Quilt for Baby Kaylee

Our good friend’s son and daughter-in-law had a new baby girl in November.  We had the pleasure of spending time with them in 2013 on a motorcycle trip to Mississippi.  My friend Shirley gifted this beautiful fabric to me while we were at Quilt Week at Grand Rapids in 2014.  All I added was the Kona White and a lot of love making it.  I selected a pattern called Happy Blocks from Adrianne at Little Bluebell.  I guessed on the sashing and border size using 2.5″ strips.  A fun backing and binding fabric will be selected.

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Happy Blocks in the Garden of Whimsy
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Fabric Requirements:

  • 6 Fat Quarters (2-4.5×4.5 & 2-4.5×12.5 / 4-4.5×8.5) with (2-4.5×4.5 leftover)
  • 1 yd Kona White
    • center (12-4.5×4.5)
    • sashing and border (10-2.5xWOF)
  • 1 1/3 yd Backing plus leftover FQ squares plus leftover KW &  12.5″ Binding

Finished block size: 12″ x 12″

Finished quilt size: 44″ x 58″

Note:  A second quilt, Sock Monkey, was made with different block, sashing and border sizes in an effort to keep the width of the quilt under WOF.

Charity Quilt: Pseudo Disappearing 9-Patch

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Pseudo Disappearing 9-Patch
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With all the unfinished quilts in my sewing room, there I go again and start another quilt.  I love everything about this quilt.  The design, the colors, the fabrics and the reason for making this quilt.   It looks like a Disappearing 9-Patch but it is not built as such.  It has the perfect use of fabric.  It is made of six blocks and finishes 36″ x 54″ to create a nice lap quilt.  Add six more blocks and it will make a perfect twin-size quilt.  The hidden design includes seven Illinois roads.  It reminds me of beaded bracelets that you might wear in the summer and winter.

The original quilt I saw with this design added a 6 1/2″ strip border of the background fabric with corner squares in the fabric of the small squares with a multi-colored binding of the colors of the large squares.  The chevron fabric and whiskey colored fabric were left over from the Crown Royal Quilt finished in December.  The backing (not shown) is a beautiful creamy turquoise and Indian motorcycle fabrics.   I was hoping to finish this quilt in time for the delivery of quilts to Illinois for Quilts of Compassion, but I really wanted it quilted.  Donna will quilt it and I will bind it next month.  I will most likely bind with the chevron fabric.

Fabric Requirements: Lap Quilt (double for twin-size)

Large Squares: 6 – 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ each from 4 Fat Quarters (Chevron, Purple, Green, Turquoise)

Small Squares: 2 – 3 1/2″ x WOF ** (Whiskey)

Background: 2 – 6 1/2″ x WOF ** and 3 – 3 1/2″ x WOF subcut to 6 1/2″ (Grey)

** Sew together then subcut to 3 1/2″

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Hidden Chains: A Crown Royal Quilt

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Crown Royal Quilt
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On November 22nd a friend of ours was looking for someone to make a quilt for her Dad for Christmas.  Her Mom had collected 149 Crown Royal bags over the years.  Based on the late date, I would need commitment from my friend from The Quilted Loon to quilt it because it was too close to Christmas to get it quilted through the local quilt shops.  I estimated cost to be $125-$150 (my time and quilting) plus $40-$60 in materials (batting, binding and backing).

 

Bag Deconstruction:

I underestimated the amount of time needed to deconstruct the bags.  I had read that the thread on the bag would melt if ironed.  I cut off the top draw string and cuff and then cut off the seam with the thread.  Cutting of the seam destroyed nearly a 1/2″ of fabric which was really needed.  So, needless to say, I did not use this method.  Instead, we seam ripped the thread from the inside out.

In order to center Crown Royal in a square, the biggest square you can make is 4×4 unfinished and that leaves only a 1/4″ in front of the word Crown and a 1/4″ after the word Royal.  I employed my sister-in-law, my Mom and myself to seam rip bags over Thanksgiving.  This was a 3-5 day process.  We seam ripped the backs as well but I ended up not using the backs in the quilt.  Once the pieces were separated, I pressed them all before cutting them.

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Crown Royal Bag Deconstruction
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Design:

I decided it was best to make my own design since most patterns would not call for a 4″ square and I would spend a lot more trying to locate a pattern  in a book.  I mocked up a half of block along with a drawing in order to determine how much fabric I needed to purchase.  Unfortunately, I could not find a fabric at the quilt shop that matched the same tan colored fabric from my scrap stash.  Darn!  Once I started to cut the fabrics I purchased, it was clear that the design was not going to work as well with the new fabrics.

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So back to the design drawing board I went and created a design similar to this.  The quilt would consist of three blocks across by seven blocks down.

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Cut x 21:

2-4 x 4  CR squares (center of plus sign) (42 bags)

2-4 x 4 1/2 CR squares (42 bags)

8-2 1/2 x 4 Purple Handspray rectangles (2 yards)

2-2 1/2 x 4 purple CR rectangles

8-2 1/2 x 2 1/2 camel/tan flannel squares (1 1/4 yards) Essentials by Wilmington Prints

1-2 x 2 camel/tan flannel square (center square)

Border & Backing:

1″ whiskey brown inner border (1/3 yard)

3 1/2 chevron outer border (from backing sides)

2 1/2″ whiskey brown binding (1/2 yard)

Chevron backing (4 1/2 yards) Daydreams 3 Flower Bomb by Camelot Cottons

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Quilt on the long arm machine…

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The finished quilt…

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Crown Royal Quilt
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Crown Royal Quilt
Side View
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In laundering the quilt, I would definitely use color catchers during the wash cycle.  I am not an advocate of pre-washing fabric.  However if I made another Crown Royal quilt, I probably would pre-wash and dry bags before seam ripping and cutting them.

Gorgeous Quilt Block

I totally love this gorgeous block!  I can certainly see myself using this block design in an upcoming quilt.

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Mini version of block
Poinsettia Mini Quilt
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I set out this morning drawing different blocks  to use in making potholders for the kitchen.  I had seen this block as a much larger block on a mini quilt on one of my favorite blogs and websites, Fresh Lemons Quilts.  Once the block was all sewed together, I decided it is much too pretty to use as a potholder in the kitchen.  So, I’m thinking I will frame it as wall art.

I selected  the brown fabric at a recent fabric swap at the Heritage Quilter’s Meeting on June 20th.  The three check/dot fabrics were purchased at Lake Street Mercantile during the Modern Traditions Shop Hop on the same day.  These three fabrics are from the Farmer’s Market collection by Brannock and Patek for Moda (colors 2084-11. 2084-12 and 2084-13).  The white on cream is a Muslin Mate from my stash.

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.

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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).

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Tote Bag Interior
In progress
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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.

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Tablet Case
Exterior Back
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Tablet Case
Interior
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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
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Football and Roses Ensemble pameladianedesigns.com

Football and Roses
Ensemble
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Sewing & Quilting Tote Bag

Sewing & Quilting Tote Bag Butterick see & sew® (B5741) pameladianedesigns.com

Sewing & Quilting Tote Bag
Butterick see & sew® (B5741)
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Sewing & Quilting Tote Bag Contents
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Zippered Bag Exterior
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This Sewing & Quilting Tote Bag and Zippered Bag is a gift for our daughter, Lauren.  It all started with Butterick Pattern see & sew® B5741.  For this tote bag, Home Decor fabric was used.  There were several modifications made to this pattern to provide durability, longevity and improve functionality.  The pattern provides for six exterior pockets.  Four additional interior pockets were added on the two interior sides.  For the front and back pockets, I added a top stitch at each crease to keep the pocket form.  Also, in lieu of using cardboard for the bottom of the bag, I used “by Annie’s Soft and Stable™”.  To connect the handle straps, I buried one side of the handle strap into the other handle strap.  Two other friends who made this bag had a problem with their handle straps coming apart.  I deliberately left off piece 3 from the the bag exterior which was a strap above the front and back pockets.  I did this because the strap was not anchored in the side seams.  When I make another Sewing & Quilting Tote Bag, I might add this detail back in but extend the length of the strap provided I have sufficient fabric.  The Zippered Bag was made from the leftover fabric.  I had fun making this bag and had even more fun filling the bag with sewing and quilting supplies.  Best of all, this gift includes a brother® XR1355 Computerized Sewing and Quilting Machine.

Sewing & Quilting Tote Bag Shopping List and Cost: $18.35 + tax

  • Butterick see & sew® (B5741) $2.99
  • 1 1/2 yd Exterior Home Decor Fabric (Mill Creek Fabrics) $5.99
  • 5/8 yd Interior Home Decor Fabric $4.37
  • 1 yd Interfacing (Pellon 809) $2.00
  • Thread $1.00
  • by Annie’s Soft and Stable™ $2.00
  • Batting (Sewing Tote Bag Sides, Interior Pockets and Zippered Bag) ~ optional
  • 9″ Zipper (Zippered Bag) ~ optional

Sewing & Quilting Supplies:

  • Warm and Natural® Needled Cotton Batting (Queen size)
  • Gingher® 8″ Knife-edge Dressmaker Shears
  • Fiskars® Rotary Cutter and Mini-mat
  • Omnigrip™ Ruler
  • Dritz® Quilting Pins
  • Dritz® Quilting Curved Brass Basting Pins
  • Dritz® Tape Measure
  • Dritz® Assorted Needles
  • Dritz® Small Seam Ripper
  • Dritz® Sewing Gauge
  • Gütermann® Thread
  • Fabric Stash
  • Fons & Porter® quilty Magazine
  • Patterns

Zippered Purse and Zippered Bag

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Birds and Berries Ensemble
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This ensemble includes a Zippered Handbag with 10 interior pockets and a drop zipper, a Zippered Bag with 3 interior pockets and a Glass Case.  The handbag is 15 1/2″ wide by 14″ tall with 2 1/2″ base.  The small bag is 9″ wide by 6″ tall with 1″ base.  Fabrics include:

Winter Birds Bird Vine, Tim Coffey for Spring Creative Products Group

Winter Birds Berry Vine Words, Legacy Studio

Winter Birds Berry Vine, Tim Coffey for Spring Creative Products Group

Crackle, Spring Creative Products Group

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Zippered Handbag Interior
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Zippered Handbag Interior Detail pameladianedesigns.com

Zippered Handbag
Interior Detail
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Zippered Handbag Interior pameladiandesigns.com

Zippered Handbag Interior
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Zippered Handbag Interior Detail pameladianedesigns.com

Zippered Handbag
Interior Detail
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Front Detail pameladianedesigns.com Winter Birds Berry Vine Words,  Legacy Studio Winter Birds Berry Vine,  Tim Coffey for SCPG Crackle, SCPG

Front Detail
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Winter Birds Berry Vine Words,
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Winter Birds Berry Vine,
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Crackle, SCPG

Back Detail pameladianedesigns.com Winter Birds Bird Vine,  Tim Coffey for SCPG

Back Detail
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Winter Birds Bird Vine,
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Zippered Tote Bag

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Zippered Tote Bag
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Tote Bag Interior
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This Zippered Tote Bag is similar to the Zippered Purse (see Tutorial).  The size is 14 1/2″ wide by 18″ long.  Instead of batting, interfacing was adhered to the back side of the interior fabric.  Elastic straps end below the zipper instead of the base of the bag.  Seams are 3/8″ and all seams are anchored with zigzag even though they are buried.  The interior pocket simply hangs from the base of the zipper.

Time: 8 hrs

Fabric Requirements:

  • 2/3 yards ~ Home Decor exterior fabric, handles & drop to zipper
  • 1/2 yard  ~ Home Decor interior fabric & pocket
  • 1/2 yard ~ Interfacing (Pellon SF101)
  • 2/3 yard ~ 1 1/4″ Non-roll Elastic
  • 12″ Purse Zipper
  • Coordinating Thread

Breast Cancer Shawl

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Fabric for Shawl
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It’s Monday February 10th.

I was pressing the fabric that was purchased for the shawl on Sunday and there was a tinge of disappointment that there wasn’t enough pink and the inside of the shawl wasn’t quite feminine enough.  The paisley that was chosen was hedging on rust instead of pink.  It’s funny how one fabric can impact your other fabric selections.  The paisley had a cream background with taupe.  This fabric caused us to choose a cream fabric for the blocks and a backing with a light green background.

It’s one week later and we are at the quilt shop to pick up our new BOM.  I expressed my disappointment with the original choices so we decided to re-visit the “pink” fabric that we both originally loved.  Why hadn’t we chosen this?  It didn’t look good with the paisley and cream fabric for the blocks.  This caused us to pull the “pink” out of the mix and drove us to choose the backing we did.

This is a Breast Cancer Shawl and it needs to be “pink” and “feminine”.  We changed out the fabric for the inner wings, the blocks and the backing.  I also learned that I should have traced the pattern on the WonderUnder and not freezer paper.  Here are the new fabrics.

Fabric Requirements:

*3 1/2 yards ~ Backing:  Moda China White Climbing Roses Pattern 3734-11 Paris Flea Market by 3 Sisters

1 1/2 yards ~ Sashing & Binding:  Moda Pattern 8258 Freedom 1850-1870 Civil War Jubilee by Barbara Brackman

*2 1/2 yards ~ Blocks: Moda Muslin Mates White Vine Stock #9918

1 yard ~ Butterfly center/outer wings: Robert Kaufman Studio RK Coventry Court Garden Screen Print D#12454-238

*1/2 yard ~ Butterfly inner wings: Robert Kaufman Pristine 2 Spring Screen Print D#11448-192

*Changed

Cutting begins tomorrow!

Breast Cancer Shawl

 

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Fabric for Shawl
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On Monday February 3rd, Loon and I went into Tecumseh to have lunch at the Daily Grind.  It gave us time to calculate the amount of fabric that we would need to make the prayer shawl.  The shawl will be 16 – 12 1/2″ blocks with a 2″ sashing between two sets of 8 blocks (2 x 4).  There will be a 4″ sashing at the neck running down the back of the shawl which will connect the two sets of 8 blocks.  Each block will have a butterfly appliqué on it.  There will be no outer border, only binding.  The fabric shown (top to bottom) are:  Backing, Sashing & Binding, Blocks, Butterfly center/outer wings, Butterfly inner wings.

Fabric Requirements:

3 1/2 yards ~ Backing:  Moda Pattern 3734-19 Paris Flea Market by 3 Sisters

1 1/2 yards ~ Sashing & Binding:  Moda Pattern 8258 Freedom 1850-1870 Civil War Jubilee by Barbara Brackman

2 1/2 yards ~ Blocks: Moda Muslin Mates Birds Natural

1 yard ~ Butterfly center/outer wings: Robert Kaufman Studio RK Coventry Court Screen Print D#12454

1/2 yard ~ Butterfly inner wings: Moda Pattern 3730-16 Paris Flea Market by 3 Sisters

On Friday February 7th, I traced the pattern on freezer paper and cut out the pattern pieces.