Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Farm Girl Vintage Mini Quilts


Another UFO is done! I made these Farm Girl Vintage mini quilts last summer soon after I received my book. And then they sat in my pile of quilts to finish. So for this last month of my LQS CEO club, I needed to complete this series of four mini quilts.

I started these last summer during the Farm Girl Vintage sew-a-long. Needless to say, I didn't do anything with them so they were a perfect addition to my CEO club list.



The nice thing about mini quilts, is that I can try different quilting patterns. I did variations of straight line quilting, then added extra texture on few of them. Plus I love adding in a little bit of color in my quilting as well.



I love straight line quilting and variations of it. And with mini quilts I can do some things that I might not try on a larger quilt. Plus I love the scrappy nature of these blocks. They are going to look fabulous in my kitchen. Now I just have to hang them up!

Linking up with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

My Handmade Wardrobe : Cotton+Steel Scout Tee


For awhile now I have wanted to give garment sewing an actually go. I've made skirts, but at the beginning of the year, I knew I wanted to really give it a try.

So I purchased the Scout Tee from Grainline Studios and then it sat. Well about a month ago I actually decided to sew up a practice tee. It came together so quickly, but I needed to make a few minor tweaks to the pattern, mainly I wanted to lengthen the shirt. Well I finally made another Scout Tee.

When Cotton+Steel released their Bluebird line, I just knew it would make a perfect Scout Tee. My favorite print, Mystery Food was perfect! I love those octopi. 

I do love how quickly this pattern comes together, with just four pattern pieces it doesn't take long to cut out and sew. Even with disruptions from kiddos, stopping for snacking, I managed to sew this one up in an afternoon. 


It is nice to take a break from quilty projects and sew up a garment in an afternoon. Most of the time it takes me days, if not weeks to get a quilt top done. So a fairly quick sewing project is a nice change of pace. I have a few more Scout Tees in my future and maybe a few knit garments as well. But for now I will enjoy my new shirt, just in time for the weather to hopefully warm up here in Michigan!

Linking up with Lorna from Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social, Kelly from My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday

Friday, May 13, 2016

Ella Bucket Bag : A Finished Sewing Project



YAY! Another project done from my 2016 Finish-A-Long for the second quarter! I'm doing much better than last quarter. Thought I was due for a new bag since my last handmade bag has been in constant use for almost two years!

So the Ella Bucket Bag has been on my list to sew for a few months. I purchased all of the fabric at my favorite local quilt shop Stitched Studio back in February. But I have sewer/quilter's ADD and from another project and this one got pushed to the bottom of the pile.


Well this past week I went to a sewing retreat at Stitched Studio and they had a trunk show with Sew Sweetness and Patterns by Annie bags. So when I got home I finally finished cutting out my Ella and started sewing away.

This pattern is well written and provides plenty of pictures to help you along the way. This is actually the first time I have done a bottom piece that was separate from the rest of the bag, and the pattern walks you through the process beautifully!


This is going to be my daily tote around bag and it is a nice size that is not too big and not too small. All of my essentials fit along with the essentials for two kiddos with room to spare!


 I interfaced everything with Pellon SF 101 and then basted a light canvas to the exterior as well. So it has a little bit structure, but still of little flop, just perfect for stuffing this bag full of stuff, which will happen.

This is a great pattern and perfect for an advanced beginner looking to expand their skills.

Ella Bucket Bag Stats
Fabric: Cotton+Steel canvas, Alison Glass, and Carolyn Friedlander, all purchased from Stitched Studio
Size: 10 inches wide at bottom, 19 at top x 13 inches tall x 7 inches deep (roughly)
Pattern: Ella Bucket Bag by s.o.t.a.k Handmade

Linking up with Amanda for Finish it up Friday

Monday, May 2, 2016

Alison Glass Charm Cherry Quilt : A Finished Quilt


Another month, another UFO becomes a completed quilt! For my LQS CEO Club, this Alison Glass quilt was my project to complete and bonus as it was one of my projects for the second quarter for the finish a long! And I don't know why I waited so long to finish this one, since it come together quickly once I got back to working on it. I used the free pattern Charm Pack Cherry Quilt from Fat Quarter Shop.

At the beginning of the month I had the initial strips for the nine patch blocks sewn together. So I took those strips and actually finished the blocks. All in all it took me about a day and half of sewing and cutting (in between caring for kiddos) to get the top done. Like I said, why did it take me so long to finish. I guess I really need to have deadlines to help get my butt in gear when it comes to finishing up quilts.


For the quilting I did a combination of straight line and a serpentine stitch. I divided the quilt into uneven quadrants and in two opposite corners I did quilted by following the outline of the section I was working in. Then in the other quadrants I did a radial from the center. I really love the combination of the straight stitch with the serpentine stitch and the texture it created it amazing!


It is a great feeling to have another quilt done and off my list. Plus I'm all ready doing better this quarter than last quarter with my finishes!! Now to see if I can finish my other projects for the quarter and just a billion other projects floating around in my head.

A few outtakes from my quilt shoot. Nora just had to help mama, while I was taking pictures. So she decided she would hold the quilt for mama.



Silly kiddo, she loves helping mama. And loves the quilts that mama makes!

Quilt Stats
Pattern: Charm Pack Cherry by Fat Quarter Shop
Dimensions: 52 inches x 54 inches
Quilting: Straight line and Serpentine stitch, done with a walking foot
Fabric: Alison Glass Sunprint 2015, Moda Zen Gray

Linking up with Alyce for Sew Cute Tuesday, Lorna for Let's Bee Social