Saturday, September 29, 2012

Reproduction Fabric

I attended a small quilting convention last weekend in Pleasanton, CA. It was definitely not as big as PIQF and the vendors were average. I did score a few goodies. PIQF is just around the corner; are you attending? I can't wait!

Vendor selling these 1/6 fabrics for $1 each!

30s Playtime Charm Pack by Moda

I also got this Twisted Pinwheel ruler. Have you seen it? Apparently you put together these squares, cut them all up using this simple ruler, sew these fabrics back together, and you get this extremely complicated looking thing! I have got something on my iron board; will let you know how it turns out!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Quilting Away

Enjoying my new hand quilting project... I am about 70% done hand quilting it.

Remember my harvest placemats featured in Stitch? Well, my mom encouraged me to use them. So we finally put them to good use. I think the husband is very nervous he may get spaghetti sauce all over it! :)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Beautiful Marmalade Fabrics

I turned an adorable Marmalade charm pack of 42 beautiful 5"x5" pieces into a quilt top. This line is only available for purchase in charm packs for now. I think the full line is available sometime in October.

Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille.

This would be the perfect quilt for a little baby girl. 

I have added borders to this top to make it a big bigger since I took this photo. I am really liking the way this quilt looks. It's so feminine that it's only appropriate with scalloped edges. I am reading all about how to do scallop edges. If you know the best way to do scallop edges, then please let me know! I plan to hand quilt this piece as well.

I am in love with quilting with charm packs. It's the best way to use up every fabric from the entire collection without having to cut from the bolt. 

Quilting seems to be the only thing going on these days. Hopefully the cooler weather will inspire me to knit once again. What are you working on these days? 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Hand Quilted American Jane

I finished making the American Jane Happy Camper quilt! I pieced the top earlier this year with one pack of triangle charms, but was disappointed at how small the quilt was, so I tucked it away somewhere. However, when I got my Hinterberg quilting hoop, I needed a hand quilting project, and that's when I decided to add some borders to this quilt to make it bigger. My local quilting store doesn't carry this line, but we did what we could to match it as best as we can. I love the way this came out!

I love this "Happy Camper" line by American Jane. 

This quilt measures approximately 40"x40" and was entirely hand quilted!

Absolutely love this quilt!

My favorite parts of quilting are making the binder and putting the finished quilt through the washer for the first time. I love the way hand quilted quilts feel like after coming out of the washer. It's so soft and vintage looking. I used two sheets of color catcher since there is quite a bit of red in this quilt; I was afraid it may bleed. 

 Here is a photo of the hand quilted feather pattern I used in the border. 

I absolutely enjoyed hand quilting on my new Hinterberg quilting hoop. I already have my next quilt planned out for another hand quilting project.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Zakka Style Bunny Pencil Case

I finally cut into my precious fabrics I ordered from Japan. They are part of the "Cute Flower" prints by Atsuko Matsuyama. I turned them into two adorable bunny pencil cases -- it was a good choice.

 Gingham bunny. 

Bunny with a hexagon tail.

These pencil cases were not easy, but so worth the extra time I put into them. The linings are straight edges on all sides so pencils and pens fit nicely in there. However, it's not one of those pencil cases where you can put tons of pens in there. Were you one of those individuals? I used to carry everything in my pencil case just in case I needed them. I think maybe four or five is the max for these cases. 

I made these for two little girls. Their birthdays are coming up, and I think they will enjoy them for many years to come. 

This pattern is from "Zakka Sewing." You can find a free copy here.

Labor Day Weekend

Wishing those of you living in the U.S a very relaxing Labor Day weekend. I am getting lots of sewing done. 

Hand basting the cutest bunny pencil case. Psssssttt... see the red gingham one in the upper right hand corner?