Visa Versa

My first finished project of 2011!  Actually finished just before New Year’s Day (but I’m counting it in 2011!)… the Vice Versa bag by Black Cat Creations:
                                  
This bag is misleading; the cover photo on the pattern would lead one to believe it would be an average size, hobo style shoulder bag…

Not so, it is actually much larger, each of those outside quadrants (the grey dot, the large floral, the black floral, and the turquoise geometric) are full 18″ squares.  It’s called Vice Versa, because it is made with 10 fat quarters to be fully reversible.  here’s a pic of the interior (or other side):

Most of the fabrics are from Riley Blake.  Here’s a shot to give you a better idea of the scale…that’s a 13 pound cat inside the bag (actually struggling desperately to get out…He puts up with more from me than he should have to!):

If you are a big bag person, or know someone who is, they would love this bag.  I’m going to downsize the pattern next time I make it, because I’m really not a big bag person.

I made few blocks for a group quilt a local quilter is putting together, made with Atkinson Designs Four Square Farmhouse pattern:

This is a fabulous pattern.  These two blocks (15″ square) are made out of two fat quarters (there is very little waste), and the pattern includes size requirements for many different quilt sizes.  Anyone that has used one of Terry Atkinson’s patterns knows they are well-written and no-nonsense.   I could see me making scrap quilts, baby quilts, and gifts from this pattern…

I’ll be back soon with updates on other sewing I’ve been up to, as well as wedding planning updates.  My month long blog break was un-intentional, but as it turned out, necessary and useful.  It’s always good to regroup at the start of a new year, anyway, don’t you think?

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A Fairy Tale For Nettie

My December, One Block Over bee block…  I had SO much fun making this last night…loved all the little scraps with fussy-cut potential…  I hope it is wonky enough, Nettie!  My focus print was Snow White and the seven dwarfs, but only four of them ended up in the center square, so I used another scrap to add these three little characters (a BLUE frog, a puppy, and a panda!) in the upstairs window: 

And this little mouse is lurking around outside the door, probably interested in those half-eaten apples discarded on the floor:

And the wise old owl is watching the scene from his perch up high.  (See the Moon fabric?  Isn’t that awesome?)  Nettie has fabulous scraps!

Enjoy, Nettie…can’t wait to see what you make with all these blocks…

Merry Christmas all,
Doris

Someone gave ME a quilt!

Are you one of those people that gives pretty handmade gifts, hand crafted items, but never seems to receive any? That’s me, too. No one ever seem to think of shopping at vintage stores, or antique shops, or craft fairs for me (I guess they assume I’ll make it myself), occasionally I receive a quilt shop gift certificate (always appreciated!).

Except Toni. She has always found unique, sometimes odd and unidentified, gifts for me, shares my love of fabric and all things sewing, and she’s generous. She gave me THIS:
It’s a quilt she made (a UFO until recently) that I have coveted for over five years. Made of mostly Amy Butler “Charm” fabrics in the navy and pink colorway that I sadly never bought any of. She gave it to me at our retreat this weekend as a belated birthday gift. It was SO worth the wait. The back is the gorgeous Chelsea Rose pattern (and check out that striped bias binding!):Toni, I love it, as you know, and I’ve already spent two evenings snuggling with it, despite the fact that it is unseasonably warm this week! I love you, too, girlfriend.

Our Guild retreat was this past weekend, I managed to finish up these Bee blocks, for Liz and Angela for One Block Over…I did a BAG FULL of cutting to finish up my Halloween quilts for next October… and I stitched most of my Christmas quilt top (pics to come as soon as I finish the top). Mostly I ate bad-for-me junk food, talked, slept, drank a margarita toast to my engagement, and laughed a lot. Retreats are good. Great friends are even better.

Strings and Things

I got back into the swing of things this Sunday, with a long overdue sewing day with my pal, Toni.  Toni finished up an ancient UFO, a baby quilt top…and I made a few Bee Blocks.

This one is for Susan, for the Fresh Modern Bee that, due to some things going on in my life, I had to drop out of early, but promised her I’d finish up her block:

Then I made these fun string blocks for Terri, for the One Block Over Bee:

Using a paper foundation, these blocks go together FAST and EASY:

Now, obligations fulfilled, I am on to sewing bags, starting with a few coin purses:

It’s great to be creating again…

Cyclone Quilt

 
I’m thrilled to tears with the Cyclone blocks that have been flying to my mailbox!  This is my block for the One Block Over Bee, for July.  I sent out fabric and paper foundation patterns and asked these talented ladies to create a Cyclone block for me. 

I think they’re troopers, they have not all paper pieced before, but all were willing to at least give it a try.  I created a tutorial for them, over here.

Check it out, if you have any tips for them that would clarify the tutorial, please feel free to leave a comment.  It’s challenging trying to teach something as visual as paper piecing via written instructions!

Any ideas for me on sashing or setting these blocks once I get all twelve of them back?

Blocks for Bees

I got caught up on my Bee blocks during June…here’s Amy’s flying geese block for One Block Over, May:


Amy’s block for Fresh Modern Bee 2, June:

Autumn’s Block for One Block Over, June:

and it’s my turn to send out the July fabric for One Block Over in July…here are the fabrics I picked:

All Kona solids and Westminster designers.  Can’t wait to see this quilt come together, it’s very much out of my box color-wise!

Are you a Bee quilter?  How many Bee’s are you in?  I just finished one up, and I’m currently in two others…maybe I should learn to say no?