Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Easy Street Green Bowl

I have a box of gorgeous fabrics just waiting to be made into the Bonnie Hunter quilt called Easy Street. It has lime green, bright blue, white with black prints and they are SOOOO pretty! But I keep them safe in that box until I want to make that quilt which will be.....???? So for now I snuck some of them out and trimmed strips 3/4" wide off a few of them. Yay!

But once I tried to begin, I found out that both of my glue sticks were dried up. Ugh.
A quick trip to CVS solved that problem.

The bottom of the bowl is blue and look at the adorable label I found for this bowl!!

My cool project on this HOT summer day!

I took this photo with the flash on to dispel the shadows.
This bowl is 6" x 10 1/2" across the top edges.

It's big enough to hold stuff.

The sides are 3 1/2" high. See my gecko?

I started with 5 1/2" to the first turn.
The blue base is 4" x 9".
The green sides are 3 1/2" high.
The bowl is 6" x 10 1/2".

A fun and useful finished product.

Loralai and Sasha want to go for a walk...even in this heat!
At lease I can now enjoy my Easy Street Bowl even if I never make the quilt.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Civil War Tote

While cleaning out my studio I came across this tote from 2014 that was almost finished. It only needed the side seams sewn, handles and binding! Voila. Finished!
It's a large tote! I used a license plate from 2014 for a pocket on the front.

These 2 pockets have zippers. I like how the license plate colors match the project.

This tote was constructed like this: a bunch of squares sewn in the above pattern.
(This way you know exactly how to do the boxy corners because they are "pre-cut".)

Instead of buttons I used fabric for the eyes and nose.

I love the quilting on the snowman.

The tote body was quilted separately from the snowman. 
I used pinking shears to cut the snowman to shape and quilted it onto the body of the tote.

No pocket on the inside but you can see all the quilting.

This tote was finished November 2014. 
It's brother was finished July 2016.
That is a happy UFO finish!!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Triangle Treasures (Baby Quilt) x 2

I know 2 pregnant women who are sisters-in-law and due 2 weeks apart. They each married into the family next door to me. My kids grew up with their boys --who grew up, became married men and now expectant fathers. So it's time for some FUN baby quilts!!!

I've decided to use MY pattern called Triangle Treasures (from 2007).
You know I hate triangles BUT there are NO points to match with this quilt!
It's SUPER easy to do.

I'm making 2 of the small crib size quilt (38" x 42").
This was a perfect opportunity to TEST my own pattern!
The pattern for this Triangle Treasure baby quilt can be found in my Etsy shop HERE.

For one crib size I needed 30 squares of fabric. So I cut 60 squares. Many of these prints are fun stuff for an I SPY type quilt but I also mixed in some stripes, plaids and polka dots.

I fussy cut some fun stuff like the Charmander Pokemon.

And of course I added Sponge Bob Squarepants!
Using a tan solid for the sashing is perfect to show off the prints AND it's gender neutral.

One quilt top ready for quilting. This quilt has frogs, dogs, cats, hats, bugs, spiders, fish, crabs, sea birds, letters, numbers, people, candy, cakes, sharks, octopus, snails, yarn, keyboarding slang, zippers, starfish, candy corn, bicycles, seahorses, houses, cars, stars, hearts, seaweed,  monsters, owls, chickens, dragonflies, flowers, squares, diamonds, circles, triangles, and happy sunshine--- plus a whole bunch more!!

The pattern calls for a 6" square of fabric that then ultimately gets cut twice on the diagonal to make 4 pieces of each fabric in the quilt. Since I used 60 prints and swapped halves these quilts will only have 2 matching prints. So it's also a matching game. "Find the other triangle with the...sharks." However, since I added the Pokemon and Sponge Bob I eliminated a couple of fabrics too. So not every print is part of a pair and that's fun too.

This is the main difference in the quilts!

And this.

Look at the sweet little Charmander Pokemon sitting on the Charmander quilt.
(Yes, I play Pokemon Go.)

Two baby quilts pieced and quilted...ahead of schedule.

Fun stuff.

The backing fabric is popcorn!!!

Now I need to put them in a SAFE place so I can FIND them when the time comes to gift them.
For now I need to go catch more Pokemon.....

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

More Fun Rope Bowls

Rope bowls are addictive and fast.

Start with some fun fabric.
Cut 3/4" strips.

This is the bowl I made on July 4th. Oval!

The strips of fabric get wrapped around clothesline rope and zig zag sewn.

Necessary tools to make a bowl: rotary cutter for the fabric strips, glue stick to stick the ends to the rope, scissors, King Tut #921 my favorite variegated thread.

This bowl is for MA and took about an hour to make.
For future reference it took 20' 6" of rope and 18 strips of fabric cut 20" x 3/4".
The base is 4" across and the sides are 2" high.

Mom and MA came for a visit to Pinehurst.
MA got a kick out of feeding the turtles in the pond and Sasha loved watching.
I wanted to give her something to remember her trip to see us so I whipped up a bowl for her.

Sasha approves and bows to my creativity.
(Really she was stretching and hoping for a walk since I finished the bowl.)

I almost forgot the label on the bottom!!
You must remember to sew it on BEFORE doing the sides!
Take it out of the sewing area and flip it over, sew the label, flip it back and continue sewing.

To read about how to make these bowls see the book It's a Wrap by Susan Breier.