Monday, January 22, 2018

Velocity Girl Bag

I made the Velocity Girl Bag (by Sew Sweetness). This bag has side pockets, 3 divided front pockets and pockets inside as well. I made the back the same as the front, so there are even more pockets on this bag; in fact there are 11 pockets total if you include the narrow pen pocket inside. The strap is adjustable too. I added strap tabs too. It is a nice size bag, measuring 14" wide x 8 1/2" tall and 3' deep. It closes with a magnetic snap.

Velocity Girl bag

Pocket in the front (and back) of the bag are divided into 3rds.

There is a pocket on each side too. These pockets are not large enough to hold much. When this pattern was designed they might have held a cell phone; you know those thicker smaller ones. But now cell phones are taller, wider, but thinner, so they would fit better into the front pocket.

The back of the bag is the same as the front with 3 divided pockets.

Inside is a zippered pocket, a large slip pocket with a pen pocket next to it you cannot see here.
If you are interested in buying this bag from me, it is for sale for $45 plus $15 shipping (USA; international shipping higher). Email me.
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

65 Quilted Doll Quilts & 5 Knit Doll Blankets

I went through my UFO's last month and found a lot of miscellaneous quilt blocks, partial blocks, pieced units, applique and some mug rugs I started making, and thought I should turn all of those blocks and units into doll quilts for the charity that my quilt group makes doll quilts for. At Christmas time the woodworkers group who makes 500 doll beds throughout the year to be donated teams up with us quilters who make doll quilts and then along with a simple rag doll each little girl gets a bed, a doll and a quilt or blanket (I also knit blankets).  I got a jump start on this for Christmas 2018, by making 65 doll quilt and 5 knit blankets for a total of 70! Yay!

Using scraps and the finished or partially finished units and blocks, I sewed strips around what I had to make it large enough (approx. 9" x 12") for the quilt top. I added a backing and in most cases I sewed them together pillow style and birthed them through the opening. In the case of nearly finished mug rugs, I had to add scraps of fabric and batting (some were already quilted) around the mug rug to make it large enough. Some I added binding to. I highlighted the best ones below. Here is the stack of quilts (looks like The Princess and the Pea bed):


Here is one I knit.

The center part I was playing with an idea for a quilt block contest a few years ago by adding some machine stitches. So I added strips around the center piece and quilted it.

I had a few of these "doll" applique blocks with wool fleece hair. I made a wall hanging years ago of several dolls and had a few leftover, so I used the leftover ones to create a few doll quilts.

A bird house block with added strips around to make it larger.

The star is a leftover block from the first twin size quilt I made my son when he was around 12 years old.

I was making a herringbone block with various strip widths and used the leftover sections in the center of this one by sewing them together and then added strips on the sides.

I was playing around one day and wanted to fuse hexagons and blanket stitch around them to make a Grandmother's Flower Garden block, rather than piece them together. It worked well for a block, but I doubt I would do a large quilt like that, but on smaller blocks it was fun. So I added strips around the hex flower to make it large enough for a doll quilt.

In the center are 2 string units that I pieced together and then added strips around to make it large enough for the doll quilt.

I attempted making one of the Exploding Pineapple blocks that Jenny from Missouri Star was showing a video tutorial on. Well it looks easier to do than I thought. Mine was not very even. Maybe I need practice? Or perhaps I will just stick with the traditional method for making a pineapple block.

Another applique doll in her Christmas dress.

Crazy pieced yellow, gold and orange scraps.

Scraps of square units leftover I put together.

Just scrap strings.

A Churn Dash block I added strips around.

Another Churn Dash block.

I do love Churn Dash blocks, but only had these 3, so they got turned into doll quilts.

The center crazy pieced section was starting off as a mug rug, but I added more strips to the sides to enlarge it to a doll quilt size.

This doll quilt is a bit larger than the others and made of leftover squares.

This also is larger and made of leftover squares.

Another larger doll quilt of squares leftover.

I made a baby quilt recently (haven't posted it yet) and after sewing strips and cutting them to the sizes needed, I had little bits of sewn pieces that I just put together in no particular pattern. I was able to get 3 doll quilts made from the scrappy leftovers of the baby quilt. I sewed a faux binding (really a border) all around and then sewed it pillow style and birthed through the opening and pressed and then quilted them. Good way to practice quilting all sorts of designs.
I have knit 4 more doll blankets this month so far too. This is a great project to get rid of miscellaneous yarn, or scraps of not only fabric, but batting scraps too. I even use scraps of flannel instead of batting if I can. It's a win-win for all.
Happy Stitching!
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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Striped Knit Hat in Cupcakes Yarn

One of the gifts I got for my birthday in November from my friend Tara, was a skein of Cupcakes Yarn by Caron. It is an acrylic yarn that is self striping in wide stripes and comes with a pompom too!

The instructions on the label was for knitting a child size hat in a few sizes. I decided to knit the large hat because I figured it would fit me. I also knit mine in the round, rather than flat to have to seam up later. It came out a bit too large! This was for a child? It is really cute though and I love the colors (several colorways of yarn are available for this yarn). My daughter saw it and she had her hair up, so when she tried it on it fit better with her hair up. She wanted it so I gave it to her because there was enough yarn leftover to knit another hat (although I had to make my own pompom for hat #2). I knit the second hat a medium size, using the same instructions and it came out perfect. (No photo of hat #2 because it is the same only smaller).

I do not know if the instructions might have been translated from another language or not edited correctly or what, because these instructions are sizes for adults, not children! Maybe the small size would fit a medium to large child? Either way, I was able to knit 2 hats (one with a pompom I made) and had a couple yards of yarn leftover. Without making the pompom, I would have had a bit more yarn left, but not really enough to do anything with. I wonder if after knitting one hat, would there have been enough yarn to knit a matching scarf? I suppose it would depend on the pattern used, the width and length of the scarf, but it would have been a daring matching set.

Yarn seems to all be on sale at the major crafting retailers right now, so if you are inclined to give this yarn a try, I would recommend it. Easy to knit, makes nice stripes and itch free! Thanks Tara for the yarn!

Hat I knit using the Cupcakes yarn and the pompom that came with the yarn.





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Saturday, January 6, 2018

January Snowman Banner

I made this cute snowman banner for January. It is a Pat Sloan free design and part of her Banner Series and button club. I love that is was a quick project and that there was a pieced and applique block both. I think I will make one a month similar to this using my own applique design and different 6" blocks.

I stitched the branch arms on instead of doing applique arms. Hmm not sure now if I should have done applique for the arms too. I can always add it by hand I suppose.



I stitched his branch arms, but maybe I should have appliqued them instead?

I added some snowflake buttons.

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Monday, January 1, 2018

The Podium Bag

January 2018 BOMC (Bag of the Month Club) was designed by Christine of ChrisW Designs, and is called The Podium Bag. I was one of several bag testers for Christine.This bag has an interesting flap that stands up, so I suppose that is where the name Podium came from? You can only get the pattern right now if you join the BOMC, otherwise you have to wait for 6 months (July) before the pattern will be released to the public for sale. This is true of the other 5 designers who will be presenting their bag patterns on the 1st of each month to those in the club. You can join in anytime during the 6 month BOMC (January 2018-June 2018) and will receive each pattern the first of the month from a different designer each month. The cost is $40 subscription for all 6 bag patterns. Click on the highlighted link for all the information about this club.

Okay back to my test bag. When I saw the large flap I knew I wanted to do some decorative machine stitches on it. The straps did cover up some of my pretty stitches though. I used batik fabrics and 2 hand dyed fabrics; one for the flap the other is the bottom of the bag.

I chose to sew the straps on the flap, but the pattern has another way of adding straps with a hardware that I didn't have. So be sure and check out the other testers and the bags they made to see how different this bag can look with different fabric, including cork fabric, and different hardware too.

One side view.

The other side view.

Closer look at the flap with my the stitches and added rickrack. I even have a hot air balloon stitch! Living in New Mexico, that is a perfect stitch for me to have, lol!

On the back of the bag is what has become Christine's signature phone pocket. I love this pocket for my keys (no phone for me). It is handy for phone or keys and so ingenuous! 

The back of the bag.

Inside there is a slip and zippered pocket. I chose to place a pocket on each side, but in the instructions they were both on the back side of the bag when I tested it. The choice is now up to you. See what we testers do to make it easier for you, we try things and see if they work well or not.

On the bottom of the bag you can add rivets or if using cork, you can cut out small squares as a decorative accent. Again, I am always the different one. (Been that way my whole life, so not going to change now, lol!) I added hot fix metallic-looking studs. It was way easier to do and no holes to punch! I don't have a rivet setter, so I have not used rivets, although I have used Chicago screws (see on the strap), which are much easier to install. 

I did add a Chicago screw to the top of strap. 

The pattern calls for adding a tassel which you can make, but I used a piece of felt and a little purse charm instead. I guess I really didn't even need to fold the felt and topstitch it and in hindsight, I would have just cut the felt single thickness, but it was such a small piece that it doesn't matter much.

If you would like to purchase this one-of-a-kind Podium Bag from me, I am selling it for $85 plus $15 shipping. Email me if interested in purchasing. I invoice through PayPal.
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