Category Archives: General Projects

Have Machine, Will Travel

I recently traveled by car from the Seattle area to central California for a family reunion. As usual, I took my sewing machine and supplies.  As I am usually in the middle of one or more projects, traveling can affect deadlines. Besides, I sew most every night anyway!

sewing supplies

sewing supplies

Depending on my travel schedule, I might not take the machine in for a single night. This trip I was in the hotel for three days. I have two travel machines; this one is my Bernina Aurora 440. My only setup option was a round table and I had to use pillows to make the chair high enough.  There was an ironing board however, so that was handy. As most of my supplies are still in boxes my travel iron was not handy, so my Oliso traveled with me too. I love that iron!

room

room setup

The projects and fabrics filled one suitcase. The red boxes held all my tools: scissors, bobbins, tweezers, etc.

lap quilt

lap quilt

This setup was at my cousin’s for one afternoon. We had a nice visit while I sewed! All that is left to do is the binding!

Teacher Appreciation Throw

This project is one of the reasons I have been so busy the last few weeks – don’t take me wrong, I have enjoyed working on all my projects! I finally got a whiteboard to list them all!!!!

As part of a teacher appreciation gift, my 11-year-old grand-daughter and her 5th grade classmates signed blocks of white fabric. I assembled them together with assorted school prints for the 2-1/2″ sashing and 3-1/2″ border. As there were only 21 blocks, I added 4 in baseball fabric to create 5 rows of 5 (7″) blocks. The Boston Red Sox fleece was chosen as the backing as it is the teacher’s favorite baseball team. I put my label in the lower left block and added “2013-2014” with permanent marker.

teacher throw

teacher throw

This was all done “long-distance” as my grand-daughter lives in New York state (I am on the West Coast)!

This project is quick and easy to put together. Feel free to create your own signature teacher throw. I am sure it will be greatly appreciated!

Multi-pocket Tote Bag

My granddaughter liked a tote bag I had made during a Martha Pullen Licensing so much that she asked me to make one for her friend’s birthday. She picked out the fabrics and I got busy!

As the original pattern creates a LARGE tote bag, I adjusted the measurements a bit to better fit an 8-year-old’s stature. The quilting was created by stitching the main fabric onto batting. I used a 1″ gridded pellon and followed the lines, stitching every 2″ on a diagonal. I can’t sew that straight free-hand! I used a walking foot to prevent puckers.

I used the blue ‘frosted’ fabric for the outside of the bag. One side has 2 vinyl pockets, trimmed in an accent fabric. The bottom and straps are purple ‘frosted’ fabric.

bag front

bag front

The other side of the outside is a zippered pocket which I trimmed in the lining fabric for a “pop” of color.

bag back

bag back

The lining is a zebra print with 3 open pockets on one side (purple) and a zippered pocket on the other (in blue). The bottom corners of both the outside and lining were stitched to create a box pleat.

inside bag

inside bag

It was a hit with my granddaughter and I am now making another for her own!

Wonderful Seattle Weather and quilting!

Seattle and the Pacific Northwest are beautiful with sunny skies and super warm days! The mountain has been “out” in all her glory !!!

My daughter-in-law’s mother was moving (it’s been a busy few months for our family!) so I made this throw for her as a house warming gift.

This fabric was in my stash and in one of the first boxes I unpacked. There was a center panel and eight coordinating fat quarters, plus about a 1/2 yard in an ninth print.

The first border,¬†sometimes called a “piano” border, was created from the eight prints.

strips

fabric strips

These strips were sewn together, cut into the width I wanted and stitched together for the lengths needed (sides and top/bottom).

strip piece

strip piece

piano border

piano border

I did not have enough fabric for the outside border to go all the way around. Luckily, there was enough of the border strips to make corner squares. Quilting was a simple stitch-in-the-ditch around the center panel and piano border.

corner squares

corner squares

I chose a beige backing which was rolled to the front to bind the edges. She really liked the final result!

finished throw

finished throw

More quilts, bags and other garments to come in future posts!