A Brief Sewing Update

Hello Everyone! I hope you are having a great weekend. This week’s sewing update will be brief. Mostly I’ve worked on the zipper pouches and I finally cut out the latest four Moda Blockheads 4 blocks.

I finished the first set of the zipper bags! I made 10 using everything from the band uniforms. That includes the lining and the straps. I used the lining in the sleeve and it was simple to cut out. I cut two pieces from one sleeve without having to rearrange any fabric because the size I needed fit perfectly on the front and back of the sleeve lining. Four cuts and it was done. The rest of the cutting was a little tricky. The name “Sherando” was at the top of the sleeve. To cut it so it was straight, it was not cut on the grain of the twill fabric. In fact to get the most out of the pants legs (the black), most of that was not cut on the straight of grain. It sewed fine and it lays neatly, but it sure made a mess with the little pieces of fabric everywhere.

I agreed to make at least 10 more. I picked up the rest of the materials I needed to do that and the next task will be to deconstruct the lining from the sleeves and start cutting fabric again.

After finishing the bags, I needed a little break from them so I decided to cut out the fabric for Blocks 17 – 20 of the Moda Blockhead 4 QAL. I spent about a day and a half cutting those out. I like to take my time selecting the fabrics from my Bonnie and Camille collection. Once that’s done, cutting them out goes quickly. You can see that I’ll be using papers to make some of the half square triangles. I think that will be a quicker way to sew and trim them when I need so many with the same fabrics. Once I’m ready to sew, I’ll lay them out on design boards and start making the units for each block. If you are interested in the free patterns for the MBH4 blocks, you can find them here.

Have you seen the new book by Lori Holt, “Scrappiness is Happiness”? I spent a fun few hours viewing all the projects in this book. I don’t usually cut up my fabrics the way Lori does, but I do have some older fabrics I might try it with so I can start using those fabrics up.

Also, have you seen the Prairie Meadow Quilt by Lori Holt? It’s an applique quilt using Lori’s Sew Simple Shapes. I’m so tempted, but I would use my extensive collection of Sherri and Chelsi fabrics. I have always loved this style of applique quilt. What do you think?

That’s all for me today. I hope you have a great week and thanks so much for stopping by!

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4 Responses to A Brief Sewing Update

  1. Robin says:

    Your bags are turning out great! It sounds like you figured out great methods to make use of the fabric and still have them look perfect.

    You asked for opinions on the quilt, so here goes: I also love that quilt; it’s really cute. But I have to say that it really bugs me that many of Lori Holt’s patterns also require us to purchase something else in order to complete them. I feel like if you buy a pattern, everything should be included so that you can complete that project. To me, that’s why we buy patterns. But I guess if you can use the simple shapes on other Lori Holt projects, that makes the extra purchase not such a big deal. Just my opinion.


    • Brenda says:

      Thanks about the bags, Robin. I understand what you are saying about Lori’s patterns. The pattern is “free” on her website but you do have to buy the shapes and probably the interfacing. I’ve tried her method with Pellon and it doesn’t hold up well. For some of her other sew alongs, you do need the books, too. I have two of her shape packs and haven’t used them yet. If I buy these, maybe I will this time.


  2. Lydia says:

    What are the plans for these bags-who would have known they came from a band uniform! You certainly love a challenge! I was thinking about a Baltimore album quilt the other day-love them, but don’t know if my skill level is there yet.


    • Brenda says:

      The bags are going to be sold to the band members to be used to hold phones and whatnots. We are supposed to get paid for them, don’t know if it’s individually or to the group. I’ll find out later this week. At this point, I would like to get paid because I’ve spent nearly two weeks working on them.


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