Thursday, January 14, 2016

Reusable nylon shopping bags with matching carrying case.

Nylon zippered carrying case with climber clip.  No pattern for the case, I used a scrap from the grocery bags, the strap is PUL (diaper covers), zipper and clip from cell phone case tutorial
 The owl strap has snaps to attach to a shopping cart or purse.
There are seven bags inside with extra room for keys, wallet and/or more bags.
In April 2012, I made shopping bags for an earth day giveaway.
A Christmas gift to my dear friend Evelyn.
This pattern circa 1990s is out of print.  Fortunately, for home sewers the internet is loaded with tons of free tutorials and bag patterns
My 2016 sewing plans include three baby quilts, one toddler cape, a tutu for a five year old, two twin size bed quilts and knit tops for me.
Dear Readers, what are you sewing?

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Tee shirt quilt for Lindsay - queen size

Lindsay, a young lady who played volleyball in high school and university faithfully saved all her tournament tee shirts for a quilt. She had a total of 29 shirts. Her mother-in-law Mary Ellen hired me to make it for Christmas 2015. Mary Ellen contributed 15 hours of labour on Lindsay's quilt, she helped with cutting, ironing and some piecing. Her work was a labour of love as she does not quilt or sew.

Lindsay's quilt was designed with Electric Quilt 7
Of the 29 tee shirts there were four red, ten white, seven black, three grey, one green, brown, yellow, pink, and maroon.  The blue square represents the embroidery block.
There are 30 -12.5 inch blocks.  
 Finished quilt displayed on my king size bed.
The maroon sashing and outside grey border were free motion quilted with heart shaped leaves. Blank spaces on the tee shirt blocks were free motion quilted with a volleyball.
I used polyester embroidery thread because it shines, giving the quilt a rich look.
 The quilt batting is warm and natural cotton.
The back side is a 100% cotton flannel queen size sheet.
The grey outside border and binding are polyester.  
To make the volley ball I traced a volley ball onto toile in an embroidery hoop, the same stuff used in tutus and brides' veils. I positioned the patten on the tee shirt block and drew it on threw the toile.  I used a purple fade away marker on the light tee shirts and a white chalk pen on the dark blocks.  This stencil technique was curtesy of Don Linn in the 2012 free motion quilting challenge.
After the quilt was finished there was a small surprise for Mary Ellen.
 Gift wrapping!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Lindsay, Mary Ellen and family.