One of the Jewelry Rolls rolled up and tied
Pattern: This is a Jewelry Roll designed by Valerie Williams and available in One-Yard Wonders by Yaker&Hoskins.
Fabric: The main fabric with dragonflies comes from Blank Quilting and the green and gold used on the pockets is Outback by Jinny Beyer and RJR Fabrics. I don’t know where the gold-spotted black fabric comes from.
The two pockets and the ring placket with ribbons
Modifications: I used three different fabrics as opposed to just one (suggested in the pattern). I had seen other Jewelry Rolls around made in different fabrics and I really liked the look. I also made the ribbons for the ring placket 4″ longer as suggested by Melissa who had done a Roll for pinkchalkstudio‘s One-Yard Wonders Sew Along.
Detail of the lower pocket
Thoughts: I made two of these at the same time as graduation gifts. They were fairly quick to make and I love the end result. I felt very proud giving them away and I know the recipients appreciated them a lot. After I had explained what they were for. 🙂
A detail of the dragonfly fabric. I totally loooove this fabric!
A bag for my niece
Pattern: Child’s Messenger Bag from One-Yard Wonders by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins
Fabric: Something I bought at Åhléns one or two or three years ago
Project time: Wednesday March 9th, 2011 – Thursday March 10th, 2011
With an open flap and a visible inner pocket
Ramblings: I thought the design was interesting with its bottom corners (see picture below). I’ve never seen a box-shape made that way. Don’t know how practical it is (I imagine dirt and stuff to quite eaily get stuck in those folds) but it looks neat.
One of the two bottom corners
I had some problem attaching the Velcro on the bag body. I didn’t think the measurements in the book made sense on the placement of them so I used my intuition and moved them up a bit. I should’ve used more of my intuition and moved them even further but I chickened out. And ended up having to rip the ones on the flap and move them down a bit. I haven’t found any errata on this so I don’t know if others have had the same problem or if I just didn’t understand how to place a rectangular Velcro-piece 10.5″ from the top edge…
Part of the strap and the golden fabric
Overall, I enjoyed the fast project. From cutting out the pieces (standard rectangles of different measurements) to having a complete bag only took about three-four hours.
The bag is huge (for its recipient) and I just hope my little niece don’t drown in it…
A close up of the binding on the front
The seam to the right is where I started and finished attaching the binding by machine. I’m very proud of how neat that looks! I used Jaybird Quilts’ tutorial on perfect binding.
I made the binding myself using the method where you get one continuous tape by just sewing one seam. You can find loads of tutorials on YouTube if you search for “make bias tape continuously“.
A close up of the binding on the back
I’m attaching the binding by hand on the back. I’m using ladder stitch. It trakes time, but I like the way it turns out. A bit wavy, but not too much. I have another 3 sides and corners left to do.
This is part of the back with attached binding
I’ve used scraps from the quilt top to make part of the back. I’ve added some fabric from my stash as well, like the grey seen here.
I decided to quilt it all with random straight lines. I’m using a yellow thread and I quite like it. It shifts between a brighter and a more subbtle yellow but not very noticeably. Quilting like this was fun! I didn’t have to put too much thought into it and I think it works well with the wonky 9-patches on the front.
I decided I needed to work with colours. And I needed something a bit crazy. And I wanted to try a new quilt design. And I didn’t want to make something adult-sized.
So, I looked through my fabric stash and found some scrap bundles of colourful batik fabrics. Bought on a whim a couple of months ago. And I started making a quilt for my niece. I used Oh! Fransson‘s tutorial on how to make the Crazy 9-Patch blocks and they were really easy to make. Even though the process involved a lot of cutting and ironing I found it all quite efficient as I was working on nine blocks at a time.
I put the grid pattern together yesterday and hope to add some border to it tonight. It’s all a bit wonky and not properly lined up at 90 degree angles, but I’ll work something out. A quilt with crazy blocks in it can be a bit wonky and off-centered, eh? 🙂
Two years ago, in July 2008, I started working on a quilt for our couch. I bought a pack of fat quarters on a whim as I fell in love in love with the colours and patterns. When I came home I found that four other fat quarters I had matched perfectly. And I started a quilt.
My quilt top as it looks when photographed a dark October evening
I posted about it in my blog here. In that blog post, I stated that the back of the quilt would get done much quicker than the top as it didn’t involve as many parts. Logical. But… I wasn’t prepared for the frustration that the %#”%& back fabric would cause me. See, it was cut an angle and me washing it and drying it, didn’t help in making it easier to cut it to a perfect rectangle. I tried. And failed. And tried again. And failed. The only way i could save it, was to buy more fabric, or change the layout for the back. And I decided to do neither at the time. I packed everything away…
And then last weekend I visited a quilt show and was sooo inspired to finish my quilt. I do happen to love the top I’ve made and I have wished for a comfy blanket to wrap around me on the couch when I take a nap or watch tv. Or sit there knitting.
I made the quilt’s back the weekend. I changed the layout. And I cut some fabric from the quilt top’s border to make it match the size of the back.
The back of my quilt (photographed a dark October evening)
I hope to be able to turn the top and the back into a quilt sandwich (that is to put batting in between the layers and fasten them all with glue and/or safety pins) by the end of next weekend. And then I’m off to the quilting part. I’m trying to block that out of my mind though as it absolutely terrifies me to try and push this huge quilt through my little machine while trying to make somehting neat-looking on it…