Friday, April 19, 2019

Pretty Row Markers / Beauties Pageant 29


I’m in charge of purchasing items for my guild’s monthly raffles. It’s a good gig—I get to enjoy the process of buying fun stuff without growing my own stash.

To keep things interesting, I’ve been trying to come up with ideas other than books, patterns, and fabric to use as raffle prizes. For the May meeting, I’m assembling a collection of notions to raffle off and decided a set of handmade row markers might go over well with the group.

These markers are super easy to make with the tutorial at Leland Ave Studios. I ordered the number stickers and laminating pouches on Amazon and used Art Gallery’s Bundle Up: Geometrical Edition for the background fabrics. A set of stickers and a packet of laminating pieces produce two sets of 10 row markers, with some numbers left over.


I am hoping these will be a hit at the next meeting, but I need to pair them with other interesting notions. Got any ideas? Let me know in the comments!

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

2019 Finish-A-Long: Q2 Goals

My Finish-A-Long Q1 list was humble, composed of a mere four projects, and I managed to finish only one of the four before the deadline. (Lame!) But every finish counts as an entry to the prize drawings, and I won! I linked up my Jane Market Bags in the finish linky and scored a fat gift certificate to Sew Sweetness.

I have higher expectations for the next quarter—it’s my attempt to wrap up as much as I can before summer is in full swing. I’ll start with the new-to-you projects because the holdovers from Q1 aren’t nearly as fun to talk about ...

Neighborhood

I probably would have completed more of my Q1 goals if I weren’t sewing up this quilt top and pieced back. This pattern is called Neighborhood. It’s an older one from Elizabeth Hartman, before she started designing critter quilts, found in her Modern Patchwork. I haven’t decided on my plan of attack for the quilting yet.


Gypsy Wife

I’ve been chipping away at the blocks for my Gypsy Wife quilt in Bonnie and Camille fabrics. Current home renovations are affecting my sewing space, however, and I really need to jury-rig a design wall once things settle down. As a result, I won’t be finishing my quilt with the rest of the quilt-along participants, but I will finish it.


Valentine Quilt

This quilt, designed by Elizabeth Hartman and published in her Practical Guide to Patchwork, is super close to being done. I could have finished it at the 11th hour for Q1, but I spent time with my husband instead (#goodwifey).


Garden Plots

I went to make the back for my Garden Plots quilt only to discover that I had forgotten to add a border to the top and didn’t have the necessary fabric to remedy that. Instead of just ordering the fabric already, I bellyached about it. Does that happen to you? Do you let a silly snag derail a project for a disproportionate amount of time? (A friend from guild admitted at this week’s meeting that the purchase of a zipper postponed a bag project of hers for months!)


Apparently, this is a pitfall of mine, because I could make a comparable statement about ...

No Latitude

So I at one time had enough Essex Linen in flax for my No Latitude project, but then I used a chunk of it in a tote. This is Essex Linen from years ago, and the bolts I can get my hands on now don’t match the yardage I already have. Every so often I pull this project out, resolve to make it work with what I have on hand, and then return it to storage, discouraged. Here’s hoping this quarter be the quarter I tackle it once and for all.


I have other things in the works; this is the list I’m willing to commit to, though. Wish me luck!

https://capitolaquilter.blogspot.com/2019/04/2019-finish-long-q2-time-to-link-up.html

What’s on your to-do list for the next few months? Also: I am planning on buying cork fabric with that Sew Sweetness gift certificate. If you have any experiences with cork fabric, please share them below. Thanks in advance!

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Pageant Highlight Reel / Beauties Pageant 28

As you are reading this, quilty friends, I am at an indoor water park with two little boys. It’s back-to-back days of splashing in the wave pool and going down the slides and trying to keep track of my kids. (So not exaggerating on that last point.) At the moment, I am likely anticipating the need for a nap when I get home and preparing myself for an evening on the couch instead of a productive session at my sewing machine.

I may be running around with the boys, but I still have sewing on my mind, including these projects from past Beauties Pageants ...

Lisa linked up this Bloem Basket from an Instagram sew-along. I love how she took the opportunity to use a large-scale print on the exterior—pretty!


Alice used an online tutorial to make up her Octopus’s Garden quilt. Look at that strong geometry and bold palette!


And Bernie, of Needle and Foot, made this version of Meadow Mist Designs’ Flock of Geese pattern. Be still my geese-loving heart!


If you have a recent finish to share, I hope you’ll include it in this week’s pageant ...


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  • Post your finish in the linky tool. (No links to your own giveaway or linky, please!)
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Monday, April 8, 2019

Sew. That. Stash!

 
Dear readers, I am dropping in today with a quick post about a recent triumph: I completed 11 Jane Market Bags for my kids’ end-of-year teacher gifts and can check something off my Finish-A-Long Q1 list!


To be more specific ... I finished these 11 bags months before school’s end. I even made a 12th bag for my niece, part of Operation: Like My Dog. And what’s more thrilling is that I used 11 yards of stash to do it!


Full disclosure: I did have to buy an additional 6 yards, but that’s a pitfall of stashing for quilt making and then sewing bags. I needed bigger cuts than I usually have on hand. Still, I used twice as much fabric than I bought, and that’s saying something.


I have made this pattern many, many times before. For real. Type “Jane” into the search box on the right to read more about my past versions.

https://capitolaquilter.blogspot.com/p/2016quarter-4-finishes-december-31st-1.html

OK, now off to bind a quilt and post another finish before the first quarter of 2019 becomes the second. Wish me luck!

Linking up to Let’s Bee Social ...

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Let’s Be Honest / Beauties Pageant 27

Bernie, over at Needle and Foot, recently asked her readers to get honest for a moment. In a social media world where quilters curate their Instagram feeds and post finish after finish on blogs or Facebook pages, it’s easy to think, I don’t measure up. But is anyone’s social media presence an accurate portrayal of reality? We all make mistakes. Perhaps our interactions online would be richer if we owned up to them.

My pillow-y finish from last week is a perfect example ...

The wrench in the works here was the quilting. Originally, I was going to quilt simply—just along each side of the seams—but after I did that I kept quilting. And the more I quilted, the more I realized how difficult and time-consuming it would be to rip out those stitches, and I kept quilting anyway. In the end, I matchstick-quilted the entire front of the pillow, and although it looked lovely, I had a problem: The dense quilting affected the drape and fit of the pillow over the 18-inch pillow form I had purchased. I subsequently concocted and implemented various solutions ...

First, I basted around the pillow to gauge how the pillow form would fit in the pillow as is. There was bulk—a lot of bulk.


So I increased the seam allowance, thinking that would be the solution. (It was not.)


My pillow at this point was looking floppy, especially at the corners. I like my pillows nice and chubby.


So I took the rather drastic step of tapering in all four corners, a tip I had read long ago over at Granny Maud’s Girl.

This was the outcome of my seam-allowance fudging and corner trimming ...


The project now had 12 sides and was rectangular-ish! But I finished it off anyway and bound the edges ...


In the end, I think the pillow is fine. The process didn’t go as I anticipated and the final product is different from what my original vision, but live and learn, right?

To add your latest finish to the latest Beauties Pageant—all imperfections accepted and applauded!—click the link below.

Please note: InLinkz now requires a login for all photo-based link parties. I know that’s a pain. My apologies for the inconvenience!


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Friday, March 29, 2019

Operation: Like My Dog / Beauties Pageant 26

I completed this bassinet project well in time for Easter giving.

There’s a canine roaming the halls of From Bolt to Beauty world headquarters. Her name is Rose, and she’s a high-energy golden retriever. She’s a lover, not a fighter, and if burglars broke into my house, the worst she could do is lick them to death.

To my three-year-old niece, however, Rose is scary. Rose towers over this sweet little girl, and with every bark, my niece runs into my sister’s arms, pleading, “I need you!” The relationship between Rose and my niece affects every family visit, and that was the impetus for Operation: Like My Dog.

First, I showed up at my niece’s third birthday party with a gift specifically from Rose. It was a small golden retriever stuffed animal, and Rose Puppy, as this creature has been named, has the privilege of sleeping in my niece’s bed every night (along with, like, 20 other stuffed animals). Then, for Valentine’s Day, Rose sent my niece a card signed with a paw print stamp. (My husband thought it was ridiculous that [1] I own a paw print stamp and [2] I signed a card with it. I thought it was brilliant!)

Later in February, my niece and sister visited for a few days to watch my boys while I went to QuiltCon. My sister noted significant progress. She said that my niece was much calmer around Rose, even when Rose was barking. One night, as the kids were getting ready for bed, my niece walked over to Rose’s crate, said a big good-night, and then crouching closer to the dog whispered, “I love you.”

Rose and my niece have come so far—I don’t want to lose any ground!—so when I saw the sweet bassinet Bernie (Needle and Foot) made for her granddaughter’s dolls, I started plotting my own for my niece from our dog.

I took the opportunity to use up a yard of garden novelty fabric that features springy colors and bunnies hiding in watering cans ...


Because I didn’t know when I would have another occasion to use this fabric, I used as much as I could in this project—on the exterior, as the lining, and in a simple coordinating doll quilt.


This stuffed bunny will accompany the bassinet to its new owner. Fingers crossed that Miss Hopsy will join the chosen few in my niece’s bed at night! : )


To make your own doll bassinet, visit the tutorial on Sew Mama Sew!

If you have other ideas of what Rose can do for my niece—crafty projects and otherwise—please let me know in the comments.

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Fab Five Ruler Remix


I am always looking for small projects to intersperse among all the quilts I have in the works. Quick projects like a pouch or bag give me the thrill of a finish without the time commitment of a quilt.

So when the Fat Quarter Shop offered to send me a Fab Five Ruler and pillow pattern to try out, I responded with an enthusiastic yes. A pillow project was just what I needed to get out of my current quilty doldrums!

This ruler, created by Abbey Lane Quilts, makes cutting out tumbler shapes easy. Using bits of various Alison Glass lines, I auditioned a few different layouts and asked Instagram friends for feedback. I decided on a rainbow-like gradation with what I consider to be a more modern tumbler layout. (Instead of orienting my tumblers so that short ends of blocks line up with long ends, I laid them out so that short ends butt up to short ends and long ends butt up to long ends.)


To finish my pillow off, I quilted it and bound it in the same way I bind my quilts. I love how the dark gray Alison Glass print frames and unifies the patchwork!




To see others’ pillow projects, head to the Jolly Jabber, the Fat Quarter Shop’s blog. If you have a favorite FQS project, I would love to hear about it in the comments. I have sewed along in the past. Check out my Bring on the Dancing Horses Quilt, Mini Charm Mix Table Runner, and Odori Quilt.

For more on my experience matchstick quilting this project, look for a post next week. : )

Linking up to Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Busy Hands Quilts, and Needle and Thread Thursday ...

Pssst ... I’ll also be linking this bit of loveliness to the new monthly finish linky at Meadow Mist Designs, slated to launch on March 31.



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Friday, March 22, 2019

Let's Build a Wall / Beauties Pageant 25

My husband and I built our house—replete with high ceilings, a cavernous foyer, rooms whose beginnings and endings aren’t always clearly defined—almost 17 years ago. It’s a beautiful, open-concept design but has proved to be less functional than we’d like. In particular, the living room and dining room should be adult spaces that we use at night. Because sound travels easily from those rooms up to where the kids sleep, however, we don’t. The solution? We’re erecting a wall with noise-dampening insulation and adding two doors.

Someday soon there will be a wall and door here.

This plan is brilliant for a variety of reasons. First, we can get rid of a gate that keeps Rose, our naughty golden retriever, out of the dining room. (My lower back is already anticipating a day when I don’t have to step over that blasted thing!) Second, the living room and dining room are where I sew, and the renovations will better delineate my creative space from the rest of the house.

In the meantime, I’m squatting in a corner of the master bedroom on a fold-up table, trying to be as productive as possible. The sacrifice is that I have three projects ready to be quilted but no time to get to the longarm at my local quilt shop and no dining room table on which to spread out and work my magic. I’m considering doing some free-motion quilting in my temporary space. Someone—please!—talk me out of it!

When I am sewing at the dining room table, I smile. When I sew in the cramped
and dark corner of my bedroom, not so much.

How are things in your sewing space? Are you at peace with the happy place you’ve carved out of your home, or are you plotting improvements like reorganizing your supplies, improving your lighting, or erecting a wall? Praise or pout in the comments below.

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And now it’s time for this week’s Beauties Pageant! (Note my own contribution: a link to Rose with an old whole-cloth finish. It’s included solely to indulge all you crazy dog lovers. You know who you are.)


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  • Post your finish in the linky tool. (No links to your own giveaway or linky, please!)
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Monday, March 18, 2019

Sew-Along Prize Linky


A big thank-you to all of you who read or sewed along in the Cargo Duffle Bag event of the past few weeks. It’s been a lot of fun to share in the triumphs of those of you who were new to bag making or had been plotting to sew this pattern and just needed a little nudge. I can’t wait to see what everyone has made!

The Prizes

Three lucky Cargo Duffle makers will win a $30 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop or one of two mystery packages from Anna Graham of Noodlehead, each with a pattern and the necessary supplies to make the project. (For my full post on the prizes, click here.)

Edit (4/4/2019): This giveaway is closed. The winner of the FQS gift card is Shena, and the winners of the Noodlehead prize packages are Kim and Amy!

Winners will be picked at random from the linky (see below) that will run through March 31, 2019. This prize draw is open internationally. If someone outside of the United States wins one of the Noodlehead prizes, he or she will be emailed a gift card from the online retailer of his or her choice in lieu of the package from Noodlehead. (It’s just too darn expensive to ship stuff internationally.)


A Look Ahead

Gosh, I’d love to sew along again with you all. Maybe we can reconvene this fall for more bag making? I realized I own—ahem!—three Noodlehead patterns that I have yet to make: the Super Tote, the Go Anywhere Bag, and the Caravan Tote. Then there’s the Forage Bag, which, like the Cargo Duffle, is offered free on the Robert Kaufman site. Any preferences on what we tackle next? Let me know in the comments.

And of course, if you couldn’t sew the Cargo Duffle along this time, the posts regarding each step will always be available here on From Bolt to Beauty.

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Bring out your lovely Cargo Duffles, friends!




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Friday, March 15, 2019

Pillow Parade / Beauties Pageant 24


I make a lot of presents—gift giving is one of my favorite parts of sewing and quilting—and many of the future recipients of said presents keep close tabs on me via social media. This means I have a surplus of finishes that I can’t yet reveal, for fear that those friends will catch wind of what I have made for them. One of these projects is a swoon-worthy Alison Glass pillow with matchstick quilting. So. Very. Pretty.

It seems mean to tease like that without providing a picture (or five), but there are some pretty cool pillows in the From Bolt to Beauty archives we can talk about.

I sewed this orange peel pillow back when I took the Curves Class at Stitched in Color. It still graces my bed (on days when I make my bed!) ...


These simple-yet-sturdy envelope pillows are testament to what you can do with a little home dec fabric and fusible fleece ...


And the hexagons below, along with those at the top of the post, are pillow perfection.


Pillows are great small projects. I wish I could make more for myself, but pillows in the hands of two little boys often become projectiles or objects with which to hit one’s brother/dog/mother.

I have thoughts on pillow construction, however, which I look forward to sharing with you in the near future. : )

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If you have a finish this week—in pillow form or not—we’d love to see it. Add it to this week’s Beauties Pageant!


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  • Post your finish in the linky tool. (No links to your own giveaway or linky, please!)
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  • Visit and comment on other participants’ finishes.




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