Sunday, December 14, 2014

Le Challenge - Ink

It feels so good to be back sitting at my sewing machine.  I went on a last minute cruise in the hot, hot sun, then came home to freezing cold weather and caught a cold.  Thanksgiving was a blur.
 
But, I did manage to complete my challenge piece this month.  The theme is "ink" and it took me awhile to think of a project.  I chose to make a fabric basket using some text charm squares.


It really turned out cute and is currently on my sewing table holding some spools of thread.  I may make some more of these little baskets.

Now, I am off to go and catch up on yard work. Oh what fun, NOT!

Please check out the other "ink" entries this month at Le Challenge.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Le Challenge - X

This month's Le Challenge theme is "X", the unknown.  I have 2 Spoonflower samples that I thought would work great for this challenge - the mathmatical equations and the detective that solves the unknown.
 

These samples are 8 inch square and are different materials.  The Sherlock material is fine and the equations are on canvas.  I knew that I wanted to keep as much of the fabric as possible as a whole piece, and not cut into it.

 
The "solution" was to make a flat zip pouch accented with a bold red zipper.  To give the piece a little structure, the samples were backed with iron-on fleece interfacing.
 

I did break a needle while sewing over the zipper so I learned a lesson to be more careful on my next pouch.  I am so glad I finally got to use these samples.

Check out more of this month's "X" themed entries at Le Challenge.
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Also linking today to Finish It Friday and Whoop Whoop Friday.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Scrappy Stars

Oh, how I do love the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  There is so much creativity on display!
 
I have decided to enter one of my most recent finishes - Scrappy Stars.  It was made using the pattern "Obsession" which is found in the book "Quilt-opedia". 
 
This quilt was entirely made from my stash of scraps!  . 

 

I wanted a project to hand quilt and thought that this piece would be a good quilt to stitch in the ditch.  




I am also glad that this piece includes triangles.  You see, me and triangles have this love/hate relationship and 2014 has been my year to really work on this skill.




I think this may have been the most fun I ever had selecting fabrics for a project.
 
Scrappy Stars
78 x 78
Pattern:  Obsession from "Quilt-opedia"
Pieced and hand quilted by me


Please check out all of the entries at the festival.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WIP Wednesday - Idea Pouch

I finally had some time to work on a project that I have wanted to make for years.  It is the Idea Pouch from Michelle Patterns.


It took about an afternoon for me to make and all that is missing right now are the 2 buttons on the outside for the closure.
 
I modified the inner pocket dividers to make an area large enough to hold my iPhone.


It also fits my iPad perfectly.  I can see myself making more of these cute pouches!
 
I am not sure what my next project will be yet, but this new pack of Aurifil thread is calling to me.  I think it goes great with this fat eighth bundle.
 
 
I recently won this Aurifil thread participating in the Scrap Quilt Challenge 4 sponsored by Fabrics N Quilts.  There is certainly plenty of scrappy inspiration in this year's entries
 
I was keeping this fat eighth bundle to take with me to a class at the Houston Festival next week, but I am still debating.  The class supplies lists "scraps" so I may just skip using this bundle and decide to take a bag of scraps. 
 
Linking today to WIP Wednesday.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Le Challenge - Mix

This month's Le Challenge theme is "mix" and to be honest, I was quite stumped at what to make.  I finally decided that I would finish my scrappy happy houses quilt.


These houses are made of a mix of scraps.  I actually made so many houses that I have another quilt top completed and a stack left over to make a 3rd house quilt. 
 
Of course, just today on my work table I spied this mix tape.
 
 
It is the Quiltcon USB containing patterns from many of the instructors.  Had I spotted this sooner, I would have made a project from this tape to fit this month's "mix" theme.  (BTW, I cannot wait until Quiltcon 2015!)
 
Like I said, I was really stumped with the challenge theme this month.  I think it started early on when I was brainstorming "mix" ideas and thought of Meow Mix.  In my family, I remember us kids singing TV commercials around the house including one for Meow Mix.
 
 Check out more "mix" challenge projects at Le Challenge
 
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Craft Book Month - Quiltopedia

Today, my fingers are simply worn out.  But I don't care, because I LOVE my new quilt!  Yes, I did say "my quilt" because this quilt is for me.
 
 
The pattern is titled "Obsession" and is found in the book "Quilt-opedia" which is currently my favorite quilt book. 
 
I cannot believe that this quilt was made from scraps!  It was fun to select and cut the fabrics squares for this quilt.  
 
 
Since I had to cut the squares from scraps, it did take a bit longer than cutting from yardage.  But, I wanted the quilt to have the look of many fabrics.

Now, I wonder what project to start next...

Linking today to the party at Craft Buds since September is Craft Book Month.   
 
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Le Challenge - Era

It is time for this month's Le Challenge project and the theme is "era".  Once again, this challenge has theme's that I find challenging.
  
My first thoughts on this "era" theme was using 30's reproduction fabrics, civil war fabrics, or making a crazy quilt from the Victorian era.  But then I started looking at mid-century modern art and knew this was the time period I really wanted to work with. 


The inspiration for my mini quilt was the Unparalleled Quilt lesson from the Craftsy Improvisational Piecing Modern Design class.  I really did enjoy working on this project.  Just cutting at will and designing the piece as I went along was a very freeing way to work. 
 
It was also a nice change to work on something new, since 2014 has been my year to tackle my WIPs and scraps.
 
Please check out the other "era" themed entries at Le Challenge.
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