Basic Wallet Patterns


This weekend the Basic Wallet pattern is saying goodbye and heading off into pattern retirement.  So this will be the last chance to order this pattern.  To make the final farewell extra special, an additional set of pieces to make a “Long Wallet” version of this pouch will be delivered with the pattern.
The Long Wallet is great for a phone, small set of keys, cards, and few other trinkets.  It is also perfect for a checkbook, pen, and stamps.  If you still need to use a few paper checks each month, the long wallet is a sweet place to store them.

The Basic Wallet pattern was really a first in a few different ways.  It was the first time these things showed up:

  • strategic cutting to ease bulk in the corners
  • a tip for sewing corners
  • a simple trick to keep pockets from gaping open
  • seam grading

The pattern and extra pieces have been combined into in a zip file that can be ordered here. If you already have this pattern, go to this blog post to find the extra pattern pieces.

I am alive, thank you so much for asking!! Admittedly I’ve lost my sewing mojo but have managed to finish my tutorial which will be released next week and I did finish my Simply Solids BOM, YAY! May’s block was selected by Shena of Apple Pie Patchwork and she has an interesting, fun way of making flying geese.

Alberta Triangle

Alberta Triangle

I won’t lie, I got the measurements screwed up TWICE and it wasn’t until Shena pointed it out that I finally got it! After I finished the block, I thought it looked a lot like the old CBC (Canadian Broadcast Corporation) logo and others agreed. 😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lucky Stars BOM: March

Now that I’m using tracing paper and following Elizabeth‘s cutting measurements, I’m enjoying more success with paper piecing. I’m very happy with the colour palette I’ve chosen to stick with, the Kona coal background is a nice contrast with the yellows, oranges and reds of the stars.

Lucky Stars BOM

I know it doesn’t look like it but all the backgrounds are the same colours, I just pieced together the photos I had previously taken under different lighting. I think I’ll probably add sashing .  I wish the patterns included more padding to the outside of the block. No doubt some points will go missing when sewn all together.

Quilting: Les Fleurs Bleu

I wasn’t sure what to work on today, I have a number of quilts to be quilted and to be honest, I’ve been procrastinating. I started using my Bernina 550 Qi but quickly became frustrated by the tiny throat space so I put her to bed without dinner and got my Juki TL-2000 Qi off the frame and set her up instead. I completely forgot that you’re supposed to put the needle in sideways! It took me about half an hour to figure everything out again, with the use of the manual.

Bending Pins: Juki TL-2000 Qi

What a joy, look at the room I have have to quilt under that throat, I love it! I’m stitching in the ditch around the flowers, not sure if I’m going to do much more than that because the less quilting you do, the softer the quilt. The more quilting, the stiffer the quilt and I like mine soft.

With luck I’ll be binding this beauty tomorrow.

Yesterday I tried another Michelle Patterns clutch but my interfacing is too stiff and it didn’t turn out the way I wanted. I also worked on my Lucky Stars BOM for February.

Lucky Stars BOM

It’s not perfect but to be honest, I’m not really fond of paper piecing, I find it very awkward and really stiff with the paper. I do like that you can create more intricate designs, certainly designs you wouldn’t be able to make any other way.

Do you like paper piecing? Be honest…

If you’re blogging, you’re not sewing!

My hands have been busy with hand quilting and sewing and I finally used Gracie Queen quilt frame and Juki TL-2000 Qi but sadly no updated photos yet. It’s been snowing here for a number of days, grey and wet so I have nowhere to take pictures.

What I’ve been up to:

  • Modern Mable  hand quilting complete, I just started putting the binding on today.
  • Parcheesie has finally been bound and ready for it’s new home with my Mom!
  • Chicopee Log Cabin is quilted and waiting for binding. I had some tension problems so there’s loops on the back, it’ll be living on our bed.
  • Les Fleurs Bleu is partially quilted and needs binding.
  • Birds & Berries was quilted on the Gracie Queen frame and I screwed it up so I need to rip out all the quilting!!
  • Star Blossoms is one of my favorite quilts, I don’t have backing fabric for it yet.
  • Oh Deer! doesn’t have a backing yet either.

What’s New?

  • I purchased my first wool batting and I’m so excited to try it out! It’s Hobb’s Tuscany Wool and oh so soft and spongy.
  • I joined my first Flickr Bee, Simply Solids: A Modern {Bee}, looking forward to sending out blocks and choosing one myself!
  • Signed up for “Lucky Stars” paper piecing block of the month.

On the back burner is “Constellation” from Quilter’s Academy Vol.4.

I guess I’ve been busier than I thought!! Happy 2013!

Parcheesie