Something New

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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!

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

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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

Wonky Castle Block Of The Month – April

Wonky Castle Quilt Pattern - April

 

Castles patterns on Etsy

 

I was designing this castle quilt pattern while we were in the midst of the Spring Fling Blog Hop and then stitched the block last Thursday.  It was a cloudy day here and the weather was unusually cool for this time of year.  I had some stew simmering on the stove which would slow cook for close to three hours.  The place was smelling very inviting and warm regardless of the cool, damp weather outside.  It was very easy to get in the mood that day to sew this castle.

I wanted to make a sandstone castle.  I didn’t like a single sky fabric that I had in my stash for this castle.  So I figured why not build a castle at the edge of a forest on mossy ground.  I imagine this castle is a bit haunted!

 

 

Wonky Castle Quilt Block for April

 

Castles patterns on Etsy

 

This 4″ x 4″ castle quilt block I made for my friends in the swap group this month is done in yellow-green.  It was seriously challenging to make this one in a 4″ size.  Some of the pieces are so tiny, no more than 3mm-4mm in size.

 

I chain pieced the previous swap castles, despite not handling repeated activity very well.  I felt like a conveyor belt, doing a job that merely needed to be finished in a factory.  This time I went back to my previous methods of crafting one castle at a time.  I thought of the old times of before conveyor belts when crafting anything was individual and special.  Made me feel nostalgic and happy while the sewing machine hummed along!

 

 

Ring Of Brodgar With Micron Pen

 

 

I haven’t painted a single picture for… oh, over a year now.  While I love drawing with fabric in the form of paper piecing, I have been missing the actual motion of drawing and the scratching sound of pen on paper.  One evening I pulled out my notepad and micron pens and made this small sketch of the Ring of Brodgar in Orkney, Scotland.  This was the first time I drew with micron pens.  It was a bit challenging in the sense that micron pens come in very limited colors.  I used another kind of pen to add a little bit of light blue for the water.  I thought this post would be very fitting to show this drawing, since we are talking about castles.

 

 

Links to castle quilt patterns from previous months –

 

January

February

March

 

 

Wonky Caslte Block Of The Month Paper Piecing Pattern Banner

 

Happy Sewing!
-Soma

 

 

Bear Cub

Bear Cub Paper Piecing Quilt Pattern

 

Bear Cub pattern on Etsy

 

California has been home to us for the last 13 years and I fall in love with her more with every passing day.  I had to make something that represents spring in California.  Wildflower season here is brilliant but brief. My first idea was to make a California Poppy.

 

Then I remembered how we have to be ever so careful while driving when we go to the Sierra Mountains in Spring because of the little bear cubs.  They suddenly dash out in front of the car from the mountainside and run across the road toward the river.  Sometimes you can see them sitting on the mountainside like big teddy bears.  So cute!  Of course you don’t approach them, but it is wonderful to see them in their habitat.  I had to make a little bear cub!

 

This 12″ little bear cub quilt pattern is now available on Etsy.

 

You can also make a brown bear from this pattern.  I hope you enjoy making this block as much as I did!

 

-Soma

 

 

Wonky Castle Block Of The Month – March

Wonky Castle Quilt Pattern - March

 

Castles patterns on Etsy

 

Since we are officially in Spring, we are visiting a countryside castle this month.  It’s situated on beautiful green ground and ready to be explored inside and outside.  If you are still having snow and gray days, hopefully this castle quilt pattern will cheer you up a little.  Enjoy!!

 

 

Wonky Castle Quilt Block for March

 

Castles patterns on Etsy

 

This 4″ x 4″ castle quilt block I made for my friends in the swap group this month is green, which was easy since I have a very nice stack of green fabric.  It will be interesting to see if I can find enough variety of greenish-yellow fabric for next month’s castle.

 

 

Links to castle quilt patterns from previous months –

 

January

February

 

 

Wonky Caslte Block Of The Month Paper Piecing Pattern Banner

 

-Soma