Friday, December 15, 2017

TGIFF - More Zippered Pouches

I'm making progress with my FAL 2017 Q4 goals.  This is the second of three zippered pouch kits.  So far, the first kit of skeleton pouches is my favourite pattern.  Here are the two additional pouches I was able to make with the leftover fabric.

I love the three prints from this kit; however, I did not like the pattern.  This is the smallest size.  You can see the bottom is saggy.  The lining fabric was shorter than the exterior fabric.  The fusible interfacing was ironed to the lining fabric, not the exterior as the norm. Again that meant the exterior was saggy.  But I suspect the reason for that is the inside pockets (see below for photo).


The zipper ends are quite sloppy and unattractive.  I had prepped all the pieces for all three sizes in an assembly line fashion.  Rather than taking apart what was sewn, I cut off fabric from the exterior so it matched the length of the lining.  But that meant losing a lot of the great paisley print on the bottom.


Here are the inside pockets.  I like the concept of pockets, but not a necessity in my mind.


As I was finishing pouch #3, I realized what the problem was.  When sewing the three prints to form the exterior, I should have used a 1/2-inch seam.  If the pattern had indicated what the finished size of the panel was supposed to be, I would have realized before it had become a problem.


Here are the three sizes.


The skeleton pouch pattern uses zipper tabs, and I really like that.  That will be my new go-to pattern, along with Open Wide Zippered Pouch by Noodlehead.



If you have a finish this week, share it with everyone:

Thank Goodness It's Finish Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts 
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation 




Friday, December 8, 2017

TGIFF - Skeleton Zippered Pouches

Time is running out for me to finish all my FAL 2017 Q4 goals.  Here are some fun skeleton zippered pouches.  Now I realize that I am late for Halloween 2017, or really early for Halloween 2018.  😊

This was a kit I purchased from Connecting Threads last year.  Although the kit was for two zippered pouches, there is enough fabric to make two more.


Two fun prints from Cotton + Steel.  The black print is by Rashida Coleman-Hale.


These will go in my stash to have on hand for a last-minute gift emergency.



Don't forgot to link up any bags you've made with Patti @  Elm Street Quilts for her annual Bag It linky party.  You have until December 15 to link up.

Elm Street Quilts


If you have a finish this week, share it with everyone:

Thank Goodness It's Finish Friday @ Devoted Quilter
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts 
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation 


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Wayward Transparency

Last week, I shared my progress for the Wayward Transparency QAL hosted by Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl.  I found some time to sew and managed to get the top all pieced.

I can't wait for the winter solstice and the gradual transition back to more daylight hours.  It is so hard to get decent photos.  There was some challenge trying to tape this to the wall in my sewing room.  You can see the faint outline of a wall hanging behind it.  ☺  I had to move a few things and discovered that the dust bunnies are probably planning a takeover.  LOL


I used Kona Ice Frappe, Kale, and Spruce.  I have no idea how to quilt this.  The final step in the QAL will be released on Friday.  Hoping for some quilting suggestions.


I would make this pattern again, but maybe try a different layout.


Linking up with:

Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
WIP Wednesday @ The Needle and Thread Network
Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss @ The Inquiring Quilter


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

WIP Wednesday

I've been slowly making progress with my WIPs.

Once again, I tested a paper pieced pattern for Andrea @ 3rd Story WorkshopYou can find Andrea's patterns here.  Dancing Narwhal (with a Beluga option) is her latest creation.  I haven't quilted this yet as I am unsure what to do with this 16-inch block.  I'm considering a wall hanging or a pillow.


Here's a close up of the Beluga.



I finished my quilt for the Splash of Colour QAL hosted by Myra Busy Hands Quilts.  The pattern is free on Craftsy.  How the hard part...deciding on a quilting plan.


And I finally finished my blocks for the Wayward Transparency QAL hosted by Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl.  Kona Ice Frappe, Kale, and Spruce.  Now to get these blocks pieced together.




Linking up with:

Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
WIP Wednesday @ The Needle and Thread Network
Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss @ The Inquiring Quilter



Friday, November 17, 2017

TGIFF - Featherweight Tote

As usual, I got sidetracked with a new project.  You may remember I told you about my first Featherweight purchase back in July.  It didn't come with a case, and I didn't have the right size bag in my extensive collection of bags.  So Jeni @ In Color Order to the rescue with her Sew Portable Travel Set pattern.

I decided to use a home decor weight fabric for the exterior, and I didn't do the fabric accents on the handles.


This bag is sturdy -- it has batting, cotton canvas, and interfacing.


Perhaps I'll use it to take my Featherweight to our guild Sew In next weekend.



Did you know that Patti @  Elm Street Quilts is hosting her annual Bag It linky party.  You have until December 15 to link up any bags you've made this fall.

Elm Street Quilts


If you have a finish this week, consider linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finish Friday @ What a Hoot Quilts
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts 
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation 



Friday, November 3, 2017

TGIFF - Gemstones

Back in February, I tested some paper piecing patterns for Andrea @ 3rd Story Workshop.  There are four patterns in her Gemology Series.  You can find Andrea's patterns here.

I procrastinated finishing these wall hangings (about 12 inches) because I didn't know how to quilt them.  In the end, I followed the suggestion in the patterns.

Here is Emerald Cut.



This is Teardrop Cut.



For the above two, I used Kona Torch, Flame, Sunny, Papaya, Kumquat, Orange, and Black.

This is Round Cut.



This is Princess Cut.


For these two, I used Kona White, Silver, Iron, Medium Grey, Coal, Black, and Ivory.

This is the second of my FAL Q4 goals.


If you have a finish this week, consider linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finish Friday @ Summer Lee Quilts
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts 
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation 



Thursday, October 26, 2017

TGIFF - Letter A

Welcome to Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday, once again being hosted here in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.  This is your opportunity to showcase your finishes from this week and to see what other great projects have been created.


I finished my letter A.  This is my October OMG goal and a FAL Q4 goal.  It finishes around 15 inches.  This was my first attempt at big stitch quilting with perle cotton.


I don't think I bought the right perle cotton -- it seems too thick.  I definitely need to work on consistency with my stitches, but I did enjoy it enough to give it another try.



I think this will be a wall hanging for my new niece -- we share the same initials.

Now it's time for you to link up your finishes.  Link up your blog post showing off your finished project using the linkup below.  Don't forget to visit a few blogs to spread some quilty love and encouragement.  Please include a link and/or the TGIFF button in your blog post so your followers can also view all the great finishes.





If you have a finish this week, consider also linking up with:


Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts


Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts 
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation 


Fiona @ Celtic Thistle Stitches has a New to Me linkup to celebrate all the new things in our lives.  So if you tried something new this month, head over to link up:



Thursday, October 19, 2017

TGIFF - Little Geranium Dress

Welcome to Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday being hosted here in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.  TGIFF is a great chance to showcase your finishes from this week and to see what other great projects have been created.



My new one-month old niece is tiny and doesn't have any cute clothes because everyone bought larger sizes.  So I thought I'd try making a dress.  The Little Geranium Dress is a free pattern by Made by Rae.  I got stumped after I got to this point.  But once Jenn @ A Quarter Inch From the Edge showed me what to do, it all made sense.


And voilà...a finished dress.


It's hard to photograph a dress without a model, so I have a book inside it holding it up.  I can't imagine what she would need pockets for at this young age, but they are so cute.


Here's the back view.  I need to match the thread better next time.


Adorable heart snaps courtesy of Jenn @ A Quarter Inch From the Edge.



Now it's time for you to link up your finishes.  Link up your blog post showing off your finished project using the linkup below.  Don't forget to visit a few blogs to spread some quilty love and encouragement.  Please include a link and/or the TGIFF button in your blog post so your followers can also view all the great finishes.







If you have a finish this week, consider also linking up with:


Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts 
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation 


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Quilt Along Updates

I forgot to show you September's HST's for Magnolia Mystery QAL hosted by Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs.  October's instructions were/are half geese units.


I'm also playing along with the Wayward Transparency QAL hosted by Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl.  Kona Ice Frappe, Kale, and Spruce.


And just because I don't have enough projects to keep me busy (ha ha ha), I'm joining in the Splash of Colour QAL hosted by Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts.  I'll be using Kona White and Black, with a splash of Kona Orange.


I've had this pattern on my to-do list for a while, so this is a great opportunity to actually make it.



It's not too late to play along with any of the QALs.





Friday, October 6, 2017

TGIFF - Faith, Hope, Love

Welcome to Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday!  And Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving!!

I had the pleasure of testing a pattern for Karen @ Sugar Free Quilts.  I tested the traditional piecing pattern -- there will also be a paper pieced version.


Some of the pieces were small, but I kept going...and then there were two words.


And finally all three words.  A few of my letters turned out a bit wonky -- but who wants straight letters anyway.  LOL


And then as usual...the tough decision on how to quilt.  Since I finished this on a Saturday and needed to quilt it Sunday morning for a bridal shower at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.....organic wavy lines.



Now it's time for you to link up your finishes.  Link up your blog post showing off your finished project using the linkup below.  Don't forget to visit a few blogs to spread some quilty love and encouragement.  Please include a link and/or the TGIFF button in your blog post so your followers can also view all the great finishes.









If you do have a finish this week, consider also linking up with:

Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts 
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation 


Thursday, October 5, 2017

October OMG and FAL Q4 Goals

It's time again to set some goals.  I like participating with OMG and Finish Along 2017 as it's a good way to be "accountable" to finishing up WIP's.



My October OMG is to finish this Letter A wall hanging I created using Jaybird Quilts' new book -- Alphabet Soup.  I am going to challenge myself to do a little bit of hand quilting with perle cotton.




I have four goals for FAL Q4:

1.  Letter A wall hanging (as above).

2.  Gem Stones.  I made these here back in February.  It's time to figure out how to quilt these four wall hangings.




3.  Zipper Pouches.  I bought three zipper pouch kits from Connecting Threads a year ago.  Time to buckle down and get them made.


4.  Slippers.  This is not a quilting project, but it's crafty.  It's been a long time since I've done some knitting, so I thought this pattern would be a quick and easy way to give it another try.  I wonder if I have any orange yarn....... 😃



I'm slowly making my way through my list of WIP's.  I have high hopes to get them all done before the end of 2017.





Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Help! The Squirrels Have Taken Over

I think I'm a fairly intelligent woman, with some common sense.  So how is it that I am sooooooooo easily distracted by a new project???  I have more than enough projects on the go, but yet in the past two weeks, I've felt the need to make two new items.

First up, a drawstring bag to hold my tap and jazz shoes.  The night before the first class, I decided I needed a bag...even though I probably have 40 (likely more) bags and totes in my house.  This is an awesome tutorial by In Color Order -- Lined Drawstring Bag.  You can purchase the pattern if you want a variety of sizes.


And then I decided I needed something new to hold the many cards from my wallet.  When my faithful wallet finally fell apart, I couldn't find anything that held everything.  So I've downsized to a simple wallet but needed something for all the cards.  I found the Mega Credit Card Wallet tutorial.


The wallets holds 38 cards.  The inner section holds 24 cards -- 6 cards on each of four sides.


And the two outer sides hold 7 cards each.



I may have sewn one of the fabric pieces wrong side out.  Oops.  But this was a good learning experience.  I think I'll make a few modifications for the final version that I will use.

Sandra @ Musings of a Menopausal Melon holds a monthly link up -- Drop Everything and Make It!



P.S.  I'm not going to tell you about the new pattern I bought....hours after telling a friend that I was NOT going to start any new projects.