Friday, February 24, 2012

Fabric Containers from Spring Issue of Stitch

I received my Spring edition of Stitch Magazine and loved the oilcloth lined fabric containers (1rst photo shown below) immediately!

I quickly set to work to try the project out despite not having any yummy Echino fabric or oilcloth for that matter. I also didn't have any heavy fusible interfacing either! So I just paired contrasting cotton quilting weight fabric and used cotton batting as my interfacing. I am happy with the result in a "ok. Not as flashy and eye catching as the original" but I am happy with the pattern. The pattern comes in two sizes and I made the larger one. It would definitely fit a nice. Medium sized plant if that is your intention. I think the smaller one would be great for pencils and craft items. The larger one I could definitely see myself using it for sorting small toys with the kids. This was the first time sewing a circle bottom bucket and thank goodness I am taking Stitched in Color's Curves class. My circle needs a bit of work. I will definitely do this project again using oilcloth and heavier fabric for the outer. I have already scoured Etsy for those hard to find Echino prints of last season.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Project 5 Rainbow Road.

I was so pleased with this project designed by Rachel of Stitched in Color. This runner was the reason I signed up for her class. It took a bit of trial and error to get the curves just right but in the end I love the way it flows. It looks wonderful on our junk shop round table that has a 1/2 inch gap down the middle. Now on to the next project!

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Clamshell Pillow Preview

Clamshell pillow by Our Ilan & Quinn
Clamshell pillow, a photo by Our Ilan & Quinn on Flickr.
Late last night I started my clamshell pillow for the Curves Class from Stiched in Color.  I hope I don't get into trouble....I am not following the instructions exactly. I decided to reinforce my clamshells with Seam to Seam double sided fusible web. Then I will iron them on and sew them right on to the pillow. I am sooo greatful to a really sweet friend in Fernie who sent me a bag of scraps. I love how nothing really matches but it somehow goes together. Stay tuned for the final project!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Project 2. Stitched in Color

Project 1 Stitched in Color

I am taking a class from Rachel from Stitched in Color on sewing curves. I am really enjoying it and love the fact there are multiple projects to work on. It forces me to start and finish things that I haven't thought to try. I am also making a good dent in my scraps. The first project was a curved bunting for Quinn's room. I especially love to see what everyone else is making and I am browsing the Stitched in Color Flickr group incessantly! Fantastic work everyone!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Stitched in Color - Premium Curves Class

I am so happy I was able to sign up for Rachel's Premium Curves Class.  I am not an experienced quilter and most of my sewing has been for my children and some clothes for me. I am addicted to quilting though and I really would love to make it my passion. It never occurred to me until recently to take an online course and it is just what I need! As a mom to 2 young kids I can't always get out to the local quilt shop to learn from others. This opportunity fits my life right now and I am so grateful!

As for sewing curves. I have tried on 2 occasions, once using this tutorial by Sewtakeahike.
I actually ended up with a mug rug looking nothing like her block so I gave up and it became what it is today....Then I tried  a block inspired by this tutorial and didn't get far as I ended up moving away from the curved piecing.  At any rate, I am excited to have the guidance (and inspiration) from others and structure to conquer my fears and complete a project!