Sunday, October 30, 2011

My first purse/wallet set

My friend Jean requested that I make her a purse after seeing some of the things I've been turning out. I finished the purse quicker than I thought and had some time left over so I decided to surprise her with a matching wallet.


This is my first wallet. I probably should have used a stronger interfacing but hey, you learn something from trial and error right?

First Wallet

First Wallet - Inside

I hope she likes these, I might just have to make myself one of these..

Blogger Quilt Festival

This is my entry for the BQF. I love this quilt because it was the first one I completed start to finish without months of breaks in between. Since I made this quilt in January of this year I have been sewing continuously without long breaks in between projects.

I have met friends, completed a lot of projects, and have reclaimed my passion for the art form because of this quilt. This quilt is unlike any quilt I have done before or since in that it is put together in strips, one strip at a time to makes the design, requiring lots of planning that I usually don't do.

This one is also hand quilted.

Classic Quilt

I should plan more when I do layouts and designs. I have always admired the rainbow quilts and the warm cool quilts, just because you know what it will look like before you make it. I sort of just go with it and every time I finish a top it's a surprise to me.


Maybe I like it that way...Maybe I should plan one and see if I like it better that way. We will see.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

My Troubled Project

So I started out with a beautiful high contrast print that I wanted to show off in large tiles. I picked out several coordinating colors to accentuate the print and started following a pattern I found in a magazine.

I just wasn't liking the way it was looking after I got all of the patchwork squares together so I decided to just start cutting it up instead of ripping out all the seams. I HATE SEAM RIPPING.

After I cut all the blocks up I sewed them into strips and decided to basically use them as a scrappy sashing for the plain blocks. This brought out the color while at the same time keeping the focus on the print rather the complimentary fabric.

I only have about 4-5 strips left to put between rows and then the borders. My dog Marta decided that she was already ready for this one to be done. Laying the middle of things just as always.

I think it will turn out okay, if anything it is just so much better than it was before. I'm deciding whether to keep it simple or add some punch with the quilting, possibly some hand quilting? Hmmm... I'll have to sleep on it.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

It Grabbed Me.

Isn't this door just amazing? While I was in Boston this weekend I was walking down the street with my friend saw this door, stopped mid-sentence and had to take a picture. It's gorgeous. I WILL do something with this scroll work as inspiration. Not sure what yet, but I will. Any ideas?

Weekend Progress

So I spent the weekend in Boston and I had an absolute blast. It was Head of the Charles weekend, a huge rowing regatta, and I got to see some former teammates compete and see some friends I hadn't seen in a long time. I had been itching to start an embroidery project based on this picture from a shop I once went to in Austin, Stitch Lab.

No Regrets

Heres my progress that I got throughout my plane rides. I had only brought 2 colors, and I realized if I had brought them all I probably could have finished it all up. :( I'm getting close though. Basically just the metal point and more embellishments to do.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Travel Pouch

I'm leaving on a jet plane tomorrow and am getting all of my hand work together to work on the plane. I already have a pouch that I use for hand quilting but I felt I needed on for embroidery/hand work too. :) I have had this thing cut out for almost a year and decided to finish it up real quickly this afternoon.

This is the first time I did the zipper end finishing and due to being in a rush did not refer to the many tutorials I have seen, definitely can do better but for now it'll work.

I lined it with a white on white print, one of my current favorite obsessions...

Sweet Scallops Sew Along

Over at See Kate Sew there is a Sweet Scallops Tote Sew Along. I whipped one up this weekend but due to my hatred of turning handles, just put the handles on today. Finally finished. I haven't made anything purple in awhile and wanted to break into my stash and here's what I came up with.

I also added a pocket inside to keep my phone/keys in so they wouldn't sink to the bottom.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

English Paper Piecing

After seeing lots of people doing the Hexie things around the blogosphere I figured I should give it a shot as well. With some of my new stash I am doing 2.5 in hexies in black, white, and the letter print.

English paper piecing

I'm still trying to decide if I want to add a pop of color or not. I just replenished my solid stash so I have a good range to choose from.. Any ideas?

Other than that indecision, the process is coming along easier than I thought it would.. It's really not that bad, especially after all the horror stories I've heard.

Groupon Fail.. or Win?

So about a week ago I got a Groupon to a local quilt shop, Quilter's Stash. First fail, I accidentally got two instead of one. I guess I doubled clicked or something.

I was in Dallas Sunday morning so I figured since I was in the area I could swing by the shop, second fail, it is closed on Sundays. So finally after I had an off site work function yesterday I ran by the shop, or what I thought was the shop.

Fail three. I picked out my $60 worth of fabric and notions I had already paid for through the Groupon purchases and go to the cash register. "I'm sorry this isn't Quilter's Stash, this is Richland Sewing Center, people get us mixed up all the time." They were right next to each other in a building that looked like one shop, with a sign that said use other door. Very confusing. Needless to say they gave me a discount for my trouble and I headed to the real Quilter's Stash.

I picked up some really unique prints and some Best Press. My new best friend. All in all I came home with triple what I was expecting from the initial Groupon purchase. So it's a good thing right?

Here's just some of my loot:

Friday, October 14, 2011

Finish it Up Friday

I've had two finishes this week:

I made a pouch for my friend Heidi, it started as a FMQ experiment but it actually turned out okay so I decided to turn it into a pouch.

The front:

Heidi's Pouch

The back:

Back of Heidi's Pouch

I also finally made myself a name tage. I've been wanting to do this for awhile but just now got around to it. Now I can get another entry for door prizes at my guild meetings! I also plan on wearing it at the Houston International Quilt Festival in the coming weeks..

Name Tag

My Quilting Theory

I always keep many different projects going on at the same time, at every stage of the process of quilting. I do this so that when I start getting bored with one, I have another one right there to keep me busy and excited about my projects.

I'm a hand quilter by nature, trying to break into the whole machine quilting thing.. I'm just turning out too many projects to have the time to hand quilt them all. From now on I am saving the hand quilting for projects for people I really care about.

Proportion Quilt Hand Quilting

In the mean time, I have started to machine quilt but have a lot of practice to do.

Back of Heidi's Pouch


After months of friend's bugging me about showing what I do, here it is. I decided to start a blog and share my passion and what I create. My name is Colby and I started quilting at the age of 9. I love quilting, creating, and discovering new ways to express my creativity. This blog will chronicle these adventures as I Sew. Quilt. Explore.
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