Pillowcases for Mom

My Mom purchased two 10″ strips of tree fabric at Thanksgiving.  I paired it with this beautiful green leaf fabric with a variegated black accent.  I’m hoping she likes them.

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Hallographix II by Jason Yenter for In the Beginning Fabrics

Perfect Palette, Black (H50-53) by Perfect Occasions

Marblehead Northern Woods Trees, Beige by Ro Gregg for Paintbrush Studio Design

Thread Catcher

On March 20th, Madeline brought a huge box and bag of donated fabrics to the Heritage Quilters Meeting.  As a Thank You, I made two Thread Catchers (only one shown) and two pot holders from some of the scrap fabrics donated.  On April 7th, I taught the Thread Catcher class at the Heritage Quilter’s Sew-In Event.  The Thread Catcher pattern is from Squirmy Worm Studio, however the size, number of pieces and method of construction is different.

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Pillowcases for Christmas

This year I decided to make pillowcases and use them as wrapping paper for some of the gifts.  What prompted me to do it was that Gigi had bought Troy a large stuffed Olaf and wrapping with paper would have been too hard to contain the gift.

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Pillowcase for Ellie
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Pillowcase for Ellie from Gigi pameladianedesigns.com

Pillowcase for Ellie from Gigi
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Pillowcase for Troy pameladianedesigns.com

Pillowcase for Troy
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Pillowcase for Troy from Gigi
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I love the fabrics on the pillowcase below.  They are from the “Cooking Italiano” collection by Windham Fabrics.  The body of the pillowcase is 39401-X, the accent strip is 39405-4 and the cuff is 39402-1.  I purchased this fabric at the Grand Rapids AQS Quilt Show from Fields of Fabric in August 2014.  I wouldn’t mind getting more of the fabrics from this collection to make placemats, napkins, potholders and an oven mitt.  I downloaded the free projects document on my iPad and stored it in iBooks.  Now all I need to do is find all the fabrics in this collection.

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Pillowcase for Kevin
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Batman and Elsa Costumes

It’s hard to believe that my last post was almost two months ago.  After finishing my “Summertime at the West Shore” Quilt, I was pretty burned out.

I spent time updating other parts of my web site and we took a September weekend in the U.P. and an October weekend get-away  in Harbor Springs with our motorcycle friends.  I worked on 100 prayer quilts and 18 mug rugs in memory of my Nana, who passed away on October 14th.  These were passed out to friends and family at her funeral.  I continued with the Block-of-the-Month at The Quilt Patch and began a new Block-of-the-Month at The Quilting Season, Women of the 30’s, which uses 1930’s fabrics.  I returned to Quilts of Compassion in November after a 3-month sabbatical.

However, my greatest accomplishment that comes this time of year is in making Halloween costumes for the grandkids.  This year they wanted to be Batman and Elsa.  It was a good thing that I finished Batman early as I spent 10 days helping my Mom with funeral planning.  The Elsa costume was finished with 3 hours to spare.  The smiles always makes this project worth the time and effort!

Modified Patterns Batman (Simplicity 1769A) Elsa (McCall's M6629) pameladianedesigns.com

Modified Patterns
Batman (Simplicity 1769A)
Elsa (McCall’s M6629)
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Quilts of Compassion

For the last three months I have participated  in the Quilts of Compassion Sew-in Event at the Quilt Patch in Tecumseh.  This event occurs on the first Saturday of each month (except July) in 2014.  The Founder and Executive Director, Janice Grimes, has been organizing this charity work for 17 years!

In addition to piecing quilts, I enjoy making purses and tablet cases.  This tablet case is for Janice to use on her upcoming delivery of quilts for the Tornado Relief Quilts for the South campaign.

Tablet Case Front Earbud Case, Cord Wrap and mini Prayer Quilt pameladianedesigns.com

Tablet Case Front
Earbud Case, Cord Wrap
and mini Prayer Quilt
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Tablet Case Back with 3 exterior pockets pameladianedesigns.com

Tablet Case Back
with 3 exterior pockets
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Be sure to visit my page of completed quilts for Quilts of Compassion.

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).

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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.

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Tablet Case
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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
Tote Bag
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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 pameladianedesigns.com

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

Birds and Berries Ensemble pameladianedesigns.com

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
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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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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,
Legacy Studio
Winter Birds Berry Vine,
Tim Coffey for SCPG
Crackle, SCPG

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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

Welcome

Welcome to my new site!

The wonderful thing about sewing and quilting, whether for a business or a hobby, is that you can do it by yourself or with friends.  The benefit that comes from sewing and quilting with friends is that you can share ideas and trade fabrics.

I learned how to make a tote bag from my dear friend, Loon.  I love my first tote bag.  It is a beautiful paisley fabric I found while traveling in South Carolina.  I take my tote bag with me whenever I travel.  It holds a lot of stuff.

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Tote Bag
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So I set out to make a bag for my niece, Jen.  Since Jen is much younger, I thought I would make a bag that was not as deep. This would give it a much more youthful appearance.   The computer case that I finished the day before would also fit nicely in a more shallow bag.  My original tote bag had two levels of pockets but the upper set of pockets were not lined or fastened at the top.  They were floppy and often got in the way of putting stuff in the lower set of pockets.  With Jen’s bag, I lined the top pockets with quilt fabric to stiffen them.  I also used a different fabric on the handles, one because the contrast created a more sophisticated look and two because the remaining fabric that matched the exterior of her bag had a flaw in it.  I added a second row of stitching detail to the bag rim for added strength and a more polished look.  It truly turned out quite nice.

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Tote Bag with
Zippered Computer Case
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Before the Christmas holiday, I finished a Zippered Purse for a wonderful lady, Ann, who watches our grandchildren once a week so that I can sew with friends.  I have named this purse, the ShirLeniLoon purse.  This purse was inspired by my friend Loon who introduced me to quilting and who taught me how to make the original tote bag shown above. The exterior fabric was given to me by my friend Leni, a fabric “Designed and produced exclusively for JO-ANN fabric and craft stores”.  The interior pocket fabric, “Vintage Treasures” Quilt Block-of-the-Month 2004, was given to me by my friend Shirley.  Shirley also collaborated with me to extend the elastic used for the handles to the base of the bag to add strength and stability to the body of the bag.  The beautiful interior and handle fabric is a Batik.  This fabric found me while standing in the cutting line at JoAnn Fabrics. The lady in front of me had selected it for a quilt she was making.  New features for this bag include: a zipper with an interior rim instead of the Velcro enclosure, quilting the exterior and incorporating two levels of pockets within a single pocket.

 

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Zippered Purse with
Zippered Bag
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As you can see, sewing and quilting is an evolution of ideas and experimenting to create beautiful things for yourself, others and your home.  The fabric and style is often a reflection of the person the item is for or the place where the item will be showcased.

In an upcoming post, I will provide a step-by-step tutorials for the Zippered Purse and the Zippered Bag.