Sunday, July 31, 2011

Comfort Quilt for Art

Last week I shared two quilts that are going to be in the C.U.R.E. 54 Auction in August.  Today I show you the quilt that I made for Art who is who the auction is setting out to cure!

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The last of my crazy fat quarter scrappy backs. 

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Snap Happier Tote - Review

Wow, another bag that I would make again!  That says a lot about the way the pattern was written.  The only thing I didn’t like about this pattern was that the purse and tote directions were co-mingled together.  Perhaps a bold font for the purse and a non bold font for the tote or even bullet points would have made a difference.  During the cutting I found myself cutting parts for both.  The directions for the bag were pretty straight forward…you make one simple, straight forward tote you’ve pretty much made them all.  The only thing I changed was the method of putting the handles together.  I’m not a fan of smushy fusible fleece handles.  I prefer ironing on interfacing, ironing in half and ironing the raw edges to the center. 

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A close up of my fabric.  I was in a smaller specialty shop one day and they had organic batiks.  I guess I don’t care if my fabric is organic or not, if I like it and it’s in my price range, I buy it.  I had bought a 1/2 yard and finally had the right project for it.  What I think is neat is the fabric is actually a little textured.  It has a cross hatch pattern in the weave so I quilted along those same lines.

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It had a really slick way of adding the tape measure into the casing.  You sew everything shut and then later on you seam rip along one of the inside casings, slide the tape measures in and then hand sew up that 1” section. 

Love it!  Will make another sometime soon.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Make it Snappy! Review

I had fun making this project but of course I always have to do my own thing...God forbid I actually follow a pattern to the letter.

With the inside bags I decided to use some scrappy orange, pink and purple strips that I had leftover from a different project.




I had a hard time getting my snap bags to snap. The pattern said to use a 1" tape measure but I had a 3/4" one that I had already cut into. At the top you fold it over 1-1/2" so I had a lot of movement in the casing. I did some additional top stitching to bring that casing down to 1".

The pattern also suggests you do your French seam with a 1/8" & generous 1/4" combo. Again, too much play/no snap. Instead of trimming the bag to be more narrow in case I was wrong, I went with a 1/4" followed by 3/8". Things were much more snappy at this point.

I find all the layers of fleece to be bulky and unnecessary. I used peltex for the outside cover and fleece for the snappy bags. If I do this again, I'll keep the outer peltex but switch the snappy bags to Decor Bond.

I'm happy with the finished product and look forward to making it again which is not something I typically say after a bag project!





-Jen

Monday, July 25, 2011

August Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler Blocks

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CURE 54 Auction/Raffle

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These are two quilts that I have made for the Cure 54 Auction/Raffle on August 12th. Please come out to this great event benefiting Art Guiterrez and show your support to this awesome Pius XI & UW Whitewater Alum!!

Green Bay Packer Auction Quilt – Measures 60X80IMG_1072IMG_1075IMG_1074

Urban Cabin Auction Quilt – Measures 55X75IMG_1077IMG_1079    
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Friday, July 15, 2011

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

I mentioned earlier in the week that I teamed up with my friend Jacque to make two comfort quilts for children that recently lost a parent. 

Jacque made a Batman quilt top that I quilted.

 

I made a Wizard of Oz quilt and quilted it. (I really need to start standing directly in front of quilts when I take their picture, not off to the side.)

Both quilts have now moved onto Jacque for binding and giving. 

On Monday, Miss Maddie went to the vet.  They were finally able to stitch up her bedsore.  Of course this meant she had to wear a plastic cone. 

Being a puppy, and being uncoordinated like her Mama, she was bouncing off of things so I decided to trace her cone and made her two out of Timex.  Surely there is a special place in hell for me. 

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It was more comfortable for both her and us.  All I did was iron fabric to each side of the Timex, cut out the shape, satin stitched the edges so I didn’t have to bind them.  Put 4 elastic loops at the top for her collar to weave through (her plastic cone had the same thing) and added Velcro to close it. 

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Of course, licking at the stitches is less of an issue than her rear leg scratching at that AND the cone.  The vet suggested we get her a baby t-shirt.  Here Mike and I sat – two very non-kid people wondering what kind of size to even entertain.  Then I remembered…they sell T-shirts for dogs.  Wouldn’t that be a better idea?  Then the arm holes would be in the right place.  So here you have it, my dog is wearing a cute pink t-shirt. 

Again, there’s a special place in hell reserved especially for me!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Comfort Quilt #562?

Years ago I lost track on how many quilts I've made.  It's been a big year for comfort quilts and I've already lost track of how many.  I LOVE making them, I love somehow maybe being able to offer some comfort.  It's just my thing.  =)  That being said, this quilt is for my dear friend Jacque.  It's a bit late but I know she understands.  I gifted her with the quilt top and a few days later Holly died.  I think it was the Holly component that kept me from finishing it in a more timely fashion.  When we were at quilt retreat and I was in Comfort Quilt making mode, she jokingly said this particular quilt was hers and I could put purple borders on it.  Then life happened and there was a reason to gift a comfort quilt.  We bantered back and forth a bit because she felt like I was giving her the quilt because she had 'called it' when that wasn't the case at all.  I never have and never will give a quilt just because a person feels they should get it just because they want it or are owed it.  I give because I want to and that's that...and it has purple borders.


 And here's it's crazy fat quarter backing.



Now, I need to go grab it out of the washer and toss it in the dryer but I have this cute fuzzy puppy on my lap.


Sunday, July 10, 2011

What I’m up to

So far this week I’ve put borders on a quilt (no quilt holder handy) and pieced a back for it out of 16 fat quarters.  It was the fat quarter backing that had me putting this off.  As cost effective and cool as it comes out looking, and it’s really not a big deal to put together but I kept putting it off.  No clue why.  Hoping to get it quilted this weekend.
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I was talking to my friend Jacque ON THE PHONE the other night (those who know me in real life will crack up at this) and she was telling me about a classmate of her daughters who just lost a parent.  She was tossing around the idea of making the two kids comfort quilts.  I offered up some fabric from my stash.  We decided Wizard of Oz could work for a little girl.  So far, this is what I’ve come up with. 
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I still need to re-arrange the blocks but I think it will work out.
Today I have high hopes to get a quilt quilted on the frame and this yellow brick road quilt top put together.  We also have a Brewer Game to go to and I hear it’s humid out.  I’m sort of thinking anything that I intend to get done will have to be done before the game because after I’ll probably just be done for.
Maddie is just growing like a weed.  I took these pictures earlier in the week.  Monday we go to the Humane Society for a Parvo re-check and then to the Vet for her next set of booster shots.  Hopefully one of them will take a look at her super disgusting bed sore.
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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Camera Accessories

I recently had a can of Coke Zero rip open in my tote bag…effectively drenching my camera.  Quick thinking, a 10 pound box of rice and a zip lock bag, I tossed my camera in so the rice could pull the liquid out of very nook and cranny.  I realized it was time to finally make the time to cre8te a pouch for my camera using the PUL water proof lining. I couldn't find my Lazy Girl pattern for Take Along Bags so I just measured the one I had and modified the size to what I needed. If I were to use the PUL lining again, I wouldn't take it all the way up to the drawstring area because it is thick and makes it difficult to lupp the drawstrings tight.


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That day I also lost my camera strap. I couldn't get it off my camera quick enough so I just cut it free. The pictures below show the new strap I made.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

4th of July is a quilting day!

Since Mike and I are staying close to home with a new puppy that has flipped the switch from “on my deathbed” to “crazy happy zipping around” that means the 4th of July was spent sewing in the kitchen while Maddie alternated sleep and play.

I got my swap blocks for July done. 

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We’re having a PJ party at the Quilt Shop next week so we each got to pick a fabric and make a pair of long pj pants or a pair of Capri pj pants.  I went with Capri's.  They’re a cutesy print full of dog toys.  I’m not at all a ‘wear pj’s out in public’ kind of person so mine will just get displayed at the shop somewhere.  Even at quilt retreats I’m a ‘get dressed and put on real clothes’ type of person.  All I needed to do to finish these was roll the top edge, make a casing and put the elastic in.  IMG_0171

A new apron for wearing at the shop.  It’s cute, but I think I liked the fabric better when I bought it than I do today.  Aaaaand, I was bummed that I forgot to purchase a fabric to use for the front mini pocket that goes on top of the long pocket.  I searched through my stash but found nothing in those colors.  It is what it is, we’ll see how long I actually wear it for before moving on to something new.IMG_0178

I needed a new lanyard for my work keys because the clip broke on my old Dr. Seuss one.  Originally I thought I’d make one to match my new apron.  But again, not enough fabric.  In the future, I think I need 3 coordinating fat quarters and a 1/3 of a yard of the binding/tie fabric.  I had 2 fat quarters and a 1/4 yard.  Anyway, not like it really needs to match, it’s very rare that I actually wear my keys BUT it’s nice that there’s something long to grab when I’m searching my purse for them.
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All that and 3 of the 4 Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler blocks that I posted yesterday were also made on the 4th.

Ohhhh, and I put the binding on my Brewer quilt finally.  Now I just need to find a spare moment to hand sew that down. 

Monday, July 4, 2011

July’s Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler Blocks

Wow, we’re officially HALF WAY!!

Card Trick

Trip Around the World

Puss in the Corner

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

72/140 blocks!!72 blocks