31 December 2014

Goodbye 2014, Welcome 2015

It has been a great year that has truly flown by.  I want to thank all of you for stopping by my blog and visiting.  I love sharing my creations and so glad that I have some followers who enjoy my creations.  Really never thought that would happen.  

2014 started out with a winter that just would not end for my family in Midland, Michigan and has ended with us soaking up the sun in Brisbane, Australia.  

In 2014 I was finally able to get some of my backlog of quilt tops quilted and also added a few more to the pile.  Our family sold a house and a lot of our possessions, moved to a two-bedroom apartment for 3 months.  Then moved the whole family including our two four legged members half way around the world at holiday time. Crazy!  

At the end of the year I like to have a look at what I have done, since by the end of year I forget how much I have actually accomplished in the year. 

12 Completed Quilts - Including the Southern Cross Quilt that I deigned. 

3 Small Finished Quilts - One my own design for the Michael Miller Challenge

6 Unfinished Quilt Tops - 

5 Commission Projects - Everything my own designs accept the Two Zipper Hipster. 


17 Various kinds of bags - Including a Canvas Briefcase that I designed myself.

6 Random Projects - 

I love reminiscing about all the projects I have done over the past twelve months and can't wait till my sewing room arrives in Australia in February so I can get back to sewing. 

So much has happened throughout the past year and I can’t wait for the New Year to begin.  My family is starting a new life in Brisbane and is really enjoying our new home.        I hope I can make some sewing friends in my new town.  

Here is to a wonderful new year and the adventure of 2015. 

Cheers, 
Abby 

29 December 2014

Drawstring Bags Rock!

I know I am late to the boat on the lined drawstring bag craze but I have to say these bags are so much fun to make.  I wanted to make a few for my dress shoes to be stored in so they did not get scratched in the move.  I started out with a free tutorial for one at In Color Order by Jenny, thinking oh that sounds about the right size.  I cut out all the pieces sewed it together and then realised nope too small. 

Now I have a super cute lined drawstring bag that I am thinking will be cute to put my lunch in when I go back to work.  The outside fabric is from a vintage sheet and the inside in a fat quarter that I pulled from the stash.  

The tutorial is so well written that I went right to Jenny's shop and bought her pattern that has instructions for 8 different size bags plus a little tool to help you figure out any other size your heat could desire.  So clever!

I ended up making two project size bags for my shoes.  They traveled safe and sound. :)




Seriously this pattern is so addicting I ended up making the Everything Bag size for my husbands camera and added some interfacing to the bag to give it a bit of padding. 


Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby 




27 December 2014

Faster Fourteen Pattern Review

Well 2014 is coming to a end and I still have a few projects that I have not shared with you.  So today I want to share with you a pattern by Sam Hunter at Hunter's Design Studios called Faster Fourteen.  I tested this pattern for Sam back in September and it was released at Quilt Market in October.  

This pattern is very beginner friendly and goes together very quickly.  I used fat quarters from my local quilt shop Park Bench Quilt Shop to make this top since my stash was in boxes and just did not have the energy to dig fabric out.  Well that is my excuse anyway anything to be able to go fabric shopping :)

I used Modern Elements mixed with Toscana both designed by Deborah Edwards for Northcott Fabrics.   



The pattern says the size is 54" x 68", mine is still on a boat to Australia so I can not confirm what mine ended up.  I want to try this pattern again but with black and white but I think it could be tricky if you don't have enough mix in scale to give the top some dimension.  Could be a good challenge for the new year.  

If you would like to make your own you can purchase the pattern from Sam either at Craftsy or Patternspot.  

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby 


09 December 2014

A Weekender Bag

Wow I have not blogged in a while once again.  Sorry about that.  Things got really crazy at the end of November with our relocation to Brisbane Australia.  We are here and finally have a place sorted to stay for the next year so I thought I should jump on and share a few things that I finished up right before my sewing machine got packed up.  

I am not sure what I was thinking when I choose the Weekender Bag to make and carry on the plane. Should of started it ages ago but nope waited to last minute.  I have to say this is the hardest bag I have made to date and I am so happy that it turned out.  I was sure it was going to look really bad but it turned out that the pattern just looks intimidating.  I followed the pattern step by step and did not try to rush (even through I have been in a rush all week).

Now when I picked this pattern up months ago I so wanted to make it all patchwork like I have seen all over the Internet but I don't know if I will be able to make it look as lovely as everyone.  For my bag I used a home deco fabric from Joann's and used pre-made piping since I was on a very tight deadline.  The lining is High Society by ModKid Studio for Joann's.  I love the pop of pink on the inside and the handles.



I did not find the layers to be to bad to sew through.  The instructions tell you to cut away a lot of the bulk from the seams (which I did) and I think that made a real difference.  I used Annie's Soft and Stable for the main panels and it gave it great structure.  The worst part of the project was hand sewing the lining mostly because I don't do a lot of hand sewing but over all it was not really too terrible.

Now once I am all set back up in Australia I think I will have to make another one of these and try my hand at a patchwork version and see if I can make it look as pleasing as some of the other bloggers; like Elizabeth @ Oh Fransson or Angie@ Gnome Angle.  These are two of my favorite versions of the Weekender.

I have a few other projects to share with you but I will have to save them for another day as it is time to take the pups for a walk.  They just got released from quarantine and are stressed and tired. 

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby