patchwork, quilting

Ringo Pie Dessert Quilt

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Here’s a little collage of some the blocks I made (all my own original designs) for the other bee members over the course of two rounds of the bee. Below the collage are links to all the paper-pieced blocks I made.

Ringo Pie Dessert Quilt - Noodlehead

Collections Block \\ Vintage Modern Door Block \\ Union Jack Block \\ To Ayumi with Love \\ Summertime \\ Beginnings \\ In the Kitchen \\ Design Classics \\  Quilt on a Line \\ Christmas \\ Camera \\ House Block \\ Strawberry (pattern here) \\ Sewing Machine (pattern here) \\ Cup (pattern here) \\ Ukulele (pattern here)

For my month I chose a dessert theme. Anyone who knows me knows I love a good dessert. Yum! I was totally spoiled by the bee members, each of their blocks were so amazing.

Ringo Pie Dessert Quilt - Noodlehead

Bee members (round 1):
Penny – Sew Take a Hike
Ayumi – Pink Penguin
Kerry – Verry Kerry Berry
Amber – One Shabby Chick
Amy – Badskirt
Erica – Craftyblossom
Lynne – Lily’s Quilts
Quilt It
Little Miss Shabby
Lisa – Vintage Modern Quilts

Ringo Pie Dessert Quilt - Noodlehead

Ringo Pie Dessert Quilt - Noodlehead

I finished the quilt top and back in 2013 and had started quilting it. I wasn’t happy with how my quilting was turning out, so I tucked it away in a drawer to finish later. So it sat there until a month ago when I unpicked the remainder of the bad quilting job I did. I had intended to hand quilt it, but I wasn’t going to let it sit around for however many more years. My local quilt shop’s turn around time was only a couple weeks, so I brought it over and they did an amazing job of quilting it. Originally when I first pulled it out to finish it, I though I would donate it. I know it would make someone very happy. But for now I’m going to hang on to it, hoping to gift it to a friend’s baby. What baby wouldn’t want a dessert quilt?!

Ringo Pie Dessert Quilt - Noodlehead

Ringo Pie Dessert Quilt - Noodlehead

It was hard to put anyone’s block on the back, but I put my heart/cupcake one with a couple other blocks and I think it makes a fun back!

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Spring Showers Jacket in Shrimp

Spring Showers Jacket in Shrimp - Noodlehead Spring Showers Jacket in Shrimp - Noodlehead Spring Showers Jacket in Shrimp - NoodleheadSpring Showers Jacket in Shrimp - NoodleheadSpring Showers Jacket in Shrimp - Noodlehead It’s finally getting green here and I’m so happy to have finished this Spring coat for Natalie just in time, it’s the Spring Showers Jacket pattern by Elegance & Elephants. It’s still a little chilly in the mornings, so it’ll be a nice layer to have! I managed to squeak in time to make this one and another one for Emily (if you’ve been a reader for several year, you might remember I’ve already made one for Emily which she has finally outgrown). I was on such a roll with projects for market that it was easy to just keep going. More on the market stuff in my next post, I forgot I haven’t shared it here yet.

Spring Showers Jacket in Shrimp - Noodlehead

Spring Showers Jacket in Shrimp - Noodlehead

Spring Showers Jacket in Shrimp - Noodlehead

Spring Showers Jacket in Shrimp - Noodlehead

Spring Showers Jacket in Shrimp - Noodlehead

So I ordered up this beautiful Robert Kaufman Kobe twill in Shrimp. I love that name for this color. And it pairs perfectly with Leah Duncan‘s newest collection No Place Like Home for the lining. I did manage to not pay attention to the fabric width when I was ordering, but I managed to jig saw the pieces together just fine. The only piece I didn’t have room for was the zipper shield, but I managed to find a pink it my stash that works well enough. It’s nice that there are two shades of pink in the lining print, so I felt like it would work anyway.

Spring Showers Jacket in Shrimp - Noodlehead

 

 

I knew from the last time I made it that the zipper length was a bit long for the sizing. I shortened the zipper the first time I made one, but I was always worried that the repositioned zipper stops might fall off. So since I was just a smidge longer, I decided to roll the zipper back on itself. It actually is better than I thought it might be and the zipper pulls really smoothly. I call that good enough! I found some of the same drawstring at Joanns, and managed to buy out the last bit in our store. It’s a perfect size and color for this jacket I think! A few bits of scrap leather accents and its good to go. This is the largest size in the pattern and it’s nice and roomy. The hood is huge, so if I made it again, I would size it down. There’s a lot of nice topstitching that I didn’t want to pull out in order to fix it. I could have added a few more inches to the sleeves, but Natalie loves it and I love the way she looks in it so that’s all that matters. I love sewing things that get worn!!!

Spring Showers Jacket in Shrimp - Noodlehead

Kind of perfect that there was a little rain shower passing through during pictures!

 

Spring Showers Jacket in Shrimp - Noodlehead

Pattern: Spring Showers Jacket by Elegance & Elephants
Fabric: Robert Kaufman Kobe twill in Shrimp, Baum (No Place Like Home collection) by Leah Duncan for Cloud9 Fabrics

Spring Showers Jacket in Shrimp - Noodlehead

Spring Showers Jacket in Shrimp - Noodlehead

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Making Magazine no. 5/ Color :: Making Backpack

Hello Spring! Yes, it’s finally Spring here and I’m excited to share with you the newest issue of Making magazine – Color!

Talk about long-awaited things, here’s another one! The Making Backpack is my contribution to the newest issue of Making Magazine. At the end of last summer I wrapped up this backpack design just before I released the Range Backpack pattern. I think they compliment each other nicely, and totally attest to my backpack obsession.

It feels like so long ago, in face, that I can barely remember that I did it! But it’s fun to see the backpack flashed around finally and seeing the excitement of others is more than I could ask for. It’s a blank canvas that I’m sure I’ll see lots of people making it their own. The zippered top compartment keeps everything safe and there’s even a cute inside zippered pocket. I kept it simple with cotton webbing, but you could swap in fabric straps you make yourself as well. I love the short handles (the back one doubles as a hang loop) and the leather patch, I mean, come on. I think it makes it all look so pulled together and special.

Yes! I will be selling some kits in my shop (they’re here!), I’m waiting for a couple more things to arrive and I’ll hopefully get them listed by the middle of next week. I bought more webbing than I’ve ever seen in my life so I hope you’ll find them useful.

I know, you’re wondering, is this magazine right for me? Glad you asked! I’m going to go over a few things and you can hopefully feel a little more informed and are able to decide what’s best for you!

So Making magazine is the brain child of Carrie Bostick Hoge, a knitwear designer/photographer/creative guru who lives in Maine. She started the magazine in the Spring of 2016 and has been blowing me away with her amazingness ever since (and now Ashley has joined her as well!). I was lucky enough to be part of that first issue and most of the other issues since then. It’s a great way for me to have some external deadlines to work with and also stretch creatively with each themed issue. This issue is all about color and it contains sewing patterns, knitting patterns, recipes and how-tos! I know it’s called a magazine, but it really is book-length, this issue weighing in at 150+ pages. Here’s a short list of some the sewing related projects included: Summer’s Fields Quilt, Wildflower Project Bag, Making Backpack, Dropcloth Needlecase, and Collaged Pillow. I feel like if you are into branching out creatively, this mag will definitely pique your interest. I do have a few copies available right here in my shop.

I know I’ve heard from a lot of folks that the subscription option is really quite nice. If you subscribe on the Making Magazine website the subscription for the two magazines is $49 and that includes shipping for both issues. That’s a whole lot of happy in your mailbox if you ask me.

If you’re still not quite convinced you need the mag, this pattern, like the others I’ve contributed to past Making magazine issues will be available as a stand alone PDF (and maybe even a paper pattern) on October 15th, 2018. That’s the first day that I can officially sell the pattern myself. I know that’s a ways out, but it’s a great project to add to your queue, maybe acquire some supplies and you’ll be all set when it’s ready! If anything should change for that release date I’ll post an update right here as soon as I know.