Thursday, July 30, 2015

Project Photos: Quilted Pillowcase

This quilted pillowcase was a rather unusual labor of love. You see, we tend to keep our bird feeder stocked with birdseed, and someone innocently set the sack on the desk while we were bringing in the groceries one night. Obviously refilling the feeder in the middle of the night wasn't on the to-do list. So it remained on the desk until the next day. Our cat Richard discovered that it's pretty much a tiny bean bag chair, and lazed around on it all day. And then the next day, and the day after that, and it was quickly becoming a joke that we should just buy another bag for the birds. Here are a few pictures of his adorable self:

Look at that smile!

After a week or two it eventually became clear that the bird food was here to stay. So to keep it looking a little less like an eyesore in the middle of the living room, I took it upon myself to make a zippered cover for it. My swatch collection needed some paring down, and there were just enough from my Lama Fancy collection to make the patchwork pillowcase match on both sides.

It took ten swatches each divided into four 4"x4" blocks to make the main part. They had a half inch for seam allowance which turned them into 3"x3" when sewn together. The purple border by the zipper is from one swatch. I cut them into 4"x2" blocks. To make this a little wider the top and bottom seam allowance were about a quarter of an inch.

I sewed each side together separately, and treated it like an unlined zipper pouch. The zipper is there to keep the cover from sliding around on the smooth plastic, and makes it easy to take off for washing. I used the cotton ultra so the color should hold up over time. Anyway here are some pictures of the finished pillowcase while empty.

Side A

Side B

purple llama dot stripe

llama circles & stripes

purple llama diamonds

fancy llama herd

llama arrows

purple llama circle stripes

llama diamonds

purple llama arrows

llama hourglasses

purple llama hourglasses

And here it is on the bag of seed with Richard trying his best to ignore me and my camera. :)

llama dot stripe

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Project Photos: Calavera Rice Sock

This is a quick project, and my all time favorite rice sock. I just took two swatches and put them together right sides facing. I sewed a little ways outside the outline of the skull of my main fabric leaving a hole for turning. Then just flip right side out, fill with rice, and sew it closed. It takes about 5 minutes to make a rice sock like this! 

The fabrics I used here are Golden Skulls in the Jungle and Holes in the Wall.

Golden Skulls in the Jungle

Holes in the Wall

Golden Skulls in the Jungle

Holes in the Wall

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Project Photos: Quilted Wine Tote

This wine tote was a gift for a friend's birthday, and since her party was last weekend, I can share without ruining the surprise ;) It has a plain silvery satin interior, and uses my Arrows & Flowers Purple satin fabric for the exterior. The quilting is simple lines from top to bottom both inside and out which has the effect of hiding the side seams and making it look almost entirely seamless. The basic pattern and size were taken from this tutorial. I just modified it to have different handles. If I ever make it again, I will add some width because I like a little more seam allowance, especially on fabrics that are as ravel prone as these.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Project Photos: Gabriola Skirt

I made this using Sewaholic's Gabriola skirt pattern, and Silver Leaves on Ruby satin fabric. The yoke and waistband accent pieces use my Dark Coordinate Linen, also on satin. Photographs don't really capture how fabulous this looks in person, especially since they were taken with some haste. (We were leaving to help my grandmother pick out a new kitten, and my cat, Richard, was "helping" me get ready.)  

Front view with my shirt held up to show the yoke pattern.

Front view of the skirt wearing shirt normally.

Back view of the skirt with Richard draping himself over my shoulder.
Bonus: Me wearing the skirt with Grandma's new kitten Oliver in my lap!!