New Bag Pattern

Hello everyone! Today I’m excited to share my new bag pattern, The Quilter’s Carry-All Bag.

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This is the original bag that I made two years ago. As I was making it, I wrote down the steps thinking I might one day create a pattern from it. I use it all the time to carry my quilting supplies and projects with me when on the go. It’s also the perfect size to fit under an airplane seat. This bag has been all over the country!

The fabrics in this bag are Day Sail by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. The embroidery design is a combination of Gail Pan designs, from her book “Patchwork Meets Embroidery,” and Jennifer Reynolds,  from her monthly club designs.

When I was working on the Blocks on the Go for Quilts that Grow English Paper Piecing project, I would use this bag to carry the pieces I was working on, all the necessary tools and my Lap App. (You can see the Lap App sticking out of the bag above). My quilty friend Joyce who designed and sells the Lap App, asked if I would design the bag so it was a little larger to completely fit the Lap App inside. She wanted to take it to Quilt Market this spring. I said sure, so this is the result.

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As you can see, the larger bag holds quit a bit. Inside is the Lap App, my 15″ Laptop, my zippered pouch that holds all my embroidery tools and thread, the bag that holds my electronic cords, and an extra bag for walking around with (pattern to come later this summer).  There is a bottle of water in the pocket, along with my embroidery hoops.

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These are the two inside pockets. You can see that one is not as deep as the other. After making several tote bags, I decided it was better to have one pocket shallower so I didn’t have to rummage around the bottom trying to find the smaller tools. The instructions leave it up to the maker to customize the pocket dividers to meet her needs.

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You can see the size difference above. The large bag is 17 1/2″ x 13″ x 5″ and the medium bag is 14″ x 12″ x 4″. The pattern has instructions for making both sizes. The bags are empty so you can see how structured they are. I have a tutorial for making the bag here.

I have just opened my online shop if you would like to purchase the pattern, either as a PDF or a paper pattern. Just a note, the paper patterns will not be available to ship for two weeks. I will be selling the pattern at an introductory price of $7 instead of the regular price of $10, until June 17.

I have also added a tutorial for the bag with pictures if you decide you need a visual reference for the bag.

Thanks for stopping by and if you are in the market for a sturdy tote bag, consider The Quilter’s Carry-All Bag.

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This Week’s Works in Progress

Hello Everyone! This week, I’ve finished up a few things, including the quilt top for my niece’s graduation.

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She will be attending The University of Kentucky, so I thought a blue and white quilt was in order. The pattern is Crosshatch by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter. It’s a pattern from her Craftsy class “Pre-cut Short Cuts.” It’s supposed to be made with a layer cake and jelly roll, but because I wanted to use one color, I cut my own blocks and strips. The blue fabrics are all batiks, and the white is Kona Cotton. This did go together quickly after the cutting was done. Now to quilt it and get it gifted.

I finished Block 11 of the Moda Blockheads Block of the Week.

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I also finally finished the embroidery on June’s “a year in the garden” by Jennifer Reynolds of Jenny of Elefantz.

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The flowers are lazy daisy stitches and I  like the effect of all of them together. I only have a few more days to get this quilted so I can use it in June.

So what’s up next for me? I have a lot of quilting to do! Here’s my list:

  •  June Embroidered Mini Quilt
  • Pineapple Mini Quilt for Minis and More
  • Corbin’s Graduation Quilt
  • Lindsey’s Graduation Quilt
  • Jake’s Graduation Quilt

I also have to make the backing for the last three quilts, which I hope to get done this weekend. It looks like I’ll have a busy weekend. I hope you enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend and will take a few minutes to remember all those who sacrificed for our country.

Thanks for stopping by.

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A Whale of a Tale and a Q2 FAL Finish

Hello Everyone! I’m excited that I can finally show you the nautical quilt that I made for Jacquelynne Steves The Art of Home Club. This quilt is also on my list for the 2017 Finish-A-Long for Q2. You can find my list here.

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Photo courteous of The Art of Home Club

The collection is Whale-y Wonderful. It contains instructions for the quilt, pillow, applique and embroidery. This quilt is just so cute! Jacquelynne’s designs are so whimsical and her instructions are very well written. You can sign up on her website to be notified when the club opens to new membership again.

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I used most of the fabrics that Jacquelynne had selected in her original design. The blue flower, border, binding and one of the reds are from the Sunday Drive collection by Pat Sloan for Moda. I substituted the white print with the Bonnie and Camille Basics for Moda which I already had. The white is Bleached White Bella Solid for Moda, the anchors and starfish are scraps from my Bonnie and Camille collection and the whales are Moda Grunge by Basic Gray. The rest of the reds came from my stash.

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I used fusible web and invisible machine applique with clear nylon thread on the anchors and starfish and smoke on the whales. I used a small zigzag stitch.  It almost looks like the applique was hand sewn. I added the embroidery details to the applique from the embroidery patterns. There weren’t any for the anchor, but when I get the quilt back, I think I might add an anchor rope.

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What do you think?

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I free motion quilted wavy overlapped lines in the applique area. I think it gives the quilt movement like the sea. In the red triangles, I used my ruler foot to quilt straight lines and in the pinwheels, I quilted big loops.

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In the border, I quilted large swirls. I used Aurifil 50 wt to piece and quilt and changed the color of the thread to match the background. The backing is Freedom by Sweetwater for Moda.

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I always like the way the backing showcases the quilting.

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And one last look at the full quilt. I had fun taking the pictures at our local small city lake park.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

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Wednesday Works in Progress

Hello Everyone! I hope you’re having a good week so far. I’m actually doing a Wednesday WIP Post!

First up though, I have some exciting news. My friend Joyce who created the Lap App, took a pattern I wrote for a tote bag to Quilt Market with her. The bag is big enough to carry the Lap App and all your tools in.

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This is the large bag with the Lap App. There are also instructions for a medium size bag that will also hold the Lap App. I am in the process of setting up and online store and will have it for sale early next week. The fabrics in the bag are Valley by Sherri and Chelsi for Moda.

Now for my WIPs.

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I just finished the quilt top for my nephew’s graduation quilt. It’s a Coins quilt inspired by one that Pat Sloan made a few months ago. The fabric is Adventures by Amy Ellis for Moda. I’m still thinking about how to quilt it. I have several ideas running around in my head.

Next, I started the quilt for my niece’s graduation. (They both graduate next week, so they won’t be getting them until June. Sorry!)

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The pattern is Crosshatch by Amy Smart and is from her Craftsy Class, Pre-Cut Shortcuts. I hope it will go together quickly. These are big pieces, a 10″ x 10″ square cut in half. I think the block size is 11″. Both of these are going to be big quilts.

I also took a day over the weekend to work on the Minis and More Parade for May which is a Pineapple Mini.

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You can find the directions here if you want to join in. It went together very quickly. I’m adding the Welcome embroidery to it. I haven’t decided yet if it will be a pillow, wall hanging or maybe even a framed piece. The directions have two sizes for the pineapple block, mine is 6″ x 10 1/2″ and there is also a smaller one, 4″ x 7″.

And finally, I finished the Moda Blockheads block for this week.

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This is block designed by Jan Patek. I used the fusible applique method, then appliqued it with a hand buttonhole stitch using Aurifloss. The original block was not set on point, but I think that’s how I’m going to set my blocks, so I had to squeeze the applique in the 6″ square. I cut the background larger like I do on all my applique, so this block has not been trimmed yet. I don’t think my original reference lines are going to be accurate anymore. Now it’s time for Block 11. They are released every Wednesday. You can find the block each week here on Betsy’s blog. And as I was getting the link, I took a quick peek at this week’s block and it’s going to be more tiny triangles. Sigh!!! I do like a challenge, though, keeps things from getting to boring.

I will be busy the rest of the week with some very badly needed yard work, but I’ll try to get a few hours of sewing in each day too. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. Until I was a mom, I didn’t understand all that moms do for their families. I would like to thank my mom for all that she has done for us and continues to do for us.

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Here we are in Pensacola in 1962. My dad was in pilot training for the Navy.

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Here we are, 10 years later in 1972 on a trip to LA.

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This is 20 years ago. We haven’t changed a bit since then, LOL. I couldn’t find a more recent picture of just the two of us. Next time I see her, we will have to have a picture taken together.

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And here I am with my kids in 2010 at Yellowstone National Park. I had a few later pictures of the three of us together, but not the best for showing.  Again we’ll have to make a point of taking pictures together.

I hope you have a special day and get to do the things you want to do.

Love you Mom!

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Second Finish for 2017 FAL Q2

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Hello Everyone! I hope you are having a good week. I have my second finish for the 2017 Finish-a-Long, you can find my Q2 list here. It’s a pillow that I made using an applique/embroidery design from Jacquelynne Steves The Art of Home Club January collection.

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Here it is all flat before I inserted the pillow form. It would look good on the wall or on a table just as it is, but I like it as a pillow.

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I chose this design because I needed another spring/summer pillow for my foyer bench and what better than flowers and pinwheels. The fabrics are mostly Bonnie and Camille for Moda.

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Instead of all applique or all embroidery, I mixed the two techniques. I did fusible applique with a hand button-hole stitch. I used a chain stitch in some of the stems and added satin stitches, too.

The rest of the design started with these half square triangles leftover from some of my swoon blocks.

When I was planning, I thought the HST were bigger than they are. My original design was for a 4″ pinwheel. After I pulled them out, I realized that plan wouldn’t work, so I drew up another design.

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It’s good to be flexible!

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When I quilt a top for a pillow, I use a piece of muslin on the back. I used two pieces of Quilter’s Dream Request for the batting and free motion quilted with Aurifil thread, 50 wt, number 2800.

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And here it is on the bench. I think I need another square pillow. What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

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Works In Progress and Travel

Hello Everyone! I hope you’re having a good week. I’ve been trying to catch up and keep up after our long weekend trip to Blue Ridge, GA.

First up is the Quilting Life BOM by Sherri McConnell. Clink the link if you want to join in. The blocks are fun and so far go together quickly. I’m doing both the 12″ and 6″ versions.

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The 12″ blocks are made with Pondicherry fabrics by French General for Moda and the 6″ blocks are from an assortment of Fig Tree fabrics for Moda.

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Here are all four blocks on top of the blue border fabric. I think I will do a solid sashing either in the gray or red, maybe even a cream. I’ll start playing with that soon.

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And the Fig Tree Blocks. I think this will end up as a wall quilt. Sherry has posted the block for May and it uses leftover HST from April’s block and then 2 more larger HST. I need to trim everything up and sew it together and the next two blocks will be finished, too.

Next up is the Moda Blockheads BOW. I got a little behind while I was working on the Nautical Quilt, but am all caught up in time for today’s Block. New blocks are posted every Wednesday. These are 6″ blocks and there will be 48. For me only 40 to go!

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This is Block 7. It has just a little bit of fusible raw edge applique. Nothing too hard to do.

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Now for Block 8. This one really shouldn’t have been hard, but I made the mistake of trimming the bottom basket portion before sewing the top part on and it ended up being about 1/8th less wide then it was supposed to be. That really wasn’t a big deal except when I sewed the basket handles together, I sewed them in the wrong direction. So when I finally got the handles where they needed to go, I realized my mistake and had to take the handle off for third time and then redo all of that side.  Some days are just like that.

So for the rest of this week, I’ll complete the BOM blocks and get Block 9 finished. Then I need to cut out the fabric for two graduation quilts. I’m sure I won’t get them finished in time for graduation at the end of May, but I hope to get them finished by the middle of June.

Now, just a little bit about our Blue Ridge trip. My husband and I were celebrating our 32nd Anniversary and it was Trout Fest in Blue Ridge last weekend, too. My husband loves to fly fish and has fished many times around that area. We rented a cabin that sat up on a ridge facing the east.IMG_3870

This was our view from the screen porch. There was also a lower deck that had a grill, table and a fire table.

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We enjoyed sitting out there in the evenings with a glass of wine. Very relaxing. We didn’t watch TV all weekend.

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We had a pretty sunrise on Saturday morning. I’m glad I took the pictures then because Sunday was overcast and misty in the morning and we left in heavy rain and power outages on Monday. We spent Saturday at the Trout Fest and shopping around Blue Ridge. It’s a cute town with lots of artisans and boutiques.

Before we went to Blue Ridge, I looked up a couple of waterfalls in the area to hike too. The first one is Long Creek Falls and to get to it, you had to drive down a forest service road for almost 6 miles. To get to the falls, you hiked for a mile on the Appalachian Trail (AT) and the Benton MacKaye (BM) trails.

The first picture show the blazes for the trails, the rectangle is the AT and the diamond is the BM. Springer Mountain is the southern terminus for both trails. For those who may not know, the AT goes all the way to Maine, and the BM goes somewhere in Tennessee.

Here we are at Long Creek Falls. It was a pretty easy hike to get there. It’s probably about 50 yards off the AT trail. I like hike to the water falls. We picked up a book in Blue Ridge about Day Hikes in North Georgia. I told my husband I would like to start doing more hiking to the water falls.

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This bridge is across the AT and BM that goes to Springer Mountain. We hiked up (which started to go up almost immediately) for about 5 minutes just to get a flavor of the AT trail. We went through a dense cove of Rhododendron. My husband has worked with a few people that have hiked portions of the AT and they comment on how monotonous it can get day after day of the same views.IMG_3915We took a side trip to go to Fall Branch Falls. It was only about 1/4 mile hike, but all up hill. It was off the BM trail about 10 miles away from Long Creek Falls. It was a tiny little creek, but lots of water over the falls. We had a good time during our trip. April was the fourth month in a row we have traveled. We may go camping this month and hike some more water fall trails. We’ll have to see what happens over the next few weeks.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the travelogue.

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