Triple-Zip Pouch

Bending Pins: Tripple Zip

I joined yet another Flickr group this year, the Triple-Zip Along with Debbie from  A Quilter’s Table.  I couldn’t resist using my current favorite fabrics by Joel Dewberry, Notting Hill in Magenta. I wanted the medallion to be featured on the front with the orange band at the top so my pouch is a little larger than most. I think I’d like to make a triple-zip with a square bottom next, maybe a zip on each side as well as the top… If you click on the photo you’ll get a bigger image and will be able to see the little birdie zipper pull which I picked up at Quilt A Bag  with my friend Tara yesterday.

You can check out other Triple-Zip pouches here.

What’s your current favorite fabric(s)?

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WIPs Galore!

All quilting is suspended until I have my quilting frame & machine (and a LOT of practice), which leaves me with many WIPs and new projects. As mentioned yesterday I’ve been invited by Heather & Megan of Quilt Story to participate in their Holiday Tutorials Thursdays so one of my WIPS is to work on my tutorial!

One new project I started last weekend is what I consider a “guy’s” quilt using Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt, Robert Kaufman Essex linen and log cabins. Love the fabrics in this line! I’m using Superior Threads’ Kimono Silk for piecing and quilting which gives me super flat and strong seams!

   

Another project I’m working on is a baby quilt for one of my girlfriends, she is currently 6 months along so I only have four months left to work on it. I don’t know if she’s having a girl or boy (I’m guessing girl) but thought I’d play it safe  by making it for a boy or a girl by using two Aneela Hoey embroidery patterns from her new book, Little Stitches. Her designs are so sweet and book is fabulous, great for embroidery beginners like myself.

Last but not least, I’ve been hankering to make a bear’s paw quilt and have decided to once again pull out Backyard Baby fabric by Patty Sloniger. I’m not a big child’s fabric fan but I adore this line, it’s obviously for kids without being too cutesy.

On a side note, I’ve started using my Sony NEX 5-N instead of my iPad, I really need to use all of the features available, it’s a great camera but I need to work on my white balance as well as other things.

In case you haven’t noticed, I have new a hair style, it’s very similar to the last style. I’ve decided that I really, really love short hair (so does DH!), so easy to care for, I haven’t had to use a blow dryer or straightener in months, which is so much healthier! I just need to ignore my parent’s and strangers comments — my Dad loves long hair but he doesn’t have to take care of it. ;D

Have a great week, keep on sewing!

Linking up with The Needle and Thread Network and Freshly Pieced.
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Hand Pieced Friendship Star

Friendship Star

This block pretty much turned out exactly as I wanted, it was very fast and easy, the pieces felt huge compared to what I have been working with!

The Square in a Square block is also big and easy, the key to making it interesting will be in placement and fussy cutting the fabric.

Last weekend I purchased a handbag pattern from NapKitten on Etsy and now I see she has several new patterns I’d like to try! I desperately need a new purse, a slightly larger one but hate digging around, never being able to find anything so everything has to have a pocket.

Let me know if you are aware of a great handbag pattern with lots of pockets!

Days till vacation: 23

 

 

 

Shoo-Fly Hand Pieced Block

Shoo-Fly Quilt Block

Now I know why only 2 fabrics are used in the Shoo-Fly block but I just don’t have the energy to redo it, it took me 4 evenings, one for each little 13 piece square — 52 two little pieces in total, to finish this. Lesson learned, let’s move on. ;D Next on the Hand-Pieced Quilt-Along is the Friendship Star Block, that looks fast, easy and fun, looking forward to it!

 

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Shoo-Fly in Progress

Though the Shoo-Fly block isn’t particularity hard, there are a lot of little pieces and a lot of piecing. This is just one of four that make up the full 6″ block. I used a penny to demonstrate how small the finished squares are. I think the traditional blocks are all two colour but I’m going to use three, I feel you loose the pattern with just two colours but what do I know?

Thursday we brought Cookie in for surgery, she had a little growth removed from her upper eyelid which, in this breed, could irritate the cornea causing an ulcer. She had an ulcer in the right eye, zero tear production and Pigmentary Keratitis which leaves her with only 40% vision in that eye. Typical Pug problems. 😦

She has to wear the “cone of shame” for a minimum of 10 days, though she doesn’t try to remove it, she hates it and is very inactive with it on. We have to take it off for her to eat and go to the bathroom, otherwise she just stands staring at us with a pathetic look as though to say, “Why are you doing this too me? What did I do wrong??” Usually she a very silly, happy go lucky girl, I hate to see her so down in the dumps.

Winston, on the other hand, though 15 years old, is still goofy, blind as a bat (only sees shadows) due to cateracts and wobbly back legs which seems to be neurologic but thankfully isn’t in any pain. We don’t know how many years he has left in him so we’ll just love him one day at a time.

Card Trick

Card Trick

The next hand pieced block on the list was the Shoo-Fly but since I had just finished the Bear Paw, I wanted a bit of a break from itty bitty piecing and chose the Card Trick instead. Relatively speaking, this is a fun and easy block and I love the way it turned out. I’m not sure why I chose coral for the background of this block, I had pulled it with the intention of using it in my Granny Square skirt. There is a tiny bit of orange in the Denyse Schmidt dot fabric and I love orange/pink/red together.

Do I move on to the daunting Shoo-Fly block or do I make another Card Trick for fun? I would like to make another Card Trick using Vintage Modern, hmmm…

Granny Square Quilted Skirt

Grranny Square Quilted Skirt

This skirt is taking longer than expected but I love it! I used 5″ squares to create the block, traced the skirt pattern onto wax paper and positioned it over the fabric. I had to add a few squares on the sides and layered a piece of white Kona muslin underneath the block and cut the two out at the same time. I cut the front and back out separately, one side is predominantly red while the other is predominantly turquoise — there is no front or back to this skirt.

I quilted the block and the muslin together using a straight stitch 1/4″ on each side of the block seams and repeated this step for the back. Once the quilting was complete, I sewed up the sides of the skirt.

I’m going to add a 2″ band at the bottom but haven’t decided whether I should use a solid or a print.

In other news, I finished my Bear Paw block, hurray! After I resized the corner pieces, everything fell into place.

Hair cut today, W00t! Have a great Saturday everyone!