I just realized that I never posted about the other bags I made using the patterns from the Craftsy class Zip It Up I took a couple months ago. The two bags on the left are the Nikita Bag and on the right is my Bendy Bag. I Thought they turned out pretty well! My mom had given me some old ghutras, so I cut one up to make the Nikita and gave it to her. She loved it! The fabric is thin cotton with the red embroidery, so I lined it with iron-on interfacing before I quilted it. Worked great!
So over the Summer I completed a lot of knitting and sewing some quilt tops. I completed a couple of baby sweaters. These to sweaters are Prairie Fire by Tin Can Knits. The yellow one is newborn size made out of I love this cotton and the blue one is 12 month (I think) made out of a Deborah Norville acrylic I picked up on sale. I had enough for a pair of socks, so I made a pair of Rye, also Tin Can Knits.
I also made myself a pair of socks. I bought some wool at my lys, Knit!, but I don’t remember the brand. They are granola, also Tin Can Knits. (Have I mentioned I LOVE their patterns?) The yarn is nice and soft. I put them on to take this picture, and now I don’t want to take them off! 🙂
So I saw a facebook post from Joan Hawley at Lazy Girl Designs saying that Craftsy is offering a special deal on her new class. Since the price of the class is now $20, which is less then the price of the three included patterns, I decided to gice it a shot. I spend more than that on 5 trips to Starbucks. I have made several zippy bags, but I have been seeing an awful lot of Bendy Bags on Instagram. I figured Joan might be able to give me some new tips. Yesterday I made the Runaround bag, which is a simple cute purse with one outside pocket. The design is similar to what my 12 year old wants in a “satchel” (not a purse, thank you), so I made one with my fabric choices as practice.
Overall, I like the design of the bag and class segment I watched (I still have yet to make my bendy bag). The bag is very similar to the zippy pouches I made in the the other craftsy class I watched. The major difference is that Joan’s Runaround bag has exposed seams inside, which is a consequence of the method of construction. In the future, I might combine the patterns to allow for seams that are not exposed.
I used linen, because I REALLY like it. So instead of a pretty design, I appliqued some english paper pieced hexies on the front. I even fussy cut the puppy dog on the blue hex! The back pocket I randomly pieced and added some crochet lace as trim. I could have really gotten crazy with some embroidery and such, but I really wanted to just make the bag. Maybe one day I’ll combine bits and pieces of several skills – embroidery, quilting, sewing – to really have a jazzy bag.
I’m really going to town, finishing up these projects. Last week I finished up this small table-top size quilt top. I got the fabric and block patterns at a shop hop a couple years ago. Yes. there seems to be a number of those… Since it really fits with the Forth of July, I want to get it done this week so I can give it to a good friend who always has us over for dinner and fireworks.
The other project finished is this Marvel Superhero quilt. It was requested a few years ago, and I finally figured out how to incorporate the different fabrics. I made 8.5 inch squares of the comic fabrics and alternated with blocks made of solid colors. The color pairs of each block represent different Avengers (blue/white = Cap, red/grey = Thor, green purple = Hulk, red/yellow = Iron Man. I think it turned out pretty well, but now I have to make a Batman one for the recipient’s brother! 🙂
A couple years ago I began an online quilt class by Rachel Hauser at Stitched in Color. The Penny Sampler Quilt was so beautiful, I had to make it. And some of the techniques were new, so I decided I had to give it a shot. Well, I didn’t finish it at the time, and it sat and sat, but I finally finished it last week! I am so excited that it is done, and the piles of fabric are off my floor!!! Well the top is done, so now I need to sandwich it and quilt it. Rachel’s suggestion is for a combination of tieing and large quilt stitches, and that sounds about right.
One of the more challenging techniques I worked on in this quilt was foundation paper piecing. There were several different blocks to challenge me. The toughest was this dala horse. There were so many seems to match up! My husband also wants me to add a tea bag and some steam to this tea cup, so I still need to add that…
There were also some applique pieces. These houses were pieced rectangles, with the roofs appliqued on top. There were also some “dilly birds” with some machine stitch sketching to add detail. Loved how they turned out!
Several of the blocks allowed me to practice piecing some blocks precisely, carefully matching seams. I really think I improved with that, when I compare later blocks with some of the blocks I pieced awhile ago!
I don’t know if I made the best fabric choices; I’m not great at that, and this quilt used SO many fabrics that sometimes I was quite random about it, and sometimes just picked stuff I liked without knowing if it worked. I think I could have put in more solids to keep it from being too busy. But overall I like it very much and I’m proud of it!
A few years ago I picked up the fabric for this quilt at a shop hop done locally in the Orlando area. I drove to 8 different shops over the course of a weekend, at each one I collected the pieces for a quilt block 12 inches square. I pieced each of the blocks, but never did anything with them. In the spirit of the “Summer of completing projects”, I picked out a print for the middle and some white on white for sashing and put the top together! My mom has claimed it as a Christmas gift, which sounds good to me, so I won’t have to wrack my brains to find a gift now! It’s about 40 inches square, so it should be a good size for TV watching. It is now on the pile of finished tops, ready to be sandwiched and quilted. I’ll probably tie it, so it shouldn’t be too bad a job.
OK, so here are two more cross stitch patterns I finished up in the last couple of weeks. Hip Hop is a little late, but I’ve never been one to limit my holiday celebrating. Buzz I picked up after my LNS went to the Needlework show in Nashville. These little cushions have been growing in popularity with the designers, and they look really cute, but I don’t know what I’m supposed to do with them! 🙂