Remember when I made this quilt top from my friend Nancy‘s book: Quilting From Every Angle? Me too! And I was totally shocked that I completed it almost a year ago exactly! I hardly ever let quilt tops sit around for long, mostly because I love the way a quilt top transforms once it’s quilted and because I actually really love the quilting process itself. For me it’s one of those relaxing tasks that I enjoy so much – all while feeling creative and accomplished.
So I dug out the quilt top the other day and got to work. I picked out this perfect backing (it’s Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander) and had it basted and quilted in just a few hours. I chose simple straight line quilting, spiraling squares out from the center block. I had some issues with the tension at first, not sure if it was because I forgot to put on my walking foot, but once I did – all was solved.
I’m hoping a certain someone will have a baby girl and then I can gift this little quilt to her. Of course it could definitely be for a boy too, but I really like the way the peach colors make this quilt soft and more feminine.
What are you up to this weekend? Any fun sewing projects?
Pattern: Colorblock Quilt from Quilting From Every Angle
Fabrics: Cotton + Steel (Melody Miller’s Picnic and Alexia Abegg’s Paper Bandana), Hello, Bear by Bonnie Christine,
shot cotton, mystery chambray I pulled from deep within my stash.
Thanks so much for your kind thoughts and comments about my new pattern, the Compass Bag. Being able to share my creativity with you and watch it come back around when I see your lovely creations makes everything I do worthwhile. I also love being able to show off these Compass Bags made by some generous testers. I was very happy they were able to help out and I’m always so grateful that they are able to help make each pattern the best it can possibly be.
Besides their help with the pattern, I think it’s also super helpful to see other people’s take on the same project, theirs are all so unique. For me personally, being able to check out a few more examples of a project can be so helpful in making decisions. I think we’re all visual people and having that little but important piece can really help a project come together just how you envision.
Here’s what a few of the testers made!
Stacy (made View B using a faux suede and leather combination, looks so chic)
Anya (used a gorgeous waxed canvas with View B)
Peggy (made this super classy bag in Euclid Essex and black canvas, View A)
Erica (made View B with these two fun prints, I love all the possibilities with prints!)
Reece (made View A with metallic Essex and these fun Sarah Jane prints that totally correspond with the compass theme!)
I’m so thrilled these ladies were able to help and even more so that they allowed me to share their creations here. I hope that these examples sparked some inspiration for you, I know they did for me! Hope you have a wonderful day!
Yay! I have a new pattern available today! It’s called the Compass Bag and I truly enjoyed working on it and making sure I got the details just right.
I’m very happy to say it’s a fairly quick and straightforward sew, which is always fun. I love making bags, but sometimes they can be so time consuming, right?! It’s great when I have the time and feel like really sinking into a project for a longer stretch, but there are definitely times I need something a bit on the quicker side. This particular bag came about because I actually need a new bag. The turning seasons always makes me want to grab something new and different to use everyday, plus this time I seriously have worn out my last bag. I used my Gingham Tote, a pattern found in my book, for the past 18 months everyday. And you can tell! It gets tossed around so much, but I’ve loved using it.
But I’m ready for a bit of a change and I love the flat bottom and slightly slouchy casual style of this Compass Bag. Plus I feel like you can’t go wrong with hardware. It always takes things up a notch in my opinion. It comes in two fun sizes and you can pick from two styles of exterior pockets.
Here’s a little breakdown of some of the features if you’re curious:
- two sizes to sew!
- two exterior pockets, two views: cargo or slip style pockets
- interior slip pocket and zippered pocket
- magnetic closure and flat base
- adjustable crossbody strap or fixed length shoulder strap
I can’t wait to make more and explore some different possibilities! I think some quilting on the exterior could really be awesome. Plus, I pulled out so many fabric combinations that I could easily make a dozen more. I love that part the most!
Fabrics used: Euclid by Carolyn Friedlander, Art Gallery Fabrics Denim, Indah Batiks by Me + You, Robert Kaufman Essex and Railroad Denim – Gingham. Hardware from buckleguy.com
Next week I’ll be showing off some tester versions, they really are so amazing. If you have any questions let me know!