Sunday, March 18, 2018

Hogwarts at Dusk

I have been enjoying decorating my little one room in a Harry Potter theme lately. After making The Golden Snitch mini quilt, I knew it was time for Hogwarts.

I had bought this fabric ages ago with the plan of making this mini quilt. The background is the blossom colorway of the Enchanted Pines fabric line by McKenna Ryan (this whole line has some amazing background options for applique!). You can probably use any of the other colors, so long as you can still easily see the silhouette you're trying to achieve. I love how blossom looks like a sunset that fades to purple (my favorite color) with stars in the sky. I couldn't have made a more perfect fabric for this!

All I used for this mini quilt was a fat quarter of it. Since the fade joins in the middle, it would be hard to get more than 20 inches or so tall to work with. I did quilt my front, batting, and backing before doing the applique. I didn't want the quilting lines going through the castle and distracting from it. I use coats and Clarke machine quilting thread in variegated purple for the quilting. I usually don't use variegated threads, but I think it was perfect here.

I then drafted my Hogwarts and hippogriff images and went to town with applique.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Project Bags

I've been in a sewing mood lately and I have made a bunch of bags in 2018 so far. In addition to the Celestial Stars Bag and The Marauder's Map Collection, I have made some project bags for my knitting and tatting projects.

First, I made a fairly large project bag for knitting using this Art Gallery Fabrics canvas I had been saving.

I loved it so much, that I made a whole bunch more bags (that were quickly adopted by friends)! All made in January 2018

I have also been tatting a lot more in 2018, so I made a small quilted bag for my tatting. I am doing a tat-a-long with The Greater Birmingham Fiber Guild, so I made this bag to match my project (Tatting project is called Rosaleen by, free PDF pattern can be found here).

Celestial Stars Bag

After making my Marauder's Map cross-body bag, I ended up loving the fabrics from the "back" so much that I wanted a new bag. I had a rough idea of the style I wanted, so I set about making this bag.

I absolutely love the end result. This bag turned out exactly how I wanted it to!

Features - Fully quilted bag with two interior pockets (one large slip and one small zipper) and key hook. Bag has an optional zipper closure.

Started Sunday, February 11, 2018 
Finished Tuesday, February 13, 2018 

The Golden Snitch Mini Quilt

I had a little left over of the quilted side panel of my recent Celestial Star bag (since the bag had no pattern, I made the side panels as one long segment and then only cut off what I needed once I could partially assemble the bag). The excess sat on the table for a few days while I debated what to make - either a super small pouch or a wall hanging. I was tidying up scraps and saw the one I used for the snitch and knew what I should make!

I used the bottom of clean single serve yogurt container for my circle for the snitch. I use steam-a-seam and cut out my snitch. I then chalked outlined it but did not applique it to the quilt yet. I then chalk outlined where I wanted the wings and stitched them (hiding the end under where the snitch will go). Only then did fully I applique the snitch on with Steam-a-seam. I then did a blanket edge stitch around the snitch. I added hanging tabs to the back and bound like a quilt.

I love the end result. It's perfect for my little one's room. Hopefully she'll love Harry Potter and quidditch just like me!

Pictured with a Marauder's Map Pouch.

Started Sunday February 11, 2018
Finished Thursday February 15, 2018

The Marauder's Map Collection

A friend told me that our local Joann Fabrics had some good Harry Potter fabrics in. Naturally I had to go investigate. I came back with a little of The Marauder's Map fabric. I absolutely love this print, but the repeat is rather strong, so I feel it is best cut into small panels.

I made one mini quilt for my little one to play with, two small zipper pouches, and one small cross-body bag. All projects were made in January - February 2018.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Merrily through the Thicket

When Gingiber's new line Merrily arrived, I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it! I had seen the Thicket pattern before but never had a chance to make it. I thought this would be a perfect pattern for the holiday collection. 

I love how this quilt is a wonderful holiday quilt that can still be used past the New Year!

My local quilt shop, In the Making, has a kit available for a limited time to make the exact same quilt top! Check it out here!

The quilt pattern, Thicket, is a free download by Moda Fabrics, available here.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Eva Quilt

I have been working on a new quilt lately featuring unicorns. It was not designed by me, but I did write the pattern for it. You can view my quilt at In the Making!

The Eva Quilt is adorable in person and great for that special little lady in your life! You could also easily use the pattern to make a quilt with a completely different feel by changing the fabrics used!

The quilt is made using Sarah Jane's Magic collection along with some white Moda Bella solid for the trim.

You can purchase the pattern here. There is also a kit available while supplies last, and that can be purchased here.