Archive for June, 2011

For those summer traveling trips, involving planes, trains, and automobiles,it is nice to have a hand sewing quilting project along, for all those moments when you hurry up and then have to wait.

I remembered learning to make Cathedral Windows when I was a little girl from my grandma, though at the time I didn’t have much patience beyond one or two squares. I love the many layers of folding involved in making each square (very much like origami), and the need to use a needle and thread! Here is my first square:

I have been collecting chicken themed fabric for some time, look at all these beautiful patterns!

And then, once all those squares were cut and ready to travel, I realized I wanted a small bag to carry all the pieces in: scissors, thread, thimble, needle and squares.

So I made a bag! This pattern has been on my mind since I first saw it in a book. Their pattern included making the patchwork fabric, but in the interest of time, I used this delightfully cute patchwork fabric I’ve been saving in my stash. It came together really quickly, and I think has a charming look!

And on the inside, I made little pockets and attachments for all my items. One great thing is that when opened, the bag lies flat, so I will be ready to work on any surface anywhere!

Note to quilters who fly: don’t bring your precious scissors on the plane! I like to bring this doohickey (anyone know what it is called?). Each slot has a small piece of metal that you can cut thread on. Perfect!

Yay for summer adventures!

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My boyfriend found this cool link on one of the blogs he reads: how to make a wallet with a coffee bag. Of course I had to try it, and waited until we had our first empty coffee bag (which happened to be Starbucks, no intentional endorsement here, we usually by local, for real!).

It came together quick, and I think it has a fun look and feel. Anyone want one? Bring me an empty coffee bag!

Inside of the wallet, room for credit cards and cash.

Outside of the wallet. It will be tempting to purchase coffee based on the design of the bag now!

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Dogs and Quilts

Finished! Quilted and bound.

I tried out two techniques on this quilt. Basting with 505 Spray and continuous binding. It went well.

Does Winston look too serious?

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