Swiss Beauty #1: “New Home”

One of the advantages (or dangers) of Instagram is that you get to know about projects that otherwise would have not got to one’s attention. That’s the case of the Block of the Month “Swiss Beauty” that started this January, run by the Modern PatCHquilt. Once I saw it on my Instagram feed there was no turning back; and my mind couldn’t stop thinking about fabric possibilities for this one.

This year I’m committed to finish things, but I made an exception with this one and thus became the second quilt-along I plan to join this year. I also want to work with fabric I already have, so I decided it was high time to use the fat quarters from the Sunprint 2017 collection by Alison Glass that were sitting on a drawer since last summer.

If anything, these fabrics are pure colour. I doubted, a lot, about using so much colour-saturated fabric with no lower values to add contrast. However, after some thought and after pairing the prints with (my favourite) Grunge fabric for the background, I took the plunge.

This first block was really fun to sew together. The colour-scheme works for me, so let’s see how it goes on the next blocks.


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

Pack your bag n.8 (August): Sewing bag

This is my version of the August’s pattern for the Cotton & Color Project of the Month program. And I just love it! I thought this would be a very useful bag for my EPP projects, so I indulged myself in buying fabrics specifically for it.

And of course, I went with some Cotton+Steel prints, paired with some Zen Chic designs. For the outside I decided on a canvas fabric -I foresee a lot of use for it!- and for the lining I couldn’t resist this dotted, stained print (how fun is that, a stained-on-purpose fabric?). I love to work with dark blues and denims, so the colour scheme was really easy on this one. To complement them, I threw in this salmon-reddish print from an old Zen Chic collection, whose big pattern worked really well as outside pocket. The denim pocket is, in fact, a denim piece of fabric, left over from some garment sewing.

The use of a bobbin print underneath the bobbins is included on the pattern instructions (yep, more Cotton+Steel for this particular one). The construction of the bobbin holders was quite tricky, but nothing that a well sorted tool box couldn’t fix.

Overall, I had lots of fun sewing this one, and as said, I can see it being very useful for my EPP projects, or to carry the basic notions when attending classes.

Project: Sewing bag
Size: 3/4″ x
7″ x 10″ / 2 x 18 x 25 cm (aprox.)
August 2017
Sewing bag (PoM #8), Cotton & Color
Exterior fabric:
Mesa (canvas), by A. Marcelle Abegg, Cotton+Steel
Lining fabric:
Bluebird, by Melody Miller, Cotton+Steel
Inner pockets fabrics: Figures, by Zen Chic, Moda Fabrics
Hey Dot!, by Zen Chic, Moda Fabrics
Bluebird, by A. Marcelle Abegg, Cotton+Steel
Trinket, by Melody Miller, Cotton+Steel
Denim fabric
Handles fabric: Mesa, by A. Marcelle Abegg, Cotton+Steel
medium-heavy interfacing (unknown producer), Thermolam TP971

Pack your bag n.5 (May): Weekender bag

May’s pattern for the Cotton & Color Project of the Month program was a really complex one, with lots of pieces (zippers included) and a terrific result: a huge handbag with different sets of interior and exterior pockets (and even a strap to hang it in the retractable handles of a small suitcase), really useful for going a weekend out or, in my case, for carrying the knitting projects around.

With so many components, it took me a long week to finish it. While putting the back together, I noticed that with some care I could patternmatch the back strap with the underneath fabric, so there isn’t a break on the overall image. It took some patience, but it was absolutely worth it! (and yes, I just love that print from Cotton+Steel!!).

Project: Handbag
13 3/4″ x 15 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ / 35 x 40 x 12 cm (aprox.)
June 2017
Pattern: Weekender, Cotton & Color
Exterior fabric:
Les Fleurs (canvas), by Rifle Paper Co., Cotton+Steel
Lining fabric:
Grunge (Vert), by Basic Grey, Moda Fabrics
Flex Foam Stabilizer (Freundenberg), Thermolam TP971

Pack your bag n.4 (April): Nylon bag

This month’s pattern for the Cotton and Color mystery Project of the Month program features a really quick project, with the novelty of using Nylon fabric for it. It was really fun trying to sew with a new material, that can’t be ironed and which I preferred not trying to pin. I used the marks on my sewing machine to fold the fabric as it was fed under the foot (fortunately, I could use the regular foot, being a Teflon foot not necessary), and clips to keep everything in place when needed.

This little bag couldn’t have come more handy, as it complements perfectly a birthday present I already have for a friend!

Exterior fabric: First of Infinity fabrics collection, Lecien

Pack your bag n. 3 (March): Luggage Label

These days there are lots of things going on behind the scenes (aka basting and quilting, which seem to take forever!), but I did manage to sew March’ pattern for Cotton and Color‘s Project of the Month. This is a fun and quick project to make, but a little tricky one due to the vinyl for the inside tag. I guess having a Teflon foot would have helped.

I think it can also be used as a tag for Christmas gifts, doesn’t it?

Exterior fabrics: Detour by BoBunny, Riley Blake Designs
Lining fabric: provided with the pattern
Batting: Thermolam TP971 (100% polyester), Legacy

Pack your bag n.1 (January)

This year Cotton and Color is running a mystery Project of the Month program, named “Pack your bag”. The first one was this small, cute bag. I decided to keep the exterior simple (I just love that fabric) and do some hand-quilting (it’s been long since I hand-quilted anything…), and just play with contrasting colours to give it some interest.

Exterior fabric: Close to Home, P.S. Elliot, P&B Textiles
Accent fabric: Painter’s Canvas (orange), Michael Miller Fabrics
Lining fabric:
provided with the pattern
Batting: Cotton, unknown producer (scrap)
Quilting: hand-quilted, Anchor Perlé Cotton n.12 colour 316.

Cotton&Color BoM 2016: November


This little pincushion seems to be the last block of the Cotton & Color‘s BoM, as it looks like in December we will be piecing the quilt together. An easy paper-pieced block, for which the background fabric was given. I kept the embroidery pretty simple; I do have these kind of pins, although I normally use plastic-headed or flower-headed pins to work with.

Cotton&Color BoM 2016: October


This month’s block for the Cotton & Colors BoM are, in fact, two blocks. I decided to piece the thread for the bigger spool and play with the fabrics for the little ones. That red was meant to be with this yellow background!

I‘m really curious about how these two “partial” blocks will be included in the final layout…

(And yes, I made a cutting mistake, again… some day I will learn).