This month one of my local quilt groups, The Columbus Modern Quilters, had a swap of one hour baskets, and I was eager to sign up. The tutorial we used is by Hearts and Bees, and is available on Craftsy. I had never made one before, but all it took was one practice basket, and I was hooked!
Hour Basket Exterior
My partner listed Carolyn Friedlander as one of her favorite designers, so I thought it would be fun to make a basket entirely with her fabrics. Flying geese patchwork made up the design on both sides of the basket.
Patchwork panels for an hour basket
For the interior, I used a strip of orange fabric that matches the arrows on the exterior of the basket, and finished it off with a wide grid that also coordinates with the basket exterior.
Hour Basket Interior
The swap was so much fun, and everyone loved the basket they received. I was delighted that this basket was for me! This is one of my favorite shades of blue, and it is just perfect for spring!
The Hour Basket that I received in the guild swap
This also completes my One Monthly goal entry for March!
This week I managed another finish for my Second Quarter Finish Along. This purse was pretty far along already, so it really didn’t take too long to finish, and I am thrilled with the result.
I had made a similar quilted bag last summer and have been carrying it ever since. I liked the design pretty well, but I did make a few modifications this time around. The new bag is slightly wider and deeper, although the height is the same. Depending on how things would shift within the previous purse, it could be difficult to remove larger items such as my wallet, so the size change has helped immensely. The last time around, I made the exterior pockets almost exactly the same size as the base bag, which meant that it was sometime a bit tight getting my keys or phone into those pockets. This time I allowed for more ease, and it seams to be working well- nothing is falling out, but is much more easily accessible. The interior pocket of the new bag is also sewn in so that there is an additional pocket created behind the zippered pouch.
All of the fabrics are Cotton and Steel. I could hardly wait to get my hands on this Viewfinders fabric from Melody Miller’s Playful line, and I paired it with the Hotcross Buns print from Rashida Coleman-Hale’s Mochi line. The interior pocket is made of a Kimberly Kight Homebody print and lined with a red print from the Cotton and Steel Basics line. I found this fantastic trim at a quilt show to finish off the exterior pockets, but it had been cut and packaged, so I’m not sure who designed it. Does anyone recognize it? I love that it incorporates so many colors that are in the viewfinder print.
The quilting design is concentric circles which were randomly placed around a large fabric sandwich. Once the quilting was done, I then cut out the individual pieces for the purse. The main sides of the purse, the exterior pockets and the bottom of the bag are all quilted using Warm and White cotton batting. The handles are strengthened with woven iron on interfacing, and the top of the purse and interior pockets are lined, but have no additional support. The top and bottom edges of the bag are finished with bias tape which helps the bag keep its shape.
I have been carrying this bag for a few days now, and I am really loving it. There may be more bags like this in my sewing future!
Goal #15 is Finished!
On occasion, I have to set aside my usual “uniform” of jeans and blouses or knit dresses, and put on something a bit nicer. These events tend to sneak up on me, and I frequently end up un-accessorized as a result. This weekend I decided that it was time to at least have an appropriate purse for some of these Summer functions.
My nicest Summer dress is a grey and beige stripe, so I decided to use a fabric in the same color scheme for the exterior of the bag. This cotton is a Janet Clare print from her Field Guide line of fabric for Moda. So far this bag is pretty subtle, and I couldn’t have that! The main part of the interior is this cheerful green dot.
I designed this bag to be divided into two sections with a zippered pouch in the center. On one side of the central zippered pocket, I added five card slots and a smaller zippered pouch with a pocket behind it. The linings of the internal zippered pockets are bright pink. I didn’t realize how much the interior of this bag looks like a watermelon until I took the pictures!
The inner lining lays smooth with the outer fabric ruched (gathered) over it. Then the upper band with the zipper and wrist strap is added. At about 9″x7″, this will work as a just-large-enough-for-an-evening bag, and it is nicer than my other bag without being too formal.
Today I have another finish for the Second Quarter Finish Along. After having this pretty quilter’s cotton for over nine months it was nice to check this project off the list. This is a fully lined 3/4 circle skirt with a lapped side seam zipper.
I like circle skirts because they give a lot of fullness at the hem without any extra bulk at the waist. What I do not like about circle skirts is the fact that most of the hem is on some degree of bias, so the hem tends to “grow” over time. I made the skirt several days ago and then let it hang on the dress form for a week before hemming. My Mom was pressed into service to mark an even line around the outer skirt to create the hemline. To make sure the hem was as even as possible, I wore the shoes I will most likely wear with this skirt, and the even line was marked from the floor, not the waistband. After doing a roll hem on the outer skirt, I marked the lining length and hemmed it 3/4″ shorter than the outer layer. I am hoping that additional “growth” will be minimal since it is only knee length (the weight of longer skirts can cause them to grow more) and the fabrics are fairly sturdy.
This skirt is all ready for my trip to Paducah, KY for the AQS show, so hopefully it will be warm enough to wear this week!
Goal #21 is Finished!
A good sewing apron can make working on a project a lot easier, especially if you are like me- leaving a trail of supplies wherever you go! This summer I will be working in a theatrical costume shop creating patterns for the clothing worn on stage. An apron is even more helpful in this communal sewing environment when you not only have your tools laying out, but everyone else’s as well. My old apron was getting pretty sad after about six years of use, so it was definitely time for something new.
I have gone through a few aprons over the years, and lately I have liked a half apron tied at the waist rather than a full apron. The last apron I made had a single pocket, and the apron before had about half a dozen different pockets. For me, having lots of pockets made sense when I was doing wardrobe and needed to have separate areas for different sized safety pins, a threaded needle, scissors, flashlight, etc. One pocket is fine working in a shop, but I decided to try a different format to mix a large pocket with separate area for scissors, seam rippers, and pencils.
Denim is durable, coordinates with most of my work clothes, and I had some left from a previous project! I lined it with a pink solid cotton for added durability, and trimmed the whole thing with a bias cut stripe by Lotta Jansdotter.
One thing that has driven me nuts with previous aprons is how it is difficult to sit down with much of anything in the pocket. Getting poked with scissors is no fun! I wanted to give this apron just a little bit of fullness so it will fall more naturally when going to sit down. I didn’t want to gather the denim, so I added a small pleat to each side. This seams to do the trick- no poking!
Hopefully this apron will get several years of use- just like its predecessors!
Goal #26 is Finished!
I’m linking up with Sew and Show at Straight Grain this week. Please stop in to see all of the wonderful work shown there!