Saturday, March 31, 2012

triangle victory

I have to start by saying Thank you!!! for all the love and wonderful comments you left me on my defeat by triangles post a while back. Thanks to all your encouragement and helpful tips on how to piece triangles more precisely, I decided to give it another try a few days ago. And, this is what the quilt top looked like after all the triangles were pieced together. yay!!!

I kept thinking whether to add a scrappy border, but at the end I decided I liked it just the way it was. I used washi fabric by Rashida in coal for the backing (I so, so love that fabric).

I decided to use aqua thread to quilt diagonally along the triangles' sides. I really like the way it looks on charcoal backing. I think it adds another fun dimension to the whole quilt and plays really nicely with Kona aqua that I used to bind this colorful beauty.

I really, really love the way this quilt turned out. And, to give credit where credit is due, it was totally inspired by this poster I found on Pinterest.

Finished size is 39" x 47". I can't even tell you how happy I am that I was able to turn my triangle fiasco into a successful quilt. I'll be able to sleep better now, no more thinking about how to properly piece triangles so their points don't get cut off. That's not going to last that long, of course, because I have tons of projects running through my head right now and I'm sure some of them will keep me up at night, as usual.

Hope you all have a wonderful and creative weekend, Svetlana.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

triangles are back

Happy Wednesday!!

I just wanted to stop by and show you a picture of my newest wip.

I know, I said I was done trying to tackle those triangles. I talked about my defeat in this post and I thought that was it. But, I just could not help myself. I had to give these colorful beauties one more try. I cut them larger this time - double the size of the original ones and it seems to work!!!

I'll be back soon to show you more of my triangle progress, Svetlana.


Monday, March 26, 2012

oh. so. scrappy patchwork tote

Happy Monday, friends!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Mine was a lot of fun, lots of sewing on Saturday, trip to Chicago on Sunday. Not bad at all.

I started off Saturday thinking I'd make some new pillows for our bed and maybe even start cutting fabric for my son's quilt. And then, as I was thinking about our trip to Chicago, I decided I NEEDED a new tote bag. Ok, so I really did not need one, I have tons of bags in my closet, but I was still going to make one. A scrappy, patchworky, colorful bag that screams "fabric love". I was totally inspired by this bag, and this one.

I had no pattern to base my bag on, so my "plan" was to make it up as I went. I started off by making 2 patchwork rectangles for the front and the back.

I decided not to quilt them, just stabilize them using pretty strong interfacing. I used black and white home decor weight fabric for the bottom of the bag, as well as the lining to make it more sturdy.

I know by now that the only bags I use on a regular basis are the ones that have zipper closures as well as zipper pockets on the inside. I used blue and orange zippers and they brighten black and white interior so well.

I was going to use webbing for the handles, it would have been so much easier and faster, but both of my daughters kept saying it did not match the bag, and they were right. I then made patchwork handles using most of the leftover scraps.

It turned out to be quite a large bag, a perfect size for my camera, a few books, and snacks for the kids. I had the girls model it for me while we waited for our train to arrive.

I love how it turned out. It's just the way I wanted it - bright, happy, summery.

What have you been working on lately? I'd love to know.


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