I was hesitant to start another project, but it seems like the more projects I have going on, the more productive I am.
So I joined in the hexagon quilt-along, taught by Jaybird Quilts and being photographed over at the Old Red Barn Flickr pool. I am having a ball watching everything in the gardens come back to life this Spring, so I put together a selection of new Kaffe fabrics I found at the local quilt shop, and some Love fabrics I had in my stash.
I think it’s magical when you go from 2/5″ fabric strips to triangles to hexagons.
I am really loving this particular quilt-along because I love how you can rearrange these triangles into different layouts for a different look.
Can’t wait for the next step!
I found four more of the retro, organic prints in my stash from the Midwest Modern collection by Amy Butler.
These are from the Orange Dahlia color palette, making me think of sherbet, further making me think of summer, which is a nice feeling after the snowy day we just had.
With these four fabrics, I have decided to do more patchwork bags, but I’m tweaking the size and shape into a slightly different style this time.
Share some of the fabrics from your stash by joining the Sunday Stash group.
Check out everyone else’s stash at the flickr group. It’s fun to see the variety of fabrics out there, many of which I (one who collects fabrics) have not seen!
I took a hand quilting class a few weeks ago at the local fabric store. It was a fun class because I learned so many things I didn’t know, such as how to make a quilters knot, what needles to use for this type of sewing, how to baste the project with quick big stitches, and how to make the poke and rock stitch (I can’t remember the “official” name for that). I’m not sure I liked it enough to hand quilt a large bed-size quilt. Maybe I could practice on smaller projects… like this one.
I was working on this notebook cover from the trailing cherry fabric by Amy Butler, and I thought those flowers would be a good place to practice my hand quilting stitches.
I started with those smaller flowers at the top by quilting white thread around the edges and pink in the center. Then I moved on to that big flower at the bottom by quilting white thread along each crease of each petal.
It’s a little hard to see in these photos, sorry about that.
This was a great way to practice hand quilting stitches. As I finished this project, I think my stitching got smaller and closer together. After seeing improvement in my technique, I think I would do this again (on another small project).
The other feature I added to this simple notebook cover was to sew the fabric selvedge onto the spine with a zig-zag stitch, which I think makes it look more charming. Kind of like a book title or a label. It makes me smile whenever I look at that part because I adore all of Amy Butler’s fabrics. Who doesn’t?!
Here’s what the inside looks like:
I used up some of the scrap fabrics leftover from my laptop cover, so now I have a nice matching set. Yea, I know, I still like matchy things.
Practice makes perfect with most learned things, especially with this hand quilting technique. I like the look of the hand quilting on this little project but it was a lot of work. Was it worth it? I think with more practice I will grow to like it more and more.
A couple days ago I took a much needed day off from work. I didn’t do any house chores or any errands. Instead, I started a project that had been ready and waiting on my sewing table for a couple weeks, and I almost finished it, but not quite.
Today I had time to finish it. This laptop cover just needed handles, which are now attached and ready for travel.
I’m so happy with how this turned out! The fabric is gorgeous (Amy Butler – of course!), the double-layer of fusible fleece worked out great, and the handles are very handy. Whaddya think? (I am secretly hoping that someone will stop me in the cafe and ask where I got such a hip and pretty laptop cover!)