Sunday, February 28, 2010

Olympic Pillowcase Progress

I've started sewing my pillowcases that were pinned before. I call them my Olympic Pillowcases in honor of their colors that match the Olympics. There are 8 cases on the 3 color variances. They sew together so fast using the hot dog method posted previously. Here's 3 to start.
I love the colors in the pillowcases. Makes me think of the ocean as well and WARM weather!! I also love using the french seam. It is sooo clean. I don't think I'll ever do a pillowcase without it. That or the hot dog method of attaching the top band and accent.


I also picked out a new purse to work on. I went simple to continue my progress. It will be a cell phone bag. I have a pattern from Quiltsmart that I'll try out. I'll keep you posted.

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~*~Trish~*~

Friday, February 26, 2010

Completed Reversible Purse

I'm happy to say that I completed the reversible purse.  I finished up the handles last night and attached them.  I hunted for a special button but could not find one. I ended up taking a basic button and adding some rhinestones to it (Note to self, start collecting fun buttons).  I made the latch out of a snippet of ribbon. I also raised my straps a little because I like a longer strap on my purse.  Here's the final product, Thanks Bradie. 
Now, I can start opening all those other purse patterns I've been collecting.

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~*~Trish~*~

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Reversible Purse Progress

I'm almost completed with my reversible purse pattern that I found on Moda Bakeshop here.  The instructions were provided by Bradie Sparrow from QuiltCetera.Com who has been so helpful to me.  It will be great to finish my first purse.  So, all I have left is to add the straps.  Since I did not have matching fossil fern fabric, I had to go to my stash.  I picked out 4 different batiks to match the sides.  Here's the matches.
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~*~Trish~*~

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Purse Pattern Collector

I've always been one who "collects" purse patterns but have yet to make one.  I have all the add-ons (handles, snaps, clips) necessary to finish a purse as well.  When I saw the Reversible Purse pattern on the Moda Bake Shop, I knew I wanted to try it.  I had a 100 pack of 5" squares previously purchased called Fossil Fern Charm pack.  Here's the panels I created for the reversible purse.  Darks for one side and lighter colors for the reverse side.  So far, So good.

Here's the range of colors in the fossil fern 100 pack.  If I use my extra handles, I might just be able to make a few purses from this pack.
My problem with purse patterns are that I sit there and over analyze each step and convince myself into saying that it's too hard.  So, I'm determined to finish this one.  If you know of any easy purse patterns out there, send them my way!


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~*~Trish~*~

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Clever Birthday Greeting Card

A while back, I purchased some chalk markers.  They are a pen with liquid chalk in them that dries quickly.  They are great to write greetings on the house door window or car windows.  We also like to use them for reminders on the mirror.  This morning, I awoke to a rather large Birthday card on my bathroom mirror.  Yes, it's my birthday today.  Now, this is the way to start a Birthday!  I especially like that he skipped over the mirror panel split to continue birthday.

I also received a card and 4 quilting / embroidery books that I had in my wishlist online.  Here they are:

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~*~Trish~*~

Monday, February 22, 2010

Pinathon

I'm having myself a Pinathon.  What's that you ask?  It's where I prep all the 12 cut out pillowcases by pinning them in the hot dog method.  I have 8 completed so far.  I'm running out of pins.  However, I smile with the thought of how easy assembly sewing will be.  If you are not familiar with the hot dog method, pop over to erica's blog for instructions.

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~*~Trish~*~

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Olympic Colored Pillowcases

I was looking at my stash and my eyes zoned in on this fabric I bought at Walmart when they were closing out their craft areas.  I bought so much in many colors of this pattern that was on clearance.  I decided I'm going to start using the stash for pillowcases.  So, I picked out 3 colors that reminded me of what I thought was the ocean since I'm tired of winter.  Here, it turns out that I think I picked them because they are also the color scheme used in the Olympics we've been watching each night.  So, I now have 12 Pillowcases cut from the fabric color combinations ready for assembly.


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~*~Trish~*~

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Finished Blush Lap Quilt Top

I added the solid white inner border to the Blush Lap Quilt that uses the "In A Jiffy" pattern.  Previously, I was not sure I liked all the colors mixed together.  Now, I like it a lot more!  The difference in the pattern,  I added a 2" (1.5 with seams) white inner border to match the white fabric on some of the blocks.  Here's the completed quilt top just in time for Valentines Day.  Happy Valentines Day to all my blogging friends out there:
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~*~Trish~*~

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Combining Crafts - Fabric Die Cuts and Cardmaking

I was curious the other day whether my Slice die cutting machine would cut fabric or not.  I wanted some simple hearts to place on DH's Valentine's day card.  I added the glue to the Slice glass pad, added my fabric, selected my design and press cut.  I was OK with taking the chance to see if it would work.  The fabric did stick too good to the glass pad.  In the end, I ended up with two cute applique hearts ready for use.  I also die cut a pop up for the inside and reused the cut out letters for the front.  Add some ribbons and here's the results.

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~*~Trish~*~

Monday, February 8, 2010

Pillowcase Pairs

While I set aside the decision on the which solid border to select for the blush lap quilt, I decided to work on some pillowcases.  I wanted to practice and make a few for my house and then get cranking out some pillowcases for charity.  This will be a great stash buster.  However, I plan to make the pillowcases in pairs.   Here's my first pair.  I cut the dark green trim a little small but I'm ok with it for the home. 

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~*~Trish~*~

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Border Experiment on Blush Lap Quilt

I finished sewing the center blocks together on the blush lap quilt.  It definitely is growing on me.  I haven't place the border on just yet.  I was thinking, maybe I need a solid inner border first.  I added some to my original photo using photoshop and picked colors from the quilt.  I'm leaning more towards either the cranberry or white.  White is a front runner so far.  So, I'll look through the stash and see what I come up with.
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~*~Trish~*~

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Blush Lap Quilt..... Just not my cup of tea yet

I was able to finish piecing the squares and border for the blush lap quilt.  I arranged it all out on the floor and stepped back to take a look.  I thought, It's just not my cup of tea yet.  Maybe it will grow on me.  I don't know why I don't like it right away.  I love the blush fabric colors and I love the In a Jiffy pattern but when the two came together, just not the "aha" moment I was looking for.  

I still have to sew the quilt blocks together and then add the border.  Maybe after the pressing it, I'll like it more.  What do you think, I can take it.  Hubby said, very unconvincingly.... "It's cute, it will grow on you".

Hope everyone is staying warm and dry in the snow.  We had 24" today.  It was just beautiful today since we didn't have to be anywhere.  My favorite photo was our bluebird box which had about a 10" pile on it.  The snow is about halfway up the pole.

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~*~Trish~*~

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Blush Lap Quilt in a Jiffy and a Thank You card

My first sewing project since I am back home is going to be the Moda Lap Quilt In a Jiffy!  I already have the light / dark blocks sewn together.  I'm hoping to be completed with the top by the end of the weekend.  Here's the work in progress so far.  The colors will make a great Valentines quilt to stay warm with.


I've also been working on Thank you cards to send to various people that have helped out over the last couple of weeks.  I look forward to being creative and having the supplies close by!!  Here's my first one that I cut out using my Silhouette Digital Craft Cutter.



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~*~Trish~*~