Mar 26 2016

Sew Sweetness Filigree Double Zip Pouch

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Sew Sweetness Filigree Double Zip Pouch

This snazzy little gift is for my cousin. I was sending her hubby something and wanted a little something for her. I had this crazy zebra faux suede and it made me think of her so I thought perfect. The pattern is the Filigree Double Zip Pouch by Sew Sweetness

Sew Sweetness Filigree Double Zip Pouch

As the name implies, there are two zippers on this pouch. Each one goes to a different compartment. They are different colors so it’s easy to tell which compartment is which.

Sew Sweetness Filigree Double Zip Pouch

And I also made the inside fabric two different colors. Those are from two Tula Pink fabrics that I had.

Sew Sweetness Filigree Double Zip Pouch

The pattern itself is pretty simple and well written. All the pieces go together very nicely. Look how nice those corners are!

You may have noticed that I just recently did another Sew Sweetness pattern, the Polaris Bag. It’s really just coincidence although I am a huge fan of her bags and patterns. I’ve got both her books and found her Craftsy class very helpful.

Sew Sweetness Filigree Double Zip Pouch

I decided not to quilt the outside (I thought it would look bizarre with the more funky fabric), but would consider it in the future. The only thing is that the bag came out much larger than I was expecting. I mean, I supposed I should have figured how big it would be when I cut out the pieces, but it never really dawned on me . . . this size would be really good for lots of stuff or large items. I’ll let my cousin figure out that part :) I would also use this pattern with just one zipper and it would be just as nice. It’s a great shape.

Sew Sweetness Filigree Double Zip Pouch

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Mar 20 2016

Polaris Bag — March, Bag of the Month Club

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Sew Sweetness Polaris Bag -- Bag of the Month Club

This month for the Bag of the Month Club, Sew Sweetness was the designer. The bag was a cute little hand purse which I decided to make. You may notice that I have not posted the bag for February. That’s because I haven’t made it. It’s not a bag I think I’d use, so I just haven’t been motivated to make it yet. I have other projects I’d rather make. I have the pattern so maybe I’ll come back to it.
Polaris bag top zipper
I’m not sure I’ll use this bag either (it’s a little small), but I’m happy with how it turned out despite a couple of bumps along the way.
Polaris bag inside
For the fabrics, I used some fat quarters from Jennifer Sampou’s shimmer line. This line is amazing and gorgeous and I was glad to have a chance to play with the fabrics. And then I ordered some silver vinyl from luvfabrics on Amazon as recommended by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness. The quality was very nice. It was my first time sewing with vinyl like this and it wasn’t nearly as hard as I expected! Although still a bit challenging due to the added bulk in the seams.
Polaris bag inside zipper pocket
The first bump was that I forgot to cut the binding on the bias. Since the vinyl is backed by a woven, I think it would have looked better had I done so, but it was already sewn in by the time I realized it.
The second bump was that the lining pieces didn’t seem to quite match up with the larger seam allowance used to make the lining a hair smaller so it fits better. I had to add pleats at all the corners to take up the extra fabric. I don’t think it looks bad and you certainly can’t tell from the outside. So not sure where I messed up there, but I cruised over that bump as well :)
Polaris bag handle attachment
A 1 inch rectangle ring was supposed to be used to attach the handle to the bag. Unfortunately, my JoAnn didn’t have any of those (1.25 inches was the smallest available), but they did have this 1 inch slider that I could use instead (because I was too impatient to order some). I actually quite like how it turned it out!
Polaris bag hand stitching
To attach the lining to the to the top, I opted for the hand stitching option. I did tiny little catch stitches.
Polaris bag inside
And here’s another look at the inside of the bag. I’m pleased with how this turned out and overall happy with the Bag of the Month Club so far. I’ve finally tried a number of techniques and styles that I’ve been interested in but never had the chance to dive into.
Looking forward to seeing April’s bag!
Sew Sweetness Polaris Bag -- Bag of the Month Club

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Mar 16 2016

Mighty Lucky Quilting Club – February

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Mighty Lucky Quilting Club February Improv

For February for Mighty Lucky Quilting Club, the focus was on improv quilting and “less is more.” I hadn’t really done improv quilting before, so this was a fun exercise, although I’m not sure it’s really something I’ll spend much time doing in the future.

Improv quilting fabric

First, I picked out some fabrics. The green is my focus fabric and the yellow is my coordinating fabric. The whites are my background.

Improv quilting pieces

I picked out a number of pieces that I thought would work. And then I played around with them . . .

Improv quilting take 1

First try . . .

Improv quilting take 2

Second try . . .

Improv quilting take 3

Third times a charm . . .

Improv quilting take 3 after removing

Then I removed two pieces (as instructed). I may have cheated a little by removing two of the attached pieces, but I think the effect was the same.

Improv quilting with background

And then I filled in the background. I think the little swatch of linen in there is my favorite part of the background

Improv quilting sewn and trimmed

Stitched & trimmed . . .

Improv quilting basted

Basted . . . and quilted with some simple straight line stitching so as to keep focus on the improv pieced aspect.

Mighty Lucky Quilting Club February Improv

And done. Bound with some more of the leftover white fabric. I’m actually quite happy with how it turned out . . . although not sure what to do with it. Perhaps it will be a placemat?

It was a fast project and a good skill to practice/try, but I prefer to think and plan out my quilts. In fact, I think the planning and designing is half the fun!

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Mar 13 2016

Murder Mystery Quilt – March

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Murder Mystery Quilt March (Chap 4)

Earlier this week we got the next chapter — and the next block — in the murder mystery quilt. Grabbed some scraps and whipped it up pretty quickly. It’s so fun to see the story unfolding!

Murder mystery quilt logo square

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Mar 09 2016

Mighty Lucky Quilting Club – January

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Mighty Lucky Quilting Club January Bias Tap Believe

One of the many things I signed up for at the beginning of the year was a subscription to the Lucky Spool Mighty Lucky Quilting Club. Each month they send you an exercise to do to expand your quilting abilities. I had so much fun learning new techniques from the Meadow Mist Midnight Mystery Quilt that I figured this would be a fun way to learn even more. I’m a little behind (surprised?) but I’m getting caught up . . . at least for now. I’ll be posting February soon.

Bias tape and tape maker

The first month was on bias tape. They have a recommended project where you make a bunch of bias tape and make blocks with it. In fact most of the techniques they give could be repeated to make quilts and even a whole quilt with them. I’d do that if I had more time because it would be a good way to get really good at a technique.

But since I don’t, I decided to just apply the bias tape to a smaller project. I’ve made bias tape for sewing projects before but not with the intention of using it for a quilt.

Bias tape fabric

Rainbow bias tape

I made up some bias tape with some fun rainbow fabric I had bought originally for quilt binding but then never used for that. Check out the matching on that seam. Dang :)

Bias tape P

I knew I wanted to spell out letters so I tested it first on just a single letter. I was testing everything:

  • applying the bias tape using wonder tape to hold it in place
  • how much of a curve I could put in the bias tape before I got wrinkles
  • the stitching down of the bias tape — I wasn’t sure if the wonder tape would hold it or if it would catch on my presser foot (it was fine)
  • the outline and straight line quilting I wanted to do (also happy with how that turned out).

Practice Biast Tape P

I decided to bind this mini-mini for completion sake and also to test out stitch-in-the-ditch seam binding which I had wanted to try. I like how it looks.

Blieve bias tape

For the actual project, I spelled out “Believe” on some Essex linen.

Mighty Lucky Quilting Club January Bias Tap Be

I quilted around each letter using my home machine and then did vertical straight line quilting. I bound it with some black and white dot fabric I had laying around.

Mighty Lucky Quilting Club January Bias Tap Believe

I’m so happy with how this mini turned out and looking forward to hanging it to remind me to believe :)

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Mar 06 2016

Meadow Mist Midnight Mystery Quilt Finish!

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Midnight Mystery Quilt Completed!

It’s done! I completed the Meadow Mist Midnight Mystery Quilt!

Doing this quilt was such a great experience. Here’s why:

  • I got to try so many new techniques and the instructions were very clear for each of them so I feel like I learned so much.
  • This was my first time for many common quilting constructs including:
    • flying geese
    • square in square
    • courthouse steps
    • half square triangles
  • I got great practice keeping a scant 1/4 inch seam.
  • I used a ton of my leftover backing stash.
And I got surprises each month as the pieces were used in unexpected ways!

Midnight Mystery Quilt Completed! (back)

I quilted it on the longarm back in January, but only had a chance to take pictures this weekend — just in the in the nick of time since we were supposed to post them by March 8. I tried some new techniques on the longarm for this, like using rulers in the white star sections. Definitely something I need to keep working on, but happy with how it turned out. Interestingly, I also learned about color blending. This actually uses a pale pink thread for the longarm quilting which blended well with all of the fabrics. (Except the black, of course, which it contrasts with. In hindsight, I do wish that I had done that with black thread. Ah, well, live and learn.)

Midnight Mystery Quilt Completed! (folded)

I bound it with some of the gray fabric (yay for using more of my stash!). Usually I tend to favor a nice contrasting binding so it’s like a picture frame, but I like how it turned out in that it doesn’t distract from the rest of the quilt.

Midnight Mystery Quilt Completed! (folded)

The only part I bought for this quilt was the backing — a pretty light widleback in a purple pattern that ties into the purple on the front — and the batting (since I prefer to get that at the store where I do the longarm quilting.

Midnight Mystery Quilt Completed!

I’ll admit, I was a little nervous at some points as to how it would come out based on how I cut out my pieces, but I’m really happy with it! Already looking forward to next year’s mystery quilt :)

Quick edit: Check out all the quilts that folks submitted here. Seeing it in different colorways is really cool.

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Mar 03 2016

St. Patrick’s Day Fabric Basket

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St. Patty's Day one hour basket

Here’s another little one hour basket which I made. These are so fast and easy. This was actually made as a sampler for a class I was supposed to teach. After pre-cutting the fabric for the 10 baskets, these strips were left over and I couldn’t let them go to waste so I used them to make a sampler. I think it came out quite cute and festive!

St. Patty's Day one hour basket

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Mar 01 2016

Happy National Pig Day!

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Yes, once again it is March 1, the day when we celebrate the glorious pig!

Now, of course, we don’t need an excuse to celebrate pigs here at Pigs in Pajamas, but if you’re curious about the origins of this magnificent idea, check out the Wikipedia page on National Pig Day.


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Feb 26 2016

Murder Mystery Quilt!

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Murder mystery quilt logo square

I recently joined up with another mystery quilt: Murder Mystery Quilt. I had so much fun with Midnight Mystery Quilt (finish post coming soon!) that I was game to try another one. This one is super cool and totally up my alley. Not only are you doing a mystery quilt, but you’re also solving a murder mystery! With each month you get both a chapter of the story and a new quilt block to make and the blocks have clues to the mystery in them. You can submit your guess for who did it and get entered into a drawing at the end.

Much like the previous mystery quilt, each month comes with new skills to try. I learned so much doing the Midnight Mystery Quilt that I’m excited to learn more.

Murder Mystery Quilt Fabric Pull

We were given a list of colors to make and told it could be scrappy so I went and pulled from my stash. It’s nice to actually use up some of my stash! This one was a lot of fat quarters so I got to use quite a few and actually only a couple of colors will actually be scrappy style. I’d probably go with my own color scheme normally, but since the blocks are part of the mystery solving I decided to pick colors relatively close to what was suggested.

Murder Mystery Quilt January (Chap 1-2)

Here’s the block for January.

Murder Mystery Quilt February (Chap 3)

And here’s the block for February. For this one I got to try appliqué for the first time. I went with the satin stitch border rather than raw edge which I’ve done before. Mystery quilts are for trying new things! Rather than just normal thread, I used some matching embroidery thread for the appliqué satin stitch. I don’t seem to do much embroidery these days so it was nice to have an excuse to use some of the tons of embroidery thread I have.

I’m pretty happy with how both turned out and the story so far is really quite cute. Can’t wait to see where this goes!

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Feb 21 2016

Backgammon Bag – January, Bag of the Month Club

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Backgammon Bag

One of the many things I subscribed to at the beginning of the year was the Bag of the Month Club. Basically you sign up and they send you a new bag pattern each month for 6 months (and if you signed up in January like I did, you got a discount). I found out about through Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness (whose designs I really like — I also have both of her books). Based on how much bag patterns cost and the fact that I would get try some patterns by some new folks, I thought it sounded like fun.

The first bag was the one above — the Backgammon Bag by Betz White. I was really happy with how this bag turned out. It’s a great size, roomy but not huge. The instructions were great.

I used essex linen for most of the bag, with Alison Glass sunprints for the accents and lining. I love the way the dots print looks like little bubbles rising in the bag. :)

Backgammon Bag pocket

The only modification I made was to add a key fob (the strap hanging out — see picture below for a better view of that) and an extra slip pocket. I would add these to any purse. I like to put my work ID and some pens/pencils in the slip pocket and I like to have my keys on the key fob if I’m headed to my car at night so I can get to them more quickly for safety reasons.

Backgammon Bag zipper and key fob

Otherwise, this is pretty much how the instructions describe it. All the hardware was available at JoAnn’s (yay!) and I had the fabric and interfacing.

Backgammon Bag

And the strap is adjustable so I can wear it over my shoulder or as a cross body. So far very happy with the subscription!

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