting, to give the bag the body it needed. I also quilted the main body pieces to help with stability (according to Sara, Thermolam gives a slouchy result).
There are a total of 9 (yes really, NINE!) pockets in this bag! Three across the front, one in each side placket, another 3 open pockets on the inside and a large zippered pocket, also on the inside. The purse closes with a magnetic snap and has an adjustable strap.
You can see more examples of this an other purses on the Sew Sweetness flickr group or you can buy the newly released pattern from Sara here – it’s just $8!
Posted in Accessories, Pattern, Review
Tagged bag, blue, cotton, green, pattern, pocket, pockets, purse, sew sweetness, test, testing, upholstery, velocity girl
A few weeks ago I attended a special birthday party for a friend of mine. As adults, we don’t get parties and special gifts as much as we did when we were kids, and I always think that’s sad. Enter: The Birthday Bag.
I bought this pattern several years ago in A.C.Moore – it is actually called the Serendipity Bag. It’s meant to be used with a jelly roll and at the time, I had a jelly roll that I wasn’t sure what to do with. Needless to say, I have made quite a few of these bags and I still have that jelly roll…
The pattern is simple to translate to a solid piece of fabric and makes such a great impact! Plus it only takes a couple of hours to complete, if that. You need just over a half yard of the outer fabric and just a half yard for the lining. You could use a bit more and add a pocket to the inside if you like. It’s large and deep, so if you wanted it as a purse, it would probably be a good idea to add a couple of pockets. I like to use an upholstery/canvas remnant for the outer fabric so that it’s nice and strong and has a little body, and a coordinating cotton for the lining. I always fancied it as a shopping tote – but not for stinky, leaky groceries…the kind of shopping that you want to show off.
At the last minute, I remembered that this friend was set to receive an iPad from as her ‘big’ gift this year and I thought, wouldn’t it be nifty to make her a matching iPad cover as well? After a quick search for a pattern, but found just the right one:
Even with the quilting, this took me just an hour to whip up. I can’t remember the name of the blog where I found the pattern right now, but I will remember and I will post it! It has double thickness batting for extra padding and extra room in case the iPad in question has a hard cover. The flap secures with hook & loop. Perfect!
Edit: I found it! The awesome tutorial can be found at one shabby chick.
Posted in Accessories, Pattern, Review
Tagged bag, Birthday, case, cotton, cover, fabric, gathers, gift, green, ipad, material, padded, padding, pattern, pleats, serendipity, upholstery
Working on my mini quilt for the Doll Quilt Swap over on flickr today.
I used emedoodle’s 3 Layered Star paper piecing pattern.
What do you think, partner?
Posted in Pattern, Quilt, WIP
Tagged blue, cotton, doll quilt swap, DQS, emedoodle, orange, paper piece, piecing, purple, star, swap
I got home today and found a large box waiting for me. Yes, my fabric order from the weekend had arrived! I needed some batting & backing pieces for all the quilts that I put together recently. I also needed some neutral cotton solids to replace the ones that I used up!
But…nestled in between the necessary, albeit awesome, yardage was a perfect little pile of FQs called Mod by Annette Tatum.
I know, I know, I know, I shouldn’t be buying any unnecessary fabric, but I just couldn’t resist! Could you? I love the crazy Mod throwback prints and the colors are just so cool. Now I just need to figure out what to make with them…
By the way, Fabric.com has got to be one of THE BEST places to order fabric in quantity. I’ve been ordering from them for a long time and their selection has only gotten better and their prices have always been great. With free shipping on orders over $35, and Kona solids for under $6/yard, well, it’s way more economical than a trip to the fabric store. Yay!
Posted in Stash
Tagged assortment, bundle, cotton, fabric, fabric.com, fat quarter, FQ, material, mod, modern, retro, throwback
If you’d like to join in or follow along, here’s the first lesson from the Pile o’ Fabric Skill Builder BOM.
One lesson down and only 23 more to go. I really enjoyed making these two blocks. I haven’t sandwiched and basted them yet, but I should get to that tonight. That’s the easy part!
The first block is called Sound Wave. I love it. I’m so glad I chose the Macaw color palette! I always worry about how the colors and prints will mesh together but it really worked out just as I imagined it.
I’ve done plenty of improv piecing before, but Alyssa provided me with a new way of thinking about it so that was cool to try. I followed her instructions for this block pretty much exactly so that I could understand her logic. I have to admit, I don’t fully understand it, but everyone works in different ways and the block turned out perfectly so what does it matter?
The second block is called Magnum. I’m not so in love with this one. I like the block, but I’m not so happy with the fabrics I chose for it or the order of the fabrics. I didn’t pay as close attention to the instructions before I started cutting and piecing this block and so my original plan got muddled. Silly me! In particular, I think dark red stripe throws everything off, so I may pick the block apart and replace just that strip. I was trying to use different fabrics from the Soundwave block when I really should have just gone with my gut and used one of the fabrics that I WANTED to use. DUH.
If you’d like to see the other blocks that folks are working on but don’t really want to join in with the sewing, there’s a flickr group for that.
Posted in Quilt, WIP
Tagged block, block of the month, BOM, cotton, flickr, improv, magnum, Pile O' Fabric, pileoffabric.com, Skill Builder, sound wave, soundwave