Friday, April 27, 2012

Small Messenger Bag

This is the latest bag I’ve made, a small messenger bag measuring 7.5 in wide X 9 in tall.  I machine quilted two layers of the gold batik.  This one has the optional chevron strip pieced pocket.

This photo shows the Chevron fabric better.  I used some denim as well as cottons.

Here you can see the zippers and the swivel snap for holding keys or small flash light.


Here is the back.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Tree of Life Quilt

I made this quilt in 1992.  I combined two pattern – the tree of life and maple leaves.  I used the fabric from a madras plaid skirt/shirt I had and loved, but needed to be retired.  Sorry the photos are better, but they were taken with the quilt on the bed and me standing on the foot board for most of them.
My attempt to get the photo more “straight-on” is slightly fussy.  The quilt is machine pieced and quilted.  I quilted in in sections (the sides, the end, and the main section) and then sewed them together.
The is shaped to overhang the sides of the bed and not get hung up.
Here is a better photo of the maple leaves.
Each maple leave block is 6 in square.
Here is a sketch of the layout with measurements.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Dog in the Yard House Quilt

This is the small quilt I made for the 2012 Alliance for American Quilt “home is where the heart is” contest.  The deadline isn’t until June 1, 2012 so there is time for you to enter if you are interested.
I used multiple techniques to make the quilt, beginning with machine piecing.  I initially screwed up the measurements with the base of the house being 12 in X 12 in rather than the 12 in high X 15 in wide specified by the contest rules.   I had to redo it, but the mistake worked it my favor (thankfully) and it looked better and gave me room for the windows.
The finished size is 15 in wide X 19.5 in high.  It is machine and hand quilted. 

I used Mistyfuse to apply the fussy cut dog with his house onto the quilt prior to doing the quilting.  I used Textures Magic (my first experience with it) to make the bushes which I hand appliqued after finishing the quilting.
I again used Mistyfuse to add the fussy cut cat.  I embroidered the ivy onto the house walls.
The windows, the door, and this attic window were fussy cut.
Here is the back before adding the ring and sleeve specified for hanging.
This photo and the next show the detail of the quilting better.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Small Voyager Handbag

I recently made this small handbag for a friend.  It is made using the Ghee’s Voyager Handbag pattern.  I used the small size, but made it an inch wider.  Open, as in this photo, it measures 7 in X 11 in.
Closed, as in this photo, it measures 7 in X 6.5 in.
Here’s the back.  It has a clip for keys.