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This week’s big finish is my Sidekick Tote (pattern by Noodlehead)! I love it! I made the small size, and it’s the perfect everyday purse for me. It feels very “fall.”

I’ve finished one more wonky star, and I’ve almost finished another one. I love these stars!

I’m leaving on a road trip to Seattle with my boyfriend on Sunday, and I’ve been making a bunch of zippies and a new Pad case for the trip. I made three coordinating zippies using Noodlehead’s “open wide zipper pouch” tutorial (although I sized some of them down because even the “small” is bigger than I really like!). I used some of my precious Field Study for them. My favorite is the one with the navy zipper and hot pink lining. Note: don’t skip the interfacing! I forgot for the largest one (the “small” size in the pattern) and it’s so floppy, I definitely prefer them with interfacing.

I started another zippie but this one is more improv. I think it’s going to look awesome.

And my iPad case design is blatantly inspired by One Shabby Chick’s beautiful cases with the typewriters. I am using her iPad case tutorial as well.

Lots of projects in the works! I love having time to sew!

Here’s the in-progress inventory (I’m only counting quilts, not small projects):

Quilt tops in progress:

Livy’s wonky stars quilt
Hope Valley drunkard’s path quilt
Secret solids quilt
Kieran’s robot quilt
Colorful log cabin quilt
Wonky nine-patch quilt

Completed quilt tops, waiting for quilting:

Delia’s Central Park log cabin quilt
Tattooed Ladies mini quilt

Completed quilt tops, waiting for binding:

none

This week’s stats:

Last week’s count: 8
Started this week: 0
Completed this week: 0
Current works in progress – 8

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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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I love it! Stitching through multiple layers of this thicker wool herringbone proved to be challenging on my cheap-o sewing machine (I’m used to quilting weight fabrics almost exclusively) but after fiddling with different needles and different tension settings, I finally finished it this afternoon!

The lining fabrics (both the purple on the strap and the orange on the trim/inset area) are from the DS Quilts “Aunt Edna” collection at Jo-Ann’s. I don’t know what the brown herringbone fabric is; it’s also from Jo-Ann’s. Sidekick Tote pattern by Noodlehead. 

I’m linking up to Amy Lou Who’s “not going to Sewing Summit” link-up party as well as  Funky Junk’s Saturday Nite Special – I love these linky parties!

My only project I’ve touched this week is my Sidekick Tote, pattern by Noodlehead. I was delayed because I had to wait for the metal zipper and strap hardware that I ordered from some Etsy shops, but now it’s almost done! I just need to finish the strap and then sew the exterior and interior together, and I’m done! I love that orange metal zipper from Zipit!

I’ve also been doing a little fabric organizing. My old strategy used to be to try to keep all my fabric that wasn’t actively being used in an ongoing project in my “stash” boxes, organized by color. I found that I didn’t like my newest fabric being mixed in with my “old” fabric. I like having a good amount of fabric OUT so I can touch it and pet it and use it more spontaneously. So these are all my latest fabric purchases from the past year or so, as well as fabrics that I’ve been using a lot lately (such as my few neutrals – I need more neutrals!). Then when I’m looking for specific colors, I’ll dig into the stash boxes. We’ll see how long I maintain this current system…it looks so pretty now, though, doesn’t it?

I haven’t actually touched any quilts in a few weeks. Here’s the in-progress inventory (I’m only counting quilts, not small projects):

Quilt tops in progress:

Livy’s wonky stars quilt
Hope Valley drunkard’s path quilt
Secret solids quilt
Kieran’s robot quilt
Colorful log cabin quilt
Wonky nine-patch quilt

Completed quilt tops, waiting for quilting:

Delia’s Central Park log cabin quilt
Tattooed Ladies mini quilt

Completed quilt tops, waiting for binding:

none

This week’s stats:

Last week’s count: 8
Started this week: 0
Completed this week: 0
Current works in progress – 8

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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

I’ve been in a very crafty mood. On Sunday, I dove into the world of homemade natural fabric dyes and made dyes out of purple cabbage and blackberries. It was a time-consuming but fun experiment! I’ll do a whole post on it when I have better pictures of the dyed fabrics, but here’s a look at the fabric soaking in the cabbage dye:

And last night I started on a new Sidekick Tote, the new pattern by Noodlehead! I used a great chocolately brown herringbone wool for the exterior, and then some fun orange DS Quilts fabric I got from Jo-Ann’s when they were having the huge coupon event. It’s very “fall.” I’ve finished the exterior, but it’s too dark for a good picture tonight. I won’t be able to finish for a few days because I am waiting for some hardware that I ordered from an Etsy shop. The pattern is really easy to follow and it’s surprisingly quick to cut out the pieces and construct this bag, even with a complicated looking pocket!

I’m recently obsessed with TOMS shoes, and I’ve been wanting these brown herringbone shoes for awhile, but they are sold out in my size. At least I’ll soon have a really cute brown herringbone purse!!

I haven’t actually touched any quilts in a few weeks. Here’s the in-progress inventory (I’m only counting quilts, not small projects):

Quilt tops in progress:

Livy’s wonky stars quilt
Hope Valley drunkard’s path quilt
Secret solids quilt
Kieran’s robot quilt
Colorful log cabin quilt
Wonky nine-patch quilt

Completed quilt tops, waiting for quilting:

Delia’s Central Park log cabin quilt
Tattooed Ladies mini quilt

Completed quilt tops, waiting for binding:

none

This week’s stats:

Last week’s count: 8
Started this week: 0
Completed this week: 0
Current works in progress – 8

Check out everyone else’s links by clicking the button below.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

The IKEA floral inspired picnic blanket is done! I’m so excited to have something big and lightweight to bring to picnics, outdoor concerts, BBQs, etc. I was very much inspired by the lovely “summerweight quilts” featured on Stitched in Color (one of my favorite quilting blogs). This is the biggest quilt I’ve made: approximately 60″ x 70″ (luckily, my boyfriend is 6’4″ and can easily hold it up for a quick photo shoot).

I selected the colors based on an IKEA duvet cover that I bought last year (and I used half of the duvet cover for the quilt backing). 100% of the fabric came from my stash: no credit cards were harmed in the making of this quilt!

I designed it myself, which involved lots of sketching, math, and a crazy Google Docs spreadsheet. I initially planned on doing squares, but with one row of mini squares to liven it up. Then I decided that narrower rectangles would be more interesting and more efficient to cut. I only had fat quarters of some of the fabrics that I wanted to use. And somewhere along the way, the layout evolved from a “portrait” layout to a “landscape” layout. The grid of rectangles was broken up by the addition of one small “golden spiral” of squares and a smaller rectangle (related to my boyfriend’s favorite mathematical concept – I will need to do a whole post on that some day!). Here are some of my initial sketches:

I tried to have a good mix of fabrics and colors, with a focus on pinks and greens. I cut everything up and then started joining pairs. Almost all the pairs of two were warm-cool combinations, but with a few cool-cool and warm-warm pairings, too. Then I sewed everything into two-by-two foursomes; I stacked all the pairs up and would flip through them to “audition” how each set looked together, like this:

Then I joined the foursomes into nine eightsomes, and that’s when it really got tricky; I wanted to keep the really bold colors and patterns relatively spread out, and I didn’t want rectangles of the same fabric to ever touch. I ended up having to sketch out each “eightsome” on graph paper, cut them out, and find a layout that would work that way. I am sure there’s a smarter way to do it, but it was kind of fun!

I sewed everything together, made a simple pair of straps, basted the front and back together lightly, sewed around the edges, turned, topstitched, and tied the quilt. I am not sold on tying quilts. It was incredibly fast, but I think it looks kind of sloppy. I used pink perle cotton, but I think I would have preferred a thicker, more yarn-like fiber, if I were to do this again. It’s the only aspect of this quilt that I don’t love!

Now it’s raining and dreary, and I don’t know when I’ll have a chance to actually USE this beautiful, happy picnic blanket!

Here’s the back of the picnic blanket (one-half of a twin-sized IKEA duvet cover):

My boyfriend’s dog was excited to check out the finished product, too…

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Edited to note that I am linking up to Made by You Monday on Skip to My Lou and Manic Monday Linky Party on SewHappyGeek!