Thursday, August 21, 2014

Vintage Sewing Machine Purse

     I really, really love cloth purses. However, I am a bit 3D challenged in sewing. I was recommended at a quilt show to give the Barbados bag by Pink Sand Designs a try because the directions were clear. They were clear except for one small spot that had to do with the lining. I used the vintage sewing machine fabric I bought a little while ago. I have enough to make another purse I think. I love the zippers and pockets. I did use Soft and Stable instead of fusible fleece. I think fusible fleece is too flimsy for a purse. I have never liked the way it works out. The Soft and Stable helps it keep its shape and sit up. I am so enamored with it that I have not put my stuff in it and used it yet.



Inside pockets

Cross body bag

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Small quilting

     I finished quilting Between a Rock and a Hard Place from the Hudson Valley workshop. I used black Glide and the Bailey. I just used straight lines. Just needs the binding.

Close up
     Also, a lot of the Sea Urchin is cut and bagged, ready to start sewing on the paper.


The view from Bald Mountain
The mailboat that broke down
My very favorite: Water lilies

    How is that for alphabet soup? My daughter finally was able to defend her Phd in organic chemistry at U of R and we all set out for a week in the Adirondacks, near Old Forge. Packing and lists took up the previous week and we all survived together for a week with not the greatest of weather. We were able to do a canoe trip down the Moose River, climb Bald Mountain, go for the mail boat ride (which broke down in front of a million dollar home and we were invited in for coffee until we were rescued by another boat, not too shabby), and all get along. My two kids plus spouses and grandchildren plus my husband's brothers and sisters all spend a week here. I did bring the 301 and pieced two tops from numbered blocks, but the grandkids took over the table I brought to sew on for their play animals. 
    Doing laundry and cleanup today. Sewing tomorrow.

Friday, August 1, 2014

All sewn up!

    Circle Dance is hanging by threads no more. It is all sewn together. It needs to be pressed and assessed to see if I botched any seams. Thanks to Wanda, I learned to pleat up the rows that were not being sewn with safety pins. That helped a lot to handle all the chain pieced rows. I did pin every intersection of seam and circle, right through the seam, yet many of them still moved. GRR! 
    Now to choose the backing. I looked at some wide backings, but there is not a lot of choice. I have to stick to something not real feminine as it is for my daughter and her husband. I looked online an shot a few links to Ria so she could think what she wants. Boy, queen size is big when you do mostly lap size. I could not find a place to take a decent photo so it all could show or get decent light. It is sideways in the photo, the top is to the left.
  Another finish is a kid's comfort quilt, done in the 3 dudes pattern. I only had a small number of kid strips, so I had to add lots of borders. I FMQ on the Bailey and did a slate pattern in the yellow and a sunshine in the blue border which from some reason, has a moire pattern in the photo. Both designs were from Leah Day's list. Now onto the backs from the quilts I made at QBL.
Star and Slate design

Free motion kind of follows the blocks

The back in flannel for snuggling

The Front

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Other gems at QBL

    I was privileged to be around so much talent and creativity pouring out at QBL. I took photos of some of my classmates work and will post a sample here. I did not take my good Canon, so I am a bit disappointed in the photo quality. I regret I did not take more photos, but I was so busy working, that I missed a lot of the progress. A few people, I forgot names (the quiet ones). I missed some more great quilts.
    Also, a suite mate in the dorm of mine was Lynn Roddy Brown, a very accomplished quilter and author from Houston. I signed up to take one of her classes at the Houston Quilt Festival after meeting her. She is a wealth of technical and design knowledge patiently explained. I bought two of her books, Simple Strategies for Scrap Quilts, and Simple Strategies for Block Swap Quilts. She has another. I am awe of her abilities and personality. If you live anywhere near where she is teaching, go! Here is one of her quilts at the QBL show.
Lynn Roddy Brown
    Quilters from the made fabric class were creating these.

Connie's Made quilt
Made House
Jenny's made work

Made Houses
Norma, an 80+ quilting wizard
Made fabric center
Center with HST border, just amazing
Pat's made column
Great design from the woman with the orange HST borders,
wish I remembered her name!

    Quilters from the Lemoyne class were creating these. For even better photos, go to Lisa's blog, The redheaded mermaid, for more eye candy.

Beth's carefully though out star

Simple fabric, strips bring it to life

E's cut up top making a star point, 4 times

Emily's dragonfly star, carefully laid out using a folding mirror to cut shapes

Emily's wild star
E's quilt top that she cut up for stars, photo on theredheadedmermaid blog
Holly's King, super size, star
Just the racoons
With the borders, amazing

Look at Lisa's arrangement 1, with purple centers
Lisa's Arrangement 2, with stripe centers
Marcia's elegant neutral star

The neatest worker in the class, nothing ever out of place
Barbara's Japanese fabric star

Lemoyne Star at QBL

     The three day class with Victoria Findlay Wolfe held lots of challenges and new techniques such as Y seams.
    I started with having to make fabric. Some people had quilt tops they hated and cut them up. Some had orphan blocks. I sewed 6" squares and 6" x 12" rectangles together to make it big enough to cut out the star pattern.

The initial blocks
The cut out shapes, these are extra for now
Assembly started with settings, polka dot added to settings
Trial border with black against star
Trial border with red against star
Laying out the HSTs
Border laid on floor with numbers to match up
All sewn, need backing now but what?

Monday, July 28, 2014

The week of Quilting by the Lake

   Because I won a scholarship to Quilting by the Lake, I was able to take 5 days of classes of classes. I took 2 classes, both by Victoria Finlay Wolfe. The two day one was sewing a quilt with made fabric, the three day one was the Lemoyne star with made fabric. I just had to cover the lodging in the dorms. QBL is at Onondaga Community College outside of Syracuse, NY. It is two weeks long with a host of teachers from all over. Most of the classes are very experimental and fabric dyeing and printing. The classes I took were exactly what I wanted to make. I had bought Victoria's book, 15 Minutes of Play, over a year ago and had made fabric using scraps and I had followed her blog. 
     I love sewing scraps together. The classes were about 12 people, and only 5 took the same two courses. I was amazed at the work of the other people in the class and all I learned from them. Victoria helped each person with their work individually. We worked from 8:30 in the morning, stopped for lunch and dinner, and sewed more until 9 or 9:30. I had to endure a couple of migraines and did not sleep well, but was able to keep going. 
     In the first class, I had brought a lot of scrap fabric I had sewn together in pieces about 6 x 10. Then, I joined them together and was inspired by a small quilt in the book. I added triangle applique, curved piecing, and flying geese- learning new techniques. I bought some polka dot fabric from a vendor at the Quilt Show there (Quilters Corner) and used that for the borders. I am going to make a new entry for the Lemoyne class.
Fabric scraps sewn together

Squared up with borders