Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Fabric Photos XXXVIII.

Project Photos: Malibu Satchel

I got this neat little pattern from the Fabric Mutt blog for what she calls the Malibu Satchel. It's completely free and you don't have to download anything, as all the measurements for the pattern pieces and instructions are in the blog post. This is the bag that I made:

It started out with my mom giving me a pretty maxi skirt that she no longer wears. The floral material is gorgeous but sheer with a separate solid black underlayer. They had to be used together as the main outer layer. The lining and accent fabric is the matte side of a navy satin, while the strap is a simple grosgrain ribbon.

The back of the bag. You can see that I just stitched the straps onto the bag instead of using the detachable clips. The top carrying strap was omitted altogether.

A cellphone pocket was also added onto the front of the bag under the flap to be easily accessable.

Here you can see my old school flip phone trying to make the pocket a little more visible in this dark fabric.

The inside of the bag with the large interior pocket.

The quilt label that I used as a tag and a small unlined pocket.

Thanks to Fabric Mutt for the free pattern!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Project Photos: Undercover Maker Mat

I originally found the pattern for the Undercover Maker Mat on Pinterest, and have finally managed to finish sewing my own! It comes from the blog lillyella by Nicole Young and you can see her post and get free pattern HERE. The mat doubles as both a sewing machine cover and a pocket filled organizer to keep all your notions et cetera at hand as you work.

This was a bit of a stash busting project, which required a bit of editing from the pattern. This was almost entirely made up of test swatches which are approximately 8" x 8". The obvious thing  to do was try and break each swatch down into blocks of 4" x 4", but since they end up being slightly less than that, I decided to do a bit of fussy cutting to make 2 slightly larger blocks using the unprinted white space to remain attached in the seam allowance.

Here is my rough plan of how to assemble my new pattern. The dimensions changed to 20" x 28" for each side before sewing and seam allowances. It was only a basic guide to getting her pattern to be divisible by 4" and fitting more comfortably around my old Bernina. The pockets stayed the same, and I added an accent swatch onto the opposite end so both sides would look interesting when it was being used as a dust cover.

Calavera in a Sombrero
Another of the changes that I made was to remove the need for bias tape or bound edges, and replacing that with lace on the pockets.

Golden Cat Grass Damask
Clocks and Flower Background
Multiple White Gold Rose Borders

Maya Ball Players Linen
Arabesque Medallions Gold
Snow White
Vineyard Damask Nouveau Red

The way this worked was by piecing together each side, top and bottom, and with right sides together, pockets and ties in place, sewing around the edges leaving a space for turning on one side. Emma made sure to lay on the completed blocks while I was trying to get this step done.

After sewing these together, I added a thick layer of padding made of fabric doubled over a few times and stitched around the edges. This padding layer is standing in for batting, and I left the pocket area open to cut down on the bulk. This was affixed with a zigzag stitch along the seam allowance of the main body of the mat, and everything got turned the right way out before quilting.

Just a cheap checked fabric from my stash.

Here is the full view of the finished top,

and the underside that won't really be seen all that much.

Quilt label that was ladder stitched on after most of the photos were already taken.
 The thread catcher is a great feature to the design. The way I did mine was to piece together several swatches before cutting out the specified shapes. The lining is the only place in the ensemble that I used satin swatches. It's easier to empty the threads and fabric bits that will accumulate from a slippery satin rather than a courser cotton. So instead of mixing red and gold designs like on the mat itself, this ended up with the red on the exterior and gold on the inside.

My thread catcher featuring my Vampire and Red Ink Splatter III. designs on the front,

and the back of the thread catcher using Ink Splatter II. Red and White.

And the lining from my Confetti Triangles swatches.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Design-A-Day SpoonChallenge: Day 14

Design-A-Day SpoonChallenge: Day 15 - Designer's Choice
Photo by John Morgan
Designers, YOU DID IT!  For 15 days we've seen many of you set aside at least 15 minutes of your day to devote to creativity. With the guidance of designers from the Spoonflower community, you've sketched in pencil, you've learned block printing and traditional Japanese shibori, you tackled steampunk and kawaii styles, and, hopefully, you've gained the confidence of knowing there's no medium you can't take on. If you haven't yet, be sure to scroll through the #SFDesignADay hashtag on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter – I know you will be as inspired as we are by the incredible talent of this community. We are so proud! 
See what others have created
Our prompt for today is Designer's Choice! Take a moment today to dig into your favorite prompt from the series or to dust off an old favorite. It's the perfect day to let the creativity you've cultivated during the challenge run wild!
We're wrapping up our SpoonChallenge with a friendly competition! We've taken the 15 prompts and pulled one out of a proverbial hat to bring you the theme for a rapid-fire, first-of-its-kind design contest! If you want to put your new skills to the test and participate in the SpoonChallenge Contest, here's your theme!
click to watch the #SFDesignADay Contest Theme Reveal!
Beginning now, you have until 9 AM EDT on Thursday the 17th (that's right, we decided to give you ONE extra day!) to submit your design in the theme we've selected, before voting is turned over to the public. The voting period will last for one full week, and winners will be announced in our newsletter on Thursday, March 24. See the official timeline and FAQs here
Best of luck designers! Take today to catch up on the themes, work on a new design in the medium of your choice, or, go ahead and get started on your contest entry. When you're ready to submit your entry, simply upload the design to Spoonflower, select your layout and tweak the scale if you wish, and then click on the ENTER IN DESIGN CHALLENGE option on the left-hand side next to the preview canvas. Please note that designs will be displayed at the fat quarter scale during voting. Have fun with this one!

I am so thrilled that they picked watercolor as the theme! That is my favorite out of all the designs that I created in this daily challenge :D I am entering the gold and blue version. You can see more about that design HERE.

For today I headed back over to Canva to play around with some shapes for another tile design. You can't really do an entire design there imo, but it does give a nice little springboard to start from. I did my usual playing with colors and adding texture. 

Here's the base idea made and downloaded from Canva.
Stars & Hexagons

Stars & Triangles