Sunday Stash: An assortment of Quilty stuff

I missed last week’s Sunday Stash as I spent the weekend sewing up the Bye Bye Love bag.  After sewing it up and writing the accompanying blog post, I had zero energy for writing a second blog post.  So this week will have last week’s non-fabric quilty-related things with this week’s fabric bundles.

First some non-fabric items.  I decided I had enough of fighting a couple of quilt books while trying to sew the patterns in them.  So a couple weeks ago I grabbed the rebellious little books and marched them right down to Staples where I forced them to have their stubborn spines replaced with spiral binding.  SO. MUCH. BETTER.  I wish that Staples had a white spiral option available rather than blue or black (seriously? blue or black?!), but alas they did not.  Still, these books work so much better for me like this.

Spiral Binding for my most used books!

Spiral Binding for my most used books!

Another little goody I recently discovered at Hawthorne Threads was Jaybird Quilts Mini Hex N More ruler.  I can’t WAIT to make a mini-Disco quilt!

Mini Hex N More Ruler

Mini Hex N More Ruler

My last non-fabric item is this fantastic shirt I got from Patchwork Threads. I absolutely love how soft and comfy it is.  The shirts run a size large, so order smaller than you normally would.  Really.  Trust me.  They are also crew neck, which I normally do not find very comfortable, but this shirt is soft enough that it doesn’t irritate me at all.  In fact, I washed it the very next day so I could wear it again right away.  Seriously. 

Patchwork Threads Shirt

Patchwork Threads Shirt

As far as fabric goes, I’m sharing my monthly fabric club bundles. First up is my half-stash (6 fabrics) 1/2 yard Intrepid Thread Rainbow Must-Stash club.  It’s very likely that I will be canceling this in the next month or so (sorry, Julie!).  I cringe at the thought because I love the fabrics, but I have enough now that my book case is completely full.  And since the point was to build up a stash and not collect fabric, it’s high time I start using up the fabric I have on hand. Radical thought, I know.  My one exception is Tula Pink.  I will collect her fabric all the live-long day, people.  This month Julie sent Moda’s Bee My Honey “Honeybee” blenders.  These are fantastic!  As always, I love the little handwritten note and two charm-sized fabrics they include with every order.

Bee My Honey "Honeycomb" blenders

Bee My Honey “Honeycomb” blenders

And, finally, my Marmalade Fabrics Around The Color Wheel 1/2 yard bundle.  This month’s color is Gold, so this bundle included Kona colors in Amber, Gold, Butterscotch, Ochre, Mustard, and Curry.  A couple of these fabrics, Butterscotch and Ochre, look like the same hue.  I can see a slight difference now in the photo, but had a bit of difficulty seeing it in the light of my hobby room.  I wasn’t exactly sure about where I’d use those two colors.  Then play crafts posted a blog entitled For the Love of Color: Ochre.  Perfect timing, and amazing explanation along with examples of using this color as a supporting color.

Marmalade Fabrics  Around the Color Wheel "Gold"

Marmalade Fabrics
Around the Color Wheel “Gold”

And that’s it for this week!

I’m linking up with the ever fabulous and always inspirational Molli Sparkles Work In Progress Girl.  I’m posting this early, since the linky is already up for the Aussie bloggers where it’s already “tomorrow” and I know that when my tomorrow actually becomes “today” I won’t have time to get this linked up.

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SEWjo Saturday | Vintage Quilt Revival blocks

This past week has been spring break, which means the kids have been with their dad for over a week. It’s just me and the Mister hanging around the house.

We’ve had a busy week, working on things that have needed to get done on cars and such. I’ve also been able to work on getting last week and this weeks Vintage Quilt Revival blocks done. I finished the last one up today and am officially caught up. Tuesday will be our last two blocks, and then it’s time to assemble them into a top. Yay!!

Week 8 Blocks:

Vintage Quilt Revival Cross and Crown

Vintage Quilt Revival
Cross and Crown

Vintage Quilt Revival Double Pinwheel

Vintage Quilt Revival
Double Pinwheel

I am truly enjoying these paper pieced blocks.  I was actually a little disappointed to realize I had to make blocks with HST’s for week 9!

Week 9 Blocks:

VIntage Quilt Revival Star and Pinwheel

VIntage Quilt Revival
Star and Pinwheel

Vintage Quilt Revival Mosaic No 8

Vintage Quilt Revival
Mosaic No 8

I’m linking up with Kim at My Go-Go Life for SEWjo Saturday.

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I’m also linking up my VQR blocks with Sukie–Don’t you know who I am? for Week 9.

Vintage Quilt Revival Block Along


To-Do Tuesday: 3-18-14

Happy Day-After-St.-Patty’s-Day-I-Hope-The-Hangover-Isn’t-Too-Bad-Day! Also, it’s To-Do Tuesday… Already!!!

It seems like this last week just flew by for me. All of the days/weeks are like that lately. I only managed to get a couple of things accomplished, as we ended up spending our days running lots of errands and handling “life” stuff. However, I’m very pleased with what I managed to get done!

March Modern InstaBee Block with borders

March Modern InstaBee Block with borders

I managed to get my “copy” of the March Insta-Bee block done. I added borders to it, because it’s a 12.5″ unfinished block and February’s block was 15.5″ unfinished. I actually had to do the borders twice, because my math was 1/4″ off all the way around. Naturally. One of these days I’ll figure out the quilt maths without wanting to bang my head against the table.

Bye Bye Love Bag

I also completed one of the Bag of The Month Club bags I’ve had on my to-do list since the beginning of the To-Do list. I figured I could whip this puppy up in a day or two. Wrong. I always forget that the starching, ironing, cutting, and fusing interfacing always seems to take forever. Actually, it feels like that’s about 2/3rds of the work in bag-making. It took me two days to get that done (along with all the errand/life stuff), another day to sew, and yet another day to fix an error or two. But I am so pleased with the bag, I don’t even care that the majority of my sewing this week was all about the bag!

Here’s this week’s list… Which means pretty much moving lots of stuff from last week to this week:

  • Make Josh’s dentist appointment. (Don’t forget to arrange for orthodontist to remove wire before and replace after.)
  • Make Week 8 & Week 9 Vintage Quilt Revival Blocks Done Mar 22nd
  • Make March Sugar Block Club Block
  • Finish embroidering blocks for secret quilt
  • Write up How-To Make a Quilt for friend (if any of you know of a great blog tutorial for this, please leave it in the comments for me… no sense repeating the same thing!)Thank you to Quilt Paradigm for directing me to a beginner quilting series!
  • Write Sunday Stash Post Done Mar 22nd
  • Continue working on the How-To/Tips page for the Brother PQ-1500S
  • Make February Bag of the Month
  • Make March Bag of the Month

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up to this post using InLinkz linky below.

Rules:

  1. Link up your To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky (below). The link up is open all week!
  2. Try to visit at least one or two other blogs and leave a nice comment!
  3. Please feel free to grab the blog button to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday!

That’s it!  Now let’s get sewing… or whatever there is to do on your list!


Bye Bye Love Bag


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I didn’t get much done this week, but I did manage to sew up January’s Bag of the Month bag from Sew Sweetness’ Bag of the Month Club.

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I purchased some Denyse Schmidt Florence fabrics specifically for this bag.  For some reason, I absolutely love plaid bags, and I knew this bag would be perfect for showing off some plaid. The lining is Seed Pod in Taupe, and the back zippered pocket is Seed Pod in Carnelian. The outer fabric is Multi Plaid in Carnelian. I chose black yarn dyed Essex Linen as the outer accent fabric. I used Aurifil 40wt thread in Black/#2692 and Light Sand/#2000 (not pictured).

This bag gave me a few challenges, because I don’t like to read all of the instructions.  I mean, why should I pay attention to the details that are painstakingly written out for me so that I don’t mess up when sewing?  Psssshhhh.  Thoroughly reading the instructions is for people who don’t like their seam ripper.

Mistake #1:

Rather than making the outer panels of only one fabric, as instructed, I decided I wanted to have the bottom part of the bag be in the Essex Linen. That wasn’t the mistake, but my math was.  So, my outer panels ended up about an three-quarters of an inch shorter than my lining panels.  I decided to just trim the lining panels to match, as the loss wasn’t too drastic and it seemed like a rather tall bag anyway.

Trim it up, girl!

Trim it up, girl!

Holy Effing Are-you-KIDDING-Me Mistake #2:

I knew something was off about my zippered pocket when the bottom pocket fabric didn’t match up when sewing the pocket closed.  I only noticed this AFTER insertion, of course.  But, I just “went with it”.  And all was well until it was time to mark handle placement.

What?! No. NO! Oh YES. You did.  You totally did.

What?! No. NO! Oh YES. You did. You totally did.

Apparently when I made the zipper pocket I had my marked zipper fabric upside down.  So the zipper pocket was about 3″ too high.  And exactly where the handles were to be attached.  I. Wanted. To. Cry.  But, crying doesn’t effing fix it.  I looked at it for a few minutes, played around with the handles, and decided instead of making a new outer panel (which I had messed up to begin with… and there was no telling if I could mess it up ON PURPOSE again), I would just change handle placement. I knew it would be close to the top and the seam allowance, but by precisely measuring it with my eyeballs, aka “eyeballing it”, it looked like it would be okay. Apparently I have madskillz with eyeball measuring, whereas I have NO skillz using the maths to measure.

Left eyeball: Let's just sew 'em down about here, whatcha think?" Right eyeball: "sure. Looks good 'nuff to me."

Left eyeball: Let’s just sew ’em down about here, whatcha think?”
Right eyeball: “Sure. Looks good ’nuff to me.”

You’re-Almost-Finished-So-Let’s-Make-ANOTHER-Mistake #3:

I proudly held up my finished bag to show Mister and noticed that one of my handles was twisted.  And sewing this interfaced Essex Linen was not easy.  My sewing machine did NOT like backstitching on it at all.  Not even with a top-stitch needle.  Thankfully it didn’t take long to fix!

Let's make ANOTHER mistake.  Because that's fun and we have nothing better to do!

Let’s make ANOTHER mistake. Because that’s fun and we have nothing better to do!

I am so pleased with this bag!  I remembered to use my Emmaline Bags “handmade” hardware, and I even remembered to put my label in it!  After it was sewn up, of course (Mistake #4).  I just folded over the seam allowance and sewed it over the topstitching on the lining pocket.  I think it turned out okay that way. I also decided to go a little fancy and I added purse feet.  PURSE FEET.  Seriously. Proud. Of. This. Bag.

Proberly labeled up.  AND I added purse feet!

Properly labeled up. AND I added purse feet!

And here it is, all finished… front and back! I’m not too sure about my zipper choices… I probably should have done grey top and back zippers. Although, I think this will do. I really love this bag, but I’m thinking I may save it for a Christmas present.  It would be really great to have one present already in the bag.  Corny pun totally intended.

Love how these pleated pockets turned out!

Love how these pleated pockets turned out!

BYE BYE LOVE

I started this project during the week, but so many errands and “life” got in the way.  I ended up sewing up most of it yesterday, and finished fixing the mistakes today.  Since I ended up doing most of my sewing over the weekend, I’m linking up with My Go-Go Life for SEWJo Saturday (er…Sunday).

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