Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Pretty In Pink Tote

Recently, I saw an amazing Geometric tote bag by Vanessa Christenson using her fabulous ombre fabrics.
So as soon as I saw this printed fabric I bought some as I thought it would be perfect for a bright and colourful tote bag.
Rather than making all of those HST's though, I just needed to cut out large pieces of this print to obtain the same effect.
I quilted in straight lines which created a really nice texture to the fabric.
There is a slip pocket on the inside along with a tab for keys.
And the corners are boxed to give it a nice sturdy base to stand on.
I couldn't find any leather for straps but have used some cotton webbing for the handles.
This tote finished at about 15" tall, 20" wide and 7" deep.
Linking up with Purse Palooza 2015 hosted by Sara @ Sew Sweetness.
Purse Palooza 2015 at Sew Sweetness

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Tribal Woodlands quilt

This is my newly finished Tribal Woodlands quilt which is my entry into the Small Quilt Category of the 2015 Bloggers Quilt Festival.
I started making this quilt a few weeks ago when there was a QAL on IG (#chellepluscheleqal) using the Jeliquilts Plus quilt pattern.
I decided to make a baby quilt using some FQ of the Tribal Woodlands prints, along with a few coordinating fabrics from my stash.
I cut my pieces a little differently to the pattern by cutting long rectangular strips in place of the 3 squares for part of the "plus" design which made piecing much quicker..
Once I had it basted, I used the serpentine stitch on my sewing machine to quilt along the horizontal seam lines.
I wanted to try something new for this baby quilt by rounding the corners before binding after seeing this method used by Debbie from A Quilters Table recently, so I used a dinner plate as a template for trimming.
Then I made the binding by cutting straight grain binding for the long sides of the quilt, and joined in some shorter strips cut on the bias to go around the corners as indicated by the arrows in the photo below.
This quilt finished at 40 x 50" -  I really like how this has turned out and have plans to make more quilts like this soon!
Blogger's Quilt Festival - Fall 2015
Thanks again to Amy for hosting this wonderful festival of quilts!

Fresh Poppy Design
Also linking up with Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story.
2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

This project was on my FAL Q4 list for this year so also linking up with Adrianne @ On The Windy Side.


Friday, October 23, 2015

Travel pouch

As soon as I saw this vintage map fabric, I thought of making a travel wallet for my dad for his birthday.
This "Expedition" print is from the Eclectic Elements range by Tim Holtz.
I based the wallet on the "Two in One Zipper Pouch" pattern by Svetlana @ Sotak Handmade.
I made it a little larger to hold the passports and also added in a slip pocket for boarding passes or other travel documents.
And I even managed to get part of Northern Australia and Papua New Guinea on the back which is where my parents recently went on holiday.
I am entering this Travel pouch into the Texting While Sewing 2 contest hosted by Amy @ During Quiet Time.
This was on my FAL Q4 list for this year so linking up with Adrianne @ On The Windy Side.
2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Friday, October 16, 2015

Scrappy "W"

It was my friend Wendy's birthdays last week, and I decided to make her a mini quilt. 
Her favourite colours are aqua and teal so I dug into my "blue" scraps to get enough fabrics to make one of the  "Spell It With Moda" letters.
She also likes all things nautical so I managed to find some boats and fish - hopefully this can find a place on her craft room wall.

These letters are really simple to piece together - I would love to make the whole alphabet one day:)
Linking up with Scraptastic Tuesday with Leanne @ She Can Quilt.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Le Challenge: Gold Hexagon coasters

For the "gold" theme at Le Challenge, I decided to make a couple of these cute hexagon folded coasters.  
I used a tutorial I found here by Melinda quilts, and I have also seen a few popping up on IG (#foldedhexagoncoasters) using another tutorial by Kelbysews.
I used a selection of Christmas fabrics all of which had a bit of gold bling in the prints.
These coasters are very quick and easy to make and will make a great Christmas gifts along with some bottles of wine.
Linking up with Le Challenge with Lucy and Nat! 
Le Challenge

Friday, October 9, 2015

Goals for the Quarter 4 FAL!

I have quite a few projects on my Q4 Finish-A-Long list as some of these need to be made in time for Christmas...
1. Sea glass ripple blanket - I would like to do another crochet ripple blanket but this time in some lovely cool blues and greens. Again, I am using the tutorial by Lucy @ Attic 24 for this blanket.
2.Goody Goody sewing kit: I made one of these recently for a friend and really need one of my own:)
3. Raggy Edge quilt: I have a Fat eighth bundle of Miss Kate flannel ready to cut into for this quilt using the tutorial by Bloom.
4.  Scooped bag:  I made these blocks recently when I tested the "Scooped" quilt pattern for Sam from Missy Mack Creations and would like to use them in a panel for a summery tote.
5. Pineapple mini: I am planning using this cute design by Sassafras lane designs for Dear Stella to sew up a few of these blocks to make into a table runner for a summery Christmas present.
6. Passport wallets:  travel themed gift for my father's birthday  - I have some of this lovely Tim Holtz Expedition fabric ready to use...
7. A bunch of Pretty Zippy's for Christmas pressies using the pattern by Peta at She Quilts A lot.
8. Tula Pink true colors swap....I have decided on a pattern for this which I hope my partner will like.
9. Xmas runner: using a pattern from LPQ magazine #14.
10. Hexie mini - these are the very first hexagons that I have sewn and I would like to try to quilt them in the style of Nicole @ Modern Handcraft .
11.  Skipping stones quilts - I posted a few weeks ago about these blocks so hoping to make some more progress this quarter...
12. Koala quilt: a gift for a new baby girl using the smaller size of the "Abracadabra" pattern by Bloom.
13. Hexie pillow - more hexagons to make a pillow using a pattern from LPQ mag #14 this time using some fun gray and yellow fabrics.
 14. Noodlehead Super tote: using some Aussie themed fabrics.
15. And a last minute addition to my list is another quilt! There is a fun QAL starting on IG (#chelepluscheleqal) using the "Plus" quilt pattern by Jeliquits so I thought I might join in and use some Tribal Woodland fabrics along with a few other coordinates....
2015 FAL at On the Windy Side
Linking up with Adrianne @ On The Windy Side.