If you read my blog, most of the time you will find me working on paper piecing blocks. When I started sewing earlier this year, I started with paper piecing and I am most comfortable with that method. However, my friend Marjon, who I met through Flickr, makes beautiful pouches and she encouraged me to make a couple. I have to say, once I got over my initial fear and figured out how a zipper foot works, rest was actually pretty easy!
I had this fat quarter fall fabric for a while and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it. I am very happy that I waited and made a little bag with it. I was working at night, and I cut one of the fabrics a bit smaller by mistake. So instead of cutting another piece, I cut two strips of the lining fabric and added it to the top and bottom. I love the way it turned out.
I found this fabric at JoAnn and I had to get it because I LOVE winter that much!! I found a black fabric with snowflake print on it which I got for the lining. This is the very first little practice pouch I made. Now I have a bag for my drawing pens.
This is turning into an addiction. I picked up some more lovely fabric and zippers to make more!
I also worked on some quilting blocks. This is going to be my very first quilt done by traditional method.
I used a pattern called Take 5 from The Teacher’s Pet. The pattern is for a twin size quilt; I doubled the number of blocks to make it into a full size one. I ran into a little problem with fabric shortage. The lady who helped me at the store calculated the number of extra blocks I had to add to make it a full size quilt correctly, but cut the wrong amount of fabric. Every quilt shop was out of it but I finally found the fabric at thedoormouse.com. I really wanted the brown fabric which my local quilt shop didn’t have at the moment, but the online store did! So I got that one as one of the five fabrics for this quilt. They shipped the fabric super quickly AND refunded the extra shipping. Since the time I bought the fabric for this quilt, I have downloaded the Robert Kaufman Quiltcalc app which is so handy!
I was really surprised by the fact how quickly I was able to finish making 40 blocks compared to paper piecing, which takes so much time. I also LOVE my 1/4″ foot. Don’t know what I would do without it!
Couple of weeks ago, I shared some of my fabric that I used to make the Cupcakery block with a visitor of my blog-post and she was kind enough to buy patterns from my store. I don’t check my snail mail too often and today I found a squishy package in my mailbox. Inside the package was this delightful collection of fabric with a beautiful note from her! I am not a person who cries easily, but this kind gesture really touched me! I have to think of something really special to make with this gift from her.
Lastly…my day of Quilting Gallery’s Glorious Autumn Block Party is finally here! It’s this Wednesday! Here’s a sneak peek for you. I will have this block for you to download and a prize pack for you to win. See you Wednesday!!