Thursday, March 16, 2017

March #MiniMadnessIB Ambassador Challenge

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Want to laugh with me?  I got the memo for this.  I really did.  I knew it was a MINI challenge, "Finished size under 24"."  I also knew it was either foundation pieced or English Paper Piecing.  

I also knew I was offered a chance to be an ambassador for QuiltSmart.  They make pre-printed foundations on fusible interfacing.  Sounds like I can combine these 2 things and meet the goal of the Island Batik challenge, right?  Sure.  No problem.  Choose a Stamp pack (5" squares) of gorgeous (no, really gorgeous) Island Batik Desert Rose, cut 8 more 5" squares, add in strips for handles and fabric for lining, and I can make a Mondo bag.  


                                      Mondo Bag Girls
Mondo Girls from the Quiltsmart website.  

This is where I went wrong.  Mondo means big.  As in BIG!  But it's only a bag, with a 10" base and 17" sides.  Sounds less than 24", right?  Keep laughing.  Maybe I should have looked at the Mondo Girls photo sooner, lol

My Sister-In-Law was visiting, and I asked her to model for me.  She's petite, but still, this bag is huge!  Past her knees! lol  Totally a #MarchMadnessMiniIB fail, lol.  

 Using the fusible interfacing was fun.  The directions were good, and the prep and sewing was quicker than expected.  I took the squares out of the pack and arranged them on the interfacing panel, right on my ironing board.  Once I liked the color order, I made sure all the squares were touching, put an applique pressing sheet over it, and pressed.  I did all 4 sections, and then just sewed along the fold lines between the squares, as directed.  I think I had all 4 sections pressed and sewn, and the bag outer body assembled in about an hour.  

The bag is beautiful, and was really fun to make.  I decided to use the 5" squares as they were, not cut them to 2 1/2".  I added a Basics Raspberry lining, and used some of the ribbon from the Stamp pack for trim on the key clip tab.  I also put in 2 pockets, using their directions.  Although I have something to turn the straps, I wanted to do the type where you just press it in half, place the fusible fleece at the fold, and press in the edges, to meet, and topstitch the edges.  If I make it again, I'll add patch pockets, after getting the inner bag assembled.  The ones they recommend are actually angled, where I would prefer them to be parallel to the top.  

So, my Mini Challenge isn't mini.  It's big enough to carry my sewing machine, lol.  It'll make a great project bag, or for the pool or beach.  My mom thinks it's hers, lol.  Anything with purple fabric?  She claims it.  

So, there you have it.  But, maybe I didn't fail the challenge?  I did make the sunglass case and check book covers.  Those are mini.  But not foundation pieced.  Hmmm.  I do have 2 other foundation pieced things to work on.  Maybe I'll get them done in time for this challenge.  

I'm still laughing.  
Thanks for visiting.

Maryellen

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A Little Sewing Time

Hi!  I finished a special order Pirate Shirt this week, but forgot to take a photo before it was shipped. This photo is of a previous one.  I need to count how many I've made, but I'm sure it's over 25 by now.  I like hearing who will be wearing it.  This one was for a dancer in a competition, but others were for Renn Faires, including the Groom's shirt for a wedding.

I also made 2 check book covers and 2 sunglass cases.  I had given a previously made case to my mom, to protect her sunglasses, and needed to make another, but just hadn't taken time.  Do you do that?  Make for others, and push off something for yourself, that will take less than an hour to do?  I think we all need to give ourselves permission to do something for us.  It's not selfish, especially when it's saving money over purchasing the ones from the big-box sellers.  And using up some scraps.

 The first case, on the right, was too small for my sunglasses, but will work for my readers.  I had forgotten it would get smaller with binding and that my sunglasses were more curved when closed.  This was fast and easy, I just quilted some @IslandBatik fabric strips, about 3 1/2" wide by 12" long, curved one end, and folded it in half and added binding around the 3 sides.  The first one was a 2 1/2" strip.  I used Aurifil 50wt thread and Warm & Natural batting scraps.

 I also needed 2 checkbook covers.  Mine is the pieced one, and the other is for the checks for my mom's account.  Again, some sweet Island Batik fabrics, and Aurifil thread.  These have Pellon Shirtailor fusible interfacing in the pockets, and the pieced one has fusible fleece for the quilting.  The other is more interfacing, to give the cover support, and durability.  Aren't my checks cute?  I found a Quilt design through BJ's Wholesale Club's check company.
 I'm so happy I took time to make these.  The older checkbook cover I had made was actually too small, and didn't have interfacing.  I'm going to enjoy using these and finding them easily in my purse.
In other news, I finally have the backsplash done in my kitchen.  Charley from Allbright Construction had the light colored tiles, but not enough for the whole thing. After looking for additional 3 by 6 pieces to create a "scrappy quilt" look, I opted for a Mosaic from Home Depot called Amalfi Cafe for the center, with the 3 by 6 top and bottom. We had done something similar in Mom's kitchen, only with white marble and white and silver glass mosaics.  It was easy to cut and install, in my case, very cost effective. I'm happy with the results, and enjoy using this kitchen now.  I still need to replace the flooring and paint the walls, but this is good progress after living with the broken cabinets and ruined top, and leaking sink for so long.  The upper cabinets are the original ones, and the base and granite countertop was installed in November.  I'm still unpacking after my move 14 months ago.  I'm just happy there's progress.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Please be on the watch for the Island Batik Ambassadors March Mini Madness posts.  Mine will be coming soon.  I have 3 ideas, and I'm not sure which I want to do, but all 3 will probably get done at one point, lol.  With the blizzard coming on Tuesday, I'm planning some Sew days!

Maryellen


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Precision Piecing Quilt-A-Long

QuiltShopGal is hosting a Precision Piecing Quilt Along!



I'm linking up with the Precision Piecing Quilt Along.  I decided to use some scraps from the Valentine's bundle from @IslandBatik, and made this tiny Churn Dash Block.  

I plan to try a few other blocks.  I need to work more on precision!  This was definitely a learning experience.  It's a little larger than I really hoped it would be.  

Thanks for the visit, and hope you check out the quilt along, and try some tiny blocks.  The patterns are free, and there's a chance to win prizes. Let me know if you make any! 

Maryellen