Triangle QAL – Really? Another QAL?

I have about 20 projects in the hopper and that’s not even an exaggeration. A week ago Saturday, I was working on one of them, but I kept thinking about this fat quarter bundle I had on the shelf:
kona-cotton-pretty-peonies It’s Robert Kaufman’s Kona Cotton Pretty Peonies.  Adorable, right?  So, I kept thinking how it would be perfect for Paula at the Sassy Quilter’s Triangle Quilt Along.  Well, damn it, I got sucked in.  The next thing you know, I had dug out my triangle ruler and was cutting up fat quarters.

I was able to cut out this quilt and sew it up in record time even though I spent the week in bed with the flu kicking my ass.  Saturday and Sunday morning were all I needed to sew up the rows and get the quilt put together.

Triangle Quilt 2Because the solids were looking a little flat on their own, I threw in this Joel Dewberry Notting Hill print now and again to liven things up.

Joel Dewberry Notting HillI’m really pleased with this pretty little quilt.

Triangle QuiltNow, back to our regularly scheduled programming…

Sarah

Linking up with Paula

The Sassy Quilter

Gypsy Wife QAL – March and April – Done!

I was pretty darned pleased with myself when I finished my March blocks for the Gypsy Wife QAL well ahead of the end of the month.  I was damn near insufferable when I finished the April blocks on March 30th!  Woo-hoo!  I’m ahead of the pace!

Here are my March blocks:

Gypsey Wife QAL March Here’s a close-up of the dreaded Pershing block:

Pershing BlockI didn’t think it was so bad, but I’m not much of a perfectionist so I don’t get hung up on my points, etc.

Here’s April:

Gypsey Wife QAL AprilAnd a close up of the From the Heart block; I cropped it to what it will look like finished since I think it looks a little strange unfinished:

From the Heart BlockLast, but not least, let’s have a shot of everything together:

Gypsey Wife QALI’m still in love with my seizure-inducing red and white color scheme.  This quilt is going to be FAB!

Sarah

Linking up with Ashley at Wasn’t Quilt in a Day.
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My Latest Project – Labyrinth Flower Blocks

Hello my little peaches.  I’ve been valiantly battling the double scourges of taxes and weeds the last two weeks.  Woe is me!  But I’m glad to report that all returns have been filed and the yard is weed free.  Now I can do the things I want to do without feeling guilty that I should be cleaning up weeds or doing taxes!

Flower Sugar Fabric 2I bought this lovely stack of fabric from Gina at Quilt Essentials.  It’s the spring 2013 Flower Sugar line from Lecien.  I’ve been jonesing for this fabric forevah now and decided I better buy it before it all disappeared for good.  It’s gorgeous.  Let’s take another look.

Flower Sugar FabricSo pretty.  I love the saturated colors.  I’m not usually a flower kind of gal, but these remind me of vintage tablecloths which somehow makes them okay in my book.

Now a word about Quilt Essentials.  I’m not affiliated with them, but I was very pleased with their service and turn around time so I’m going to say so.  They also threw in this cute Glamping Moda Candy for the heck of it.  So check them out.

GlampingI absolutely could not wait to get to work on this stack of fabric.  This is the block I came up with.  I’m calling it the Labyrinth Flower block.

Labyrinth Flower BlockI love it and it’s super easy to make.  Not only that, but as a happy accident, the scraps of this block make up into this cute double pinwheel.

Double Pinwheel BlockThere is absolutely no waste from the project and you get two quilts in one!!  You can’t beat that with a stick!

I have all the Labyrinth Flower blocks finished. Here’s what I could get on my design wall.

Labyrinth Flower Blocks 2There will be 20 blocks in all; each block finishes to 15 inches.  It’ll be a nice sized quilt at 60 x 75 inches.

Next up, the finished quilt top!

Sarah

 

 

EPP Update – Going Nowhere Fast

Hello on this fair Monday!  At least in my part of Arizona it’s a lovely day.

Since it’s time for the Splish Splash Stash montly EPP link up, I thought I would give you an update on my myriad projects.  Some of these are cell phone pix and aren’t the greatest.  Sorry!

I was queen bee in the I Love Lucy bee for February.  I chose yellow, orange, green and pink for my colors.  I still have a few blocks straggling in, but here’s what I have so far.

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My Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses Blocks

I’m also in the Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap.  Here’s my latest for that group.

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My Inchy Hexagon Flowers

During my long absence, I started basting one inch hexagons.

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My tray of one inch hexies

I started sewing those together.

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The start of my inch in hexie quilt… this is going to take awhile

Last but not least, I only have three corners left to applique on my jeweled star and the top is finished!!  Then I need to figure out how to quilt it.  I think that’s why I’m procrastinating on finishing those last three corners!

Jeweled Stars EPP Quilt

Jeweled Stars EPP Quilt

That’s everything in the hopper for now.  Geez, do I need any more projects?  LOL.  As I said, I’m linking up with Hydee over at Splish Splash Stash and you should too!

splish splash stash

Sarah

Fused Plastic Revisited – The Asian Foods Edition

A couple weeks ago, I went shopping for fabric in an unlikely location:  the Asian market.

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The Asian market where I shopped for fabric

You see, once upon a time, on a blog called Sara vs. Sarah, I posted about a technique for making a “fabric” out of fused plastic bags (you can find that on this blog now right here).  I’ve always thought that the bright packaging found on various products at the Asian market would be wonderful for this technique.

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Bright packaging at the Asian market

I bought a variety of things with which to experiment.

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My materials; yes, those are Octopus flavored chips and no, I did not eat them. Yuck!

I also bought a few colored plastic tablecloths at the dollar store to use.

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Dollar store plastic tablecloths

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I also saved all the plastic bags and used those, too

You can review my old tutorial for the instructions, but basically,  you layer the plastic and fuse them together with an iron.  It’s really important to protect your ironing board and iron with paper and/or a teflon ironing sheet.

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A sheet of paper beneath to protect the ironing board and an teflon sheet on top to protect the iron. All ready to fuse!

Once fused, you have a strong piece of plastic fabric.  You can cut it and sew it just like regular fabric.  It wears incredibly well.  I’ve used the bag I made in my original blog post almost every work day since I made it and it’s still like new.

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My fused plastic fabric ready to sew.

I decided to make pouches with my fused plastic from the Asian market.  Take a look:

Fused Plastic Pouch 1Fused Plastic Pouch 2 Fused Plastic Bag 3Fused Plastic Pouch 4This is a fun, easy and cheap technique.  It would be a great way to make a present for a friend who has a favorite snack food or candy.  Check out the dollar store for cool packaging or just think twice before you throw out that potato chip bag next time.  It’s begging to be upcycled!!

Sarah

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Back Again

Hello dear friends!  I’ve missed you!  I’ve been absent for a while and, unfortunately, it wasn’t for a happy reason.  My family lost my grandma on February 17th.  This is a huge loss as she was a little lady with a big presence.  We will miss her.

It’s time to get back to business and I’m ready for my normal routine.  Just because I haven’t been here doesn’t mean I haven’t been crafting and sewing and creating up a storm in my little corner of the world.

I find “making” to be therapeutic so, if anything, there was more if it going on during these last few weeks, not less.  If I had a moment, I would grab some hexagons, or sit down at the sewing machine for just a few minutes of sanity.  It’s so meditative and, therefore, a comfort.

Here are some highlights with more details to follow soon.

Hexagons

Hexies!!!

I basted a billion hexagons give or take.  I should start sewing these together.  Alas, I find basting them more fun than assembling the quilt.  (And by the way, did you know that the Fiskars extra large hexagon paper punch is a one inch hexie?  Well, it is.  Buy yourself one of those and a ream of card stock from Staples, and you have hexie papers for life).

Gypsy Wife February Blocks

Gypsy Wife February Blocks

I made my February blocks for the Gypsy Wife QAL.  I’m going all red and white for mine.  It’s gonna be crazy awesome.  I think it will be like an eclipse in that if you stare directly at the finished quilt, you may go blind.

Broken Dishes Quilt

Broken Dishes Quilt

I finished this quilt top based on the Lovely Lattices pattern I did for Moda Bake Shop.  Actually, this quilt top was started first, but when I submitted my idea to MBS, it was set aside so I could work on the quilt that would be published.  I love both of them.  Not sure what I will do with them, but quilts always seem to find a home.

Jeweled Stars EPP Quilt

Jeweled Stars EPP Quilt

I’m so close to finishing this Jeweled Star quilt top.  Just the three corners left to applique down.

Mitered Corner

A mitered corner

Mitered corners, people!  I’m totally fancy pants.

Wallet

My new wallet

I made this wallet.  I don’t even need a wallet.  I just made it because I could.

Square Foot Garden

My little vegetable garden

I worked in my little 4 x 8 foot garden.  This is pretty hilarious because the rest of my yard looks like this:

Weeds

Yes, those are weeds

But you will not find a single weed in that raised bed.  The bok choy is growing like crazy.  I’m stir-frying it with garlic, ginger and green onions.  Yum-yum.

I’m hoping to become a regular fixture around here again.  Is that good news or bad news?  I’ll let you decide!

Sarah

I’m Now a Card Carrying Member

Yes, I am now a card carrying member of the Sisterhood of the Weekender:

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Amy Butler Weekender Bag

(Sorry about the dark pictures – it’s very overcast here this morning.)

I’m only about four years behind the trend on making this bag so I like to think I’m on the cutting edge of bringing it back for it’s second coming.  LOL

Here’s what I have to say about it:  it really was not that bad to make.  Certainly, I was expecting it to be worse.  The only truly difficult thing about it is that you are sewing through many layers of fabric and interfacing and that is hard.  Otherwise, it’s pretty basic bag making.

Here are my thoughts if you want to make a Weekender:

  • Do your due diligence.  Google “Amy Butler Weekender” and read about others’ experiences making the bag.
  • I broke my work into three days:  Day 1 – cutting, Day 2 – fusing, Day 3 – sewing.  If I were to make another one, I would do the same thing.
  • A jeans needle is an absolute must.  Don’t even try this with a standard needle.
  • Wonder Clips will be your best friend.  Make sure you have plenty on hand.
  • If you ever wanted a piping foot, now is the time to buy it.

Here are the modifications I made to mine:

  • Longer, wider straps.  I wanted the straps long enough to fit over the shoulder, but short enough that you could still carry it at your side.
  • I put piping on the side pockets.  The pattern didn’t call for this.
  • I used a double ended zipper.  I think this is a super nice touch and I highly recommend it.
  • I added interior pockets, one zippered, one not zippered.
  • I added six feet to the bottom.
Weekender Pocket

My first time making an interior zippered pocket. It’s not perfect, but I’m happy with it.

I am in LOVE with this bag and have plans to make another.  The fabric for it arrived yesterday.

Have you made the Weekender?  What was your experience?

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Sarah