Saturday, April 22, 2017

Tablet case

This year at school they gave us tablets in addition to our new laptops. However, they failed to give us a case for it 😒. It has been sitting in my bag (I honestly haven't used it much), and I'm afraid I'll end up scratching it. Then I'd have to pay for bueno. So, I decided to make a case since I can sew and all 😃.

This is what I came up with for one side.Purple is generally not my go-to color (unless we're talking about LSU-themed stuff), but our school colors are purple and white so I went with that. I'm currently obsessed with grey (which is totally new for me), and I love this Kona Cotton Steel color! I used scraps for the purple and then of course I love to set stuff off with white. It makes it look crisp!

I was going to do straight line quilting like the wine snuggie, but at the last minute I decided to just do my go-to my organic wavy lines. I used white Aurifil 50w thread and then went back it and did lines in Aurifil grey (#2605) between the white lines.

I really like how the grey looks a bit invisible in some parts. I wasn't sure if I gone a little overboard on the quilting because I was afraid you couldn't see the purple enough. Then I put it on the design wall and stepped back...and it looked fine.

After much indecisiveness, I went with polka-dots on the back. I used my sizzix dies on fabric that I had backed with Heat n' bond lite. I really prefer the ultra hold version of the Heat n' bond over the lite but I am out of it. I did the same quilting pattern as the other side, except some areas look a little weird since I was purposely trying to quilt into the circles to secure them The quilting on the other side definitely looks better! And I realized I should have increased my stitch length...but oh well!

I reaffirmed my feelings about the Heat n' Bond lite when I noticed that some of the edges of the circles that had not been quilted over were sticking up...even when I went back and ironed over them again. Grrrr. I will probably drive me a little crazy and may have to whip out some fabric glue later. Oh well...

So here it all is put together:

Again, for winging a pattern, I'm pretty happy about the way it came out! This was also my first time ever to sew a zipper that wraps around the corner. It really wasn't that bad at all! To help, I used the Creative Grids Curved Corner Ruler which is amazeballs! I estimated how wide I needed the case and then cut the corners at a 2" radius.

My tablet fits perfectly! I did a ton of quilting and used a really low loft batting so it's not super cushy, but it will keep it from getting scratched (which was my main goal!).

I'm pretty jazzed about this project. I may even make another for my coworker.

Until later, happy sewing!

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Wine Snuggie

My cousin and his fiancé had an engagement party last weekend, and I wasn't sure what to do about a gift. I wanted to make something that was small (I didn't have time for something large anyway!), and I wanted it to be something they used.

So I decided on a wine carrier since I know she likes fancy drinks and goes over to her friends' houses often to socialize. I've never made one before so I just winged it without a pattern (as usual)! It I have to say, it was pretty simple. I think the hardest part was figuring out where to put the handle. 

Since they are young and hip, I went with a modern-looking colors combo...I've been trying to be brave with color. I decided on Kona cotton steel for the main part, along with white, orange, and ice Frappe. I had the darker greenish color in my stash already so I'm not sure what color it was. 

I decided on some straight line quilting and just changed direction. I used aurifil 50w thread - grey (#2605) on the kona steel and then just white on the rest of it.

At first I was going to do a round bottom, but I ran out of time. So, I went with a straight bottom. 

I actually kind of like the way that the bottom came out. It looks like a wine bottle snuggie!

Overall, I'm VERY happy at the way this turned out! I love its modern clean look!

In hind-site, I realized two things. One - I wish I would have chosen LSU colors (purple and yellow). They are both LSU alumni (like myself) and love LSU stuff. Doh! Two - I think a vertical strip of color would work better on this design rather than a horizontal because the left and the right side didn't quite match up in the back (but you don't get to see that!). 

I'd definitely make one of these again! I've actually had requests from some friends for one.

Until later, happy sewing!

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Two Baby Girl Quilty Gifts

My husband's circle of friends is currently having a baby boom. I posted last time about how I made the baby quilt for Kelly. I love how that came out, but that was a hot mess and took forever. Right about the same time I was finishing that up, I had another baby shower to go to so I needed 2 more quilts, both for little girls. I wanted to find a pattern that was quick and easy but also show off printed fabric that is cute for babies/kids.

I found this Citrus & Mint quilt by Lindsay at Craft Buds, and I knew it would work perfectly!

Citrus & Mint: Quick & Easy Baby Quilt + Free Pattern | Craft Buds

If I haven't mentioned already, I don't really follow patterns. I actually used this as my inspiration, except I used 10" blocks and 3.5" HSTs on the ends...I'm all about bigger blocks and less sewing! The quilts ended up about 40" x 40" which I love because I can use one width of fabric as the backing! Yay for simplicity!

I found this cute owl fabric in my stash, so I matched it up with pinks and oranges:

Then I used this purple floral pattern and added some pinks and other purples for the second quilt.

Here the two quilts are together:

I love the way they came out!!! I gave the pink/orange one to Annie and purple/pink one to Tracy. I will definitely use this pattern again! I used my go-to my organic wavy lines for quilting because it is cute and easy. I used white Aurifil 50w thread for that.

The BEST part of making these is that I had to buy NOTHING at all. I sewed it all out of my stash. Woo hoo! :)

Until later, happy quilting!

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