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Sep 28, 2011

Embroidery To-Go Pouch & Daisychain ABC Crewelwork Sampler

Sep 28, 2011
Pin It Have you seen this lovely pattern??  It's the Daisychain ABC Crewelwork Sampler from Posie: Rosey Little Things.

I first saw it over at Twin Fibers.  I forgot to pin it - so thankgoodness I remembered and it was on my mind when I needed to come up with a portable project for the Sewing Summit.

I've started just a little bit.  I'm working on natural linen and using DMC embroidery floss instead of the crewel wool.  This will probably take me quite a while, but that's okay....

ABC Sampler

And while I was setting up my embroidery project for travel, I realized I don't really have a pouch for carrying everything.  So, of course, that sidetracked me into a totally different project.

Embroidery pouch.  Love. it.

I found the quote online "I cannot count my day complete til fabric, thread, and fabric meet." and thought it was perfect for my embroidery pouch.

Here's the back...

I embroidered some embellishments onto this adorable print.  I don't know what it is.....but I received it in one of Sew Fresh Fabrics awesome scrap packs. (edit:  It's Spring Street by Carolyn Gavin, P&B Textiles) Here's my favorite detail.

I added a D-ring and lanyard clasp so I could carry my portable embroidery project as a sort of wristlet at the Sewing Summit after-hours sew-a-thons.  This part didn't turn out exactly as planned, but it was deemed "done anyway".  Doesn't have to be perfect, right?

And here's the inside, lined with a 30s print and filled with my hoop, linen and pattern, ready to go Travel Handmade!!

Sometimes I just love it when one project leads to another unexpected one.

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Sep 26, 2011

Cosmo Bag: Done

Sep 26, 2011
Pin It Consider me Travel Handmade ready!  Whew - it took some determination to make it to the end on this one.  But I'm glad to say I've conquered an Amy Butler bag pattern!

Cosmo close up

1.  6.25 yards of interfacing need to be applied to almost every piece cut.
2.  Instructions are clear, but need to be read very carefully.  I read each step at least 2 x before beginning.  I found I really needed to focus to avoid spending time with the seam ripper.
3.  For some reason my lining ended up larger than the exterior of the bag.  So the lining doesn't quite fit as well as I'd like it to.  As a result, there are various tucks in the fabric where the lining joins the exterior.....but unless you're really searching for them, I don't think anyone will notice.

Yes Moments:
1.  Realizing I'm SO glad I went with Modern Meadow on the outside.  Thanks to everyone who helped me decide!
2.  Pleats are not hard and I love the look they add.
3.  My first covered button.  So simple!  Must add more of these to future projects.
4.  Sewing curves....  I still need more practice, but the practice helps.
5.  Realizing the interfacing will make this bag awesomely sturdy.  This bag is constructed well.  A necessary evil I guess.
6.  Just being able to say I've made it thru an Amy Butler pattern.  It was no easy task for a quilter.  and I feel like I really accomplished something!

Here's what I'll look like carrying it at the Sewing Summit!

Me carrying Cosmo

Do I see more Amy Butler bags/patterns in my future??  Yes.  

Anytime soon?  Nope.  

For now, I've spent the past month working on this bag and know what I realized?? 

I really miss quilting.  
There's still just something about working on a quilt that's really IT for me.  

I'm gonna go cut up some squares or something....

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations
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Sep 20, 2011

Tutorial at Riley Blake's Cutting Corners College: all wrapped up quilt pattern

Sep 20, 2011
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An exciting day today!  My first tutorial is up on Riley Blake's Cutting Corners College!  Anyone else getting in the mood for some Christmas sewing??  It won't be hard when you see these yummy candy prints from doodlebug designs' line Christmas Candy.

Cutting Corners with Riley Blake Designs

The quilt is a lap size quilt, measuring 56" x 60".  It's fun and fresh, and it brings some energy to Christmas decorating.  It's an advanced beginner pattern using some fusible applique for the bows on top of the presents.

Want to see a close up of the fan.ta.stic. quilting done by my longarm quilter, Kathy Balmert?  I went to her asking if she could replicate some of the fun candy shapes seen in the prints.  She custom designed the quilting pattern for me to include lollipops, Christmas tree cookies, gum drops and peppermint candies.  Isn't it wonderful?!?!?

The perfect finish to this "sweet" quilt!

Go here to get the complete FREE pattern for all wrapped up.  There is already a printer friendly version of the pattern available at Riley Blake's Cutting Corners College.

This was SO much fun to make.....hope you enjoy it!

(Also, if you like what you see here, I have my other fun patterns available in the Pattern Shop!)
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Sep 12, 2011

Lingerie {Delicates} Bag with Lilac Linen

Sep 12, 2011
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lingerie bag full shot

I just finished up this little lingerie {delicates} bag to send off to my friend Lee of Freshly Pieced.  I wanted to thank her for the graphic design work she did for me in the spring (see that header and GXQ's buttons, pattern covers, etc.).... and we had worked out a trade of some sorts to help each other out.

I made this lingerie bag in enough time for her to Travel Handmade at the Sewing Summit.  I don't know about you, but my suitcase and packing are usually a mess, so a lovely bag like this could always help a girl out.

lingerie bag embroidery detail

It's made from the most delicious lilac linen you have ever seen (I ordered it from Whipstitch) and I paired it with an older (2006?) Alexander Henry lingerie/undies print my SIL gave to me.  I added some of the darling specialty stitches that my machine does that I hardly get to use as some little accents on the linen.  It's lined with the AH print.

lingerie bag inside

Inside I tucked a few fat quarters of Echino and other Japanese prints straight from the one and only Tomato in Tokyo.

lingerie bag plus fat quarters

This turned out too cute and I think I'm going to have to make another for me!  If nothing else, I NEED more of that lilac linen.

Thanks again Lee!

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations
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