Sunday, May 27, 2012

A Fancy Flea Market Bag?

I've made another Mondo Bag using my precious original Flea Market Fancy prints.  I did add a few of the Legacy prints in there as well.   I used the Legacy for the grey seeded lining as I definitely never had that much grey of the original!  I love this one, now I can't decide which one I will keep to use for myself!!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Quiltsmart Mondo Bag

Today I finished making another project using a Quiltsmart product.  This one is called the Mondo Bag.  I liked making this one!  It involves cutting 2.5 inch scraps and fusing them onto interfacing to make a patchwork style bag.  I dragged out a lot of my Japanese prints, including Suzuko Koseki and Keiko Goke to make this one.  For the lining I used a Jennifer Paganelli print.  

What I like best about this bag is that it very large with no compartments.  It will be very handy to use to pack clothing items in when we go on short trips.  It would be perfect for taking to the beach or just for hauling stuff in general.   

It sews up quite quickly too. In addition to the 208 2.5inch squares required, you also need about a meter of fabric for the lining and a meter of fusible iron on pellon.  I think I might make a couple more as gifts...

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival Spring 2012

It's Spring Quilt Market time and you know what that means! Yes, it is time for the Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy's Creative Side! 

I've decided to share a quilt with you that I have made recently--my Swoon Quilt made with Suzuko Koseki's daisy prints.  This quilt is one of my all time favorites and is presently the quilt being used on our bed.  I first fell in love with these fabrics online long before they were available.  I was desperate to get my hands on all the colors and was was having trouble finding the dark blue fabric, which happened to be my favorite.  I took a wild shot at it and asked Ayumi of the Pink Penguin if she could find it for me.  She was so friendly and kind and found it nearly right away!  When she wrote me and told me it was one of those fabric moments when your heart races with excitement and you feel a bit breathless with anticipation of acquisition!

I was determined that these fabrics would not sit on the shelf, but would be used and loved every day.  I had heard about the Swoon Quilt Along and started to watch what was going on with all the quilts popping up all over Flickr.  I had never participated in a Quilt Along, but suddenly I decided I would try making Swoon, using the 8 Suzuko Koseki prints.  But, the question was how to make 9 blocks with 8 fabrics???  Simple, one block would contain all the prints--hence I designed the middle block to suit my fabric selection. The plan was to do rainbow/gradient style without it being overly obvious as 2012 is the year I plan to make a rainbow quilt for every month of the year.

So, this is a quilt for me, a quilt using my most beloved fabrics and a quilt I enjoy using every day! 

Amy's Creative Side

Sliced Apples Quilt Along

My friend Pam is hosting a new Quilt Along called Sliced Apples!  I am going to join along!  My plan is to use these American Jane charm packs called Le Petit Poulet which I've had sitting in my stash for a while now.  What do you think?  Would you like to play along as well???


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

My Precious Mariner's Quilt

Well, this quilt is probably not the only quilt I will make for the My Precious Quilt Along.  There has been a lot of cutting and sewing over the past couple of weeks, but I did manage to get this Mariner's Compass quilted up over the weekend.  A bit of a special week for me this week (more on that later), but I have been indulging myself a bit with sewing and such!  I used a lot of my most favorite fabrics in this quilt--Koseki floor plans, Mrs. March Retro Pop in teal, Joel Dewberry wood grain and of course Flea Market Fancy brown posies.  The posies are on the back as well, so you can imagine how much fabric that used up!!

I used the Quilt Smart pattern method to make this quilt, which if you are not already familiar with these products they are made with printed fusible interfacing.  Their techniques are so clever that this literally only took me one afternoon to sew the Mariner's compass part of the quilt.

My husband and I had a debate whether or not the brown posies were a good background fabric choice.  He thought it wasn't Mariner--like enough.  Yes, that is true, but the colors in the fabric worked in so perfectly--magically in fact.  So, it was a happy accident to find as the light fades in the room towards nighttime the posies become less apparent and begin to look instead like stars twinkling in the night sky.  Yay!!

I used an all over swirl quilting pattern to give it a "watery" look.  I am quite happy with how this one turned out in the end!

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