Friday, May 26, 2017

A quilted laptop bag

While on a roll with the quilted bag book, I found a laptop bag pattern in the book (from the cover) and it’s a pattern by Connie K – a fellow Island Batik ambassador!
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I asked Solveig if she wanted to make one, she didn’t BUT she’d like me to make it Winking smile
So I had her pick some fabrics from the shelf and I picked the placement.
The front pockets have these small HSTs and it just happen to work with the 6” QUBE set! so that was a snap to make!!
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The bottom was supposed to be one piece but since this fabric was directional, I cut it in half after adding seam allowance
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I didn’t have fusible fleece, but added batting and quilted it.
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The inside had pockets and a divider that was really neat!
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I asked Solveig to pose with the bag and this is what I got!!
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I also wanted to show this calibre mat that I “won” from the row along designer group, all I had to pay was 50c thru amazon!!
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it swivels!!
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in between projects I’ve been making more mini ohio star blocks from the QUBE serendipity set, here’s one block!
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

a few purses

remember I showed this book I got from connecting threads recently?!
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I got it because of the picture on the front, but I’m waiting for the right fabrics for that one.
The first purse in the book was EASY! it used 3 10” squares and a zipper and a snap.
So I used a few leftovers from my IB bundle I had leftover and made this!
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it’s cute and it was fun to make the flap and the directions were easy!
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Once I made that and wrapped my head around HOW it all works and how to easily make it with just a seam inside the lining, I decided to look at orphan blocks or something else and I found this apple!
I didn’t have a stiff interfacing to line it with as above, but decided on scraps of batting instead.
And used a red solid for the back (and lining) the front and back I marked with diagonal lines and quilted on the lines onto the batting.
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Then following the same directions as above I made the purse and I also did the bottom corners so it could stand up more. I remembered how to do that from other purses!
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Now I didn’t account for the standing up part so I should have left more room at the bottom, oh well!
Anja quickly adopted the bag for the ponies to bring in the car, she has a bag fettish I think, every bag I make, she wants to have and use Smile
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here’s the back
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I had SEW much fun making these, it’s a great way to use up those orphan blocks! I’ll totally do that again!!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Funky friends at Market

I’ve been totally jealous of looking at pictures from Quilt Market, but as you know I have a few quilts with Island Batik at their booth PLUS some funky friends who’s been a secret until now!

This is Ellie the Blue Elephant!

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I love how it/he/she sits. I love the ears and the teeth.

I used kam snaps for the eyes

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The patterns are by funky friends and I actually have a platypus pattern too I’ve used.

I have made lots of different stuffed animals over the years and even though the pattern was clear enough, I think this elephant was the hardest I’ve ever done!

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Next we have Heather the Voluptuous Purple Hippo!

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She was easy to make compared the elephant, but she’s also standing and not sitting

Of course I HAD to make her a tutu sort of skirt

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She even has a tiny tail!

Do you know that when they GO, their tail swirls around like a propeller so IT gets sprayed everywhere!

Not that Heather the Hippo would EVER do such a thing! She’s a ballerina after all.

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Hope they had fun at Market!

I founds pics of them that others took – I think these were Canton Quilt Works

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Eventually these get sent back to us Smile

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

EQ7 Tutorial Tuesday–review of one patch

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It’s funny how inspiration hits me about doing these EQ7 tutorials, last week I got several emails about an old post I did about tumblers and then comments about the last tutorial on one patch quilts, so I figured I’d do a sort of review on the one patch quilts, as it’s a lot of fun to use!

When you open EQ, start by creating a new quilt:

Quilt/ new quilt/ one patch

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My last quilt I worked on was hexagons, so that’s what it shows

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When you click the layout tab at the bottom left, there’s a pop up box that shows your one patch design- here again it’s hexagons

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When you open up the patch style, there’s LOTS of options

Custom,

Hexagons (H)

Hexagons (V)

Lightning

Trapezoid (H)

Trapezoid (V)

House

Diamonds

Kite

cobblestone

Thousands pyramids

Tumblers

Rectangles

Custom (glide)

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Under custom, it shows a cobblestone design

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You can actually go in and drag the dashed line of the sketch in the pop up

here I dragged the top line all the way up and moved the vertical lines a bit too

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here I created a chisel

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Next there’s hexagons H –horizontal

so the straight edge of the hexagon is horizontal

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Hexagon V is the vertical version

You can adjust the edge length of course, default is 1” (1” sides) that’s how you buy the paper pieces or if using Accuquilt dies, they measure the side of the hexagon NOT the widest part.

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Next is lightning

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You can also change the width and the height

here I did a 4” x 2” that’s a good size for a flying geese shape!

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Or a 4”x4” is like the isosceles triangle (I think)

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Next is Trapezoid, that’s like a tumbler!

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Horizontal vs Vertical

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If changing the measurements again it looks like the wedge die from accuquilt!

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But notice on both of these, that they are the exact same rows, they face the same way.

Next is the house shape

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Of course you can change the size of that too

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Next is diamond

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If you change the width and height to be the same, it’s like an ON point layout

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Or you can make then shorter and wider

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Next is the kite shape

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looks quite different when it’s made wider

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Cobblestone is pretty basic, it’s octagons with matching squares.

Great for english paper piecing!

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next is thousand pyramids

it’s different than lightning, as here the sides match up together, so the wide bottom touches another wide bottom or top and the tips touch each other.

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This is a nice layout to do the equilateral triangle layout in!

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Next is the tumbler.

Just like the lightning and pyramids go together, the tumbler goes with the trapezoid, depending if you want the rows to mirror/match each other or you want the rows to be the same as the one above!

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Here you can stretch it again to look like the accuquilt wedge die

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Next is rectangles, well rectangles are rectangles!

of course you can change the measurements of those too!

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Last is the custom glide and I get kind of like a tumbler shape that I can adjust

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here’s an uneven tumbler

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Out of all of these layouts, I probably use the tumbler/trapezoid and the hexagons the most!

I’ve done tutorials on both of these Smile

try out the different one patch designs and let me know which one is your favorite!??