Thursday, March 22, 2018

Blackford's Beauty

As I mentioned last time, I'm trying to push a few UFOs through the longarm in between customer work these days. This top was a block party project a couple of years ago. I provided the fabric and instructions for the block to the rest of the group, and they each made a block for me.  Plus my own, that made 12 blocks, which I think finished at 13" (they were a weird size).  The pattern is a variation on Blackford's Beauty which I found in a magazine.

I decided to set it with a narrow sashing and red corner stones to complete the diagonal lines in the block. Originally I had planned a piano key border from all the coloured fabrics, but when I tried that it seemed to heavy for the rest of the quilt. So I chopped it in half and turned it into this square border instead.

The quilt finished at 55x72", just a bit too big for Victoria's Quilts. So I backed it with some fabric I had on hand (a wide back, which I have no idea why I bought it originally, but it was the perfect colour for this quilt). A scrappy binding finished it off - it seemed appropriate for a scrappy quilt. And I'll donate it to Victims of Violence through one of my guilds next month.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


In a quest to finally finish the quilt top that didn't fit the backing from a few weeks ago, I'm trying a new one.  Still a bit challenged - at this stage the backing measures 68x100".  I thought it was going to be 78x100, so I need to find another 10" of fabric somewhere. I have a few options, so hopefully I can stretch it far enough to fit my 91x106" top.  In the meantime, I'm trying to get some other UFOs onto the longarm.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Wreath number 2

Continuing the theme, here is another wreath I finished. The top was quilted before Christmas, but it got lost in the binding pile for a while, so I could focus on other projects.  Located, bound, and ready to hang next December. Now to find a storage location where I'll be able to locate at the end of the year.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Christmas Wreath

It's not exactly Christmas anymore, but I finsihed a Christmas wreath that has been sitting in my binding box for years.  When I first made it, I included a white border, but I was never happy with teh end result.

And then I quilted it in red thread, and was even less happy with it.  I got the binding half done, and gave up on the whole project. Into the box it went.

I pulled it out a couple of weeks ago, and decided it was time to fix it. At first, the plan was to unstitch all the quilting and try again, but after looking at it, I had a better idea.  I trimmed off all the white border and turned it into a quiltie - perfect size, 24x24".  Added a new binding and voila, a finish!

Friday, March 16, 2018

PEI Modern Guild Mystery - Step 7

At my last retreat, I got all caught up on my PEI Modern Guild mystery - both versions.  Clue 7 is the little tulip shapes.  I'm a little unsure about my colours - I wish we'd gotten more guidance in how to arrange our 12 fat quarters to best highlight the pattern. I like the large block in black, and the small block in white. Can't wait to see how it all comes together next month. 21 small blocks seems like an odd number, so the layout is going to be interesting, I'm sure.

Linking up with the PEI MQG.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

More Red and White

Maybe all this red and white will inspire me to finish my 150 Canadian Women quilt.  This fabric was given to me to make a charity quilt for Victoria's Quilts.  Apparently, the original owner ordered a kit, and received enough fabric to make the top once, and almost make a second version. 2 or 3 fabrics were replaced/supplemented in this quilt. And I had to add a little bit of white to finish it off. Then I added the top/bottom borders to bring it up to size for Victoria's Quilts. 

It's finished and donated now, so it looks like I missed getting a final photo after quilting.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Josh's Star

I was asked to do a short (10-minute) demo of a Jenny Doan pattern at quilt guild a few weeks ago.  So I went online and to hunt something up. I wanted something unique, that not everyone would have already seen, and I found this tutorial for "Josh's Star". It seems interesting, and easy to demo in a short period of time. so I decided to do that.

I had a layer cake that I won at a retreat which needed a project, and this seemed like the perfect choice.  So I dug out my black & whites, and created a set of samples for each stage of block construction. Then, I made 6 blocks into a small quilt so everyone could see what they looked like put together.

Once the demo was done, I sewed up the rest of the blocks at a retreat, and I have a quilt top ready for quilting.  It's the perfect size for Victoria's Quilts, so this quilt will birghten someone's day once I get it quilted.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Red & White Finish

This quilt became a top at a retreat in January. I tried to release it to a new home, but just couldn't let it go before it was quilted, so it came home from a Victoria's Quilts basting meeting, to be quilted here.  I finished that up, added white binding, and now it's off to find a forever home with someone who needs a comfort quilt.

The original pattern made 2 quilts - one called pinwheels, and one called bamboo. Since I didn't have enough of either fabric, I smushed them together to come up with this - perhaps "Pinwheels in the Bamboo".

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

March UFOs

I'm a bit behind figuring out the UFO challenges for March, since I've been away at retreat since the 1st of the month. But I checked them out and my goals for this month are:

#8 from Patchwork Times. That's Blackford's Beauty, which should be a nice quick finish, once I find a backing for it.  This was a block party quilt from a couple of years ago. I had planned to donate it to Victoria's Quilts, but it's a bit too big for that, which is why it ended up in the UFO pile for so long.  I'll get it quilted up and then find a home for it.

and #3 from APQ. That's my Kaffe Jacob's Ladder, for which I have backing purchased. I just need to piece it.  This one is for me (not that I need any more quilts - but I love this one). It's "only" about a year and a half old.

So this should be an easy month for me. I'm going to aim to get both of these done this month.

I find it interesting that thus far - 3 months in and 6 numbers drawn, neither of my two challenges has overlapped with the other in numbers.  I wonder how long that can go on?

Monday, March 5, 2018


It's not the UFO I was aiming for originally, but every UFO finish is a good finish.  I finally succeeded in matching up my new backing with an old UFO. It is now quilted, bound, and ready for use.

The front of this quilt is a UFO I've had sitting around since Feb 2014, so it was a full 4 years in the making.  After my last post, I finished adding strips to 2 sides of the quilt to make it square, and adding 2 borders to it.  A quick test drive and it looks like a perfect fit. The yellow border should align closely with the outer sashing of the green quilt.

One reason this quilt top has been a UFO for so long was trying to figure out how to quilt it. I had visions of custom quilting, but could never settle on a design I liked. The advantage of making it 2-sided - custom quilting is now out of the picture, because that would never look right on both sides.

I picked a nice pantograph (spiral bubbles) and quilted it up over a couple of days (it's a BIG quilt, and that pantograph is denser than I realized).  All done now, complete with 2-sided binding.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

UFO 2 : Krista 0

The best laid plans ...

And when they aren't well laid, they go even further awry.  Attempt #2 to use the new swoon backing I made involved this quilt, with some added borders.  I measured it at 79", so adding coloured borders (5" on each side) and a large black border would bring it out to about 105". That would be perfect to quilt as a backing for the 96" swoon top. Then trim the extra-wide black borders, and I'd have a reversible quilt.

I headed to a sew night with the fabric and a plan.  I didn't relish the thought of fighting with the whole top 16 times to attach all those borders, so I decided to mitre them. That way, I just dealt with the smaller strips until the very last step.

As I started to attach the first border section to the quilt, it didn't fit!  Well, actually it did fit, but just barely. I had used width of fabric (which was 43") and attached on diagonal, so I should have had about 84" - plenty to fit my 79" top with some left over.  So, I dragged the whole thing out on the floor, borrowed a measuring tape, and checked my measurements.  79x83"  Oops. That's not a square quilt.

Changing direction on the fly, I decided that was OK, I would not mitre the borders, but they should still fit since I had enough "extra" on the short edge to cover the length needed for a square corner.  I continued to sew my heart out, and got all the borders attached.  Then I laid it out for a photo session, and started really thinking about my plan.  Backing for a 96" quilt.  I now had an 83" quilt with 10" of coloured border (5" on each side) - which made 93" before the black started. And the other quilt is only 96" in total. Which means I'd have 1.5" of black outside the coloured border on two side (and close to 5 on the other two, which was what I wanted originally).

I tried desperately to convince myself that I could live with this. But driving home I realized that I could have easily squared up the top by adding 2" to each side (I had that fabric with me).  At the time someone suggested cutting the wide side down, but I refused to do that as it would have removed some of the pattern. But for some reason I never thought of adding fabric to square it at that point.

So, during my 15 minute drive home, I figured out that if I squared it up, put only 1 coloured border and ended with black, I'd have a much better match for the "other half" this was trying to match up to.  So, before I could change my mind, I grabbed my seam ripper and the quilt when I got home and removed the borders.  And now it awaits more sewing to put them back on in a different configuration.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Attempt #2 to clear out a UFO

After the failure to match my new giant swoon backing to its intended top, I dug through my UFO pile looking for something else that was close to the right size. This top came up - it's been sitting waiting since Feb 2014, so it's about time I got it out of the closet.

It is 79" square, so will need a couple of borders to fill it out to the 95" backing I have for it.  I have no more of the original fabrics, but there is a nice blue, yellow and a purple in my stash that might work. The binding (which I actually cut in advance) can be a border, and I'll finish it off with black (and bind with that, too).

There are the two options - I think I'll probably go ahead with the blue and yellow, as it seems a bit brighter.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Finishing UFOs - or trying to

This swoon quilt was the January pick, on the APQ UFO challenge this year. I ignored it, as the Patchwork Times pick was big/hard enough.  But it's been gnawing at my brain, so I finally decided I should at least figure out a backing for it. I really didn't want to buy any fabric, since the top is entirely from scraps.

First I pulled out some gold/purple fabrics. But that would have cleaned me out of those colours, and the quilt is already pretty strong in those colours.  So I went back to the closet, realized I have a ton of green that I really need to use up, and decided that a 2-sided, completely different, reversible quilt would be the way to go.

Foolishly, I didn't pull the top out at the time. I just dug into my memory of the giant scrappy swoon, knew it was a square quilt and pretty big. So I decided the squares must have been 4" each, and the quilt finished at 96x96".  Perfect. I designed a back for it, using 4 large swoon blocks (40" each), and some sashing.  That went to my last retreat, and I was thrilled when I finished it while I was there.

Then, while telling my fellow quilters about the plan, I dug up the old blog post on this top. And discovered that it is 91x106". Completely not what I thought.  I forgot that I made it into a rectangle by adding borders. And that its original size was only 72" square.  So this new "back" is completely wrong for this particular quilt.

Back to the drawing board I guess (and now I have another UFO to add to the pile).

Thursday, February 22, 2018

150 Canadian Women blocks

This is what 150 6" blocks looks like.  All done, as planned.  Judy pulled #1 for the February UFO challenge, and I knew there was no way it would get finished. But finishing the blocks seemed achievable, given the retreats I had planned for this month. And there is it - all done. Now to figure out my layout. Sashing fabric already chosen. But I need my design wall back before I can start laying things out.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Dr. Who

I can finally post about this quilt!  Last June my sister sent me this gorgeous 1937 Singer - in perfect working order, once I replaced the belt and power cord.  So I thought an appropriate thank you would be a quilt, pieced on that very machine.  Shortly after, I was at a quilt store and saw a Tardis quilt pattern. It even had printed panels for the police box (avialable on Spoonflower, as per the pattern), which had been included by the shop. My sister is a huge Dr Who fan, so I knew that was the quilt I'd make for her.

A pile of fabric later, I headed home and started sewing. I was thinking it could be a Christmas gift - but business picked up for the holidays (of course) and this poor quilt remained a top until January. Fortunately, her birthday is in February, so I figured I could easily finish it in time for that. Just needed to figure out the backing for it.

And then Jodie Whittaker was announced as the 13th doctor - and my sister was thrilled! So of course she had to become part of the quilt.  I decided to make the backing using pictures of all 13 doctors.  I found profiles of the first 12 doctors online, but no one had done one of #13 yet.  I finally found a decent front shot of her in costume and decided to tackle it myself. I converted the photo to monochrome, and appliqued it in 2 colours.  At first I thought I'd place the doctors top down, all in profile. But I quickly realized that Jodie needed to be top and center - so the rest of the doctors weave up towards her instead.

Finished, bound and sent off with 1 week to spare.  Canada Post however decided it needed to be 1 day late.  But I think she likes it :)  Her facebook this morning says "MY AMAZING SISTER JUST SENT ME THE BEST BIRTHDAY GIFT EVER!!!"

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Backing fabrics

I did some shopping the other day. It wasn't planned, but I was meeting a friend at a quilt shop before we headed out to dinner, and coincidentally, the shop was having a buy one, get one sale. And they were REALLY nice - it was essentially a 50% off sale, because there was no minimum, no full meter requirement.  So I picked up backing for 3 of my UFOs.

First, my Row by Row from 2015. The theme was water, and this blue ripple fabric seemed perfect.  So perfect that its seems I already bought it. I got home and found another large cut of the exact same fabric.  So there will likely be another blue backing in my future.

Then I picked up this gold leaf design for the back of Reflections of the North, which has been patiently waiting to be finished since at least 2014.  I think this fabric will be perfect. The quilt is batik and the backing is not, but that's never stopped me before :)

I also picked up (but didn't photograph) the backing for a quilt that is still in the assembly stages.  I may have lost my photo of that particular quilt when I reset my phone - which is a shame since I had the layout all planned.  Back to square one on that one I guess.

And one last backing purchased. Not on sale, unfortunately, but pretty none-the-less.  I love the Kaffe swirl fabric, and the colours seemed appropriate for this quilt. That decision is, however, subject to change by the time I get around to quilting this one.

Friday, February 16, 2018

More UFO progress

I finished another top!  And now I need to quilt it.  I really should focus on my items that need quilting, so I can make some real progress on my UFO completion goals. However, this was an easy finish at a recent retret, and it's nice to have it done.  I decided to add borders just top and bottom, to make the quilt the right size for a donation. I found some black that matched reasonably well (and now I need to find it again and cut some binding, forgot about that part).

The top and bottom borders stretch the quilt just enough to meet the length requirment, and I'll bind the whole thing in black.  The dark floor masks the fact that there is a 1" black border around the entire quilt.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Re-constructed Kaffe

My Kaffe quilt is finally complete. This top started as a block draw that I won. At retreat, we each made two 9" 1/2 square triangle blocks, to contribute to the block draw (fabric provided and very nicely coordinated by the organizer). Winner got to take home the blocks - and I was the lucky recipient.  But I thought the 1/2 square triangle quilt, while pretty in all the Kaffe fabrics, was a bit simple for my tastes.  So, I changed it up.

I took each of my large HSTs, and cut them into 4 smaller squares - giving me two small (4.5") 1/2 square triangles, one white square, and one coloured square.  I turned the two squares into two 4-patches, and reassembled the bits into blocks.

I placed the design off-center, and added a Kaffe Fassett border to it.  The backing is purchased and ready to be assembled. It will have a red stripe, because I bought the last of the bolt of a fabric that was perfect for this quilt - and it was perfect in all but quantity. A simple 5" stripe will fix that problem easily.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

String Star

A customer brought me a quilt which used this block, and I wanted to try it out. I made one adjustment, to reduce the number of y-seams I had to deal with (the background sections are all pieced).  I thought I'd make a quilt of 6 of these for a donation project. Since the finished (I thought) at 16", that would be just about perfect.

When I finished this block, I discovered that it does not finish at 16". It finishes at 26". So 6 is going to be too big for a donation. One is too big for a quiltie. And 4 will require some serious border work.  I'm still pondering the fate of this block. But in the meantime, I do kind of like it, and it was a great way to use up some of my 1.5" strips.  Maybe I'll just make a pile of the star points and create some lemoyne stars instead.  They would be a bit smaller and could maybe become a quilt.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Ancient Dragon

Working on UFOs this week, I opened up a box and discovered this poor little guy. When I started this quilt, I thought it would be cool to make it and donate it to my kids' elementary school, since their mascot was a dragon. My kids are now 22 and 23 years old - so I figure I started this at least 12 years ago.

I actually finished the top back in 2011. But as I was stitching the binding, I realized that I had attached the hanging sleeve to the bottom of the quilt, instead of the top.  In annoyance, I folded it up and stuffed it in a box.  For 7 years, apparently.

The quilt is reduce to 1/2 the original size - because the original is 8 feet tall, and where was I supposed to hang that?  So this one is about 40" x 12".  I'm not sure what I was thinking - apparently I finished it without any batting at all. But it's done now - hanging sleeves sewn to both top and bottom, so I can weight the bottom edge if I need to in order to get it to hang evenly.

I had completely forgotten about this quilt, so it didn't even make it onto my UFO list, But I'm counting it as a completed UFO anyway.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

February UFO

My first February finish! This is a group project. The original hexies were started by a friend of a friend, who unfortunately passed away recently. Her sewing treasures were passed on to my friend, including this unfinished top.

A group of us meet every month to do embroidery, and this top was offered up at that group. I offered to take it on, and many others wanted to help out, so we made about 12-14 additional hexie diamonds, wrapped them all with white hexies, and I put the top together.

 It is machine appliqued onto the border fabric (yes I know, I cheated, but none of us are hexie aficionados, and we did want to get it finished). I quilted it and bound it by machine (more cheating). But now the quilt is finished! A photo will be sent to the husband of the original quilter, and the finished project will be donated to a worthy cause.

Linking up over at 18 in 2018 .
And linking at Patchwork Times.  It's not officially that UFO (#1), but I got that one as far as I planned for this month, and decided to go with the APQ UFO #9 as my primary finish for this month.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

On Ringo Lake

Just in time for Bonnie's final linkup, I have both of my On Ringo Lake tops complete.  The first is Bonnie's design, just made smaller using only about 3/4 of the blocks.  I call this "Christmas on Ringo Lake". I chose Christmas colours for the theme, based on the fat quarter shown in this photo. The red changed (several times) after this picture, and I'm really happy with the end choice.  The inspiration fabric will be the backing for the main quilt.

Christmas on Ringo Lake needs a couple of repairs. My method for making the sashing strips was not very accurate, and my initial result left a LOT to be desired. So I resewed about 40 corners, to match up better. Just 3 more that need retouching and then I'll be happy with this version.

Version 2 (Christmas on Ringo Lake Revisited) will be a donation to Victoria's Quilts. I took most of the leftover blocks from the first quilt, made some more sashing strips so I could do a double sashing and added some extra 9-patches for the corner stones. I set this one in a straight setting, and added the borders (colours dictated by the amount of fabric I had left) to bring it up to the right size for donating.

I wondered aloud to a friend why I make the full quilt, and then turn it into 2 - I did exactly the same thing with En Provence last year. And I think I figured it out. I really don't need more big quilts - but I remember the years I made smaller. Making 1/2 the pieces during the mystery then means being forced to make a few more odds and ends to fill out the requirements for a half quilt. Somehow, this seems more onerous than making the entire set, and adding a few bits to create a different quilt out of the result.  Maybe because this way I get to pick and choose which pieces I make more of (I was NOT making any more of those pesky split 4-patches, for example).

I have 3 blocks left over, and a few odds and ends of fabric.  One block goes onto the donation bag for the second quilt. The other 2 might become pillows, or an entirely new quilt sometime down the road.  But I must remember to set aside binding for both these quilts first. Good thing there's lots of grey leftover.

Friday, February 2, 2018

February UFOs

Well, the February numbers have been drawn for the UFO challenges that I'm following.  Judy is being mean to me :)  Last month, she picked my monster labyrinth quilt (which I actually finished, so I admit motivation is high right now). This month, she pulled #1, and that's my 150 Canadian Women quilt. This is what it looks like right now.

That's 2 bags of scraps, 3 pages of block photos, and a 6" high stack of 6" blocks.  120 of them. That means I still need to make 30 more (as pictured on those pages), before I can even start assembling the top.  I'd love to make progress on this quilt, but there is no way it's getting finished this month.

Fortunately, APQ has been nicer to me. They pulled #9, which is my hexie group quilt for charity, and it's ready for quilting.  And bonus - I had set myself a deadline of finishing it this month already so I get a twofer here.  I picked up backing for it last week, so it's all set to go. Just have to figure out binding.

So, my plans for this month - finish the APQ UFO challenge. That's fair - I did Judy's last month, so I'll do APQ this month.  And make significant progress on Judy's challenge.  I have a retreat mid-month, and if I focus I'll be able to finish all 30 blocks while I'm there. So that is my goal for this month on that quilt.  Then hopefully when APQ pulls #1 I'll be ready to finish it off.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Second chances

I was working on this quilt at a retreat. The intention was to make 2 quilts - the pattern produces 2 different blocks and I figured I could make 2 quilts for donation from some scraps I had.  But when I got to the retreat, I realized that I only had 1/2 the fabric I needed for that plan. And then, when I started cutting my blocks I wasn't thinking, and cut half in one direction and half the other way.  Which completely messed up the lovely pinwheels that were supposed to show up in one of the quilts.

I grumbled and complained about it, and almost tossed it back in the bag. But at that point I just wanted it out of my sight. So I finished up the blocks I had and played around with the settings to put them all into one quilt.  This is what I came up with - not horrible, and a reasonably effective use of the scraps I had on hand. And, it's 50x70", so just right for donation.

I was so annoyed with it, that I decided to release it to the wild at my Victoria's Quilts meeting and let someone else deal with it. I dropped it off for someone to make a presentation bag one week. And started having seconds thoughts about it - so I picked it up last month to quilt myself.  I guess I just can't let go.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Amazing Labyrinth - January UFO

I have been working on this labyrinth quilt since 2012. I designed it after I first saw the Labyrinth Walk quilt pattern. I loved the idea, but that pattern has no entry/exit to the maze. I could not bear to the thought of making a maze quilt that had no route through it.  So I hunted up some mazes on google and found one I liked.

 I drafted it - first on graph paper, then painstakingly square by square in EQ.  Then, I had to convert it from squares into more reasonably sized pieces (I didn't want to piece a quilt that was all 2.5" squares - although in retrospect that might have been easier).

The pattern is available in my Craftsy store .

Finding fabric for this was a challenge. Shops around here don't seem to like carrying the light end of the spectrum. I could find 3 med-to-dark fabrics that worked together, but finding a light in the same colour family proved impossible. Even the med-light in this quilt was hard to find. Eventually I just gave up and used a cream for the light fabric.

I pieced the backing from my stash. I had looked for something I liked, but a purple fabric was just too purple. I thought I bought a grey flannel for it at one point, but I used that for my Christmas quilts. So rather than spending yet more money, I decided to raid my stash and see what I could do. I figure people won't be seeing the backing very often anyway.

The fabric near the top is shades of purple, fading to teal and yellow - I thought it would look neat if the top of the quilt is folded back on itself.

The whole quilt is custom quilted. I picked a different design for each colour, in an effort to accentuate the 3-D effect (walls & floor of the maze).  Luck was with me - the only thread I had that was a good colour match was a single (partial) spool of a discontinued thread line.  I decided to chance it, because I didn't want to wait until I could get out to a store. Loaded, started quilting - and finished with only a few winds left on the spool!

I'll link this post up with Patchwork Times when the January UFO report goes up.  Also linking up with 18 in 2018

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Diamonds Within #4

I rarely make a quilt more than once. But this one is apparently an exception.  I saw this in a book (Diamond Chain, by Barbara Cline) and knew I just had to make it. So, the first version was completed in 2013.

The local quilt shop wanted me to do a class on it, but thought it would sell better as a square quilt.  So, #2 came about - squared up and colours reversed so the star is coloured and the background pale.

Then, a friend (actually, a student from that class) asked for help completing her quilt, so I took care of that for her last year.

And recently I dug up the bits leftover from the class samples when I taught it back in 2014.  These have finally become a full quilt, pictured here.  One day, I'll even get this one quilted, but for now it's going to sit at the bottom of the pile, because I'm pretty tired of this particular pattern.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Modern Plus

Woohoo, another UFO finished! This quilt barely made it onto my UFO list this year (#16, I think). But I needed to test out a new pantograph for a customer and the design was just perfect for this quilt.  So I pulled it out of the closet and loaded it up. Fortunately it was one of the quilts I'd already picked backing for, so I had a nice soft blue flannel all ready to go, and a batting just waiting for a place to be used.

This top was designed and pieced back in 2016, for a presentation at the Ottawa Modern Guild on "make it modern". I made a traditional plus top, and then designed a couple of more modern ones. My black and white (which was a Christmas gift in 2016) and this one.

I quilted it with "retro lines", which nicely reflects the plus shapes in the quilt top.

And then bound it. I knew I didn't have any grey left, so I was going to try to hunt down some of the blues in the quilt top. Then I remembered my binding box - where good binding goes to die.  When I finish binding a quilt, I take the leftover strip of binding and toss (stuff) it into this little bin. So for this quilt, I dug through and pulled out all the appropriate blue/teal pieces and sewed them together. Voila - ready-made binding!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Ruler bag V2

After making my first ruler bag (see yesterday's post), I realized that I needed a lighter option. Hence, ruler bag V2 - the portfolio. This case carries a 24x18" mat in a zipper pocket on one side, with a sleeve for a 24" ruler in front of it.  And on the back side, 2 zipper pockets to carry a few rulers or other odds and ends.  I made this one with 2 handles - one for carrying by hand (really short, so it doesn't drag on the ground) and one for carrying over your shoulder - which could have been longer, but it does the job.

I've taken this bag to a couple of day retreats since it was completed.  It is incredibly light, and definitely reduces the juggling required to carry the cutting mat and rulers from car to room.

The pattern for this bag is available from my Craftsy store