Stack-n-Whack

On May 17th, our Sewing Circle met for a second time to learn how to make Stack-n-Whack quilts.  At the second class we cut and sewed the spins for each block.  At the first class on March 8th, we learned about fabric pattern repeats and spent time cutting 4 or 8 repeats depending on block style selected.  This technique was developed by Bethany Reynolds.  Here are the spins that each of us created.

Stack-n-Whack Blocks Sewing Circle pameladianedesigns.com

Stack-n-Whack Blocks
Sewing Circle
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Here are the first 2 of 14 blocks that I created for my quilt.

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The bolder the fabric the better!  Thanks to Shellie for teaching the class and hosting it too!

Tote Bags for Teacher Appreciation

Teacher Appreciation Day is May 6th.

I finished the 2nd of two tote bags for our granddaughter’s Preschool teachers.

Seashells by the Seashore Tote Bag pameladianedesigns.com

Seashells by the Seashore
Tote Bag
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Seashells by the Seashore Tote Bag pameladianedesigns.com

Seashells by the Seashore
Tote Bag
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This tote bag is 12 1/2″ tall by 16 1/2″ wide with a 3″ bottom.  Five fat quarter batiks were used.  This is the first time I worked with batiks.

Here is the the tote bag interior and exterior in progress.  There are 6 pockets on the interior including a pocket in a pocket (light blue center).

Tote Bag Interior In progress pameladianedesigns.com

Tote Bag Interior
In progress
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Tote Bag Exterior In progress pameladianedesigns.com

Tote Bag Exterior
In progress
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This is the make-up case that goes with the second bag.  There will be a complimentary tablet case.

Seashells by the Seashore Make-up Case pameladianedesigns.com

Seashells by the Seashore
Make-up Case
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Seashells by the Seashore Ensemble pameladianedesigns.com

Seashells by the Seashore
Ensemble
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On Sunday May 4th, my sewing machine froze up while working on the tablet case for this ensemble.  We gifted what I had finished and my husband and I headed to Tennessee with a group of friends for a week long vacation of motorcycle riding in the Smokey Mountains.  I ordered a Brother XR1355 sewing machine online which was delivered while we were gone so I would be able to finish the tablet case before school was out on May 19th.

The tablet case measures 10 1/2″ x 13 1/2″ and has one inside pocket divided into 3 compartments and it also has an outside accessible zippered pocket.

Tablet Case Exterior Front pameladianedesigns.com

Tablet Case
Exterior Front
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Tablet Case Exterior Back pameladianedesigns.com

Tablet Case
Exterior Back
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Tablet Case
Interior
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Tablet Case Interior and Outside Pocket Interior pameladianedesigns.com

Tablet Case Interior and
Outside Pocket Interior
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Below is the 1st of the two tote bags which was completed back on January 19th.  It is called “Footballs and Roses” Ensemble.  It includes a make-up case and tablet case.

Footballs and Roses Tote Bag pameladianedesigns.com

Footballs and Roses
Tote Bag
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Football and Roses Ensemble pameladianedesigns.com

Football and Roses
Ensemble
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Quilt Show

Well, I attended my first quilt show on April 26th with four girlfriends.  The bi-annual show, “Piece by Piece”, was presented by The General Henry Dearborn Quilting Society.

The General Henry Dearborn Quilting Society presents "Piece by Piece"

The General Henry Dearborn Quilting Society
presents
“Piece by Piece”

Just love the vibrant colors on this paper piecing quilt.

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The patience it must take to do this hand quilting.

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Definitely love this cute scrappy quilt especially the matching border.

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Our girlfriend Leni could not make it so I found a quilt and sent it to her so she knew we were thinking about her.

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Really liked this machine quilt design.

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Great idea for piecing the backing together.

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Love this simple on-point design and another great way to use left-over fabric.

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This is a great idea to create a quilt with your friends, a row quilt.  You buy the fabric and each friend creates a row.

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My friend Shirley.  Can you believe this is the back of the quilt!  Just beautiful.

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The purchases I made.  Just too nice to pass up!

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After the quilt show, we went to Miller’s Bar and Grill for a burger.  And the outing was capped off with a stop at the “The Material Girls” Quilt Shop.  Of course, I couldn’t leave without buying something. Fabric for a new tote bag and the pattern too.  Fabric for a new kitchen valance and master bedroom drapery, as well.  The UFO list just got longer.