Wednesday, July 31, 2019

OMG Toy Totes

I'm happy to say that among the packing of boxes as we got ready to move from FL to MI, I snuck in time complete my One Monthly Goal for July: to sew these two toy totes for my nephew's birthday! 

I used these fun, colorful animal prints from the Ubuntu collection from Paintbrush Studio Fabrics, along with this tutorial.

One interesting note--these totes are actually the same size. I didn't have exactly the right interfacing that I needed, so I decided to make do. The blue tote is made with a canvas lining that I spray basted in place, and the gray tote is made with not-heavy-duty-enough interfacing, so it's much slouchier. 

The good news - both totes will hold toys! 

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

NEW Pattern Release: On the Go

I'm excited to release my latest pattern, On the Go!
Purchase the pattern here.

The idea for this quilt has been in my floating around since last fall, when I first started playing with the design in Adobe Illustrator. The quilt has a lot of movement, but it's all from one simple block, made with only one seam. How's that for easy? 

The pattern features instructions to make the quilt in two sizes; a 48" x 56" baby quilt and a 64" x 80" lap quilt. 

This is the baby quilt size; it debuted in Art Gallery Fabrics' lookbook for Mister Domestic's new collection, Catch & Release. As soon as I saw all those fun blue and teal prints, I knew the line would work perfectly for this quilt. 

I also sewed the lap size, using the Strata collection from Michael Miller. I love the texture of these blue, gray and beige prints! I think this version is destined to become my new couch snuggle quilt, but I might have to wrestle it from my boys, who all want it for their bed. We'll see who wins once it's quilted...

Lake photo on a windy day:

And an outtake. Sometimes it's hard to explain to your quilt corner holders that you don't actually want them to be visible in the photo! 

On the Go is available as a digital download in my Etsy shop

Here's a peek at the yardage requirements as well. I included specific instructions for directional prints, as it changes the cutting slightly. 

In case you missed it, find the tutorial for the Gone Fishin' Pouches, also made from Mister Domestic's Catch and Release fabrics, here.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Gone Fishin' Pouch Tute

What happens when you finish a quilt and the leftover fabrics keep calling your name? 
You make fish-shaped zip pouches, of course! 

When I saw Mister Domestic's new Catch & Release collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, I new it was the perfect fit for my new On the Go quilt pattern. I sewed a baby quilt-sized version (48" x 56") which you can find in the Catch & Release lookbook. You can purchase the pattern here

Back to the pouches. 
I have three boys. The only thing they currently love more than zip pouches is making friendship bracelets from embroidery floss. I wanted to play off the fish theme of these fun fabrics and create a fish-shaped zip pouch for each of them to hold their embroidery floss creations.
These are quick and easy and so much fun!
Use the tutorial below to make your own (or three).

You'll Need:
  • 2 fat quarters (or a couple more, if you want to make the striped version--find instructions for it near the bottom of this post)
  • (1) 9" long coordinating zipper
  • Fusible fleece
Download the fish template here.

Note: Cut carefully if your fabric is directional!

From navy fish fat quarter:
(1) 9" x 12-1/2" piece
(2) 4-1/2" x 12-1/2" pieces
(2) 2" x 4" pieces

From paddle fat quarter:
(1) 9" x 12-1/2" piece
(2) 4-1/2" x 12-1/2" pieces

From fusible fleece:
(1) 9" x 12-1/2" piece
(2) 4-1/2" x 12-1/2" pieces

Make the Pouch:
Step 1 Fuse (1) 4-1/2" x 12-1/2" fusible fleece piece to the wrong side of each 4-1/2" x 12-1/2" navy fish piece. Fuse the 9" x 12-1/2" fusible fleece piece to the wrong side of the 9" x 12-1/2" navy fish piece.

Step 2 Fold and press 1/4" in on each short end of (1) 2" x 4" navy fish piece, wrong sides together. Fold the piece in half wrong sides together as shown. Make (2).

Step 3 Prep your zipper. You'll be adding the tabs from Step 2 to both ends of the zipper. I think it's helpful to stitch across the top end of the zipper to help keep the sides together as shown in the photo. Then measure 8-1/2" from the top edge of the zipper and stitch across the zipper to secure. Trim zipper from top edge to measure 9". 

Step 4 Position the bottom end of the zipper inside a folded tab from Step 2 as shown. Fold the tab over and stitch across to secure the zipper in the tab.

Step 5 Repeat on the top end of the zipper. Your zipper should now look like this: 

Step 6 Trim the tabs even with the zipper tape as shown.

Step 7 Lay the 4-1/2" x 12-1/2" navy fish piece right side up. Position the zipper right side down on the navy fish piece. Lay the 4-1/2" x 12-1/2" paddle piece right side down on top, aligning wrong edges. Stitch along the edge using a zipper foot.

Step 8 Fold the navy fish piece and paddle lining piece away from the zipper, wrong sides together and press. Topstitch along the edge of the zipper.

Step 9 In the same way, add the remaining 4-1/2" x 12-1/2" navy fish and paddle pieces to the opposite sides of the zipper, sandwiching as shown.

Step 10 Machine quilt the pouch top as desired. I did straight line stitching using my walking foot, approximately 1/2" apart.

Step 11 Baste the 9" x 12-1/2" paddle piece to the fleece side of the 9" x 12-1/2" navy fish piece and machine quilt as desired. 

Step 12 Cut out the fish template. Position it on the pouch top, centering the fish on the zippper. Make sure the zipper is at least 1" from the point of the fish head. Trace the fish shape onto the pouch top and cut out. 

Step 13 Position the fish pouch top right sides together on the pouch back and pin in place. Make sure the zipper is unzipped! Stitch around the fish shape 1/4" from the edges. 

Step 14 Trim the pouch back to the fish shape. Cut notches in the seam allowance of tight corners (such as where the body meets the tail), making sure not to cut through the stitching line. Trim the ends of the tail tips. If desired, serge or zigzag stitch around the outer edge to prevent fraying. 

Step 15 Turn the pouch right side out. You'll have to gently poke the tail tips to make them look right.

Want to make the striped version? It's easy! 

Prep: Cut (6) 1-3/4" x 12-1/2" strips. Sew them together in groups of (3) to make (2) 4-1/4" x 12-1/2" pieced strips. Follow steps 1-15 to make the fish pouch. 

No hooks needed for these fish! 

The pouches coordinate with my On the Go quilt. This design features just ONE block that has just ONE seam. How's that for simple?! The pattern also includes directions for making a lap-size version. Purchase the pattern here.

And a little behind the scenes shot. How many people does it take to hold the quilt for a photo? Four. It takes four.

See the entire Catch & Release collection here
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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Everlasting Blog Tour - Ribbon Weave Quilt

When my friend Sharon Holland asked me to be part of her Everlasting Blog Tour promoting her Everlasting fabric collection from Art Gallery Fabrics, of course I said yes! 

I've known Sharon for seven years, and she's the reason I started designing quilts--she taught me how to create diagrams (and quilt designs) in Illustrator when we both worked for a quilting magazine. (So thank you again, Sharon, for teaching me those skills!). If you don't already, I highly recommend following Sharon on  Instagram. Everything she posts has an artist's touch. You can follow me, too, here.

Here are all of Sharon's Everlasting prints:

I've got a huge soft spot for all things teal, so I immediately gravitated toward the teal and blue prints in the collection. And those bluebirds! Here are the fabrics I chose to use.

I used the Everlasting prints to sew my Ribbon Weave pattern. The original design started with a Snail's Trail block, believe it or not! I love the overlapping woven look the navy and teal prints create, but I think my favorite part of this quilt is the skinny print border. 

This quilt measures 37" square--it's perfect for a wall hanging or a table topper. My boys happily drank those pink lemonades after I finished photographing this set up!

I really love the bluebird Summer's Dance print as the background in this quilt. The birds have a soft watercolor feel to them, and they're beautifully spaced across the fabric--it's so light and airy! 

But my favorite print is the small floral on navy, called Flower Keeper.These flowers, leaves and vines are so delicate! I used this print in the center of each block, for the outer border, and for the binding.

One more beauty shot!

Make your own version of Ribbon Weave using Sharon's Everlasting prints! Purchase the pattern in my Etsy shop - save 10% during the Everlasting Blog Hop. Find Ribbon Weave here.

Thanks for stopping by today! 

The Everlasting Blog Tour runs from July 15-31! Check out Sharon’s Blog Tour page for more information about the tour and several giveaways. Follow along on each day of the tour using the links below:

July 12Sharon Holland
July 15Marija Vujcic
July 16Carolina Moore
July 17Dana Willard
July 18Lisa Ruble
July 19Dritz Sewing
July 22Eleri Kerian
July 23Marisa Wilhelmi
July 24Sharon McConnell
July 25Morgan M.
July 26Alexis Wright
July 29Priscilla Geissler
July 30Maureen Cracknell

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

What I've been working on...

I've been busy sewing lately, but it's all secret sewing!
Here are some sneak peeks at what I've been working on:

A quilt for the Everlasting blog hop featuring my friend Sharon Holland's new Everlasting fabric collection (find hop details here):

A baby-sized version of On the Go using Mister Domestic's Catch & Release prints:

A bright version of my pennant quilt using Dew + Moss (pattern coming soon!):

Rainbow secret sewing for a commissioned quilt:

Looking forward to sharing more soon! 

Sunday, July 7, 2019

OMG: Fabric Totes

Amidst packing for a move from Florida back to Michigan (!), my July One Monthly Goal is to turn these fabrics into a couple fabric totes for my nephew. His mom requested fabric toy holders--not sure he'll think the holders are as good as toys, but I'm pretty sure he'll like the fabric (Ubuntu from Paintbrush Studio)! 

I've used this tutorial from Film in the Fridge in the past, and really like it, so I'll be using it again this month.