Sunday, October 5, 2014

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial

I have had an adorable embroidered piece that I have been struggling to know what to do with for a couple of years now. A couple of weeks back I thought it would be great on a lunch box I was planning to make, so I went on search of a pattern or tutorial. I couldn't find one that matched the idea I had in my head so I decided to create one myself and document it along the way so that if you want to make one as well, you can! :)

Just posted a new tutorial on how to make an embroidered lunch box! http://www.sewquiltexplore.com/2014/10/embroidered-lunch-box-tutorial.html?m=1


Materials

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Materials


Front Panel:
(1) Finished size of 11.75in tall x 10.75in wide

**Note: If you want to do the embroidery straight onto the panel, another size, or wish to NOT do any embroidery, ensure the final front panel is 11.75in tall x 10.75in wide.

Back Panel:
(1) 11.75in tall x 10.75in wide

Lining:
(2) 11.75in tall x 10.75in wide

Batting/Insulation:
(2) 11.25in tall x 10.25in wide
(2) 10in x 1in

**Note: I prefer to use fusible batting as it makes it much easier to piece, but it is not required, any normal batting should work fine.

Handles: (2) 10in by 2.5in

Instructions

Step 1:
Fuse batting to back of front and back pieces, leaving ~ a 1/4in around the edge.

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Batting Iron


**Note: If you wish to do any quilting to the outside of the bag, this is where you would complete that step.

Step 2:
Sew the two lining pieces together, right sides together, around three sides, leaving one of the 10.75in sides open. Clip the corners.

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Lining Seam

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Lining Clip


Step 3:
Sew the two outer pieces together, right sides together, around three sides, leaving the top open. Clip the corners.

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Iron Batting

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Clip Corner


Step 4:
Iron fusible batting to middle of the back of a handle piece. Sew the long edges together and turn. Repeat for the other handle piece.

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Batting Handle


Step 5:
Press the handle pieces with the seam in the middle. Sew an 1/8in seam on each side on the handle.

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Handle Seams


Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial 1/8in Handles


Step 6:
On the outside piece, grab a corner and pinch the bottom and the side seam together until the seams align. Pin, then mark 1.75in up the seam. Draw a line across the corner at that point and sew on the line, ensuring you backstitch both and the beginning and the end of the seam. Trim 1/4in from the seam. Repeat for the other corner.

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Outer Box

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Outer Box Clip


Step 7:
Repeat Step 6 for the lining piece. Flip right sides out.

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Lining Box

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Lining Box


Step 8:
Place the lining piece in side the outer piece so that the right sides are together. Line up the seams and pin in place.

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Lining/Outer

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Edge Line Up


Step 9:
Pin the handles in place between the outer piece and the lining about 2.5in from the outside with the handle seam facing the inside of the bag.

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Handle Placement

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Handle in Between


Step 10:
Sew a 1/4in around the top of the bag, ensuring to backstitch at each handle and leaving a ~2in opening on the back side of the bag.

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Top Seam


Step 11:
Turn the bag right side out and stuff the liner inside.

Step 12:
Pin the opening of the bag closed and sew an 1/8in seam around the top of the bag.

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial 1/8in seam


Step 13:
If desired, sew on snap , button, or velcro.

Just posted a new tutorial on how to make an embroidered lunch box! http://www.sewquiltexplore.com/2014/10/embroidered-lunch-box-tutorial.html?m=1
And there you have it! A lunch bag that can bring a personal touch along with your lunch. :)

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Minneapolis Modern Quilt Mystery Quilt Along

This year the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild decided to do a Mystery quilt rather than a block lotto. This ensured you could go at your own pace and that you weren't stuck with a small amount of blocks and trying to figure out what to do with them. :) The super talented Kristin from A Little Crispy has designed this years quilt. When I found that out I knew I wanted to make it because her quilt are absolutely stunning! Seriously, check out her patterns here.

If you want to follow along with us, feel free to get all the instructions at the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild Mystery Quilt Along site. Also, to see what everyone else is doing, visit our Flickr Group

Anyways, I have been pretty proud of myself, as I have not gotten too far behind the entire time of the Quilt Along. I have been completing the blocks along with my bee blocks so it has been pretty smooth sailing so far. Here are the blocks:

Month 1
Minneapolis MQG Mystery Quilt Along Step 1 January 2014


Month 2
Minneapolis MQG Mystery Quilt Along Month 2 Blocks


Month 3
Step three is complete! #mplsmqg  #mplsmqgmysteryquiltalong


Month 4
All caught up for May! #mplsmqg #mplsmqgmysteryquiltalong


Month 5
May step of the #mplsmqg #mplsmqgmysteryquiltalong done. I've gotten a lot done this morning. I'm going to keep going while I am on a roll!


Month 6
June Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild Mystery Quilt Blocks complete. Three more months and I'm caught up! #mplsmqg #mplsmqgmysteryquiltalong


Month 7
July Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild Mystery Quilt Along blocks complete. #mplsmqg #mplsmqgmysteryquiltalong
Month 8
August Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild Mystery Quilt Along blocks done. #mplsmqg #mplsmqgmysteryquiltalong


Month 9
September Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild Mystery Quilt Along blocks done. Now I am officially caught up. Whew. #mplsmqg #mplsmqgmysteryquiltalong


Month 10
TBD! Comes out tomorrow!


I am not sure what the finished quilt will look like so we will have to wait until next month and see!! This will be a priority quilt to get out and finish so I will definitely post pictures as soon as it is finished.

Have you ever done a mystery quilt along? Which ones have you done, and how did they turn out?
Colby

Summer of Bee Blocks

Summer is always a time of social activities and enjoying the beautiful Minnesota weather after a long winter. Because of this, I usually have a long lull in my quilting. This summer I basically just completed my bee blocks, along with some other projects that I will highlight in different posts. Here is my recap...it's a long one. :)

May BeeJeebers
#BeeJeebers May 2014 Block complete!


May Harmony Circle Do. Good. Stitches.
Harmony May 2014 #dogoodstitches block 1 complete!

Harmony May 2014 #dogoodstitches block 2 complete!


June BeeJeebers
Scrap Jar blocks for Lindsay! #dogoodstitches #harmonydogoodstitches

Second #dogoodstitches Scrap Jar block for Lindsay #dogoodstitches


June Harmony Circle Do. Good. Stitches - we took a break!!

July BeeJeebers
BeeJeebers blocks complete. I'm now officially caught up except for the #mplsmqgmysteryquiltalong blocks! #beejeebers


July Harmony Circle Do. Good. Stitches
July Harmony do good stitches blocks complete. I feel like I need a fourth one to make this a symmetrical picture but there's so much more I need to get done today! #dogoodstitches #harmonydogoodstitches


August BeeJeebers
BeeJeebers August Block complete. #beejeebers


August Harmony Circle Do. Good. Stitches
Need to take a picture! Will update soon!


Septemeber BeeJeebers
Second bee block done for the day! Scrappy cross roads block by bee in my bonnet. #beejeebers


September Harmony Circle Do. Good. Stitches
First set of bee blocks complete for #dogoodstitches #harmonydogoodstitches


Whew. Lots of beautiful bee blocks. I am so glad that I am in these as they force me to go back to the machine and remember how much I love quilting, even in the middle of a perfect summer day. I have several projects to post as well, so stay tuned!

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Colby

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Bee Block Catch Up

I have been a busy little bee and have been doing lots of things but just have not had the time to post about them! I had a small slump in my desire to quilt but it has come back and come back with fury! I shall be doing lots of quilting in the next several months and I will be showing what I have been doing as well.

For now, I will show you the bee blocks that I have done over the past several months.

For BeeJeebers:

In February we did the Scrappy Sprout Block from traceyjay quilts. I think these are absolutely adorable and would love to make a quilt of these. One day I will have enough low volume scraps to do so!
Beejeebers February 2014 Block 1

Beejeebers February 2014 Block 2


March was the Star Light Star Bright Block from one of our fellow bee members, Melissa! She has been doing some fabulous quilt alongs so if you haven't checked her out, do it. Proud to say she's a fellow BeeJeeberan!

Beejeebers March 2014


April was a sampler quilt that we could do whatever we wanted with as long as it was in pinks, greys, and whites. I originally was going to do a full patchwork block with a patchwork plus sign of pink but the volume of the pink and grey did not contrast enough so it just looked like a gobbled mess. This is what I ended up doing, still got the plus idea out and also was able to use some mirror ball dots!!!

BeeJeebers April 2014 Block


For Harmony. do. good. stitches.:

February was my month and I picked wonky triangles inspired by the "Didn't Get the Memo" quilt by Alissa Carlton. They were super easy to make. To make a 12.5in block, you use 16 white squares, 4in x 4in. Place a grey/black triangle on the corner, hypotenuse towards the middle, sew, trim, and press. Each square is trimmed to 3.5in before being sewn together into a 4 square x 4 square block.

Make sure that the squares are made as shown below:
- Triangles facing the left
- Wonky triangle should only cover one corner, the other 3 corners being open, allowing for the "floating" look of the triangles.

Harmony. do. Good. Stitches. February 2014 Blocks


March was super easy. We made Scrapbuster Rainfence Blocks. The beauty of this block is that you can use all those super busy multi-colored prints you have that are too obnoxious to put anywhere else. Great scrapbusting block for sure.

Harmony. Do. Good. Stitches. March 2014 block 1

Harmony. Do. Good. Stitches. March 2014 block 2


And finally in April we made adorable Scrappy Heart Blocks that used low volumes and reds. I think this would be fabulous with multi-colored scraps as well. If not even better! Who doesn't love rainbows??

Harmony. do. good. stitches. April 2014 Block 1

Harmony. do. good. stitches. April 2014 Block 2


There have been some great blocks these past couple of months. This is what I love about bees. You get to try lots of new blocks, patterns, and techniques without committing to an entire quilt. It also means that you try lots of new things that you love so that never ending list of to-be quilt grows ever longer. Oh the woes of a creative mind...

Colby
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