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UHG Swap Projects September 13, 2010

Yay, I can finally reveal the projects I made for the Urban Home Goods Swap :D

My secret swap partner was Kirsten (three dancing magpies) and we actually know each other!

I was at her house a couple of weeks ago and she flat-out asked me who her partner for the swap was, and like a bumbling idiot I made up a really lame story, and kept changing the subject every time she brought it up.

Ha, ha I am a horrible fibber ;p

Knowing my swap partner made it all the more fun and inspiring!

The first goodie I made for her is this (main)/Heather Ross(handle and lining) wristlet.

The pattern is “Wristlets Three Ways” from Oh Fransson.

Then I cut into my beloved Nani Iro fabric to make the “Lis iPhone Holder” from flossieteacakes HERE.

I cross stitched a fancy “O” on it just in case somebody else had one JUST like it, ha ha.

And here is the back side…it even has a little credit card slot.

I have got to make up one of these for me!

And last, but CERTAINLY not least…this fabulous “Lickity Split” tablerunner!

All of the lovely fabrics in the blocks were selected by Tasha (a little sweetness) and the really cute ones can be ordered in her lovely little Etsy shop HERE ~ thanks Tasha!

The pattern is from Rachel Griffith’s (p.s. i quilt) Etsy shop HERE.

It was super snappy to piece together…but the quilting and binding took quite a while.

I barely got this in the mail by the swap deadline (literally finished it at 2pm that day!)

Phew!

Now to start planning for my next two swaps…

Happy Monday,

Colette

 

Scooter Fun! July 25, 2010

I can’t remember ever having as much fun sewing as I did making this Scooter Bag!

OK, now I just need to travel to France and wear it while I drive around on a real scooter ;0)

The pattern is the Mischievous Gnome Messenger Bag from Sew Liberated HERE

and made up in all Echino Fabrics from Superbuzzy HERE.

I admittedly have an addiction to Echino Fabrics ;0)

The fabrics are a heavier weight linen/cotton blend so I used a featherweight interfacing which was perfect!

I love the large back pocket and the peek-a-boo scooters on the underside of the quilted strap!

The front also has 2 pockets…or rather one divided pocket.

and a nice zippered pocket on the inside…

with some more scooters in the lining!

Oh and my favorite part ~ the frayed scooter applique!

R. is totally in love with it

but its awfully big for such a little peanut

so I am thinking I might shrink the pattern

and make her a matching mini one for Christmas this year ;0)

Such fun!

A few quick notes on the pattern:

I can’t imagine making this without a walking foot ~ really I wouldn’t even try!

Lots of cutting and fussy cutting =0)

To attach the pocket decorative edge, you first need to put the pocket FRONT and LINING wrong sides together

and then lay the decorative piece face down and UPSIDE down on the LINING side…the instructions are not very clear here and I had to seam rip a couple of times.

When boxing your corners or sewing the lining to the exterior bag ~ be SURE to sew with the seams away from each other

or you’ll never be able to get your walking foot over all of the fabric.

Other than those few tips, this bag was pretty easy to make and I think it looks FABULOUS!

Now I’ve got to figure out something to whip up for my Nephew’s 4th Birthday (that was last week!)

Happy sewing,

Colette

 

Sneaky Peeky June 29, 2010

Filed under: Alewives Virtual Turning Twenty Class,June 2010,Quilting,Sewing — The Threaded Nest @ 6:18 pm
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A little sneaky peaky at my Echino Turning Twenty quilt!

I’m just finishing it up by hand stitching the Kona Raisin binding…

and enjoying every moment of it.

This has to be my most FAVORITE part of the whole quilt process!

I can RELAX, watch a movie, and NOT feel guilty because I am actually accomplishing something ~ tee hee ;0)

Isn’t the long arm quilting by Barbara from Alewives Fabrics BEAUTIFUL???

Happy quilting,
Colette

 

More Echino? April 21, 2010

Remember I blogged a bit here about the Sew Liberated Mischievous Gnome Messenger Bag?

Right, I was going to use Heather Ross Gnomes in plum…

until I came across these fabulous scooters from Echino!

Alright, I admit it…I have a slight infatuation with Echino fabrics!

What can I say?  They make me smile.

Echino fabrics available here at superbuzzy

from top to bottom:  Dots – Olive, Scooter – Grape, and Solids – Grape.

Got my fabrics washed and ready to press so I could begin cutting out my pieces.

AND then my iron wouldn’t cooperate ~ ARRGGHHH!

Ordered new iron and hope it will show up today.

Guess I’ll have to go on a bicycle ride with R. instead =0)

Have  a lovely afternoon!

Happy sewing,

Colette

 

Quilt Inspiration March 8, 2010

purple patchwork quilt, originally uploaded by filminthefridge.

I sadly did not find the time to sew up my Anna Tunic this weekend. The weather was gorgeous (and here in New England you must take advantage when Spring so graciously makes an appearance) and I had a homework assignment to complete (no, really, I did!)

I “popped in” over at the Alewives Fabrics “Turning Twenty” virtual quilting class with Rhea (more about that here) yesterday and was totally inspired by her post about selecting fabrics for your quilt.  I so love how she throws all the rules out the window and simply tells you to choose a single fabric to be your muse and to build your other fabrics around it (OK, she went into a lot more detail than that, ha ha, but that was the gist of it!)  So of course, being the over achieving student that I am, I had to get right on my homework and select the fabrics for my quilt….easier said than done when your only options are driving for hours or browsing the Internet!

I looked and looked (albeit, obsessively) for hours, and thought that I might pick some fabrics from Anna Maria Horner’s Little Folks cotton voile or Garden Party line, which both would have been lovely, but I couldn’t quite pull the fabrics together to mix and match them without seeing them.  So off I went searching my favorite quilting blogs, and low and behold, I found the quilt (pictured above) over at (my most favorite quilting blog) Film in the Fridge (blogged here) and another similar one of her quilts  done in a different color palette blogged here.  I love love love her use of the whimsical prints from Etsuko Furuya’s Echino collections!!!

My most favorite pattern hands down is the “piglet in jade” here, which is the inspiration for my Turning Twenty quilt! Ashley from Film in the Fridge actually used the little pig in both of her lovely quilts.  I have been playing around with the different fabrics and when I finally (I am the most willy-nilly decision maker ever!) purchase them, I will “show and tell”.  Right now I am leaning toward the purple-turquoise-green colorway in the quilt pictured above.  The colors would be perfect in my bedroom (if I make a queen sized quilt) but doesn’t quite match my living room (if I do a generous sized throw) so some redecorating there might be totally necessary, ha ha.

Happy sewing,
Colette

 

 
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