Scissor case

More Christmas sewing! This week I put together this little scissor case, suitable for an embroidery pair of scissors. It is a quick project from the Moda Bake Shop, which I had already sewn before, and pretty useful.

I used a wider ribbon than the pattern calls for, but I think this one is really appropiate, isn’t it? Now all that’s left is just wrap it!

Project: Scissors case
Date: November 2017
Pattern: Scissor case, Dawn Cornell
Fabric: Hey Dot!, by Zen Chic, Moda Fabrics
Batting: Quilter’s Dream Cotton 100%

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Make Merry

Last September I attended a course with Bonnie Sullivan (All through the night) working on one of her patterns with flannel and wool. This quilt is still on the making, but during the course I bought some preprinted panels to work on for the Christmas season.

On my Instagram account I’ve been posting the progress on these projects, and this week I finally finished the first of them, a medium-sized preprinted panel.

I really enjoy working with this kind of preprinted motives, as they allow for some mindless and relaxing sewing. I also discovered that I like working with wool and flannels, which were absolutely new to me.

Also on the novelty side of things I tried to sew with Perlé cotton n. 8. The only Perlé cotton I’d used so far was number 12, and the difference is huge! Love the results of combining the thicker perlé with the embroidery floss.

To finish the panel I mounted it on a photo frame, which is a little bigger (like 1/4″ bigger), but it does the job and now it’s ready for the beginning of the Christmas season!

Project: Christmas panel
Size: 11 1/2″ x 8 1/4″ / 29.5 x 21 cm (aprox.)
Date: October – November 2017
Pattern: Make Merry, Bonnie Sullivan (All through the night)
Appliqué pieces: scraps of cotton flannel and wool
Stabiliser: Vliseline 671D
Thread: Cotton perlé n. 8 (DMC and Valdani), embroidery floss (Anchor and DMC) in different colours
Stitches used: Stem stitch, satin stitch, running stitch, whip stitch (appliqué)

Christmas place mats

Cotton&Color is running a Christmas contest: to sew Christmas-themed place mats (they provide the pattern!). It’s always fun to participate in such a thing, moreover if the resulting finished objects are perfect for Christmas gifts!

So I took the plunge. As I was using directional prints, I sewed each one individually. I also added the appliqué star made of chalk-board fabric – so the place mat owner’s name can be written down, for example-.

Sewing with chalk-board fabric isn’t difficult at all. Only to remember that the stitches can not be ripped out – the stitching holes wouldn’t disappear-, and that it can not be ironed.

I made six them, and I think they don’t need further packing…  just a nice paper bag and that’s all, isn’t it?

Project: Christmas place mats
Size: 13″ x 16 1/8″ / 33 x 41 cm (aprox.)
Date: November 2017
Pattern: 6 Quick & Easy reversible place mats, Cotton&Color
Fabric: The Cookie Exchange, by Sweetwater, Moda Fabrics
Wishes, by Sweetwater, Moda Fabrics
Juniper Berry, by Basic Grey, Moda Fabrics
Grunge, by Basic Grey, Moda Fabrics
Batting: Thermolam TP971F, Pellon

Pack your bag n.11 (November): A glasses case

These days I’m really busy with Christmas sewing, and life in general, but I couldn’t resist to sneak in some time to put together this month’s pattern for the Cotton & Color Project of the Month program.

It was a little more than an hour of work, although I divided it in two afternoons. The body of the case is reinforced with plastic, which seemed a little tricky to sew through. I used a 90/14 needle, and operated the machine at low speed. No problem at all!

My sunglasses are already in it!

Project: A glasses case
Date:
November 2017
Pattern:
Brillenetui, Cotton & Color
Exterior fabric:
Sleep Tight, Sarah Watts, Cotton+Steel
Lining fabric:
unknown, part of kit
Interfacing: Vliseline 320

Triangles QAL #5

The 5th assignment on the Bernina Triangle QAL was another foundation paper-pieced block. On this occasion, I decided to leave the paper on until the end of the QAL, just to give some stability to those on-the-bias seams. Not that I’m moving the blocks around a lot, but just in case…

The only problem I had with this one is the direction of the prints; at the end I decided it didn’t matter what direction they took, as in the final layout the triangles will be rotated in different positions. I only hope that it doesn’t end up being a big mess of lines going in different directions!

(This QAL is hosted by Zen Chic on Bernina’s Blog; original post for this block in German here, the English version here).

Stars-quilt October’17 update

It almost seems impossible, but I’m almost done with the blocks for the Stars-quilt! The key has been setting a monthly goal, and indeed it’s helping me keeping this project on track. With this month’s goal achieved, only 6 blocks remain to be completed. I have already started to plan how I’m going to work from November onwards, but I’m a little bit sorry that after the last batch of stars is completed, this project will not longer be portable.

Stars basted: 84/84 (504/504 templates)
Stars sewn: 84 /84
Background pieces basted: 504/504
Stars completed: 78/84 (+6 from the last stats)

Triangles QAL #4

A quick and easy block (for those who already know how to work with foundation paper-piecing). I spent more time deciding on the fabric than actually sewing the blocks.

Btw, the schedule of this QAL has been changed and now it’s a two-block per month, instead just one monthly release, quilt-along.

(This QAL is hosted by Zen Chic on Bernina’s Blog; original post for this block in German here, the English version here).

EPP Party #12: Chicago star

The blog has been quite quiet these past days. At the moment I’m working on long-term projects with no results worth sharing. And life happens and I don’t have so much time to sew as to maintain a regular posting schedule. However, I’ve joined a really fun challenge on Instagram, #30minssewingdaily hosted by Melanie Meyer, that encourages the participants to sew at least 30 minutes per day. Not much, some may think, but it’s great helping to get things done.

And in this context I sewed the 12th block for the EppParty. Not the last block, as it was an announced surprise that there would be a bonus 13th block… which is 24 x 24″!!!

As I wasn’t sure about the fabric, I just built the block each section at a time, taking into account the past blocks and how much each fabric had been used so far. For instance, the central square succulents were only featured on the first block so far!

Total block pieces: 49

(The party is hosted by Mister Domestic and Pat Bravo and runs on Instagram under the hashtag #EPPparty).

Triangles QAL #3

Although this block is easy to sew, it was quite tricky to trim down to size while keeping the middle strip centred… Not all of the units are as symmetrical as they should be, but I don’t think it will be something really visible once the quilt top is sewn together. Otherwise, I will have to redo them.

(This QAL is hosted by Zen Chic on Bernina’s Blog; original post for this block in German here, the English version here).