Monday, August 19, 2019

All Caught Up

I believe that this post brings me up to current on projects.  Yahoo

This throw has been waiting for months to be quilted. It is a disappearing 9 patch and it has disappeared to my sisters bed. She saw it on the shelf and thought it deserved a better life and to be loved.

I have been dabbling in Sashiko lately.  Mostly I have been following traditional designs.  I thought it would be fun to do my own thing.  I rummaged around an found a chunk of a cheap cotton canvas drop cloth I originally used as a table cloth. After a couple of uses on the table and a few wine stains I started to chop it up and use it for various projects

This was a perfect project for this type of work.
Since Sashiko is based on mending and reusing/repurposing I thought I was close to being on track.

 I drew 2 lines and several stars on the canvas and went at it.

This was a watch TV or sit in a doctors office kind of project.  The lines are just to keep me on track not to keep the stitches even just generally straight.

This is the type of drop cloth I use.  I pick them up at Harbor Freight periodically.  They wash and dry beautifully.  That's 4 ft by 12 ft and I paid under $10.  Can't loose at that rate. I'm pretty sure I paid $7.95 with a coupon.

And this is the end result.  I did line it so that I could use it for any and everything without damaging the stitches from the inside.

Just some added cuteness.  Yes she is on a pillow, but it is her pillow (for a change) not mine.

My local guild chapter periodically has project meetings.  Last week 2 of our members did a hands on demo of a tutorial found on MSQ

I made mine a bit larger than the demo but for me it will be a more useful size.

You make the tote part as one long unit that folds in half and gets side seams and a boxed bottom quilting as you go.

I showed a friend and she asked me to make one for an upcoming Honor Flight event that she will use as part of a gift basket.

So I made hers in Red, White and Blue.

They took me just under 4 hours each to make.

I then made zip pouches from the left over scraps. I used the same quilt as you go principle for the fronts as I used on the tote

The backs were just left over chunks.

The pattern I used is an In the Hoop pattern from
Easy Zipper Bag 2

It contains 6 size variations.  I took this picture on the cutting mat so you could see 3 of the sizes. Lets call the pale colored one number 6, it's the largest.  The next one down would be number 4 and the bottom one is number 3.  My number 5 left with my sister and I haven't gotten to numbers one and 2 yet.  They are fully lined and have no raw edges.  Very quick and easy to whip up.  You just have to close the turning seam on the inside bottom. I hand stitched mine but the pattern suggests using some type of tape.

Well I believe I am all caught up for the moment. Looking forward to checking back with you all soon.  In the mean time take care. 

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Catching up

I need to slow down on my sewing so I can catch up on my posting.  Several years back I started to blog to keep track of what I was creating.  The problem now is to remember to take the time to do that.   Oh well.      

I'm still fabric weaving.  I tried out expanding my board to do a table runner and was quite pleased with how it turned out.  This one measures in at about 13 x 38.  

I think I will do this again but I will probably go a bit wider.

I also started a set of place mats for myself.  Got 2 finished before jumping onto something new, as in something with a deadline. 

This is the quilt made with the clock running out.  This baby quilt is from the pattern REFLECTIONS by Suziquilts.  Great pattern to follow, well written, quick and accurate.

The gray protion is a Winnie the Pooh print.  The only request by the mom. 

I used Winnie for the backing and the gift bag too.   I finished it the morning after the baby was born.

My sister splits her time between Fl and NJ.  Her recent stay in Fl consisted of dreaming up things for me to sew. She has a very creative brain that she feels the need to share with me.

In the last post I highlighted several designs by Joy of Days Filled With Joy  Sissie thought that the designs would make lovely lunch size placemats.  She was, as ususal, correct.

We then tried some mug rugs using the line design option on my embroidery machine. First these palm trees and flowers

then this Celtic design.

While perusing my stash as I was sewing  she found some scraps from way back when.  These Ghastlie scraps go back to one of my first blog hops if not the first.  So many of you who have been following me also participated in it. Ghastlies Blog Hop   Such wonderful memories.  I've learned so much from being part of this blogging family.

 Any way back to this post, we whipped up a couple of lunch mats

and a few mug rugs.      

There are a couple of more things done but I think I will take a break now and try again for next Sunday.   Til when ever, take care.