Thursday, May 26, 2022

FLAIRING CHARM PATTERN

Because I always have more projects started than I realize...
I didn't disappoint myself while at the beach.
I took a fun pattern along called "FLAIR'
 and thought I could work on this if I have time.
It uses 4 charm packs and background fabrics
cut into charm sizes of 5"

Of course I had enough charm packs,
actually CHRISTMAS charm packs.
The Christmas Card, Eat Drink and be Ugly,
The Cookie Exchange and Mistletoe.


I cut lots of scrappy low volume 5" squares.




What I didn't realize was...the pattern instructions
were to lay the skinny strips on top of the 5" square and 
raw edge stitch them down!

ahh, nope, that's sew 20 years ago.

Sew I cut the squares one way,
sewed in the strip
Cut it the other way
sewed in the strip.
Still a 5" square with a nice finish.
You have to sew the same amount of stitches
sew why not make it look clean and neat.



This will be a project sitting beside my sewing machine and
I can make a few squares, now and again.
The lesson learned...even if the pattern is a postcard size....
READ IT ALL before you purchase!


Tuesday, May 17, 2022

A WALK IN THE WOODS

I had a fun time sewing at this beach in April.
My Instagram friend, Cory, who lives in Alabama,
 and I decided to do a sewcial distance project apart/together. 
We opened it to others as a sewalong...and a few
people began it and some finished it. 

I have had the 'free'  TYPE IT pattern by Zen Chic on my radar
for awhile and its a jelly roll quilt.
I didn't want anything that would take too much time...
cause THE BEACH!



I found a Jelly roll by Aneela Hoey in my stash.
"A Walk in The Woods"
I also had a white jelly roll
and some other fabrics that can become
the backing if I sew choose.



I sewed the strips together and selected random colors
for sections.  Sometimes sections are easier to manage.


I didn't have much room in the condo,
sew after sewing the strips together
I used the kitchen counter as my design wall.


One makes do with what one has to work with.


As I began sewing the strips together
The love seat became my design wall,


Once it was all sewn together
the lanai railing became the design wall.
with the ocean as a perfect backdrop.



It really was a fast sew and then because it was fabric
called "A Walk in the Woods"
I needed "A Walk in the Woods" for a photo shoot.

And now make like Lil Red Riding Hood and 
enjoy the walk in the woods aka
Vereen Memorial Gardens, Little River, SC



















I am home now but this baby quilt has ended up at the bottom
of quilts to finish. There's a baby yet to be acknowledged,
who will love this one!

Before I go...let me show you the TWO quilts Cory made.

She had some great Bonnie & Camille!



I love her version of a Low Volume Christmas prints quilt!


And another finisher was Angi Jean who used a Jelly Roll
by Poppy and Posey by Dodi Lee Paulson




Saturday, April 9, 2022

WALLETS


Apparently I have been in the mood for making wallets.
This is the Sassy Slimline wallet by Rena Blain of The Southern Bobbin. 
If you would like the pattern, email her at 
renablain@gmail.com

I tested this pattern for her a few years ago.
And I have made many!

This one is for me. 




I had these 3 cut out and buried in my UFO pile.
Lots of pieces and parts but she has labels to print out thar keep you organized. 


I love the different sections for this one.
So many options! 
I still carry money so the little zippy pouch in the center
is great for my loose change. 
And the credit card slots are great!  
The flat zipper…I keep gift cards and coupon in there!


They are too cute and set aside as gifts.


What have you been making ? 

Thursday, March 31, 2022

STARGAZER TESTER!

I feel very lucky to be a pattern tester for
Frannie B Quilt Company.
Corrine Wells comes up with some great designs.
The mission is taking designs of fabric and blocks 
from traditional colors and style into modern beauties.

Stargazer had me working my testing skills to the limit!


I always make test blocks as part of my testing process.
 These Charley Harper stars will become units in another project.


I soon found out there were LOTS of flying geese.
That's not sew bad, but the instructions made them
one at a time....brutal.
Of course, that was the pattern is  Layer Cake friendly
and there wasn't enough LC to cut using the 4 at a time method.
YES!  huge feedback from me. 
USE MORE FABRIC!


It's important for me to stay organized when making a pattern.
Thank God for Clover Clips.

N
And those geese flew slowly over head...
There may have been cuss words and goose poop
during this test!


I really enjoyed that the background was all low volume prints.
My layer cake was "Quotation" by Zen Chic.
I lovvvvvve her fabrics.


I was seeing stars! 42 to be exact!


Making the blocks took a lot longer to make than I anticipated, but
the design wall waited patiently.


FINALLY...my top was finished.
Just in time for the fall leaves.


And autumn colors.


The flimsy looks good with my fall pumpkins!


She's off to the longarm quilter now.
And I am very happy about that!


Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Trail Tote

It’s been a quick minute…well ok a very long time,
since I have made a bag.
I like to make them…but quilts have been under my needle
for the last couple years.

I bought this fabric several years ago specifically for a bag. 
You just can't go wrong with Dear Stella prints.


I decided on the Trail Tote by Noodlehead
The smaller size is perfect for a crossover bag.
I wear crossover bags like earrings when shopping,
Always on my body, never in the cart, 
no way anyone is gonna take it.
I keep it in in my car and seat best goes right over it.  

I selected a Ghastlies weave in gray
for the lining.


I add a key fob toggle. It holds my car key
and with a keyless start car...I always have my key!


My strap wasn't long enough for the slider option.
Sew it stationary to the d-rings.


This will be great for summertime adventures
and goes sew well with jeans or dressier vibes!