This is a pattern in the Little Bits Quilting Bee book that I finished a while ago and have just now gotten a decent picture of it. It’s challenging to photograph a quilt in low lighting, which was about all we had around here until a few weeks ago! But alas, here it is. I bought the fabrics last year in July with a plan to make a quilt, although I wasn’t sure at the time what pattern to use. I was thinking of making one up until I became enamored with the quilts in the book and I knew the fabric was destined for this geometry. I just love the color mix paired with the white and the chartreuse binding–so fun! I did loosely hand quilt this one, but I mean loosely–I used a very long stitch and just did it along the pattern already in place, which is quite spread out. I love it. It makes it just crinkly enough and still feels almost as special as the ones I quilt painstakingly! It didn’t take much more time than it would have to tie it, either, so I may be doing this more in the future…maybe.
We have been out and about enjoying the fruits of summer–the beach and walks and more berry picking. There has been some engrossed bouts of sewing, but only on cloudy days! I hope you are enjoying your summer (if it’s that time of year for you).
August 4th, 2012
I made some strawberry biscuits, fresh strawberry pie (not pictured), and 12 jars of strawberry-honey jam. Yumm! The jam’s a little runnier than I would like, but it always is and Ryan doesn’t seem to mind so we’re calling it good. I’m trying to get Christmas gifts in a manageable state for doing them homemade this year. I’m leaving my job and going to give the stay-at-home mom thing a chance. I think it will be lovely!
We spent yesterday evening whiling away the afternoon in the sun, reading our books while Ulysses happily entertained himself with his wheelbarrow full of water, some containers, and measuring spoons. Summer has arrived and we are all the better for it.
July 9th, 2012
My dearest friend has been putting a bug in my ear for far too long about needing a makeup brush case. She is quite the jetsetter and needed a place to keep her brushes so they wouldn’t get so dirty and mangled. I whipped this one up and took photos as I went so you can try it for yourself if you like.
Cut the outside fabric 14″ wide by 10″ tall (note: I determined the height of mine by making sure it would fit my tallest brush. If your tallest brush is much shorter, I’d recommend decreasing the height to size of brush plus 1.5″.). I used a cotton for mine.
Also cut one piece of cotton batting (this is to make the case sturdier. You could also use Timtex) and one piece for the inside fabric (cotton or vinyl). You should have three pieces total–one for lining, one for outside, and one for batting.
Cut the pocket fabric 14″ wide by 6″ tall (note: if you made your height shorter, you’ll want to also decrease the height here.). Cut the button loop fabric 5″ by 1.5″.
Finish one 14″ edge of the pocket fabric. Finish the button loop.
Place the batting on the wrong side of the fabric. Quilt the fabric and batting together in whatever pattern suits you. I chose swirls.
Take the inside fabric and the pocket fabric and place the pocket fabric on top of the inside fabric. Both of the right sides should be facing you. Fold into thirds. Sew vertical lines beginning at the top of the pocket fabric to the end of the fabric at each third interval. Decide how many places you’ll want for thin versus fat brushes. I assumed 1 inch for thin ones and 2 inches for fat brushes, however my friend’s fatest brush did not fit, so you’ll want to test yours.
Place outside and inside pieces right sides together. Pin the button loop in place. Sew along three sides, starting from the top left to the bottom left (so you don’t sew over what will be the left side of the case). Turn it inside out and press the seams flat with your finger, if you used vinyl, or press with the iron if you used all cotton.
Fold in the raw edges on your one unfinished side and sew an 1/8″ hem. Fold it into thirds and sew your button in place so it lines up with the button loop. Voila!
June 25th, 2012
After much searching, I found an organic strawberry u-pick in Monroe, so a friend and I set off with our boys to pick strawberries! We both like to can and I’m planning to make strawberry jam (trying this honey strawberry jam recipe). She’s got a dehydrator and a big freezer, so has a few more plans. The boys had so much fun! Once they realized that they couldn’t eat the strawberries they picked immediately (there was a fair amount of mud that needed to be washed off), they lost interest in picking and instead traipsed in the mud and did general boy playing “at the farm,” as Ulysses kept repeating. I’m planning on putting our haul up tomorrow, so fingers crossed for setting!
June 20th, 2012
Happy Father’s Day to all of you dads out there! Here’s the goodie basket we prepared for our local superdad. Printables for the goodies are here; printables for the card are here; cute interview printable here.
June 16th, 2012
I have just been loving my Little Bits Quilting Bee book. I finished the geometric one, but haven’t been able to get the right photo of it yet after many attempts. I spent months finding the perfect fabrics to work on the popsicle quilt, as it’s the reason I bought the book. I just adore this quilt and I’m very excited about it. I’m doing the whole enchilada on this one (ie hand quilting). I have all of the squares pieced and am working on getting them sewn together to make the quilt top. I’ve only got a few lines left to go but have hit some sort of quilting wall. Does this happen to you? I’ll work and toil away on something for weeks or months and then poof! It sits in my closet for a while. Maybe we’re taking a breather from each other.
I’ve been spending most of my time gardening. After about a month, I’ve got all my beds cleaned up. I find gardening so rewarding! It’s so lovely to see things come up year after year and watch your efforts multiply and grow each year. My next effort is going to be a Craigslist purge. I’ve got a number of things, mostly furniture, that I need to sell.
June 4th, 2012