16 July 2015

Resonance Quilt Complete

I finished another quilt top from the unfinished project bin.  Slowly but surely I will be done with the UFO pile this year.  This was on my Finish Along Qtr 2 goal list but once again I missed the deadline to blog about it.  I checked back through my block and this quilt top was finished all the way back on May 1st 2014.

I loaded this quilt upside down so I could start with all the negative background space between the circles.  The huge amount of negative space at the top of the quilt was very intimidating. 

I love the fractured effect the quilt has after I finished the background. 

I finished it off with striped binding.

The back looks like little petri dishes with the quilting of the pebbles in the circles. 

The pattern is by Tara Knight for Aria Lane.  You can get your copy here.  

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12 July 2015

Weekender Bag 2.0 & Bucket Basket Tote

Today I want to share my scaled down version of Amy Butler's Weekender Bag and my Bucket Basket Tote.  I have been going a bit crazy making bags.  Two other bags might currently be in progress.  Lets start with the Weekender 2.0.    I made the original bag back in November just before we flew out to Australia.  Blogged about it here.  Its huge!

This time I thought why not make a tricky pattern to the next level of tricky and downsize the bag so it could be used every day.  This bag is extra special as I made it for my mom.  I used my precious Terra Australis by Emma Jean.

I quilted the main panels on my long arm and of course I went over board on the quilting. 

I did not make piping for this one or make outside pockets in addition to the smaller size.  I really miss Joann Fabric and its endless supply of pre-made piping.  Such a luxury. 

Here is some close ups of the quilting. 

I used the cute Waratah flower print for the side pocket. 

Here is a shot of the original and my scale down version together.  Big difference. The smaller version measures 14" wide by 12" high and 5" deep. 

My mom also hinted at how nice it would be to have one of these insulated mason jar bag that she saw on Facebook.  Oh and how it would look great in that Australian fabric she has seen.  She did not know I was making the bag for her and I only put glimpse online since I know she follows me.  Very sneaky.  So I whipped up a matching bag and of course included some Tim Tams where included in the package. 

I went on my first Brisbane Quilting Retreat at the beginning of June that the lovely Kelly at The Quilt Machine put together.  She printed out for all of us this great pattern called a Bucket Basket Tote by Very Shannon

Then in the goody bag from the retreat Kelly included beautiful fat quarters. I used some of them to make the outside of the bag. The handles and lining was from my stash. Such an easy bag to whip up.  

Also want to share with you these cute Pelicans we found along the river when we walked South Bank to Kangaroo Point. They are made out of recycled parts, not sure who made them but they are very cool. The city of Brisbane is in the background. 

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