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Finished Friday | Ana’s Hippo Hobo Bag

Stitch ALL The Things | Hippo Hobo Bag pattern by Emkie Designs

This week’s Finished Friday is my second Hippo Hobo Bag. I made this for my sister-friend, Ana. I made her mom the 49er Hippo Hobo Bag about a month ago for her birthday. I know I’ve mentioned these two women before on my blog, but I just can’t say enough how special they are to me. Always encouraging, motivating, and cheerleading me on. They’re just the best!

Stitch ALL The Things | Hippo Hobo Bag pattern by Emkie Designs

Ana loves the color pink. She saw a picture I posted somewhere on social media that included the Chain Mail print in Plum from Tula Pink’s line, Elizabeth. She made a comment about how she loved the print, and I knew right then that I would use it in a bag for her. I wasn’t sure about the interior and accent cotton fabrics at the time, and I chose them later. I knew that I wanted MiKri Glitter Mirror Canvas Vinyl for the vinyl accents. If you’re into making bags, this stuff is bomb! It’s super thin and goes through a sewing machine very easily. I was thinking about using the glitter canvas in pink, but realized that would just be too much pink (Ana might disagree). I decided on the white as it gave it a clean feel, but also a place to rest your eyes when looking at the bag.

Stitch ALL The Things | Hippo Hobo Bag pattern by Emkie Designs

Most people who know me will tell you that if I’m using Tula Pink on a project for you, then you KNOW I love you. Because I really do hoard my Tula fabric. Tula has the best colors, and all of her lines coordinate so well together. I chose Deity in Mojito (the elephant faces) from Tula’s Eden line for the flaps. The color is a perfect match to the aqua green in the Chainmail print. It pops against the fabric so nicely!

Stitch ALL The Things | Hippo Hobo Bag pattern by Emkie Designs

The interior fabric is Pearls of Wisdom in Plum from Tula Pink’s Elizabeth. It is also the fabric I used in all of the pockets. This bag has a hidden zippered pocket under the front bag flap, in the back of the bag, and in the interior of the bag. I also added my favorite zippered pocket panel that is part of The Epiphany Bag pattern by Chris W. I’ve mentioned it before, but I am a huge fan of pockets. If a bag pattern doesn’t have a lot of interior pockets, I add this panel in. It has a pen pocket, a pleated pocket, and two slip pockets. You have got a place for a pen, your sunglasses, your phone, and a notepad. Or a place to store your gum. Whatever you need to stow (or grab) quickly… this is your pocket panel. I’d buy The Epiphany Bag pattern over again just for the pocket panel!

This bag was so much fun to make, and I was so happy to hear from my sweet friend that she loved it. Now I think I’ll be making one of these bags for myself!

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Finished Friday | Churning Diamonds

If you’ve followed my blog the last couple of months you may know that I have been working on a Churn Dash quilt. And I finally have a finish! I am celebrating over here this week!!

Last summer I picked up a Feed Company by Sweetwater layer cake at quilt shop in Colorado Springs. I didn’t have any plans for it, but I loved the Church Cookbook recipes print in the fabric line. Earlier this year we purchased a house in Oregon and I started rummaging through my stash trying to find the perfect fabrics to make a quilt for the house. I noticed the layer cake and knew instantly that it would become a Churn Dash quilt for the house. It had the farm house feel I wanted to decorate the house with. The decor didn’t turn out quite the way I envisioned, but this quilt will still be perfect!

Stitch ALL The Things | Churning Diamonds Quilt

I did struggle trying to finish this quilt. I was following THIS Churn Dash tutorial by Missouri Star Quilt Company. I loved how snowballing the corners of the block added diamonds to the quilt. I chose a red print from the line, but the print was just too subtle of a red. It didn’t give the quilt the pop I was expecting. And that’s when I started to lose my love of the quilt. It really took my Sewjo away. With the suggestion of a reader here, I decided a darker binding would help create a frame for the quilt and, in the end, I loved the way it turned out. I really had to force myself to get this one done, thus the “Churning Diamonds” title. The name incorporates the Churn Dash block, the diamonds created by the snowballed corners, and exactly how I felt trying to finish this quilt.

Stitch ALL The Things | Feed Company by Sweetwater Quilt Backing

I chose the Church Cookbook print for the backing. I wanted only that print for the backing, but didn’t order quite enough yardage (as usual). I added the aqua plaid print because that happens to be my second favorite print in the line. I agonized overhow to quilt this for a while, and ultimately settled on an all-over swirl flower with a ribbon swirl and a leaf motif.

Stitch ALL The Things | Churn Dash Quilting Motif

The border is a simple ribbon swirl. The quilting took longer than I expected because I was constantly stopping to check the direction I needed to go for the next flower. Despite that, I felt really comfortable quilting this, and didn’t worry so much about any mistakes I’ve made. I feel like my free-motion quilting is improving with each quilt. Knowing I was keeping the quilt for myself really took a lot of pressure off to try and make it “perfect”. Like that’s a real thing in quilting. Ha! I should note that I normally use Aurifil 40 weight for quilting. However, last summer I also bought a cone of Superior Omni 40 weight thread and decided to try and use that up. I didn’t realize it was a poly-wrapped poly thread until after I quilted it (so much for my paying attention to labels). It quilted fine, but I’ll see how it works out on my quilt once it comes out of the dryer.

Stitch ALL The Things | Quilt Border

I am glad this is done, and that I’ve fallen in love with it again. It will be heading to its home in three weeks! Now, for those who like details…

“Churning Diamonds”

Finished size
76″ x 88″
Pattern
Churn Dash Quilt
Fabric
Feed Company by Sweetwater Layer Cake, Kona Snow Layer Cake (Top)
Feed Company by Sweetwater Butter Churn print in Red (Border)
Feed Company by Sweetwater Church Cookbook and Aqua Plaid prints (Backing)
Feed Company by Sweetwater Bandana in Navy print (Binding)
Batting
Warm & Natural
Thread
Pieced with Aurifil 50 wt 2309
Quilted with Superior Omni 40 Wt 3002
Binding stitched with Aurifil 40 wt. 2000
Quilting
Free-motion all over Swirl Flower
Finished
September 14, 2016

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Finished Friday | Heartfelt

When Jennifer Fulton, The Inquiring Quilter, said she was going to be doing a Quilt Along with her Stepping Stones pattern back in February, I said COUNT.ME.IN. I had a friend’s birthday coming up and I wanted to make a quilt for her, so the timing couldn’t have been better. (I actually made two quilts during the QAL, but next week I will talk about quilt #2.)

Pink Stepping Stones Finished

One of my dearest and bestest friends (after Mister, of course), is Ana. She is a wonderful woman I met after moving to Lake Havasu City and I started working at Walmart. She made the job SO FUN (and believe-you-me that is EVERYTHING when you’re working THAT job), and she taught me a lot when I started working in the Money Center and then again at the Customer Service counter. I left Walmart about a year later, and the only thing I missed after leaving was Ana.

Fast forward four years. We kept in touch through Facebook and bumping into each other at church and around town, but one morning while I was lazing about and still in my pajamas I got a phone call from Ana. She wanted to know if I would come work with her and her mom in the Lab at a local dermatologist’s office. Mister and I had some discussion about it, and two hours later I told her yes. To make a long story VERY short, I no longer work at the dermatology office but my time spent working with Ana and her mom were the absolute best of my entire working life. We three were an amazing team and I learned a lot from the two of them.

Pink Stepping Stones Quilt Backing

As far as this quilt goes, Ana LOVES pink. I asked her mom if there were any colors other than pink I could put into a quilt for her and the response went something like, “Pink, pink, pink, and more pink.” I think I covered it with this quilt. I pulled all of the pink solids and prints from my stash and chose the best that worked well together. I had more solids than prints at first, but then raided my Tula stash to help fill out the prints.

Pink Stepping Stones Label

It took me about a month to find the right backing for this quilt. I stumbled across a print, Heartfelt Hearts & Words by Peg Conley for Clothworks, on Fabric.com one evening and knew it was the perfect backing for my friend. It has the sweetest quotes all over it. The sentiments describe how I feel about her, so I took my inspiration for the title of this quilt from the fabric and named it “Heartfelt”. I also made a label and had it printed on an 8″ swatch by Spoonflower. I’ve already had devastating results printing my own, so I leave that to the professionals now.

Pink Stepping Stones Binding

I also found the right binding while shopping for the backing. I love a good stripey binding, and the varying pinks in the Summer Song 2 Stripe in Pink print were perfect! I really think it puts a nice frame around all the pinks in the quilt.

Pink Stepping Stones Quilting

Since I was making two quilts at the same time and running up against a hard date to get the quilt to Ana, I chose to do an all-over swirls design for the quilting. I still have a ways to go on making my swirls pretty, but some turned out spectacularly well and others were “thank goodness my friend loves me so she won’t care” bad. I quilted this on my sit-down quilting machine, the Juki TL-2200 QVP-S. This machine absolutely loves Aurifil 40 weight thread and I had zero thread breaks with this quilt. I LOVE when everything flows smoothly, especially when I’m on a time-crunch!

Pink Stepping Stones Quilt

Pink Stepping Stones Quilt

I gave the quilt to my friend last Friday, a few days before her birthday, and I think she loves it. Happy Birthday, Sassafrass! I luvses you FOREVER! And for those of you who like quilt stats:

“Heartfelt”

Finished size
69″ x 80.5″
Pattern
Stepping Stones by Jennifer Fulton
Fabric
Various fabrics including Kona Cotton solids, Tula PInk, and Art Gallery Fabrics (Top)
Heartfelt Hearts & Words by Peg Conley for Clothworks (Backing)
Summer Song 2 Stripe in Pink by Zoe Pearn for Riley Blake Fabrics (Binding)
Batting
Warm & Natural
Thread
Pieced with Aurifil 50 wt 2530
Quilted with Aurifil 40 wt 2425
Binding stitched with Aurifil 40 wt 2530
Quilting
Free-motion all over swirls
Finished
May 5, 2016

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Finished Friday | The Window Shopper Tote

For this Finished Friday I’m finally getting to write about The Window Shopper Tote; the February pattern from Mrs. H for the Bag of the Month Club.

The Window Shopper Tote Front

This bag is a BIG BAG. Yes, it is so big I actually had to type that in all caps. When I first saw the pattern release I knew I wanted to make it for Sarah of Georgia Girl Quilts for her birthday. When I printed out the pattern pieces and taped them together I started to get worried about the size of the bag. I worried about it all the way through construction, but by the time I was finished I loved it and felt that it wouldn’t be too big to send to Sarah.

I had a lot of fun picking out the fabrics for this bag. Sarah and I seem to be pretty similar in certain areas (understatement… she’s my quilty twin!), so I had a feeling she’d love the Typewriter Fabric by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel’s Black & White line. Playing off of the typewriters, the interior fabric I chose was Cottage Newsprint in Grey from The Cottage Garden by The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake. Have you seen this print? It’s amazing! It has the greatest inspirational quotes. I also used a print from Tula Pink’s True Colors line, Making Waves in Ink, for the zippered pockets and for some of the other pocket linings. It’s also the print that gives the faux binding look to the pockets. I used a black faux leather/vinyl as another accent fabric.

Back of The Window Shopper Tote

Back of The Window Shopper Tote

I made several changes to the original pattern. The bag was designed with a smaller rounded, pleated slip pocket on the front of the bag. The back of the back had a wide pocket, the full width of the bag, which closed with a magnetic snap. I omitted the small pocket on the front and moved the wide pocket to the front and sewed a dividing line down the middle. I just felt the original design would have had a big flapping pocket if it wasn’t divided, and I didn’t like the thought of anyone having to go diving into a pocket to find something. On the back of the bag I decided to simply add a zippered pocket, rather than add another full width pocket. I thought it might be a handy spot to throw some keys or a cell phone.

The Window Shopper Tote Inside

The interior of the bag has another zippered pocket and a divided slip pocket. The opposite side of the interior has another full width divided pocket. An additional change I made was to give all of the pockets a faux binding. I like the look of that, so I always add extra length to my pocket linings so that I can wrap it over the seam allowance and the fabrics of the interior and exterior of the pocket will line up. I really like how it looks with this bag!

Zipper Bridge

Zipper Bridge

The gusset of the bag, the zipper bridge, and the top part of the lining are all made with faux leather/vinyl in black. This added more bulk in the seams, so instead of turning the bag right side out through the lining, I did a drop in lining. This was the perfect bag for it, since it was simply a big open circle at the top! I folded my seam allowances in 1/2″ toward each other, clipped them together with my wonder clips and top stitched around twice.

I also decided to use a new foam interlining with this bag. I wanted to try the Bosal In-R-Form double-sided fusible foam I saw on Amazon. It was on sale for a decent price, so I read the reviews to see if I could still use it even if I only wanted to fuse one side to fabric. Several reviewers noted it would be fine, just to cover the other side with a muslin or some other fabric and peel it away after fusing. Oh. Boy. Did I ever have ‘fun’ with this. I ended up crushing and wrinkling the foam so much that it wrinkled the exterior fabric too. I was pretty upset about them, but used some steam to try to release the wrinkles. That didn’t work, so I sprayed water directly on the fabric and pressed it as well. That helped quite a bit, but when I mailed the bag off it still had wrinkles. However, Sarah looked over the bag when I emailed her apologizing for the wrinkles and said she really had to look hard to even find where they were. So it seems they released over time. *Whew*!!

The Window Shopper Tote Hardware

I was incredibly nervous to install these oval grommet handles. It turns out they were much easier to install than originally expected, but it’s hard cutting into a finished bag and hoping you won’t slip and cut wrong! It wasn’t until after I installed those handles that I fell head over heels for this bag. I hoped Sarah would love it as much as I did, and I was super thrilled when she let me know that she did like it!

This is a fantastic pattern, and I am getting ready to make another bag. I would classify this as a very confident beginner pattern. This pattern may seem intimidating to some (because of the grommet handles), let me assure you that it is not as difficult as it looks. The instructions are clear and detailed. The one thing I do love about the bag is that it is perfect for customization. So many things you can add or take away from the bag to make it just how you like it. I will note that I had an easier time installing the grommet handles on this bag than I did installing my first bag lock on another bag! If you like big bags (and you cannot lie… heh heh heh), definitely give this pattern a try!

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