flax_bag_front

I have been out a lot since last weekend began, but still managed to sneak in a bit of sewing.  I am working on a set of patterns to make a wall hanging with, and this little Flax flower is part of that.  While I like the paper pieced version a lot, I thought this would be a great opportunity to learn Y-seam.  I redesigned the pattern to be sewn with Y-seam, and now I have this extra paper pieced block.

I have never made a tote bag before.  I figured this little block would be so perfect for that.  I found this tutorial at Skip To My Lou.  If you haven’t made a tote bag before and are a novice in the sewing world like me,  I highly recommend this tutorial.  I only made a couple of changes.  I used interfacing to give a bag some stability, and I trimmed the box corners.  That’s It!  I followed the instructions step by step and here is my little bag!

flax_bag_back

I used a 2″ strip of the lining fabric in the back.

take5_tobe_quilted

I made this quilt-top months ago using Take 5 from Teacher’s Pet.  I finally pulled it out last weekend and trimmed all the threads in the back.  I also finished piecing the back together.  So this one is ready to be pinned together this weekend.

Charlie on Take 5

Of I course couldn’t have done it without my little helper Charlie!  I am sure he will be the first one to test the new quilt once I am finished with it.

This will be something new for me as well,  to quilt a queen size quilt.  Some of my online friends gave me some very helpful tips and I will try to remember them.  I am very nervous, but I have to take the plunge some time, right?!

Another Camera

Occasionally I get custom pattern requests.  They are always very special to me because these patterns are going to be used for someone special in the quilter’s life.  I got an email from a lady who wanted to make a camera wall hanging for a family member as a thank you present.  Her family is currently deployed in Germany, and she wanted to get this done before they came back to the States.

She has never done paper piecing before and she really wanted to give it a try.   I made two patterns for her – one completely paper pieced and another easier one with an appliqued lens.  She learned how to paper piece using the Schoolhouse tutorial I have.  Then she made this!!!  She made the complete paper pieced wall hanging!  The fabrics she picked are also very special and significant.  I was so amazed that I had to share it here with her permission!

Here’s to trying something new!
Have a colorful and creative weekend!
-Soma