I didn’t know who Alison Glass was until I started seeing posts for the Alison Glass mini quilt swap. I quickly fell for her fabrics. I ordered a fat quarter bundle of Grove for my quilt and used the nine colorways to create a plus quilt layout. I was really happy with how this layout turned out and have considered making a version of it for myself. I didn’t get a good picture of the back with my phone, but I did find this one of Jackson laying on it while I was sewing on the binding. And here’s the finished project with the extras I sent. I got a lovely improv quilt with the Handcrafted fabric line and a really nice pincushion and lots of other lovely extras. My previous pincushion was something I threw together when I was in elementary school. I posted a picture on Instagram asking for a new one if my partner felt like it. Here’s a close-up of my new one. I got some pins I really like too. This was the first of three fabric designer themed mini quilt swaps that wrapped up this month so erring the mail has been quite exciting lately!
The rainbow mini swap wrapped up in April. I started off with nine colors of polka dots and an idea for a log cabin, but the colors weren’t working in the pattern. I did sew the warm colors together in the center before I decided that it wasn’t working out so I ended up using that part of the block as a zipper pouch. I was messing around with the layout in Adobe Illustrator and came up with this when I was trying out another idea. It got much more of a response from the swap group than I was thinking it would and my partner, who is a big fan of polka dots, was very pleased with it.
And here’s the back.
I made some colorful extras too, including a rainbow tote and a key fob. Those two items have become my go-to extras for swaps. And here’s the quilt I got from my partner. I’m still pretty amazed by it and will catch myself just staring at as it hangs on my craft room wall. I still have several more swaps to catch up with on the blog, and three shipping this month!
I’ve become a bit of a mini quilt swap addict. Here’s the info on my second one from early this year, the Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap.
I picked out some blocks from a sampler book my mom has when I was visiting her at Thanksgiving. I started with Tula Pink arrowheads and picked out coordinating fabrics from my LQS.
And bear’s paw and dutchman’s puzzle.
It ended up being pretty big with four 12″ blocks and there were some tricky size issues with a block that I have since tried to forget about. Here’s how it all turned out.
And here’s some extras I made with the leftover scraps after cutting out all the pieces.
And the total package. (Photo from my partner)
And now what I got from my partner. This quilt was so perfect for me and I got a lot of great extras too!
I’ve signed up for many more swaps since!
Last year I did a Dr. Who swap that turned out to be my first mini quilt swap.
Making a quilt wasn’t required for this swap but I made one for my person since she said she never had a quilt before, and my partner (a different person) made one for me.
The design I chose was something way out of my comfort zone but learned a lot in the process. I’ve been taking graphic design class, so I started using Adobe Illustrator to lay out all my quilts before buying fabrics.
It was really useful for making patterns for my appliqués. (The designs don’t make a lot of sense if you don’t watch the show…) I just interfaced (yeah, learned that QUICK) and did a zigzag stitch around the edges.
And here it is all together with Tardis backing/binding. The borders and white squares are Kona Cotton.
Here’s the one I got.
I really like the pattern my partner used for mine and have downloaded the free pattern so I can make it sometime.
This project was my return to quilting and I’ve hit the ground running since with swaps and inspiration, so much more to come on this front!
Want to sew something quick and satisfying? Try a zipper pouch.
They are quick and easy to sew and don’t take a lot of fabric.
Here are some I’ve made since my blogging hiatus started last fall.
This first one is using the noodlehead open wide pouch.
I bought some bags of scraps on Instagram over the summer and those have made for some fun scrappy pouches. It’s also a good project where you can use a little bit of pretty fabric when you can’t bear to part with the whole piece at once. I’m sure there will be more to come as I always find myself coming back to making zipper pouches!
For years I dreamed about a sewing machine cover. I bought the fabric to make one over Easter weekend 2013. And it sat on my shelf for a long time before my summer craft room reorganization brought it back to my attention.
When I’d think about making the cover, I would research different sewing patterns and then draw my ideal cover out, trying to figure out a design. I wanted a pocket. I wanted it to go around the cords so I wouldn’t have to unplug. I wanted it to slope with my machine. None of the patterns had what I was looking for.
So I would decide it was too hard and would put it aside again.
Then a revelation came to me, as it often does with sewing. Nothing makes sense until it makes total sense. So I realized I could trace my machine, and it wasn’t that hard after all (just two side pieces and a middle piece) and I had myself a reversible sewing machine cover start in finish in less than a day. I attribute the cat bed construction process with helping me realize how to put the cover together.
Here is an in-progress shot of the lining construction, making sure it would fit.
And here’s the finished cover. I love it.
I didn’t quite come together how I thought it would when I drew it up in 2013, but you know what? It’s functional, colorful, fun, and most importantly, complete! I’ve been trying to get over my concerns about things not turning out by just going start to finish and getting things done. That is certainly a confidence booster, when things turn out and they weren’t as hard as you made them out to be. (I’ve been enjoying my cover since September… Just found this post in draft!)
I had picked out a different fabric for the lining, but I decided to go with the same Wildfield fabric I used for the reverse side of my sewing machine mat. I bought several yards and love it, but still have plenty leftover. And when I’m feeling super matchy, I can have a matching mat and cover. (The original lining for the cover found a place as a lining for the bag I made to take to Italy.)
Anyway, what have you been thinking about making for way too long? Or have you completed some long awaited projects lately? If you haven’t made yourself a sewing machine cover, I definitely recommend just doing it!
I have so many pretty and fun things to show you all blog fans, but my blog backlog is killing me… Plus I have already completed projects for two swaps this year and am working on four more (Am I hooked on swaps? Maybe…)
So here’s a quick post just so it doesn’t feel insurmountable to get back to it.
I bought some really pretty bird fabric at my LQS last fall. It lingered on my shelf until earlier this week.
I wanted I make a headphone pouch but didn’t feel like shortening the 9″ zipper. Why? Beats me but I ended up with a way wider pouch than I intended.
I lined it with black fleece because I typically like my pouches to have more heft to them than just interfacing. So after making a super wide pouch I realized it would be a lovely new home for my DPNs, at least until I sew myself a fancy knitting needle case 😄