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Thursday, February 25, 2010

From 3-inch Block to Handbag

After finishing my jelly roll quilt, I had these blocks left. Since I had already spent the time to make them, I wanted to do something with them.

You wouldn't think you could make much from these, would you?

I sewed them together, stared at them a few moments, then added borders, thinking they would be a set of hot mats.

Somehow along the way my idea changed and I ended up with this!

The handbag matches quite a few of my more colorful jackets. I think it will be fun to use this spring.


Last week a zipper broke in one of my big tote bags. Before tossing it in the garbage, I cut out this inside pocket, thinking I could reuse it in one of my own creations. As you can see, I just hacked it out.
After folding it nicely and using a decorative stitch to attach it the lining, I had this nice spot to hold a cell phone, a bottle of sanitizer and make up.
I am just thrilled with how it turned out. It was a great addition with very little effort.

I am now working on a couple of denim handbags. I have re-purposed a leather jacket and a bunch of jeans to create the bags.

Here's a picture of just some of the blocks I've been making (none of the ones with leather are in this pic):

I hope to have a handbag completed soon.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Deck Quilts Collage

About this time of the year I begin thinking about making quilts for the deck. Of course, warmth is not needed in the summer, but big blasts of color is. So I made chair backs and lots of pillows to toss on all the white furniture.

I have already made two different color schemes and I have tons of fun decorating the deck with them.

After looking through previous year's pics (to remember what colors I had), I decided that both sets are still in pristine condition, so I won't make a new set this year. That left me with no new project.

It looked like I might go two nights in a row without sewing anything. .. but I got a little fidgety.... I glanced over and saw a pattern I printed some time ago from
Hmmm, it doesn't look like much, but I am curious to see it made up.

So I grabbed it, cut it out and picked up this bag of recent scraps (still sitting on the floor under the ironing board).

In about one hour, I had a cute chicken pot holder.

I even tried out a new stitch on my machine
to use instead of quilting to hold it in place. Then I used a second stitch to machine sew the binding on. I need more work on that, so I will probably make another one tonight to practice.

It was a quick fun project.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Since the Vote was a Tie

I had to make the final decision. I decided not to use either one!

Michelle noted in her comment that the squares of fabric did not seem to go with anything in the quilt. They actually did because they were a part of all the orangish fabric in the quilt. I simply cut from in between the circles, so I would have all the same colors, but not the circles.

So I decided to recut and include the circles so there would be no doubt that the fabric's purpose was to tie in with the small stars.

I like it so much better with the circles! Thanks, Michelle, for spurring me on to come up with this alternative.

A huge thank you to everyone who took the time and effort to help with this project. I feel like you are all part of the quilt guild I would turn to if I was a member of a quilt guild.

I don't know what I will do with it from here. I think this is it because I am really tired of working on it. I will just quilt and bind it. It's the perfect size to toss over the center of my dining room table.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Need Your Help One More Time Please

I spent quite a lot of time this morning finishing the blocks for this quilt. I have now completed all 196 3-inch blocks.

I did indeed decide to finish off the squares on the edges. But now I don't know if I like this finish, or

this one with the colored squares that tie in the center stars.
I did the colored ones first and thought it was great. Then I decided to cut lighter blocks just to see what that would look like (it was the original way I had planned). My first thought was that it was way too blah.....but now I just don't know!

So I am hoping to get a dozen or so of you to give me your opinion while I work at sewing all these little blocks together. It's taking me quite some time because I have this out on the living room floor and I have to take six pinned pieces at a time down the hall to my sewing room, sew them, then put them back in place to make sure I am sewing the correct blocks together.

I am really hoping to get this sewn together by tomorrow night. So please, if you have a moment, let me know which border you would go with. I would appreciate it so much!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Only One Piece Left to the Puzzle

Thank you all so much for your votes on the layout. It was an overwhelming majority for this one:

So last night I made all the 3-inch blocks for the sides, which took only about an hour because this layout eliminated 4 pieces per 3-inch block, or about 112 total pieces. Yah! I am so glad everyone picked this layout!

As you can see, I am just one piece short of completing this puzzle. Piecing quilts is just like doing a giant jigsaw puzzle, don't you think?

After looking at this on my screen, I think I need to finish off those half squares. That will leave blank squares all along the outside to relieve the eye, as Heather mentioned in her comment (and I agree, it needs that). Of course the eye relief will be at the beginning, which isn't exactly where it should be, but it would also work as a break between designs if I continue to add to this quilt. It would also give me a nice empty space to hand quilt something interesting, as Peggy mentioned. I hope I have enough fabric to do so.

I don't even know what I am going to do with this. It started as a baby quilt, but it took way too much time to make all these blocks, so I think it will be something that I can use... maybe a table topper....or the center of a king-size bed quilt...I never know what I will end up with when I start a project!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Which Layout?

I finally have all of the star blocks finished. Now I just need to make one center and the 20+ blocks for the edges. But before I can do that, I need to decide which layout to use.

This one with the larger pink stars and the smaller orange stars?

Or this one with a mix of orange/pink large stars?

I would like it if you would post a vote in the comments to help me decide.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

My Early Morning Ritual Inspired Valentine Pincushions

Almost every morning, shortly after 5:00 a.m., I click the link at the bottom of this blog and check the updates on Quilter Blogs. I scroll through until a picture catches my eye, then I click on read more to go directly to the post.

This picture caught my eye early this morning:
I clicked to go to the blog, called Happy Together and read a very good tutorial for this project.

When I got home from work this afternoon, I took a little break from the pink star piecing to make these denim Valentine pin cushions.
They were very quick and easy. I had both of these ready for their washing machine fluff in just 45 minutes. Although they are quite different from the inspiration post, they were indeed created because of it. Had I not read that blog early this morning, I would never have thought to make these today.

How did I ever live without the internet?

Monday, February 1, 2010

I Made a Design Change in the Pink & Brown Star Quilt

I did not count how many blocks I made over the weekend, but it was quite a few.

Last Tuesday I was getting my nails done and I was telling my nail tech about this quilt. I remember telling her that I thought I could get all the blocks pieced this weekend if I really set my mind to it.

Ha! I was over optimistic with that statement. I spent quite a few hours piecing and got only this far - it's less than half way through the piecing.
See that stack of secondary star blocks on the right side? I decided to remove them all from the outer edges because the quilt was just to busy and I would run out of that circular orange fabric anyway. Instead I will finish all the edges with just the brown stripe - like this:

That will cause all the smaller stars to remain on the inside and give the eye a resting place as it takes in all the different patterns. I like that much better.
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