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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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.)
Date:
August 2017
Pattern:
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
Batting:
medium-heavy interfacing (unknown producer), Thermolam TP971

A pillow envelope

Last month I attended a course about foundation paper-piecing at Cotton & Color. Although FPP is not new to me, there are always new tricks and tips to be learnt, and I really profited from that class.

So, in order to put the new techniques into practice, I tackled a pattern that had been on my to-do list for some time now, and that turned to be the perfect birthday gift for my brother. On this one I used a non-woven interfacing as a foundation, which tore away rather easily afterwards (I know I could’ve left that, but the idea was to try new things). Also, I used glue to keep the first piece into place, instead of pining it… I must admit that these past weeks I’m using glue more than I have done before, and with great results, so I should revisit my own opinions about that…

For the quilting, I decided to play with the diagonals of the succulent plant and quilt a 45º grid following them, but excluding the border. It just seemed the right choice and I really like the contrast the quilting gives between the block and the border.

I reinforced the backing of the pillow envelope with heavy stabiliser, which helps to give some structure to the pillow.

Project: Pillow envelope
Size
: 40 x 40.5 cm / 15 1/2″ x 16
Date:
May 2017
Pattern:
Fröliche Kakten, by Amanda Castor, published on Simply Kreativ Patchwork + Quilting nº 8 (German edition).
Top fabric:
L’s modern basics, Lecien
Mod Basics 3, Birch Fabrics
Cookie Book, by Kim Knight, Cotton+Steel
Grunge, by Basic Grey, Moda Fabrics
Modern Background Ink, by Zen Chic, Moda Fabrics
Bluebird, by A. Marcelle Abegg, Cotton+Steel
Background fabric: Bella Solids White 98, Moda Fabrics
Border:
Hey Dot!, by Zen Chic, Moda Fabrics
Batting:
Thermolam TP971 Fusible, Pellon
Quilting: machine-quilted, Isacord Thread 40, col. 0010

Star Sampler Quilt (12): “Aunt Eliza’s Star”

The 12th block for the Star-Sampler quilt-along was a pretty easy one, comparing to other blocks on this sampler. It was really quick to piece, and regarding the fabric choices, I was limited by a self-imposed criteria of using each print at least twice. And these two had been featured on one star only.

Despite having the choice already made, I think these two fabric provide a nice contrast for this pattern. My only concern is with the green vs. the background fabric, but I hope they will work better once the quilt top is pieced.

Speaking of which, this is how all 12 stars look together. This was the last block, and although I have a plan of my own for the top, I’ll wait to see what Amanda has in store before going ahead.

(This sew-along is organised and hosted by Amanda Rolfe at 3and3quarters).

The Cookbook QAL: 12. Plus one

The fabric combination for this block came to my mind the second I saw it on Instagram, so I took a little break from the other projects I’m currently working on and put it together. It is a really quick block to make, and there are several possibilities to play with it (one day I might make the quilt proposed by Amy Gibson here).

I really love the effect of appliquéing using a straight stitch – I just sewed a second line of stitching for the fun of it!-.

1. Cookie Book, Kim Knight, Cotton+Steel
2. Hey Dot, Zen Chic, Moda Fabrics
* The background is from the 1000Colours collection, by Lecien, grey n. 501

(This block belongs to a QAL hosted by Amy Gibson –Stitchery Dickory Dock– and based on her book “The Quilt Block Cookbook”).

(Easy) Table runner

This year Moda Fabrics is running a 12-month contest, featuring a different designer each month. March is turn for Me and My Sister Designs, and I couldn’t resist to take a break from all the quilting that’s going around here and spend some afternoons working on the featured pattern, a table runner.

One of the requisites for entering is that all the fabric used must be from Moda (that makes sense, doesn’t it?). I do have several collections and prints from Moda in my stash, but I decided to play with a Moda Scrap Bag and just go with what was inside (this bag contains left-overs from cutting other pre-cuts, and there’s no way to know what’s inside each one… it’s a lottery!). So, in a sense, I didn’t choose the fabrics for this one… I added some Grunge as a contrasting solids, and a favourite from Zen Chic for the border.

For piecing the strips together, I cut them ½” longer than required, and alternated the direction of sewing (one up, one down) to avoid ending with a curved piece. I broke the main panel into three sections, sewed each one, trimmed to size, and the sewed them together. It worked quite well!

It’s a pretty quick project (I managed to have it completed in four afternoons, quilting included!), and I really like this summer-ly look it has (the weather also helps in that feeling…). It makes me think of picnics with sandwiches…

Project: Table runner
Size: 16″ x 50″/ 40.5 x 127 cm
Date: March 2017
Pattern: Easy Table Runner, Me and My Sister Designs
Top fabric: Coral, Queen of the Sea, by Stacy Iest Tsu, for Moda Fabrics
                  Grunge (several colours), by Basic Grey, for Moda Fabrics
Border, Backing: Hey Dot!, by Zen Chic, for Moda Fabrics
Batting: Fusible Thermolam TP971, Legacy
Quilting: machine-quilted, Star Thread 30WT

Christmas gifts for a knitter

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This past Christmas’ sewing involved a special gift for a friend who, among other crafty things, is a passionate knitter. And when this sheep fabric appeared on the quilt-shop, I knew I had to do something with it.

So, I planed to sew something useful! The “2 Fat Quarter Bucket!”, by Me and My Sister Designs, has become a favorite when it comes to sewing useful things. Fast, easy and versatile. And it showcases the fabric, which is also important! (other buckets are here and here).

And to pair it with something else, I had had my focus on this open-wide pouch by Anna Graham (Noodlehead) for a long time, and I thought it could be of use for a knitter. The yarn-balls fabric from Cotton+Steel is just the perfect lining, isn’t it?

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This one took some thought, however. Zippers and I aren’t good friends, and my first interfacing choice didn’t work quite well.

Now they have been delivered and I hope being enjoyed by their new owner!

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Project: Bucket
Size: 6″W x 4 1/2″L x 7″H / 15 x 11.5 x 18 cm
Date: December 2016
Pattern: 2 Fat Quarter Bucket!, Me and My Sister Designs
Exterior fabric: Wool Ewe Be Mine, Maria Kalinowsky for Kanvas Studio, Bernatex
Lining fabric: Reel Time, Zen Chic, Moda Fabrics
Batting: Thermolam TP971 (100% polyester), Legacy

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Project: Open-wide zippered pouch
Size: Medium (9″ tall x 12″ wide)
Date: December 2016
Pattern: Open-wide zippered pouch, Anna Graham (Noodlehead)
Exterior fabric: Wool Ewe Be Mine, Maria Kalinowsky for Kanvas Studio, Bernatex
Denim fabric, unknown manufacturer
Lining fabric: Cat Lady, Sarah Watts, Cotton+Steel
Batting: Heavy interfacing, unknown manufacturer

The Splendid Sampler™: Block 82

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Block n. 82 for The Splendid SamplerUnder the Apple Tree”  is designed by Brigitte Heitland (Zen Chic),  whose collections Modern Background – Paper and Ink- I’m using as the main prints for the Sampler.

English paper-piecing is always welcome, so there was no much history left in this particular block. Only, that I used a pretty thick cardboard for the templates, and the final block is bigger than it should be… but I think I will be able to fix it with the sashing.

Pattern, info and link party are here.

Star Sampler Quilt (5): “Maple Star”

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This is the fifth block for the Star-Sampler quilt-along organised and hosted by Amanda Rolfe at 3and3quarters. It’s pretty close to the previous one… but what a difference make those squares! Not a difficult block, but a thought on flying-geese units: if they aren’t squared and with the right dimensions (let’s say, an 1/8″ off), do not hope to amend it along the way while piecing the block together. That doesn’t work. So yes, I needed to re-do some of my flying-geese units and  to spend some time with the seam-ripper.

Looking forward the next one…