Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Improv Solids TV Pillow

If you follow me on instagram you'll know that this is not a recent project.  But since I'm *trying* to keep my blog a little more current and updated you get a an oldie but goodie. :)

Last fall our guild had a SOLIDS Only challenge.  The deal was to create whatever "quilted" item we wanted used only solid fabrics.  I put it off until the very last minute, pulled out some practice blocks I had stashed away and went to town on some improv.

Improv is a funny thing for me.  Sometimes I'm not sure if my design will end up as pure genius or purely junk.  It's a fine line, I think.  :)

I was able to come up with a little something I liked in the end. 

 Some matchstick quilting finished it off nicely.

I had planned on just turning it into a wall hanging mini quilt or something like that but decided I wanted it to be a bit more functional.

Instead I took an old couch cushion I had been hanging onto for some unknown reason and used it for the inside of a giant floor pillow covered in my new design. 
The floor pillow seemed way more functional than another mini hanging on my wall.
 My kids have used it a ton, so I'm happy.

So, I'd like to know...
Do you like or dislike Improv? And why?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Catnap for Crayons

 You knew I couldn't be done making little bitty zipper pouches just yet.

I'm telling you, little is always better!

Catnap for Crayons Little Bitty Zipper Pouch
Besides little sewing kits and purse treasure-hiders, these pouches are great for crayons, as well.
Believe me when I say, my 8yr old was ecstatic to have a cute place to keep her crayons.  

Catnap for Crayons Little Bitty Zipper Pouch Inside

I mean, doesn't everyone like to keep their treasures in pretty little things?!
I sure do!

Cat Fabric: Catnap Cattitude in Eggplant by Lizzy House
Inside Fabric: Wee Wander Nature Walk in Magenta by Sarah Jane

Friday, February 13, 2015

Little Man's Quilt

{You can read how this project got started Here.}

Over Christmas break we figured out that Little Dude only needed 8 more blocks to finish off his Scrappy Improv Quilt.  That number seems HUGE when you are 10 yrs old, but I promised him that he'd be so happy when he was done. 

 We spent the better part of a day, him sewing and me trimming/ironing, and finally finished about 5 of them.  He had been saying all along that he wanted the quilt to be big enough for his bed, but at that point he wanted to stop and "rest" for awhile. Block making is hard work, you know...

Boy Improv Wonky Quilt Blocks

 I haven't pushed him too hard on this project because I wanted him to be happy with it and feel accomplished on his own.

A couple days later he asked for my help finishing up his remaining blocks.  I figured out that he would need to finish up the last 3 and then make another 5 for it to be big enough for his bed.  Once he heard "big enough for your bed" he was ready to tackle the last of the blocks + the extras. 

Boy Improv Wonky Quilt Blocks

We spent another longish day in my sewing room, him sewing and me trimming again, and were able to persevere through ALL of the remaining blocks.  He was such a trooper!  I'll admit that is was hard for him to work for so long, but when the last block was finished he raised his hands up in the air and yelled "YEEEESSS!"  

He was definitely proud of all of his hard work!  

Ice Cream Treat

We celebrated by going to Dairy Queen for a Blizzard. :)

I'm happy to say that his quilt is off to the quilter and should be ready for a final reveal in a few weeks.  Little Man can't wait until you see what he picked out for the backing and binding.  They are WILD! 

Linking up to Finish It Up Friday

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Little Bitty {London} Zippy Pouch

These little pouches are so cute and addictive.  
I mean, everything is cuter in miniature, right?

Little Bitty London Calling Zipper Pouch
This little one is for my British boy-band loving 13yr old daughter.
It's just the right size to stash easy-to-lose items in her purse.

Little Bitty London Calling Zipper Pouch
It's small size makes it an ideal fit for make-up, personal items, and candy/gum; things not easily found in one's purse.  Not that I would know... :)

My daughter actually *gasped* out loud when I gave it to her, so I'd say it's teenager approved!

The fabric is London Calling by Dear Stella.  
(P.S. You can find a FQ bundle of London Calling on sale at westwoodacres.com right now!)

Monday, February 9, 2015

Little Girl Sew Together Bag

Seems I'm on a bit of a bag-making kick lately...

This Little Girl Sew Together Bag was a collaboration with my 8yr old.  Can you tell?  When I asked her if she wanted one of these super cool bags she said, "Will you let me pick the fabrics?"
Sure thing!!

Little Girl Sew Together Bag
As you know, 8yr old girls are into things that fit into the cute, fluffy, snuggly, sparkly, rainbow, or candy-colored categories.  It's a universal theme, I'm guessing. :)  
So she found woodland creatures for the outside. (cute and fluffy categories)

Little Girl Sew Together Bag
For the insides she went with candy-colored and cute.
 The hardest part for her was whittling down her stack of favorite fabrics.  In fact, she chose a different fabric for each element.  Eleven fabrics total! 

Little Girl Sew Together Bag  
Even the rarely seen inside pockets are alphabet cute for my little school girl! 

 This is actually the third sew together bag I've made. 
I have at least one more to share in the coming weeks... for my newly minted teenage daughter. :)

Sew Together Bag pattern by Sew Demented on Craftsy

Outside Bag: Sorry, don't know what it is.
Inside fabrics (l to r): Sarah Jane's Wee Wander Glow Friends in Pink, Heather Ross' Briar Rose Strawberries in Green, Sarah Jane's Children at Play Just Stay Little in Turquoise, and Sarah Jane's Wee Wander Glow Friends in Sea.
Inside zipper pockets: A is for... Alphabet by My (heart) KT for Windham
Ends: Dear Stella Do It Yourself Scissors in White, Hedgehogs in Stone by Kate and Birdie Paper Company for Moda

Friday, February 6, 2015

Postage Stamp Quilt Update

If you've been following along then you know that my postage stamp quilt has been coming together very sloooowwly.  My last post in September had me contemplating making it bigger, from a twin sized to a queen.  Well, I went ahead an DID make it bigger!  It took some time and some re-figuring, and then more time and more figuring to get it to the size I wanted. 

Postage Stamp Quilt

But now, I'm happy to say that the top is FINISHED (as in really finished) and off to the quilter!

Postage Stamp Quilt

It is SO BIG that I had to move all the furniture in my front room while I pieced the backing and got it ready for the quilter.  When it comes back I'll give you the finished size and tell you how many 2.5" squares I ended up using.  Hint: It was A LOT!!!
Postage Stamp Quilt Flimsy

But I am so very happy with how it turned out, even if it took me such a long time to complete.
 I will enjoy seeing it every day on my bed!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Little Bitty Zippy Pouch

This little bitty pouch came about after I went retreating last month.  

My friend Holly had this cute little pouch that held her Clover Wonder Clips. Since I'm so experienced at pouches now (haha) I knew I could whip one up for myself in no time.  Holly gave me some rough measurements to work with, but honestly, by the time I was done I realized I'd messed up her figures. doh!

Despite my miscalculations, it still turned out just as cute as can be!

little bitty pink zipper pouch
The outside fabric is Sew Stitchy Pins in Grey by Aneela Hoey.  

little bitty pink zipper pouch
For the inside I used Technicolor Leaf in Candy by Emily Herrick.

little bitty pink zipper pouch
The pouch is the perfect little size for my wonder clips, some thread, embroidery scissors, and a pack of gum.  (Yes, I hide my gum in strange places in hopes that my kids won't find it!)

Here are the measurements/details I used if you want to make your own: 
 Cut outside and inside fabrics 7" long by 5.5" tall
I used Pellon 809 iron-on interfacing, and interfaced BOTH the inside and outside pieces. This make the bag more rigid and able to stand up on it's own.
For the boxed corners I measured 1" in from the point for my sewing line (approx 2" long).
Zipper is from Zipit on Etsy. I buy a rainbow assortment of 100 - 9"zippers for $35.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Zippy Pouches

Can you believe I've never actually made a zippy pouch before?  Well, there was that one time I made a sew together bag, but a plain old zippy pouch?  Never.

Until now...

My youngest daughter needed a present for her best friend, who was moving.  I'd been wanting to try pouches for awhile so that provided the motivation I needed. 
The little girl's favorite color was purple, so the "P is for" bag was born. 

Petite Purple Zippered Pouch

 P is for pretty purple pouch packed with peppermints for Piper. :)

It turned out so cute that I had to make more!!

Spell it with Moda M Zippered Pouch
This one is for Miss Megan, who also goes by Bunny.

Gold Dottie Hearts Zippered Pouch
And D is for Devyn, with the most fabulous gold dottie hearts.

Fabric Details:
Purple fabric by Kaffe Fassett
Pink Bunnies are Posy by Aneela Hoey for Moda
Gold Dottie Hearts from JoAnn's
Gray is Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Flax
Zippers from Zipit on Etsy.

I used Noodlehead's Open Wide Zipper Pouch tutorial for the bags and Moda's Spell It letters for the monogram. The Letters PDF can be found here.  I couldn't find an easier way to find them (with the whole alphabet in one link), so just change the letter in the web address to the one you want and it will pull right up. Links to punctuation and numbers can be found in this blog post by Pattern and Hue.