Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Butterfly Bag

I have been wanting to make a small 'carry all' bag, every since I saw this post by Elizabeth of 'Don't Call me Betsy'. Aren't they amazing??? 

I searched around and decided to purchase this pattern by ELizabeth Hartman and decided to try Bag C (which I think looks very similar, don't you??!!) and also includes a few other styles which I just may have to try out as well...for starters I am going these fabrics...

I started with the Butterfly (Field Study-Anna Maria Horner) - isn't he gorgeous?! And then just allowed fabrics to choose me from there. The blue vintage sheet in the top left corner insists on being the lining fabric - I'm going with sense fighting the fabric, it always wins anyways.

After a few trips back to the original post by Elizabeth, pining after her bags, I decided to join the her 'Perfect Stars' Block of the Month Club. I am totally stoked!


I have been madly in love with stars of late and deseperately wanting to learn paper piecing so - VOILA - it totally makes sense for me to jump right in and be a part of this awesome party! Party officially starts January 1 (though we did get a bonus 'practice' block today) and I have yet to go get my fabrics! I have started to dream about how they might look...but we all know how that goes...I am sure once I have a discussion with the fabrics it will look NOTHING like my original vision!!!

Off to sew my very first bag - will let you know how I do!


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Ovals Quilt Finish aka 'The Bossy Quilt'

Some of you may remember my Ovals Quilt that I began in late October. I started out with the 'Happy Hour' Pattern from the book Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman and a few piles of fabric. 

Well, I finished it up this weekend!!! Yay me!!!

Let me tell you a little about this sure had a mind of its own! From fabric selection to quilting - this quilt knew what it wanted and spoke loud and clear. 

For example: the orange in that original pile of fabric - forget it. Every time I placed a piece of that gorgeous tangerine orange fabric on my design wall, this quilt yelled NOOOOOO!!! I would pull off the orange, hide it back in the pile and then stick it back on the design wall a little later...and again the quilt would yell - NOOOOO! It was hilarious. No matter what I did, there were certain  fabrics in my chosen piles, that this quilt was just not going to have. 

Again with the quilting, I thought it would be interesting to quilt in large V's towards the centre - densely quilting some areas and leaving some strips without quilting. I went ahead and started quilting like this and again the quilt  - NOOOOOO!!! It was to be densely quilted all over.

And you know, the quilt was always right! I have renamed it, 'The Bossy Quilt' and am super happy with this finish. It is a gift for a special friend for Christmas. So I am going to wish it farewell (I always find this hard to do!) and wrap it up all Christmas style tomorrow.

My first label - purchased here from Hobbytime on Etsy.

I added some wonky stars on the back for some fun detail.

Wishing each and every one of you a wonderful holiday season. Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad! Happy Hanukkah!

Linking up with Plum and June for the Monday Link up party.