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
Size:
13 3/4″ x 15 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ / 35 x 40 x 12 cm (aprox.)
Date:
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
Batting:
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

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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

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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).

Cotton&Color BoM 2016: September

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I hadn’t pictured an idea of the final layout for the Cotton & Colors BoM until I got this month’s pattern. Suddenly, all the references in previous months’ blocks about different rooms in the house made sense. The fact that September’s block has this particular triangular shape should be very indicative.

It was included on the pattern to sew the books in the shelf using selvages. I keep all my selvages, regardless of the collection, and I found this particular one from an old Christmas collection, Christmas fun, by Lynette Anderson. I just love the little chicks. And it states it’s from Lecien, as do most of the fabrics used in this quilt. For the central “book” I went for this particular print, as I do have, and use, a very big dictionary. I liked the idea to picture it in some way.

Let’s see what October’s pattern it’s about!

Cotton&Color BoM 2016: August

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August‘s block from the Cotton & Color BoM depicts a cute little book, reminding those books and magazines into which we look for inspiration and ideas. It was not a difficult block, but… why do it easy, when you can get things complicated?

I was determined to use this specific fabric for the background (this month we were given the fabric for the book cover), for which I had only a piece. I made lots of measurements, and although it didn’t allow for errors, there was enough fabric. Well, from the picture above anyone can tell that I did do a cutting error. The two added lateral strips was all that remained from the original piece! Someday I will really learn to measure twice before cutting.

The ribbon marker is a scrap of bias binding I kept for no particular reason… it had just the right colour and the right dimensions.

Cotton&Color BoM 2016: July

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This month’s block from the Cotton & Color BoM couldn’t be more appropriate for this blog, as it depicts a cup! “Tassa” means, in Catalan, mug or cup (it doesn’t make the difference between them). So I was really pleased when I got the pattern!

As I’m getting more used to paper piecing, the block came together pretty quickly (despite some mistakes in fabric placement -ahem!). I chose for the cup’s main body a fabric that reminds me of an old tea set, and I kept introducing some fabrics from previous blocks to give a sense of a set in the group of blocks already made.

The heart in the tea bag is needle-turn appliquéd… who would have said some months ago!