I realized I haven’t blogged yet about the tote bag I made last month for the Sewing Summit! At the very last minute, as I was running around stressed out, trying to get everything done for my class, packed, kids ready for me to leave town…I decided I just needed to make a handmade bag for my trip. I didn’t have time to make a Weekender like everyone else, but I knew I could make a Jane Market Bag. I’ve had this pattern for awhile and the totes are so easy to put together. They hold a lot of stuff and make great teacher gifts. *hint* *hint*
I decided to make a quilt as you go (QAYG) version. This technique is fairly new to me. Recently some of us made quilt blocks for a special quilt for Penny with QAYG and I fell in love right away. It takes awhile, but wow is it worth it! You can find a tutorial for QAYG in the form of a quilt along here.
I made a couple changes to the bag (both intentional and not). First, the bag is about 1″ smaller all the way around. That was the unintentional change. I should have started my QAYG with a larger piece of batting. Opps! That’s ok though, the bag still works great.
The second change was I left off the outside pockets. Because I was QAYGing, I didn’t want those to take away from the look of the sides. I also left out the option for a flat bottom (made with interfacing or cardboard). I like my tote bags all floppy like.
I highly recommend this bag pattern. It’s very easy, even for beginners and the bag comes together very quickly. And you never can have too many bags!
November 16, 2012 21 Comments
Over the last couple of months I’ve had the chance to make two baby quilts for little girls. I love smaller quilts, they make me feel like I accomplished something in a shorter period of time. They also allow me to dive into new fabric piles right away.
I’m not going to win any photography awards for these pictures but I wanted to share them with you anyway. It happened to be rainy and gloomy when I finished both – and they needed to be wrapped and gifted right away.
I made this first quilt mostly with fabric from Sarah Jane Studio’s line, Out to Sea. I did incorporate some others from my stash….some pink and white dots from Children at Play, a navy print from Sandi Henderson’s Secret Garden, a yellow stripe from Cloud 9′s Simpatico, a yellow cross hatch as well.
I used another squares-in-squares design, I hope you aren’t tired of those yet! Actually, these blocks came from my Lemon Squares quilt pattern (free!). I just didn’t use any white on this smaller quilt. I backed the quilt with minky to make it super soft and quilted it with wavy lines. I think it will be perfect for fall and winter in Chicago.
This next quilt is for a little girl I met in SLC at the Sewing Summit. I pulled an assortment of fabrics from my stash for this one. I wanted the quilt to be feminine without screaming “I’m a girl!!” Hopefully that came across in my color selections. I chose a modern, wonky cross design.
Somehow I’ve never made a wonky cross quilt before, only blocks. I had a lot of fun with this one. The quilting is random straight lines. I wanted it to stay nice and soft after lots of washing.
The backing is the parade panel from Sarah Jane Studio’s Children at Play with some pinwheels along the bottom.
Hopefully both quilts are well loved over the next several years!
October 24, 2012 21 Comments
It’s finally here! The day I leave for the Sewing Summit. I am finishing up my packing today and will be catching a late flight this evening. Just in time, I finished up this final class sample last night. This quilt is a little example of what you can make with equilateral triangles.
I combined fabrics from my stash with some of Laurie Wisbrun’s upcoming Roughing It line. My son tells me the red camper print is his favorite (mine too!).
I quilted this one with straight lines on 1/4″ of each side of the seams. Then I bound it in white (an attempt to give the illusion of the colors floating down the middle).
This will probably be my last blog post until I return after the weekend. If you happen to follow me on Twitter or Instagram (@freshlemonsquilts), I will try to post weekend updates as I go along. For those that are joining me in Salt Lake City, I will see you soon!
A little taste of Fall before I leave
October 10, 2012 15 Comments
Get ready for a lot of pictures! I will apologize in advance, but I just had so much fun making this quilt and I couldn’t decide which photos to keep.
So, as I mentioned in my “quilt top” post for this one, I made this little quilt as a class example for next week’s Sewing Summit in Salt Lake City. Kati and I are going to be teaching Shapes and Angles and will be going over partial seams, y-seams (via hexagons), equilateral triangles and diamonds.
I designed this quilt using 3 types of star blocks that all incorporate partial seams, and then little wonky stars to fill in the spaces. The pieced blocks range in size from 6″ to 18″. The 12″ star is the Another Star block from my Solstice Stars Series. Except instead of making it the “cheating way” that I show in the tutorial (minus the partial seams), I do it the “correct way” (with the partial seams).
I decided to use about 5 shades of tan, just from my stash, for the backgrounds. A few months ago I was itching to add some neutrals to my stash to have on hand for projects like this. I pulled out my solid color cards and just ordered 1/2 yard to 1 yard of a bunch of Free Spirit, Kona and Bella neutrals. I asked the shops to label them for me because I knew once they arrived it would be a bit tricky to figure out exactly what they were.
The prints in this quilt are almost all by Denyse Schmidt – specifically her Chicopee line…I think I’ve mentioned how much I love it, yes? I hope you aren’t sick of seeing me use it yet, I’m sure I’m not done!
I mixed in some of Denyse’s fabric that she sells at JoAnns and also a print from Anna Maria Horner’s old Good Folks line because I wanted some more greens in there. I’m officially out of the one print I used, kind of makes me sad but I’m happy I was able to use it in a project that I love.
This quilt is 36″ x 48″. I didn’t want to make it huge because I really don’t want to check a bag going to SLC. I am thinking of making this into a pattern and if I do that, it will likely be larger.
I struggle with writing patterns with scrappy piecing because it gets confusing when figuring out fabric requirements. When you make a pattern, are you ok with seeing fabric requirements that say “xyz yards total in a mix of prints” rather than having each amount of scrap prints spelled out? I’m going to think on it for awhile.
I quilted this with straight lines, about 1/2″ apart. The backing is another one of Denyse Schmidt’s prints from JoAnns.
Those going to the Sewing Summit, I can’t wait to see you all next week! I hope if you see me you will come up and introduce yourself. Trust me, I know how it can be scary to meet new people. Believe it or not I can be pretty shy (except for teaching for some reason). For those staying home this time, I will try to take a lot of photos to share when I get back. I still have one more quilt I’m hoping to finish for another class example – fingers crossed!
October 4, 2012 52 Comments