One Fish Two Fish

Recently my husband’s cousin had a baby, so I had a great excuse to make a quilt.   I found a fat quarter bundle of Dr. Seuss fabric that I thought would be fun to work with and set about drawing up a pattern.  The bundle included a bunch of panels, so I drew up my pattern to highlight those panels.

I pieced it during an Albuquerque Modern Quilt Guild sew day – it came together quickly.  I also found a digital edge to edge fish pattern that was so cute I couldn’t resist.

This is the finished quilt – it was cloudy the day we took photos, so unfortunately there are a bunch of shadows.

More details:

 

 

 

 

and the back:

this is the best photo for seeing the cute fish and loops edge to edge design:

I hope Gary’s cousin loves this quilt!

 

This was on my Q2’18 FAL list, so I will link up at the end of the quarter.

 

 

Sewing Machine Bag

I had a great time at my first quilt retreat in early March, but dragging around all the gear was not the most fun. I have few events coming up – guild sew days and a few classes – so I decided buying an inexpensive lightweight machine would be a good thing to do.  After considering a few, I bought an Ever Sewn Charlotte, and have been enjoying it quite a bit.  It’s always fun to get a new machine!

But to be useful, my portable machine needed a bag to tote it around.  I thought about buying one, but then remembered that I won a few patterns for bags from the FAL link up last year and thought this would be a good opportunity to try one out.  I also had some Alison Glass prints that I wasn’t sure how to use in a quilt, and this seemed like a great opportunity to use them.

I bought A BUNCH of interfacing – yikes!  I had no idea there were so many kinds of interfacing! – and prepped the side panels.  This is a panel with a photo of the pattern – the Aeroplane Bag from Sew Sweetness.

I finished the bag in time for my guild’s sew day last weekend – here it is:

The other side:

and a side view:

Yes, with the mix of Alison Glass fabrics it is a bit busy!

I don’t make a lot of bags so this guy took me a bit of time to get together.  I just tried to take it one step at a time and went really slow.  I’d probably do the zipper differently if I did it again, but it worked out well enough.  I modified the inside – the pattern has you make zippered pockets, but I really wanted a bigger open pocket to hold the power cord and foot pedal.  This is the modification I made for that pocket:

this is the finished inside of the bag with the lining in place:

I put my machine and all the accessories inside and they fit really nicely!

 

I am SO HAPPY with my bag and so glad I took the time to make it rather than buy one.  I don’t know that I have a lot more bag making in my future, but I am really happy with how it came out.

I took her on her first excursion last weekend, and she worked like a dream at our guild sew day.  I’ll have to sign up for more sewing excursions!

This was on my Q2’18 FAL list, so I will link up at the end of the quarter.

 

 

Q2’18 FAL – Goal Setting

Here we are in Q2 already.  I have a bunch of projects in the works and I’m hoping to start some new things too:

 

Dog Gone Cute Bee Quilt – these are the blocks from my Bee group last year.  They are so cute!  During Q1’18 I added 2 more blocks to fill it out and decided and started on a layout and sashing plan. I’m hoping to make some good progress at my Quilt Guild sew in this weekend.

 

Red and Blue Squares – all the little squares are cut out and ready to sew together.  Lots of squares and seams to match up.  At this point I have the top mostly pieced so I should get it loaded and quilted soon.

Hawaiian batiks –  I finally bought the sashing fabric, so this guy is ready to be finished.  I cut all the sashing out but I still think the layout is not quite right, so I have some more work to do before I’ll get this guy done.

Sewing Machine Bag – I won 2 bag patterns from Sew Sweetness in the 2017 FAL, which was so cool!  One of them, the Aeroplane bag, is the perfect size for my new lightweight sewing machine  that I bought for classes.  I’ve made a good start on the bag and should finish it soon.

Dr. Seuss Go Fish Quilt – I need to make another baby quilt, and these fabrics are just so cute.  It should be a fun one.

 

The Cat Quilt – I have a plan for this quilt, as well as the fabric, but I need to figure out how to get it put together.

 

I have a bunch more fabric pulled out as I’m trying to figure out new projects, so I might start on something entirely different too.  We will see how things go!

Linking up with the Q2’18 FAL site.

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