28 October 2014

High Tea Quilt Top

A couple weeks ago Adianne @On the Windy Side put out a call for pattern testers for her pattern she is calling High Tea.  I love testing for others, mostly because it forces me to follow a pattern.  Some times that is easier said then done.  Plus I needed another distraction instead of doing things I am suppose to be doing for the move.  Quilting is so much more fun then moving. 

Here is my bed size version of High Tea. 


This quilt pattern is very easy to put together and is very pre-cut friendly.  I used a layer cake by BasicGrey called Persimmon.  It has a lovely tiny bird print that I think I will have to pick a yard up for my stash.   For the sashing I used some purple Moda Grunge and a grey dot print but it is hard to make out in the picture.  

Adianne released the pattern yesterday on CraftsyEtsy plus she shared on her blog all the wonderful tester quilts.  

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby 






25 October 2014

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Fall 2014 - Original Design Category

Blogger's Quilt Festival time once again.  Amy at Amy's Creative Side does a great job putting this festival together.  It is so nice to see so much creativity in one place.

For my second entry I am entering my Southern Cross Quilt into the Original Design Category


I designed this quilt for my oldest son's best friend for his birthday.  I designed the pattern and turned it into a paper piece pattern to assemble.  You can read more about it here

Thank you for stopping by and visiting.  Be sure to go check out all the lovely quilts entered into the festival.

Cheers,
Abby


Blogger’s Quilt Festival Fall 2014 - Modern Quilt Category

So exciting it is Blogger's Quilt Festival once again.  Amy at Amy's Creative Side does a great job putting this festival together.  It is so nice to see so much creativity in one place.

I am entering my Michael Miller Quilt that I created for earlier this year for the Modern Quilt Guild Challenge.


I can not tell you how much I love this quilt and can't wait to hang it up.  Everything from design to quilting is all by me and I am so happy with how it turned out.  You can read more about my quilt here.

Thank you for stopping by and visiting.  Be sure to go check out all the lovely quilts entered into the festival.

Cheers,
Abby


20 October 2014

Globetrotting Top

I am winding up some of my quilting projects before I have to pack it all up.   I have about three weeks before I need to put it all away for the movers to pack.  I had planned to have all my projects caught up but it was just not realistic.  Oh well there is always next year.  When I unpack my sewing stuff it will be like Christmas morning.  Can't wait!

My latest finish is my Globetrotting BOM quilt top.


This finished off at 59" x 59".  I put my own spin on the quilt and I am really happy with how it came out.  I just wish the sun would of been out so the picture could of been a bit better.

Thanks Pat Sloan for putting this together and hosting a great BOM.

Thank you for stopping by and visiting.

Cheers,
Abby 


15 October 2014

Document Holder

With the big trip around the corner, less then 2 months away now.  I am really trying to stay on track and actually get some projects done.  So one of my fourth quarter goals was to recover a travel document holder I found at the thrift store.  

This was such an easy project.  I used Tim Holtz fabric Expedition Map from his Eclectic Elements fabric line.  I cut the fabric a half inch bigger then the holder and folded the raw edge over an eighth of an inch.  


It was to thick to stitch through so I just used liquid stitch to tack the fabric down.  I did the sides first and then tacked down the top and bottom.  

Now time to load it up with passports and tickets. 

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby

13 October 2014

Globetrotting BOM - Sydney, Paris & Barcelona

I am feeling so productive this week.  I finished piecing my last three Globetrotting blocks this week.  

Sydney - 



Paris - 



Barcelona - 


Now to finish piecing the top.  

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby

10 October 2014

Canvas Briefcase 2.0 - Goal Complete

Finished my A Lovely Year of Finishes October Goal today so excited.  My goal was to make a canvas briefcase for my husband.  He is extremely particular so really I am not sure why I said that I could make him one.  Now I have to say making your own bag pattern is not as easy as it looks.  I took the dimensions of the bag that he liked and jumped from there.  It was 17 1/2" x 13 1/2" x 3 1/2".  This made for a BIG bag and it was kind of floppy.  Really it was as big as my sewing machine! 




Of course I showed it to my husband and before he even said anything I knew he did not like it.  Then he started telling me all the things he wanted (not sure why he did not say anything in the beginning) would of been easier.  Ok the things he wanted did make sense but come on I just created a pattern on my own for a bag.  I was totally on a high and then bottomed out. :(

So I stewed on it, really I was having a tantrum if we want to be honest.  

I did not want to waste the original bag materials so I cut the original bag apart and went to work on making the modifications.  I only ended up having to by another 1/2 a yard of fabric as I was not the most carefullest cutting it apart. I am happy to say I think this one is a keeper.  Well my husband is happier with this version except when the laptop is in it and you have the strap on your shoulder it tends to flop.  I think this might be due to the placement of where the long strap connects to the bag but I am not positive.  Maybe another day I will make another version and place the strap higher up the sides and see what the results are.  For now though he can use it so that is all that matters. 

The finished size is 15" x 10 1/2" x 3".  

I used an old weaved belt for the handles. I used home decorator fabric from Joann's and Annie's Soft and Stable to give the bag structure.  I could not use the soft and stable around the zipper so I made the zipper unit and then ironed on deco bond to give it some structure.  I also used pre-made bias to finish off the seams on the inside which I did not sew in just used instant stitch. I hope they hold up.  I also added deco bond to the outside pocket and velcro to keep it from flopping open.    


Shot of inside before stitching it all together.  This is the pocket for the laptop.
The back side has to large pockets just to catch the smaller items he might carry. 

Since the outside fabric is light colored I am spraying it with fabric protector so it will not get dirty so fast.  I double this goal up with my fourth quarter finishes just to push myself to really get it done. 

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby 

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08 October 2014

Finish Along 4th Quarter - Goals

 Last quarter I only managed to get one of the there quilts completed that I have marked as my finishes for the third quarter.  I am OK with that since there was good reason.  Selling a house and making for an international move takes a lot of time.

For the fourth quarter I am going to make it easy on myself since I only will have a sewing machine for about a month and half of the quarter.   All of my goals are going to be related to things I want to make for taking on the plane to keep everyone organized.

1)  Recover & Reuse - This passport carrier. 

It is totally boring so I picked up some great map fabric at Joann's that I am going to recover it with.  It should be just big enough to hold all our travel documents. 



2) Canvas Briefcase - This will be a finish for my husband.  He saw one online that he really liked but it was $150.  I told him I could make one for less then $50.  I am leery of this project as my husband is very particular.  He did not like my sewing pants I made him for Christmas a few years ago so I am not sure about making him things.  I have all the pieces cut out just need to finish sewing it together.  I really want to get this done so this is also my goal for October for A Lovely Year of Finishes.  I also had to create a pattern for this since I could not find a pattern any where online. 



3) Messenger Bags - I need/want to make two messenger bags for the boys to carry there electronics and maybe a couple snacks in for the trip.  They already picked out fabric I just need to cut and put together.  Not sure why they both are so in love with mustaches. Must be a boy thing. 




4) Weekender Bag - Now you don't think I was going to forget myself do you?  I bought this pattern ages ago and had it sitting by my rulers to remind myself that I really need to make this.  I have not picked out the fabric yet but I will get one done as I have to be able to carry my laptop on the plane along with a few other essentials.


So this is my goals for the fourth quarter might be a lot for me to do in a month and a half but I will push myself to get them done.  Determination and a deadline is a real driving force some times.

I finished organizing our move this week so I should be able to spend the few hours a day that I am not playing taxi driver completing these final goals for the year.  

Thank you for stopping by and visiting.

Cheers,
Abby

03 October 2014

A Lovely Year of Finishes - October Goal

Well I failed to finish my September goal so I thought I would try again to see if maybe October will be my lucky month to finish a planned goal.  I have started other things but just not my goal.  So for this month my goal is to finish my husbands canvas breifcase.

I am also piggy backing is as one of my fourth quarter goals so the pressure is on :)





I am so close to getting this done I am not sure what is taking me so long.  

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers,

Abby

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