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Finished Friday | 49er Hippo Hobo Bag

Stitch ALL The Things | 49er Hippo Hobo Bag

The Hippo Hobo Bag pattern was released by Emkie Designs in April and I knew I wanted this bag pattern as soon as I saw it. I bought it not long after release, but did not have time to make a bag from it until recently. I knew I wanted to make a bag for one of my best friends for her birthday, and this was the perfect bag pattern. Cristal is a 49ers fan and I ordered the fabrics from Fabric.com for this bag before we went to Oregon for the summer. I already had the antique gold faux leather, and it turned out to be the perfect color to match the gold in the print. I was glad to have all of the materials on hand and ready to sew up when we returned for the summer and I got started on the bag as soon as a few WIPs were done.

Stitch ALL The Things | 49er Hippo Hobo Bag

I would classify this bag as intermediate to advanced. I normally use Annie’s Soft & Stable to give sturdiness to a bag, but because this was a hobo bag, I opted to go with what the pattern called for… SF101 and Fusible Fleece. The only thing I did differently was to use one extra layer of SF101 on the outer main panels to give the bag a bit more structure. Thankfully, this bag gave me few problems with top-stitching. I did have to make the top flaps three times because I thought I’d be smart and change up the interfacing options there. I went back with what was called for in the pattern, but the fusible fleece was to thick in the seams for top-stitching. My third, and final, time making these I cut the fusible fleece out of the seam allowance and the top stitching was perfect!

Stitch ALL The Things | 49er Hippo Hobo Bag

The pattern calls for three zippered pockets. There’s a hidden zippered pocket under the bottom flap in the front, a zippered pocket on the back of the bag, and a zippered pocket in the lining. However, that wasn’t quite enough pockets for me. I am a huge fan of having a slip pocket handy when you need to quickly put away your phone or keys or sunglasses. The Epiphany Bag pattern by Chris W Designs has a fantastic pocket panel in it that includes a pen pocket, a pleated pocket, and two slip pockets. So I incorporated that pocket panel into this bag. I love how the pocket lining is also a faux binding on the pocket panel.

Stitch ALL The Things | 49er Hippo Hobo Bag

I really enjoyed making this bag. It took longer than expected, unfortunately. I had a few events with my son come up that required 2 – 3 hour blocks of time working with him that I would have spent sewing the bag, and then I became sick for about a week. I was one week and one day late giving Cristal her bag, but since we chose each other as “family” (and she loves me), I don’t think she cared about a late present. Cristal, if you’re reading this, I love you so very much! Thank you for being an amazing friend! xoxo

Linking up with:
Quokka Quilts hosting TGIFF
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop hosted by Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finish It Up Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts
Finished {or Not} Friday hosted by Busy Hands Quilts

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Finished Friday | The Alpine Quilt

I am so very excited to share this week’s finishes. I have more than just a quilt to share this week too. Not only am I excited for the finishes, I am so jazzed that my friend, Sarah, of Georgia Girl Quilts is hosting Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday this week. Sarah’s quilts are amazing and I hope you’ll head over to her blog to check out her finish this week too!

Stitch ALL The Things | The Alpine Quilt

If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll know I’ve been making the Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial, Flying Geese Diamonds quilt. And, yes, I used the same fabric that was in their tutorial: Alpine by Pink Chandelier for Wilmington Prints. From the first moment I started watching this tutorial I knew I had to make this exact quilt. I fell head over heels for the pattern and the fabrics. The only thing I changed in the fabric requirements was to choose a different print for the backing (the Cardinals in Trees instead of the Reindeer Toss). I used the red-stripe fabric for the binding rather than the Reindeer print, and I changed the Kona Cotton in Cayenne for the inner border and used the red Snowflake Toss instead.

Stitch ALL The Things | The Alpine Quilt Backing Cardinals in Gray

There are several prints in this fabric line that I love, and the Cardinals in Trees is at the top of the list. I loved it so much that I made the entire backing out of the fabric. I just love those birds! I was having a hard time coming up with a name for this quilt. The whole time I was making it I kept calling it “The Alpine Quilt”. After much thought I’ve decided to just go ahead and name it The Alpine Quilt. It’s so original I just don’t even know what to do with my genius mind (sarcasm alert).

Stitch ALL The Things | The Alpine Quilt Borders Binding and Backing

The other fabric that I adore is the red stripe fabric. I love a striped binding, and this fabric was more than perfect for it. Especially since the print is done on the diagonal. I have not stopped, and probably won’t stop, gushing about how perfect it is as a binding fabric!

Stitch ALL The Things | The Alpine Quilt close up

This quilt was a lot of fun to make. The pattern was super easy, but I would not recommend using layer cake precuts for it. You really need an exact 10″ square for this block, and precut 10″ squares are typically NOT cut exactly. I struggled with the pinked edges and some of my seam allowances are 1/8″. I ended up using a 1.5mm stitch length on those seams to make sure that my fabrics wouldn’t fray and the seams wouldn’t open up. This block also means the center of the blocks are thicker, and earlier this week I wrote about how I struggled with the quilting as a result of that. I am absolutely thrilled with the quilt, but it was a fight to get a nice finish! I will say, this is my favorite quilt I’ve made so far and everyone in the house agrees.

Stitch ALL The Things | Alpine Fabrics Red Stripe Print

Since I absolutely love this fabric line, I ordered extra yardage to make some napkins and reversible placemats. Naturally, the napkins are in my favorite red stripe print. It reminds me of candy canes, ribbon candy, and Christmas cheer all rolled into one. I won’t confirm or deny the occasional urge to want to lick the fabric. (Okay, that just sounds weird when I type that out… I’m gonna have to deny, deny, deny any aforementioned urges.) I used the Make Your Own Cloth Napkin Tutorial by Skip To My Lou and chose the mitered corner option.

Stitch ALL The Things | Christmas Placemat & Napkin

I used the Quick & Simple Reversible Placemat tutorial by Whipstitch to make the placemats. I chose the Cardinals in Trees in Grey for one side of the placemat. It has become my favorite side! I wanted to have a “Winter” side so that I could use the placemats for longer than one month out of the year.

Stitch ALL The Things | Christmas Placemat Ornaments In Gray

The reverse side of the placemat is the Ornaments in Grey print. This turned out to look a lot busier than I thought it would. I am wishing I would have chosen the Reindeer Toss instead, because I think the napkins would look better with that print. I may end up just using white napkins to tone down all the red. It’s still cute, and very holiday-cheery.

Finally, for those who like quilt stats:

“The Alpine Quilt”

Finished size
69″ x 78″
Pattern
Flying Geese Diamond Quilt by Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company
Fabric
Alpine by Pink Chandelier for Wilmington Prints Layer Cake, Bella Solids White Layer Cake by Moda (Top)
Alpine Snowflake Toss in Red (Inner Border)
Alpine Reindeer Toss in Grey (Outer Border)
Alpine Cardinals in Trees in Grey (Backing)
Alpine Red Stripe (Binding)
Batting
Warm & Natural
Thread
Pieced with Aurifil 50 wt 2000
Quilted with Superior Omni 40 wt 3002
Binding stitched with Superior Omni 40 wt 3002
Quilting
Free Motion echo quilting, figure eight, ribbon, back and forth lines
Finished
October 6, 2016

Linking up with:
TGIFF hosted by Sarah of Georgia Girl Quilts
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop hosted by Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finish It Up Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts
Finished {or Not} Friday hosted by Busy Hands Quilts

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Finished or Not Friday | Churn Dash WIP

I am linking up for the first time with Busy Hands Quilts Finished {or Not} Friday. And this week I’m in the {or Not} category.

MSQC Churn Dash Pattern | WIP | Sweetwater Feed Co Fabric

I finished all of my Churn Dash blocks, decided on block placement, and started sewing the rows. I am not thrilled with the red fabric I chose to snowball the corners with. I am wishing now I would have chosen a darker red out of the bundle, but it’s done now. I may use a darker red thread in those diamond shapes when I quilt to give it some extra Oomph. The bottom two rows are finished and sewn together, with a third row finished and ready to be sewn to the bottom two. I usually sew from the bottom up because, as you can see, my “design wall” (batting hanging from the raw wooden shelving unit) isn’t very tall. I have to get those bottom blocks off the floor asap! I hope to have this top finished by later today or early Saturday afternoon.

Linking up with Busy Hands Quilts Finished {or Not} Friday.

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Finished Friday | Stepping Into Tranquility

Two weeks ago I posted my first of two quilt finishes for the Stepping Stones Quilt Along that Jennifer Fulton, The Inquiring Quilter, hosted. This week is all about my second quilt finish from that quilt along.

Batik Stepping Stones Front

The previous quilt was for one of my best friends, Ana. This quilt is for her mom, Cristal. In the last post I talked about how I met Ana and how we worked together. I really got to know Cristal well when I agreed to work with her and Ana at a local dermatology office. Working with those two women was an amazing experience, and I am so grateful they asked me to be a part of their team.

Batik Stepping Stones Back

Working with Cristal and Ana was frosting on the cake compared to having them become a big part of my life. Cristal is one of the hardest working people I have ever met, and she is always striving to learn more, do more, and help others do their best as well. She is, hands down, the best manager I have ever worked for. She is a woman with a huge heart and a generous spirit and not only do I consider her a friend, I see her as my family. Whether she knows it or not, she’s stuck with me for life!

Batik Stepping Stones Close Up

I chose to make her quilt from Timeless Treasures Tonga Batiks in Romance. I thought the colors were a good match to the decor in one of her rooms and they just felt like Cristal when I saw them. I was nervous using batiks, having heard that they are sometimes difficult to sew with. I made sure to use a smaller needle than usual and used Aurifil 50 wt thread and had no problems at all piecing the quilt.

Batik Stepping Stones

I did have a bit more struggle with the quilting as my thread broke several times. I think it’s because I used 50 wt thread instead of 40 wt and my Juki TL-2200 QVP-S sit-down quilting machine loves the 40 wt. Still, only three or four thread breaks? That’s awesome compared to how many I used to get using my Brother PQ1500-S for the quilting! The only other trouble I had was hand stitching the binding down with a different thread brand. I usually use Aurifil for all my quilting, but had some left over Superior King Tut 40 wt variegated thread that matched the binding fabric better than any Aurifil I had on hand. This thread would not pull smoothly through the binding fabric at all, and it constantly tangled on me. I had to cut shorter lengths of it as it would start to shred if I sewed with the same length of thread for too long. It was a good thread for quilting when I used it before, but horrible for me when using it for hand stitching. I’ll be sticking with my favorite Aurifil from now on!

Batik Stepping Stones Label

I designed the label and had it printed by Spoonflower on an 8″ sample square. I really like doing this, as I can make sure my labels won’t wash out after a while. I pieced it into the back so that it becomes a part of the quilt and is quilted over as well. The name for the quilt usually pops into my head while I start working with the fabrics. These fabrics remind me of a tranquil place, and since the pattern name is Stepping Stones, “Stepping Into Tranquility” just seemed to fit perfectly.

Cristal, you are part of the family I got to choose for myself. I love you and I am so grateful to have you in my life. Thank you for all of the encouragement and love you give to me. I am blessed!

And for those who like quilt stats:

“Stepping Into Tranquility”

Finished size
69″ x 80.5″
Pattern
Stepping Stones by Jennifer Fulton
Fabric
Timeless Treasures Tonga Batik precuts in Romance (Top)
Timeless Treasures Tonga Batik Reeds print from Romance (Backing)
Timeless Treasures Tonga Batik Stained Glass print from Romance(Binding)
Batting
Warm & Natural
Thread
Pieced with Aurifil 50 wt 2370
Quilted with Aurifil 50 wt 2325
Binding stitched with Superior King Tut 40 wt 927
Quilting
Free-motion all over swirls
Finished
May 17, 2016

Linking up with:
TGIFF hosted by Iris of Crazydutchbirdquilts
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop hosted by Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finish It Up Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts