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Time for Tea

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  I finished the chair pad covers and love the combination of the blue and brown fabrics so much that I decided to make a coordinating tea cozy.  I found a youtube tutorial  to get me started and bought an applique embroidery pattern to go on it.  There are four layers; the outer skin, a layer of batting, a layer of insulate fabric and the lining.  I used the feather fabric of the applique cup for the lining.  I can't believe how well it works!  I can make a pot of tea and two hours later the tea is still warm.  So it is functional while brightening up my kitchen.  That's the best type of project!

Bionic Gear Bag 2.0

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  I bit the bullet, pulled on my big girl panties and had another go at a Bionic Gear Bag.  I struggled with the first one I made but I've got a lot more experience with quilting and binding since then, plus I've found helpful videos for a similar bag on Youtube to hold my hand through the process.  In all the years since I made the first bag the designer never did make the videos available that she frequently mentioned, although some folks have said that she later charged another membership fee to make them available.  I have no idea about the helpfulness of those videos (if they actually were made available) but these videos from other folks definitely helped; this bag turned out MUCH better. I've been on a quilting binge so I though this could be a small scrappy stash buster.  I quilted the outer skin this time.  That is one of the questions I couldn't get a response from the designer first time around, so instead I learned from my experience of making the first o

Fiesta

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  Blocks 1 - 4 I have started on a virtual quilt-along project for a bright, scrappy quilt.  This is being put on my by local quilting shop and I am so pleased I joined in.  I'm having a lot of fun and learning new things.  For example, on block #12 I initially pieced in rows and then sewed the rows together.  My scant 1/4" seam may have been a bit too scant and my block was oversized to the point that after I trimmed it down I will lose some of my points when I assemble the quilt top.  When I made the second block #12 I instead assembled as 4-patches, trimmed to size and then assembled the block.  This gave me much better results. These are blocks 5 - 8.  I have been paying much more attention to the direction I am pressing.  I kept running into situations where I would have two seams pressed in the same direction, but the other end of the seam had already been sewn to the opposite direction.  Now I am laying out all the pieces for the block and really thinking through just a

WIP's

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 I mentioned in my last post that I had been working on a number of projects.  One of them was new covers for my two ironing surfaces; the ironing board and the padded tv tray I use for ironing at the sewing machine.  I also mentioned I may make another Bionic Gear Bag.  Well I decided that was a "go" and I took the plunge to get started.  This time around I found a video for the Sew Together Bag that I think the Bionic Bag was based on.  It is definitely helping.   I pieced and quilted the outer layer to coordinate with the needle case .  Then I cut and interfaced all the other sections and got as far as I could until I was ready for the zippers, which I had ordered on Ebay.  Well those zippers came in today - less than 2 weeks after ordering them from overseas, so I am really impressed! - and now I will be able to carry on with that project. Once I put that aside I decided to organize the eight bins of quilting scraps I had on hand (no not all mine - I was gifted six of th

The Needle Case

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  I have done a LOT of sewing lately.  I summarized my holiday sewing in my last post.  Since then I've made another pair of knit pants for me (because Covid-10 is a thing), a pair for my daughter, a couple of jersey tops, added back pockets to all the knit pants that didn't have any, made a pair of houndstooth dress pants, and I'm sure there's more.  To be honest I was a little tired of clothes sewing and quilt sewing when I ran across the Nancy Zieman needle case project .  Thanks to Ebay and Amazon I have a pretty good stash of needles, and this looked like a good project to practice some skills without getting overwhelmed.   I have seen a few scrappy quilting projects lately that caught my interest and thought this could be a cute little project to try out that idea.  I made scrappy 2 1/2" squares and then used a 2 1/2" sashing strip to showcase some embroidery to make the outer fabric.  I used a heavy natural cotton for the inner fabric.   The pattern cal

A Celebration of Sewing

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I have spent so much time in the sewing room in the last few months that I need to come up for air.  A quick inventory shows that since the beginning of November I have: Finished the "Zen" quilt for stepson Finished the "Algonquin" quilt Made a wheelchair lap quilt for MIL Made a lap quilt for bestie Made pajama pants for daughter, son-in-law and 3 granddaughters Altered and embellished 3 t-shirts for 3 granddaughters Made knit pants for me Made "Dragonflies" quilt for middle granddaughter Phew! But I had the opportunity to get these gifts to the family and I can report back that it was all a complete success!  The jammer pants all fit well.  The lengths were perfect on all three.  I will add an inch or two to the rise for the smaller two if I make them again.  I just think they would be a bit more comfortable with a bit more room to bend over without them pulling down.  Daughter's fit perfectly and she says son-in-law's did as well.  For f

A Quilt For Granddaughter 2

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 It's been almost three years since I finished the quilt for Granddaughter 1 , so I thought it was time to get one going for GD 2.  The girls currently share a bedroom and there's a good chance 2 of the 3 girls always will, so I thought it would make sense to use the same Irish Chain pattern and coordinating colours so that they will go together without being identical.  GD1's main colour was purple (#4 in the above pic), and I'm going with pink (#7) for GD2 and I'll use blue for GD3 when I finally get around to hers.  You may recognize fabrics #1, #2, and #3 from the first quilt, and #6 is very close to a previous fabric.  I really like the idea of using some of the same fabrics as it shows continuity between the quilts.  I'm not sure I will be able to do that with the third one but I will jump off that bridge when I get there. I'm pleased with how my points line up The quilt top assembled Quilt sandwiched and pinned I've never really kept track of the