Two new baskets

I finished up my Amy Butler basket this morning. This time, I whip stitched all the seams on the inside so they’d lay flat then tacked down the sturdy poly so it wouldn’t shift.

AB-Front

 

I love this fabric! I didn’t quilt it because I didn’t want to distort the floral pattern but the inside lining is quilted in a diamond grid.

AB-Side

 

I finished the second basket awhile ago but just never got around to taking photos.

Yellow Wood

 

My shoulder is remarkably better, I think I just needed a day on the sofa!

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A-Tisket

A-Tasket, another yellow basket, and by far, this is my favorite!

Bending Pins: Quilted Basket

The interior and exterior are both quilted and added a split interior pocket.

Bending Pins: Quilted Basket

The exterior fabric is by Riley Blake, “Daisy Cottage” Damask in Daisy and the interior is from Lori Holt’s line, “Millie’s Closet”, Herringbone Coat in Yellow. The basket measures 11″ long x 6″ wide x 8.5″ tall.

Bending Pins: Quilted Basket

I think I’m going to play with Deb Strain’s Spa and Daisy Cottage…

Fabric Choices

… or maybe Joel Dewberry’s Woodgrain in Vintage Yellow.

Fabric Choices

According to colour psychology:

“The color yellow relates to acquired knowledge. It is the color which resonates with the left or logic side of the brain stimulating our mental faculties and creating mental agility and perception.

Being the lightest hue of the spectrum, the color psychology of yellow is uplifting and illuminating, offering hope, happiness, cheerfulness and fun.

In the meaning of colors, yellow inspires original thought and inquisitiveness.”

What colours are tickling your fancy lately?

Michelle Patterns: Padded Camera Pouch

Padded Camera Pouch

This is such a cute, functional, well padded camera pouch, I love the softness of it created by the batting, lining and interlining.

Padded Camera PouchThe construction is quick and easy, I made the medium size and my little Lumix fits with room to spare, the small probably would have fit perfectly but I like the medium size. As with all Michelle Patterns, the instructions are clear and concise with lots of photographs. The pattern called for a velcro closure but I’m not a big fan of velcro so I opted for a matching snap though not the easiest to attach, I originally had a subtle turquoise snap but I ruined it so I had to use yellow.

Obviously, you don’t necessarily need to use it for your camera, I could see it as a little clutch and I love the draw string, it adds a little extra security for the contents.

Padded Camera PouchHave you noticed a trend in my sewing lately, I mean besides making items other than quilt blocks or quilts? Yuuup, YELLOW! I think subconsciously I’m jonesing for spring to arrive and right now, yellow is making me very happy.

If you’d like to make yourself a little padded camera pouch, you can purchase the pattern from Michelle Patterns.

Padded Camera Pouch

Have you been sewing something other than quilts lately?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle Patterns Idea Pouch

Bending Pins: Idea PouchThis past weekend, on a whim, I decided to purchase and make Michelle Patterns’ Idea Pouch, a new pattern which is well padded to hold an iPad or notebook if, you’re old school. Rummaging through my fabric drawers I stumbled upon Crafty Chloe by Heather Ross which I purchased last summer and thought it would be perfect for a creative young girl with big dreams. And I couldn’t possibly let this project escape a little Notting Hill by Joel Dewberry.

Michelle Patterns are extremely well written and illustrated with full colour photos, this was no exception. After preparing the fabric and cutting out the pieces, this pouch was quick and easy to whip together. When I’m working with fleece in a pattern like this, I always cut it 1/2″ smaller than the pattern so that the seams are easier to sew and mostly bulk free. If some of the fleece gets caught in the seam I’ll trim it as closely to the seam as possible without snipping stitches.

If you’d like to make an Idea Pouch for yourself, you can purchase the pattern from Michelle Patterns.

Click any image to enlarge.

Idea Pouch Open   Idea Pouch Open   

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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)?

Star Flowers

Bending Pins: Star Flowers #1

I found the initial pattern for this block in Quilter’s Academy Vol.4, the original was called “Snow Crystals” and I instantly fell in love with it. I added the little square of deep fuchsia in the corner blocks which I really love. I was thinking of using this block (or a better one) for the center of a quilt then scattering blossoms around it adding green leaves. This block was a challenge for me because there wasn’t any step-by-step instructions on how to sew and press the seams. I made a few mistakes which I hope to correct in my next iteration. I used Joel Dewberry’s latest line, Notting Hill in Magenta, I love the depth of colour he used!

I’m really struggling on a name for this block, suggestions welcome!

I’m off to attempt another block. What challenges are you working on?