Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Curiosities Knitting Bag

Happy Wednesday! This week I wanted to share with you a recent gifted project! I wanted to make something for my friend Lei, and I remembered that she always brought her knitting over in a reusable shopping bag. I thought she could use a dedicated knitting bag, which would be a little more functional and cuter too!

I pulled out one of my friend Christina's older patterns, Amanda's Knitting Bag. I've had the pattern printed for ages, but never got around to make it. It's named after our mutual friend Amanda, as the pattern sample was a gift for her. This seemed like the perfect bag to make for Lei!

I chose to use a natural linen for the main body of the bag, like Christina's original bag. I chose a couple of prints from Curiosities and a bright zipper to finished it off!

I buy all my zippers from Zipit.

I love all the little details in this bag that make it perfect for a knitter. There are pockets for a pattern, knitting needles, yarn, and all the notions too! The little peeks of the interior fabric are really sweet. And the tiny zipper pocket are great for small notions like scissors and stitch markers!

I saved the Splendiferous Warm print for the main interior of the bag, since it's so bold and colorful! It's a great surprise when you open up the bag!

I filled up the bag with yarn, and some handy knitting notions! There is room for a large project or a few smaller ones. The short handles make it easy to hang the bag on a door handle or travel with! Now I want to make one of these bags for myself!

Happy Sewing and Knitting!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Geometric Bliss Triangularity Quilt

Happy Wednesday! I have a quilt finish to share today, WOO! Last month I finally got around to stitching up one of my nearly a year in the making Triangularity quilt. I cut this quilt out almost immediately after receiving my Geometric Bliss yardage last October. The triangles sat for a long time, and I worked on it a little at a time throughout this year. I let it sit so long, that by the time I was putting the rows together I had forgotten that I cut enough triangles for a Full/Queen vs. a Throw! I did a little ripping and got back on track. I should have taken better notes!

I'm excited to have another quilt made in this collection. There are so many of my favorite colors in this collection: orchid, mint, turquoise, coral, peach, gold/green, red orange, black/white! 

This quilt is quite big at 91" square! As I mentioned this is the Full/Queen size from my Triangularity Quilt Pattern. This uses the included triangle size, and uses half-yard cuts. The pattern has four additional sizes, plus instructions/math for creating your own custom quilt!

I sent this quilt over to Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting for the quilting. With all the geometric prints and the triangle shapes of the piecing, I wanted to keep the quilt design geometric too. The Crackle pattern fit the bill. It gives the quilt a really interesting texture, it's super cool in person!

I struggled a bit to decide on a binding fabric, so I asked Instagram! I ended up going with a Verve Violet and a dash of Empire Yellow (both are Pure Elements solids). Since the front has so much going on, using solids seemed like the best choice. I also wanted the binding to coordinate well with the backing, since I actually pieced it!

For the backing, I used a black and white script print from Minimalista plus the Cuboid Orchid print from Geometric Bliss. I didn't have enough of the main backing print, so I stretched it with the purple, creating this semi-wonky plus. Makes it kind of two-sided!

I'm so happy to add another large quilt to my collection. I was talking to Jacey last week and we agreed that we never regret making a quilt too big, but we often wish we'd made quilts larger. I have a lot of quilts around 60"x80" or smaller, but not many big enough for our bed. Now I have another to add to that list! Yay!

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Catch Up

How is it already the second week of August? This summer is flying by! Somehow I managed to take a little bit of a mini break from blogging. I felt like I used up all my content last month. I am mostly behind on taking photos of things. I'm expecting that posting will be pretty sporadic over the next month or so. With summer winding down and our wedding quickly approaching, I'm trying to relax a little. I have been planning lots of sewing projects though, including a couple new quilts!

New Projects
One of those quilts is one using Leah Duncan's Morning Walk collection. I love the colors and prints in this collection, I think it's my favorite of Leah's! I chose a minty solid for the background to mix things up!

Geometric Bliss Triangularity Quilt
Last month my giant Triangularity quilt came home from being quilted by Melissa. I made the binding this week and am just waiting for a cool enough day to bind it up.

Knit Linden
I carved out some time the past weekend to make a lightweight knit version of the Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline Studio. I have to admit, I wasn't sure how much I'd like a light sweatshirt, but it is SO comfy. It's going to get lots of wear especially this Fall. For this first one I used the Firefly Jar Dark knit from Curiosities. Now I'm scheming a few more lightweight versions. I love this pattern!

As a maker it has been a constant back and forth about what to DIY for our upcoming wedding. At first I was tempted to do everything, but since we'll only be home a few days before the event, and it's a lot of work and stress to do everything yourself, I came to my senses early on. I chose only a few things to make, including designing the stationary and making bunting. Of course I had to make bunting! I'm thankful that I was able to finish it up last month, yay!

Paper Piecing
I am teaching three new classes at The Sewcial Lounge this Fall: Foundation Paper Piecing, English Paper Piecing, and Rotary Cutting Basics. For more information about each class and to register, go here.

Antique Mall Finds
Michael and I made a trip out to the Columbus Antique Mall a few weekend's ago. I managed to find a few goodies!

George bunny sweet! He is just so cute :)

Happy Wednesday!