Thursday, October 20, 2011

I did it! I did it!

Ok, I actually finished this before I started working...
Yep, I made my very own lunch bag!...an insulated lunch bag!  (Well, I pack so much stuff in it every day that I can't close it...but it has the potential to insulate!)
It's certainly not perfect.  Some spots around the handles were so thick that the needle didn't always go all the way through and I skipped a few stitches...but I can live with that.  Using it everyday will probably mean that it will turn gross and dirty before it falls apart...

This was my first time working with laminated cotton...and Insul-Bright...and the lining material (whatever that is!).  So I took the advice of the quilt shop ladies.  I also made up some stuff as I went along.  Here's what I ended up doing:

~ I used this pattern for the medium Camilla Insulated Bag.  It's been over a month, but as far as I remember, the instructions were fantastic!


~ pins + laminate = holes.  You can pin in the seam allowances but that wasn't working well for me.  So I used small binder clips
~ I started out using my walking foot but switched to the teflon foot - it was approximately 462 times easier with the teflon.  Ok, it wasn't such a dramatic difference, but I did like the teflon better.


~ I tried using tape to mark my quilting lines but it stuck to the laminate a little too well.  Since I used 2 layers of Insul-Bright, I marked lines on those layers with sharpie.  {Gasp!} That's right - I said SHARPIE!  (The Insul-Bright had too much texture and I was not interested in trying to trace each line 5000 times with some sort of disappearing ink pen.  Plus they faced each other on the inside of the sandwich so no one will ever see them and as far as I'm concerned, they can stay there for all eternity!)

~ Since the marked lines were on the Insul-Bright side, that left the laminate on the bottom.  I'm not sure it really helped, but I put tape over the surface of the base to make the laminate move through a little easier.
~ I used a longer stitch length than I would for regular sewing so there was no danger of making an awesome lunch bag with perforated seams...I couldn't take any chances with that one...(I'm definitely the kind of person that would pick up my bag and have the bottom drop out...I'm pretty sure that kind of disaster would happen on my way into work too and I would have to spend the entire day wearing Greek yogurt and olive oil or marinara or something that does not blend into khaki pants and acquires a deadly stench over the course of 8 hours!)
 It's the prefect size for my giant lunch containers + yogurt + water bottle + snacks for the drive home. (no, I'm not 4 years old...or 84...I just need a little something to get me home at the end of the day!)

Is it wrong that I'm in love with my own handiwork?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

O.M.G.

Go look at this quilt and then go to this blog!  I do not know this man....he's not paying me to say this...in fact, I just found his blog about 5 minutes ago (how is that possible?), thanks to this man (don't know him either!).  I am blown away!  BLOWN AWAY, I tell you!!..by the Green Stag...his technique...well, pretty much everything on his blog...I think I have a quilter crush!! 

Monday, October 17, 2011

My first time...

...making bee blocks for the do. Good Stitches Charity Bee!  Woohoo! 

I'm part of the Empower Circle (and I kind of want to roar like a lion every time I say "Empower!").  October is  Two Hippos' month.  She gave us an awesome block pattern and requested warm, fall colors.  These are my blocks: (ok, every time I read "these are my blocks" I hear the Law and Order Voice in my head.  Doink-doink!)
They'll be in the mail as soon as I can get my butt to the post office.  (So, let's say Saturday!)
November is my month for Empower, so I better get crackin' and come up with a block design!  Any suggestions?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Hello?...

Are you still there?  I've missed you, bloggy peeps!  I can't believe it's been so long sine my last post!   Despite my new crazy and hectic schedule, I have actually managed to be crafty...I have not managed to take pictures and write blog posts...until today!  So here's a quick update:

I finished the wedding quilt for my friend!
(it was a little windy!)
I used Heather's Yield pattern and I scaled it up to make a queen size.  It was magically easy!  Except for that outer cream border...I seem to stink at adding long border pieces.  I don't know why.  They should be so easy but somehow mine always end up a little wiggly and I have to redo them...but I only had to redo these once...not so bad! 

I pieced the back again but those pictures didn't come out so great...and I threw it in the wash before I checked the photos...(but I'll show you anyway...)

The most exciting part of the backing was the main fabric.  I used Lace Elements in Pearl.  It's just so pretty and so soft!  I might have to get a little more for myself!
For the quilting I did straight lines, 2 inches apart.  (And I quilted the happy couple's names and wedding date in at the bottom!)  Somehow, despite the fact that it's a beastly size quilt, I made it through the quilting with NO PROBLEMS!  Say what?!?  

The last few times I quilted straight lines I used my stitch guide or painter's tape, but this time I actually marked the quilt top.  It took some time to mark it, but it was easier for me to keep the lines straight.  So I guess I'm going to have to suck it up from now on and mark the tops...sigh... 

The colors came from the wedding palette and I LOVE them.  (I'm so glad I got a little extra of each color for my stash!)  As usual, I'm really attached to this quilt and I kind of want to snuggle up under it!  Hopefully the bride and groom will feel the same!

Stats:
quilt name: Going to the Chapel
pattern: Yield by Heather Jones (Olive and Ollie)
size: 84" x 92.5"
fabric: 100% cotton (Lace Elements, Kona snow, slate, sage, lemon)
batting: 50% organic cotton, 50% bamboo
thread: Aurifil in cream (piecing) and King Tut in cream (quilting)