16 August 2017

Let's Bee Social #190



Welcome to the Let's Bee Social!
So glad to have you join us for the Let's Bee Social weekly linky party!

Once again I am here to sing the praises of my clever readers!

Last month I received an email from Sydney who wrote, "Love your patterns!! I'm doing the Jolly Little Christmas one now. Love the bikini one also! I was wondering if you would consider designing a mermaid block. I would like to make a baby quilt for a very special friend's new baby girl. Thank you! I look forward to hearing from you."

So I set to work on designing this Mermaid block and quilt pattern layout.








Although I have managed to write the pattern, it's still in the testing phase. The quilt blocks finish at 18" x 21" and can easily be made with either the long or short hair versions. And the quilt finishes at 52" x 62" using 6 mermaid blocks.









I ordered my fabric from Sew Sisters Quilt Shop. I chose Sprinkles Yellow (hair), Pink (bikini tops) and Green (tails) from the Boutique Brights collection for RJR Fabrics, Woven in Ruby (hair), Sapphire (background) and Black (hair) from the Mixology collection by Camelot Fabrics and a 108" wideback Swirly Scroll in Lime from the Essential collection from Wilmington Prints for the backing.  




You can purchase your Mermaid pattern here
Hope to be sharing an update on the Mermaid quilt soon!




One more thing....


This week I received an email from Joanne who wrote, "Hi Lorna! I attended your workshop last October at the Royal City Quilters Guild in Guelph. Taaaadaaaa! It's finished! I thoroughly enjoyed piecing this quilt and my friend Linda quilted it on her longarm. Not sure if you can see the quilting but there are lots of little monkeys dancing around on the quilt. I think my grandson Arthur will enjoy it once he graduates to his "big bed" from his crib. Thanks so much for the wonderful time we all enjoyed at your workshop! P.S. I love your new finished carpet bag!"

Joanne chose the Jungle Friends pattern to work on during the workshop. And it is so exciting to see her great big beautiful finish so I asked her for permission to share it with you all!














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14 August 2017

Companion Carpet Bag



To start off with.....

Let me just say that I am so pleased and proud and happy with my new purse. I mean, just looking at that cute chipmunk does it for me. And as expected, I learned a lot from this first bag making experience.




This bag was my first attempt at making a purse. And other than quilts, of course, I have only made one two other items that were not quilts. I made a quilted jacket for my birthday and then one for my mother's birthday back in 2014.






You can see some in process pics in this post. For this purse, I purchased the Companion Carpet Bag pdf from Sewing Patterns by Mrs.H on Etsy. According to the pattern, I also ordered fabric and doodads and stabilizer and handles.



The pattern is well explained. And you can print the first half of the pattern that includes photos or you can print the second half of the pattern for a text only version. I did not realize that was the case. I printed the entire 24 pages and only realized when I was almost finished making the bag, that the last half of the pattern was the text only version. Oh well....

The pattern calls for a yard of the outer fabric and a yard of the inner fabric. This is enough to make two of these smaller bags. Easily. This bag is a a Small - 12"W x 8"H x 6"D. But the pattern also provides instructions for a Large - 16"W x 10"H x 6"D.




This was also my first time sewing in an inset zipper for the inner pocket. I wish now that I would have chosen a single fabric for the entire lining instead of bits of this and that. The lining ended up being slightly larger than I would have liked and is a wee bit frumpy at the bottom.




I ordered all my fabric from Bobby Lou's Fabric Factory and am so pleased with the Tula Pink Chipper chipmunk. Even though I am not a big fan of purple. I wanted to keep the lining fabric light and had ordered Woodland Critters in WhiteBut when I seen how little fabric is needed for the lining.... I couldn't cut into it. Now I wish I would have. But if I don't use it for a quilt, there just may be another opportunity to use it in a bag.

Woodland Critters in White





Here you can see that I added feet to the bottom of the bag. I was kind of disappointed that they sink in so far due to the fact that the stabilizer is so cushy. The pattern also calls for a rectangle of "plastic bag base" or "plastic grid canvas". This provides a stiffness for the bottom of the bag and keeps it from drooping. I did not have anything like that, so I cut up an old rotary cutting mat and drilled holes for where the feet go through. But I regretted that decision when it came time to turn the bag inside right when finished. That base material was way to stiff, making the birthing process so incredibly life like. Next time I am heading to the dollar store to see if I can get a stiff plastic place mat to cut up instead.




The pattern suggests using piping along the top edge of the outside pocket. I did not. I have never made nor do I own any store bought piping. So I just sewed the lining and outside pocket pieces together. I am really pleased to have managed to get the fabric on the pocket and main face of the bag to match up so well. And if I make this bag again, I would like to press the lining back a little more so it does not show as much along the top.




I got all of the hardware from Janelle at Emmaline Bags and am really pleased with the Barrel Hinge and other doodads I purchased. Especially that "made for me" badge. I LOVE the Barrel Hinge. It is spring loaded so the bag stays closed. But also easily pops open when you pull gently on the handles. She did not have any handbag handles in stock, so I did an Etsy in search for genuine leather purse handles which I found at Purse Making Supply. They are Olive in colour.




What are my overall thoughts? I was dreading the starting of making a bag because I had never done it before. But now that I have had the experience, I would make another. And look forward to sharing more purse and bag making finishes with you again!









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12 August 2017

Christmas Lights

This is the fifteenth and final quilt block for the "Have a Jolly Little Christmas" quilt along!

All the details for the "Have a Jolly Little Christmas" quilt along are on this page.


ONE MORE THING...

Before we get into the instructions for today's block...

For those of you who have been quilting along and don't want the fun to end or who want more Christmas quilt blocks to add to their quilt, I wanted to let you know about this new Christmas quilt along that begins soon.

I was reading about the "I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along" over on Yvonne's Quilting Jetgirl blog. This is perfect for those who have been taking part in the Have a Jolly Little Christmas QAL, which is soon coming to an end. The block designs are all 12" so you can mix and match!


Click here to check out the post for all the details!!!!









Christmas Lights is a 12" quilt block.

Made using traditional piecing methods.




Sew Fresh Quilts – Christmas Lights

Finished size of block is 12” x 12”

Fabric Requirements
Single Block
White
1/4 yard
Dark Green
1/8 yard
Red
1/4 yard
Yellow
1/4 yard
Green
1/4 yard
Blue
1/4 yard









Read through entire instructions before beginning.  Press all seams open as you go.

STOP: Stitch, Trim, Open & Press. To perform the STOP method, align a square (A) or rectangle (C) on the corner of the unit (B) with right sides facing together. Draw a diagonal line and sew along this diagonal line. Trim a ¼” seam. Finger press the seam open and then press with a hot iron. Pressing the seams open to reduce bulk is recommended.





Single Block
White
D
8 @ 1.5” x 5”
E
2 @ 1.5” x 6”
F
1 @ 1.5” x 12.5”
G
8 @ 3” squares
Dark
 Green
A
4 @ 1” squares
B
4 @ 1.5” squares
C
4 @ 1.5” x 2.5”
Red
H
1 @ 5” square
Yellow
H
1 @ 5” square
Green
H
1 @ 5” square
Blue
H
1 @ 5” square



















Step 1: Use the STOP method to add the Dark Green (B) square and (C) rectangle on the end of the White (D) rectangles. Make four of each unit.




Step 2: Use the STOP method to add the White (G) squares on the corners of the Blue (H) square, then to add the Dark Green (A) squares. Follow this step to also make Red, Yellow and Green units.







Step 3: Sew the units made in Step 1 onto the units made in Step 2.




Step 4: Along with the White (E) and (F) rectangles, arrange and sew the units together to complete the block. Block should measure 12.5” square.




Note: Sashing this block will give the illusion that the Christmas lights are on a string. Use (2) Dark Green 1” x 12.5” and (2) Dark Green 1” x 13.5”, before adding the border.









Here is my Christmas Lights block.





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Twice a month, instructions for all of the individual blocks will be shared. A continuous never ending linky party will be available to share your Flickr and Instagram photos or your blog posts on the "Have a Jolly Little Christmasquilt along page. You can find it by clicking on the Quilt Alongs page tab found just below the blog header. As each post is published the live links will be added to the schedule.







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