Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Yes, that's right. I have yet to sew a single stitch for Wonky, Wonky Music. I had to order more fat quarters in addition to the time I've spent on other projects and adventures. At least my design wall is more filled in than the last picture I posted. I have everything now. Well, not quite. I don't like the background fabric I ordered. It is a yellowish color (which I thought would be tan) that I thought would work well but I don't like it! I am going to look for a light grey solid instead.
The only bummer is that I can't really sew anything without that background fabric! I can start on a monitor cover in the meantime...
Fabric: Music by Andover
Pattern: Bow Tie Required by Lee of Freshly Pieced!
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Last week I was lucky enough to get into the class Fabric Pattern Design and Printing with Lizzy House at gather here in Cambridge, MA. It was nice to see Lizzy in my home state!
The two-day class started off with Lizzy talking about how she entered the fabric design industry. She also talked about elements that go into the design of a collection and taught how to make repeats by hand using tracing paper. When you do it by hand, you really learn it! We designed a three-piece collection and selected one for block printing.
The second day was reserved for block printing. Lizzy majored in printmaking in school and it's something she really loves. Her passion really shines through in her teaching. Block printing takes quite a bit of time: carving your block, getting the painting surfaces ready, preparing the fabric, preparing the paint and then finally printing the fabric with the blocks. Oh, I forgot to mention cleaning the blocks! I really like block printing. It is a great way to experiment and develop new ideas. I need to carve out some time and space to do it at home, though! (Ba-doom-pish!)
I was supposed to attend Lizzy's talk sponsored by the Boston Modern Quilt Guild and the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild, which was held the morning on the same day our second class was held. I had a quilting emergency that kept me up until very late the night before. I knew I had Lizzy's 6-hour class later that day, so I decided to sleep in (and I was afraid to drive up to West Newbury on only a few hours' sleep). What quilting emergency, you ask? I'll blog about that a little later.
Lizzy graciously agreed to pose with my PB-Complete quilt I made this summer. This quilt has all the Pearl Bracelets that have been released to date. We will have more Pearl Bracelets in early 2014, so I'll have bragging rights for a little while longer.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
I was one of the lucky individuals who got a place in Denyse Schmidt's class, Improvisational Patchwork with Denyse Schmidt at the New England Quilt Museum.
After a few mishaps, which included leaving my power cord and sewing machine foot at home, I got started and made some great progress. The staff at the NEQM kindly searched for and found an old machine for me to work on. Soon after, the ever-supportive DH brought my cord and foot to me!
Denyse brought a bounty of scraps for us to work with. The first block I made is in the bottom left of the photograph. We were to bring a favorite fabric. I brought one of my truly favorite prints that I bought years ago which features a geishas and wheelbarrows of flowers (by Judie Rothermel). After that, she had us create blocks, adding in our favorite.
I am quite pleased with how it came out! I am working on adding a few more pieces to square things up to make a small wall quilt for my sewing area.
This is my second class with Denyse. I took her String Pieced Zippy Purse class at QuiltCon. I use the bag daily to store my chargers. It was nice to show it to Denyse!
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
DH's birthday is near so it's the perfect time to start his present! When I saw the Music fabric line by Andover, I knew I had to make something for him. He was once a professional drummer and still plays and composes from time to time.
He played in a contemporary jazz group so I thought the funky and purposely wonky Bow Tie Required quilt would be the perfect pattern. Our favorite print features the drum set so I am fussy cutting to make sure it's front and center.
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
For information on making a flag, you can click on a Quiltville post. There is an effort to collect flags similar to what was done for the To Boston With Love.
The link to the Canadian site, which you can reach from Quiltville post, is in French! The flags are due August 24th, so the deadline might be a bit too tight if you haven't already made your flag. I hope mine gets there in time!
I used Jacquie Gering's great heart tutorial. I cheated a bit. She sewed together strips of fabric to make the heart. I used a striped fabric instead! I also made the heart smaller to fit on the flag.
Detailed information on the tragedy is found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lac-Mégantic_derailment
Thursday, August 15, 2013
iPad Mini Sleeve? Done!!
How gorgeous is this fabric from Timeless Treasures? I love the play of the browns, reds and teals.
This is the laptop computer sleeve project from the spring 2013 issue of Modern Patchwork. I am making it for my aunt's iPad mini, however, so I adjusted the measurements. I made it big enough for an iPad mini with a smart cover and case.
Some construction details are here.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
|Top: Fabric cut and batting added|
Bottom: Quilting added and binding in progress
Now that PB-Complete is, well, complete (and featured on Andover Fabrics' Facebook page Monday!), I can get back to my other projects. I blogged about this iPad Mini sleeve earlier and now I am glad I can continue working on it.
This is the laptop computer sleeve project from the spring 2013 issue of Modern Patchwork. I am making it for my aunt's iPad mini, however, so I adjusted the measurements. I made it big enough for an iPad mini with a smart cover and case. At least I hope I did! (I made the front panel 9.5" x 8" and the back panel 12.5" x 8". Fingers crossed!)
In the top left picture, can you see that the large rectangle on the left has upside down ladies on it? I sewed it that way so that when I fold the flap down the ladies will be right side up. So, the back panel is made up of two pieces, one that is 9.5" and 3.5" for the flap. You need to do this only if your fabric is directional. I tried to make it such that the motifs would match when the flap is closed, but I didn't account for the fact that the batting would make the flap a bit shorter.
(Edit: The measurements given are the sizes I cut the pieces)
In my previous post I said the fabric was from Alexander Henry, but I noticed today that it is actually Timeless Treasures! I bought this fabric some time ago, so I'm not sure if it's still available.
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