Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Mosey Tote

My husband and I went to Berlin, Ohio for our Eleventh Anniversary last weekend.  Berlin is like paradise for a quilter.  There are so many quilt shops that you could only make it to all of them if you had a whole week.  By the end of the weekend, I felt a little bad for my husband since I had dragged him to at least half a dozen quilt shops.  I allowed myself to buy a project at each of the shops because I have been working so hard this year to finish up projects that were collecting dust in the dresser I keep them in. 

Right before we left for our trip, I began working on one of these dusty projects.  Last fall I was at my LQS, The Quilt Patch, for something to finish a project and saw a Mosey Tote sample that I instantly fell in love with.  Amazingly, I bought all of the supplies necessary on that trip, so when I dug it out of the drawer it came together pretty quickly. 

I used a Gobble charm pack by Moda and some yardage for the flap and lining.

I began by sewing most of the charm squares into half square triangles.

Then I played with the arrangement for several hours.

This is after the quilting.

Fully assembled!  The flower is machine appliqued.  I have only done machine applique once before with o.k. results, but this flower is amazing!

The Mosey Tote is a pattern by This & That created for 5" charm packs. 

One more dusty project finished and ready for use.  I also finished a Christmas gift for my sister, but I will keep that to myself until after Christmas. 

I have been sewing everyday since I have been home from my travels and can't wait to get started with my next project.


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Giant Snap Bag

The first evening of my summer I sat down and made a gift for my daughter's second grade teacher.  She just had a baby and I thought that one of the snap bags that I made would be handy to keep diapers and wipes easy to find in the diaper bag.  The only problem with that was that the largest bag in the pattern was not nearly big enough, so I had a little math to do before I could sew.  Luckily, I enjoy math.  I think it turned out great and believe that it may be the perfect size to fit my Kindle in so that it doesn't collect all the dirt and gunk from my purse.

I used two fat quarters I bought with good intentions when I was pregnant with my 7 year old. 

Here is the inside stuffed with diapers and a package of wet wipes!

Now I need to go finish the last two block of the month blocks that I have yet to tear the paper off of.


Sunday, June 5, 2011

Snap Bag Gifts

Today was the first time I have touched my machine in a few weeks.  After such a long separation, I always wonder why I allow my sewing to sit on the back burner.  When I take the time to sew, I am so much happier all around. 

This being my last week of school I needed to whip up a few small gifts to thank the moms that volunteer to help me out in the classroom.  The Snap Happy bag pattern has been floating around my house for a while now, so I thought what a perfect time to try it out! 

The bag uses old tape measures cut up to keep the bag closed.  The prairie points are used to open the bag up.  Since many sizes are featured they can be used for change purses, make up bags, ipod cases and so much more!

For all three bags I only used 3 fat quarters, some left over batting and left over interfacing!

These bags were all made this afternoon.  I started with the rolled up fat quarters and finished all three in about 2 hours.  It could have been done in an hour and a half, but my life is almost never uninterrupted!

Off to my last week of school.  Hoping to have more time for sewing next week!