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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 Friday | A Tudor Bag for Mom

Tudor Bag Front

Recently my mom asked if I would make her a Tudor Bag from fabric she already had. Of course I said yes! I made this same bag for myself when I tested the pattern for Sara of Sew Sweetness in November of 2014. I’ve used it as my main purse ever since. (Although now I’m switching it up with the two Polaris Bags I made last month!) The Tudor Bag is so roomy and has lots of pockets; It’s the perfect bag for me.

Big Roomy pockets for large sheet music!

Big Roomy pockets for large sheet music!

Mom and I decided to make a few changes to the bag. She needed a bag to hold her sheet music while going to rehearsals with the Mariposa Symphony Orchestra. Her sheet music is large, so she needed the bag taller than the pattern called for. I increased the height of the bag from 12-1/2″ tall to 15″ tall. Mom also wanted to omit the zippered top in case some of her sheet music was longer than 15″. Mom wants to use the interior pockets to divide her various music pieces, so I did not sew a dividing line on either pocket to make two slip pockets on each side; Instead there is one large pocket on each side of the interior. Since that effectively reduced her four interior pockets to only two pockets, I added an interior zippered pocket.

Key

Another addition to the bag was a Key Holder. Mom said she likes having a place to hook her keys just inside her bag, so I made sure to put one in there for her. It was my first time making anything like that, and I think it turned out nice!

Back of The Tudor Bag

Back of The Tudor Bag

I purchased some black sparkle vinyl from Fabric.com about 6 months ago, and I decided to use it for the accent fabric. That also required a modification to the bag handles because I did not want to piece the vinyl to make one long strap for each side. I like the way the handles look with the rectangular rings.

Mom with her new bag!

Mom with her new bag!

All of these pattern modifications were fun! I’ve submitted them as a Pattern Hack to Sara of Sew Sweetness since she accepted my request to be part of her Pattern Hack Posse. We’ll see if she accepts the pattern hacks and posts them!

Linking up with:
TGIFF hosted by Mary of Fleur de Lis Quilts
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop hosted by Confessions of a Fabric Addict
WHOOMP There IT Is hosted by A Quilted Passion
Finish It Up Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts

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Finished Friday | Mix & Match Clutch Bags

Earlier this week I wrote a review for Mix and Match Clutch Bag Techniques that was posted on Sew Sweetness‘ blog for Craftsy Month. For those of you that read the review and commented, thank you so much for your encouragement and support! I was pretty nervous about the review, so I appreciated you stopping by and reading it! Since the review was focused on the class, I thought I’d write a Finished Friday showing close up pictures of the two bags I made. This clutch pattern is really easy and incredibly versatile.

Pieced Front Clutch with rounded flap

Pieced Front Clutch with rounded flap

The first clutch I made was the pieced front clutch with the rounded flap. I had the perfect bag lock set aside for this one, but I was so focused on following the instructions on the class video that I installed the magnetic snap instead! Thankfully I had purchased some rounded trim when I ordered from Emmaline Bags, so I put that on the flap instead. I think it went well with the Mirror Ball Dot fabric and I’m glad I “messed up” the closure.

Clutch Inside of Mirror Ball

I love the card slots and lipstick pocket inside the bag. If you read the review you’ll know I hinted at poking a hole in my lining. Thankfully I didn’t make a big hole, but it’s enough that I wouldn’t want to give the bag to anyone for fear that any usage may make the hole bigger.

Callie Mirror Dot Clutch

I asked my youngest daughter, Callie, to pose with the bags for me. I made an adjustable strap for each bag, as well as a wrist strap. I’m not sure that I’ll use the wrist strap, but I certainly will use the adjustable strap with the bags. I bought a pretty chain to use on either bag if I wanted to make it look fancy, but this chain likes to grab your hair and eat it up like a dieting Cookie Monster who hasn’t eaten cookies in two weeks. I know there are other chain options available, so I may get a different one. Otherwise, the only time I’ll use the current chain is if my hair is up and far, far away from a hungry chain.

Timeless Treasures Flourish Skull in Metallic

Timeless Treasures Flourish Skull in Metallic

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I adore edgier fabrics. So you won’t be surprised to know that I actually made what’s considered an evening clutch out of skull fabrics. They have glitter on them, so that makes it evening right?! I know, I know… only in my world!

Clutch Inside of Skull

I chose a Kona Cotton for the inside of the bag and used the exterior fabric for the card slots/pocket. I wanted them to stand out and if I would have used the red fabric it would have just faded into the background. I also found some nifty triangle rings on etsy so I used those instead of D-Rings for the straps. I love the way they look so much more than the D-rings too!

Clutch Side of Skull bag

I fussy cut the sides on this bag so that when the bag is open you can see them peeking out at you. When the bag is closed you can barely see them, so it’s a neat little feature I enjoyed adding to the bag.

Callie Skull Clutch

I didn’t have to ask Callie to give me a sassy pose when she was wearing the skull bag. She just put it on, gave me an expression filled with attitude and I snapped the picture. I just love that girl! I loved making these bags and have plans for making a lot more of them. I think they’ll be nice little bags to sell when I finally get my shop up and running.

Linking up with:
TGIFF hosted by Anja of Anja Quilts
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop hosted by Confessions of a Fabric Addict
WHOOMP There IT Is hosted by A Quilted Passion
Finish It Up Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts

A Quilted Passion