Liberty Bag06.04.14

Liberty Bag

One of the items that I made for myself before heading off to Quilt Market this past May was a Liberty Bag.  I didn’t really have a nice handmade by me bag and I knew I wanted something roomy to carry all my goods in.

I shared my bag making progress over on Instagram, but I realized that I hadn’t shared over here!

Liberty Petals

I made the petals using HeatnBond lite (my go to fusible) and a wonderful stack of Liberty Fabrics.  I like using Liberty Fabrics where small bits of fabric are needed so I can stretch them further.

Progress

I didn’t really have a pattern for my bag although I started with this Moda Bake Shop pattern initially.  I mostly used the tutorial for the basic construction technique.  My bag is larger and of course pieced differently and appliqued.  And, I made the handles longer so I can wear it cross body if I want to.

Quilting

I machine appliqued using a 50 wt. Gutermann thread and also machine quilted using a 50 wt. Gutermann thread.

Liberty

Picked up a nifty big button from my LQS to finish off the bag.  It’s roomy, durable, and has come in handy for more than just at Quilt Market.

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Friendship Star Pillow Feature & Giveaway01.06.14

Big Stitch Quilting

I’m excited today to be sharing my last finish of 2013.  I put the last few binding stitches in just before New Year’s Day and today my quilting tutorial and pillow pattern are being featured over on Sew Mama Sew.

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If you follow me on either facebook or instagram you’ve seen a few sneak peeks of this project in the works.

Liberty

Instagram love

I had purchased a beautiful bundle of Liberty fabrics from Westwood Acres Fabric in November.

Image Courtesy of Westwood Acres Fabric

Image Courtesy of Westwood Acres Fabric

I couldn’t resist those beautiful Libertys!  I added a couple Japanese and Liberty fabrics from my stash mixed in with the Liberty fabrics from Westwood Acres for my pillow top.

Liberty Fabrics

Giveaway News!

If you are a Liberty fabrics love like myself you are in luck!  Amanda, of Westwood Acres Fabric,  is offering up for grabs a fat sixteenth bundle from the first installment of their new Liberty Lawn bundle of the month club.  I have to admit to be completely jealous of you guys–I want it for myself! =p

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below telling me what you would make with your little bundle of Liberty goodness. =)  I’ll draw a winner next week.

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And if you haven’t shopped at Westwood Acres fabric, I encourage you to check it out!  Aside from Amanda’s spot on picks for amazing fabrics, the photography is perfect.  I so appreciate beautiful photography that really shows off the fabrics when I am fabric shopping.  Sucks me in every time!

Right now, I’ve got my eye on Botanique fabrics and the Gelati quilt pattern:

And if you want to make a pillow of your own, be sure to hop on over to Sew Mama Sew for the free pattern and hand quilting tutorial!

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Quilting with Perle Cotton08.21.12

I have received numerous questions recently about using Perle Cotton for quilting whether by hand or by machine.  So, I thought I’d talk a bit about the two techniques.

The Faux Sashiko pillow(pictured above) that I designed for the fall issue of Stitch magazine was machine quilted using Perle Cotton.  This is a great time saving trick, but one I would really only reccommend on smaller projects–my machine gets a bit cranky when using the heavier weight thread and I certainly wouldn’t want to attempt it on a larger quilt.

When I machine quilt using Perle, I only use the Perle for my top thread–the bobbin thread is regular thread.  I use 8 wt. Perle cotton–although 12 wt. might make my machine a bit happier with me.  I always lengthen my stitches–I usually set my stitch length as long as I can on my Bernina.  And I manually pull the thread off the Perle cotton spool so my machine doesn’t have to work so hard.  I leave my tension at the same setting I would use for regular sewing.

My Fall Petals Pillow is hand quilted using 8 wt. Perle Cotton.  Hand quilting with Perle Cotton is essentially the same thing as hand quilting with quilting weight thread.  The technique is the same, but you take longer stitches and you get to use prettier thread. =p

There are a lot of great resources for hand quilting–one of my favorites is from Mary.

Appliqued Pillow

 I almost exclusively use Finca Perle Cotton which I can now purchase locally.  Prior to purchasing locally, I purchased online from Yarn Bazaar.  I was able to purchase a color card from them which is a wonderful tool if you are unable to view the thread colors in person.

Machine Quilted Journal Cover

 Hopefully this answers some of your burning questions about quilting with Perle Cotton! =p

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Journal It!08.06.12

Thanks so much for your input in regard to my last post!–It definitely gives me some things to think about. =)  Today, I do have something I can share with you…from start to finish–pretty exciting. =p

The family and I got back yesterday from a weekend of camping.  I had taken along my boring old composition book which I have taken to using for writing notes, inspiration, patterns etc. in order to wrap up a few projects.  But the notebook was so dreary, it definitely needed some jazzing up–yesterday afternoon, jazzing up became my Sunday project.

I swapped some fabrics with Aneela awhile back and in with the fabrics she sent she included some Liberty of London fabrics.  I decided to use those and I added some Liberty prints from my stash in with the mix.  Then I threw in some Anna Maria Horner prints that worked well with the Liberty prints.  AMH’s voile prints are similiar in weight to Liberty fabrics.

I decided to use the same Linen that I had used in my Stitch Magazine pillow—a great chocolatey color.

I new the basic design idea that I wanted to use…Perle Cotton stitching with a cute little Dresden.  I found this free pattern on craftsy.com which provided a mini dresden template so I didn’t even have to draft my own pattern.

The stitching on my journal cover is all done using 8 wt. Perle Cotton on my sewing machine(regular weight thread in my bobbin).

I used a fun blue flower print to finish the edges on the inside of my journal cover.  And a perfect stripe for the binding on the top and bottom.

The back of the journal features the straight line stitching.

If I had more time, I would have added a little pen pocket or an oversized pocket to store a calculator/cell phone.  But, since I was after a quick finish project, no pockets were added.

All in all, so much better!  And the nice thing is, is that the journal cover can easily be removed and used for my next journal once this one is used up.  Perfect!

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Sunday Happenings04.17.11

I really enjoy a good fabric hunt–thrill of the chase, divide and conquer and all that jazz.  So, when I saw the above fabric in purse form at a local shop and I really liked it, I wondered if I’d be able to find some of my own.  Admittedly it was a Vera Bradley purse which aided me greatly in my online search-a-thon (actually a quick search on Etsy did the trick).  It arrived yesterday & I think it is just lovely–I have already incorporated it into it’s very own fabric stack.

Incidentally, does anyone have any great fabric suggestions to coordinate with the lighter purple in the fabric?  I’ve got plenty of the darker purple but not so much on the lighter purple.  I know I have a Liberty of London fabric stashed somewhere that would be perfect but I can’t find it for the life of me.  Or, any suggestions for the blue?–it’s kind of a denim blue–not too far off from the blue mono pez or the blue daisy fabric from the Peas & Carrots line of fabric.  My fabric stash leans more towards aqua blues.

I also started, and finished, the quilting on a Strawberry Fields quilt today.

You may recognize these as the blocks I had to sew twice… =p

I plan to have a tutorial for this quilt on my blog sometime in May probably.  It’s a fun quilt that comes together pretty quickly as long as you have bobbin thread. =)

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