Sunday, June 19, 2016

Airport Sling

I've decided that I enjoy making bags! The Airport sling is the most advanced pattern I've sewn so far, but I LOVE it! It has all the features I love: zippered top, cross body strap, pockets, zippers, and a metal turn lock :).



This was the first time I've sewn with Michael Miller canvas (from Sarah Jane's line Sommer) and it is fabulous! I lined each piece (except straps) with Pellon Shape-flex and it is the perfect weight and texture. Another first with this bag is the metal turn lock on the front pocket. It was a bit tricky with the tiny screws, but totally worth it. Of course, I had to add extra top-stitching in a contrasting color :).


Back side of bag. Just wait until you see what is inside the zippered pocket...totally love!


No need for a wallet with the credit card pockets, cash pocket, and pen holder! I love how I can just grab a few things and I'm off.


Janelle of Emmaline Bags, pattern author, has a great tutorial on her blog for adding a zipper to the top of your bag. I love zippered tops as I don't want to anything to fall out...especially my iPhone :). 

This is definitely my Go-to Bag and I love it. I'm quite sure I will make another...just after I finish my huge "Must Make" list :)

Pattern: Airport Sling
Fabric: Sarah Jane: Sommer by Michael Miller fabrics (canvas weight)

Yay! I also finished a project  #13 (Airport Sling) for my Q2 goals for Finish Along

Have a great day!!!

Melanie 







Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday Bundle with Fort Worth Fabric Studio



Happy Friday!!!! Have you seen the super cute bundles that Jodie at Fort Worth Fabric Studio creates each Friday? These bundles make Fridays even better :).


This week I was able to create this mini quilt with the Hometown Ride Bundle.







I love this bundle!!! Super cute houses, bicycles, dots, stripes, text AND in pinks, grays, and whites! 
I knew I needed to fussy cut the houses and use the pink stripe for binding!



This bundle includes ALL the fabric you need to make this mini quilt/table topper or pillow! I have a little tutorial below so you can make your own.

Mini Tutorial for Hometown Ride Mini Quilt 

finished size 18.5" x 18.5"

Cutting

Step 1: Cut (4) 6.5" square blocks. I chose to fussy cut the houses.
Step 2: Cut (16) 2.5" squares to make the corners of the larger squares. I chose the bright pink.
Step 3: Cut (45) 2.5" squares to make the nine patch blocks. I chose random prints.
Step 4: Cut (4) 2.25" x 21" to make binding. I chose pink stripe.
Step 5: Cut (1) 4" x 21" AND save 1 full fat quarter to make backing





Sewing

Step 1: Make 4 snowball blocks by placing one 2.5" square in each corner of 6.5" block and sew on the diagonal.

Step 2: Trim 1/4" inch away from sewn line and iron. Repeat for all 4 snowball blocks.


Step 3: Sew nine patch blocks by arranging (9) 2.5" squares. Repeat for 5 blocks.



Step 4: Admire your 9 blocks :)

Step 5: Arrange blocks as desired and sew together.


Step 6: Piece backing.


Finishing


Step 1: Quilt as desired. A piece of scrap batting works well for mini projects.

Step 2: Bind 

Step 3: Enjoy!





I hope you enjoyed this Hometown Ride Mini Quilt tutorial! Be sure to grab your bundle at Fort Worth Fabric Studio. Plus tag me on Instagram @mellierc with your projects!



Enjoy your weekend!











Saturday, April 23, 2016

Fat Quarter Shop Sew Sampler Box - April

I'm super excited to share the new Sew Sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop. When I saw FQS was starting a monthly subscription of quilting supplies...I knew I needed to try it! I'm that girl that reads the last chapter of a book first because I can't wait to know how it ends. So it was a challenge for me to wait patiently for my first Sew Sampler box! When I saw this adorable aqua box in my mail box...I might have a squealed a bit!


I didn't even wait to go inside my house to open my box. I did it right outside! I'm sure my husband thought I was a bit nutty when he saw me taking pictures of my happy mail. I love how the box was packaged...just like a present!


First look at all the fabulous quilting goodies.



I really liked how FQS included a card that described each item included in the April Sew Sampler box. I then took my box inside to look more closely at each included item.


Here is a fun grid showing EVERYTHING that was included in the April box! Isn't it awesome! It's perfect for spring or summer quilting!

From (Left to Right)
1. On the back of the informational card is a crossword puzzle. See it is educational too :) Plus a cute Welcome to the Neighborhood card (with an exclusive coupon on your next FQS purchase...I think I need to order a Garland FQ bundle),  Block #1 Recipe card (8", 12", and 16" sizes), plus a cute sticker and magnet.
2. Grow Charm Pack from Me and My Sister Designs. The colors and patterns remind me of summer. In fact, I opened mine up and starting sewing the same day it arrived. 
3. FQS Creative Grid ruler. This is fabulous! I LOVE the grips on the back side of the ruler....no slipping!
4. Screw B Do magnetic screw drivers. These are fantastic! The perfect size when needing to remove your stitch plate or putting on your walking foot or anything else. I just need to hide them from my husband and sons. Plus they are made in the USA!
5. Strawberry Picking Pattern. This is just adorable. I even used my charm pack to sew one block to make a mini quilt!
6. Cotton Candy Embroidery Scissors. These are so sharp! Perfect for snipping when chain piecing! Plus the cover is a great safety feature too.




I adapted the Strawberry Picking pattern slightly so I could use my charm pack. I wanted to include lots of the pink fabrics so I made the squares very tiny...maybe too tiny :). I then used the purple squares to make binding and pieced 9 charm squares to make the backing. My 2 year old is claiming this mini quilt for her Strawberry Shortcake doll, which is perfect!

The April Sew Sampler box has already sold out...so be sure to sign up for the May box! I'm sure it will be amazing!

I shared even more pictures on Instagram @mellierc

Thank you Fat Quarter Shop for sending me the April Sew Sampler box....I LOVE it!

Have a great day!

Melanie