Sunday, June 27, 2010

Shoe bag with wrist strap

Another shoe bag. This one is for my daughter. I added a detachable wrist strap so that she can carry the bag easier if her suitcase gets too full for her shoes. This one is also made of pre quilted fabric. The pre quilted fabric gets a little thick in places for my serger. I am not sure that there is an advantage to the thickness of the fabric for a shoe bag. It does make it look nice though. However, it would probably fit better in the suitcase if the material were thinner. We'll have to see what works best.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

EQ7 Photo Fun

Have you played on the new EQ7 image worktable? This creates all new opportunities for quilts! Doesn't it make Bailey's tongue look cool?
This one looks like a flower in the middle. Fun!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Bloom Pillow

This is such a cute pillow. It is a pattern by Nancy Halvorsen from her book. Very simple fusible applique. I picked up the kit at the Great American Quilt Factory when I was in Denver a couple of weeks ago. The kit made it so easy to put together. Today I finally got the buttons on. It should have been out for Spring.  I am going to leave it on the couch for awhile anyway.

My job interview went well yesterday, I think! I should know whether its mine or not by the end of next week. Hopefully I don't have intense competition :-) I am ready to get back to nursing after being out for 7 months.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Some of My Favorite Things

A rose growing in my backyard. One of my favorite colors.

My happy Bailey.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

New shoe bag with metal tape measure closure

I made this shoe bag for my stepdad for Father's Day. It is made with prequilted fabric and I embroidered his initials on it. It turned out really nice. Can't wait to see his reaction when I give it to him Sunday. We are all going to Red Lobster for Father's Day dinner! Click on the pictures to zoom in so you can see the details. See the tutorial below and leave comments!
Look what the UPS man delivered yesterday. I am having alot of fun learning my new software!

I have a job interview Tuesday! Wish me luck!

Friday, June 11, 2010

My First Tutorial: A Shoe Bag made with a repurposed metal tape measure.

My DH gave me an old metal measuring tape from his garage. You can see that it has issues! I wanted to try making a bag using the snappy action of the metal tape to keep it closed. I have been wanting to write a tutorial too, so this is what I came up with! Hope this gives you ideas for Christmas presents. I think shoe bags will be great gifts for those on my gift list who have everything.
This is a picture of the finished bag . I used my embroidery machine to monogram it. You could add any kind of embellishment.  My bag is kind of boring. Next time I will use brighter colored fabric or maybe a fancy embroidery.
The next picture shows some of the supplies you will need. A half yard of home dec weight fabric, old measuring tape, Scotch tape, 1/4" wash away tape, rotary cutter, mat and ruler, old scissors to cut the metal tape with, non permanent marker, thread, sewing machine and serger if you have one, and embellishments of your choice.                        

This is great stuff! Wash Away Wonder Tape by Dritz.

First cut your fabric 141/2" wide by width of fabric, selvage to selvage (about 41-42 inches). I have mine folded in half.                                                                                            
Next mark the fabric for placement of your monogram or other embellishment. Mine is 8 inches down and centered on the front half of the fabric.
Embellish as desired.                                                                                             Then finish the top edge of both the front and back of your fabric with a 4 thread serged edge or zig zag stitch.                                          
Next fold down the top edge 1 and 1/4" on both front and back. Iron it to make a crease as shown on left. Take a piece of your Wash Away tape and place it along the top edge, front and back. Leave the paper on the tape for now.
 Cut your metal tape 131/2 inches long and round the edges on both ends. Cut two. Place one tape next to each fold, centered, and tape in place on each end with the Scotch tape (see photo below). Your metal tapes should be facing the same direction so that when the bag is closed they will spoon. In other words, the metal tapes have a curve and the front of one tape should be curved around the back of the other. Now peel the paper off the Wash Away tape and fold the flap down to make a casing, covering the metal tape. The Wash Away will hold the flap down. The Scotch tape will hold the metal tape in place away from the needle when you sew the casing down, which is what you need to do now.                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sew 1/4 inch from the flap edge, both front and back.  Make sure you know that you will not hit the metal tape. Leave the Scotch tape in place to continue to hold the metal tape in place.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Iron a crease at the bottom fold of your fabric. Turn the fabric right sides together with the top edges meeting. Next you need to bring the creased bottom fold up into the middle of the front and back by 3 inches.  See photo below (enlarge it by clicking on it). This fold will create the flat bottom of the bag when sewn (next photo).Now pin and press this fold. If you will be serging the sides closed be sure and pin away from the edge so your cutting blades will not hit the pins. Serge or sew carefully along both long sides. Check the placement of the metal tape before you serge/sew next to the top (where the metal tape is). I started from the bottom and sewed to the top. I cut off only about 1/4" when serging.
Serge a tail then tuck the tail into the seam or just backstitch with your sewing machine. Ta da! You have a very nice shoe bag with a snappy closure, easy to pack into your suitcase. Hope this is a fun project for you! Let me know if any part of this tutorial is unclear.

Potholder Pass Round 3

My potholders from Kristen arrived today! Aren't they pretty? They are big. They will work great as hot pads. They are just perfect for my kitchen. Thanks Kristen!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Keepin' Cool in Colorado

Here are my boys. Bailey is on the left. I am his favorite human. Ronin, on the right, is my grand dog. They are in a pond close to my daughter's house. We are all just trying to keep cool.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Our Memorial Day Weekend 2010

Memorial Day weekend was spent enjoying the company of our son. We celebrated his birthday with this cheesecake, a barbecue and lots of presents. We loved having him home!
Didn't my daughter and I get creative with this cheesecake? It was as delicious as it looks. Love all the fresh fruits and veggies coming our way:0)
Here is our lovely daughter.
We had a great weekend. Hope you did too!