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. 😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Necessary Clutch Wallet

This past weekend I received an email from Emmaline Bags with a coupon (WALLET20) for 20% off of her fabulous “The Necessary Clutch Wallet“, so I bought it, and today I made it!

It’s an interesting patten, a nice challenge but not overly difficult, I really enjoyed making this clutch. I was able to cut all the pieces, interfacing and complete the project is less than a day. I decided to use Jeni Baker’s Color Me Retro fabric, it’s a great summer print.

The Necessary Clutch Wallet

 

The Necessary Clutch Wallet

 

There’s a ton of room in this clutch for everything including your smart phone. I’d like to add another zippy pouch and wrist loop to this pattern.

I have a few bag patterns I’d like to make this week. What are you up to?

Fleurs de la neige

Originally Les Fleurs Bleu, I thought it appropriate to rename this quilt since I finished it in the middle of a blizzard.

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Les fleurs de la neige

Feb. 8, 2013 Snow Storm

I used Spa by Deb Strain and Kona White for the sashing. For the back of the quilt, I used the same fabric as the outer border then stitched in the ditch around the flowers. I’ve learned that the less you stitch, the softer the quilt and I like my quilts soft and snuggly! It measures 77.5″ long by 60.5″ wide, a great size for a twin bed or snuggling on the sofa. I finished the top in August and sandwiched it shortly thereafter but it’s been on the rack ever since.  Yesterday I decided to get my ass in gear to finish some quilts!

It’s a great day for quilting!

Linking up to Thank Goodness it’s Finished Friday and this week’s host, Kit Lang.

Finished: Parcheesie Quilt


Bending Pins: Parcheesie Quilt Complete

 

I’m ecstatic that I’ve finally sashed this quilt and it has a home with my Mom! This is one of my absolute favorite quilts and certainly most ambitious, each block consists of 72 pieces not including the pieced sashing but it’s so worth it!

Parcheesie-Bock

 

In fact I love it so much, I may actually make another setting the blocks on point.

 

 

 

Parcheesie-View1

 

Parcheesie-BackingPattern: Parcheesie by April Rosenthal of Prairie Grass Patterns.
Size: 71″ x 71″ This is not the finished pattern size, I didn’t have enough fabric for the border and it is now somewhat rare to find.
Fabric: Flora by Laruen + Jessi Jung & Kona White
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acking Fabric: Birds & Berries by Lauren + Jessi Jung
Binding:  Kona Maise

Because I love this pattern so much I didn’t want to distract from it by using a quilting pattern so I simply stitched in the ditch using Superioir Threads Kimono Silk. I used Sharon Schambers’ You Tube tutorial for binding.

Parcheesie-Full3

 

If  you’re looking for a challenge, I encourage you to try this pattern, satisfaction guaranteed! Purchase the pattern here: Prairie Grass Patterns.

I’m going to continue binding my Modern Mabel quilt today, happy Friday and have a great weekend and Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday!!

 

 

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

 

 

Completed: Oh Deer! Quilt Top

I’m done, I’m done, I’m finally finished this quilt top!!

Bending Pins: Oh Deer! Quilt Top Outside

Although I like the finished product, I don’t think I’ll make this pattern again because 4-patch blocks bore me, I found the process very tedious. I like to work on more interesting piecing like Star Blossoms, Y-Seam Stars and Parcheesie, blocks that challenge me and give me satisfaction.  Despite starching my fabrics and careful cutting, my blocks did not come out perfectly.

It rained all day yesterday and it’s gloomy outside today but I took photos nonetheless.

Bending Pins: Oh Deer! Quilt Top Inside

Next project on my list is my y-seam star quilt, “Modern Mable” in honor of my Grandmother.

Chiopee Log Cabin Quilt Finished

I finished up my Chicopee Log Cabin (a.k.a. All Grown Up) quilt yesterday, hurrah! With the border, it’s 83″ x 83″, my biggest quilt yet. I really like the feel of this quilt, very casual, I can see it being a favorite quilt that gets used all the time and handed down. What do you think, is it a guy’s quilt?

I now have three quilts ready when my quilt frame arrives and, I’ve started another quilt using Birds and Berries by Lauren & Jessi Jung. Not quite sure yet but I’m working on 9-patches and will wing it from there.

Happy Friday everyone!