Friday, May 13, 2016

Raffle Quilt

I was commissioned by a group of ladies from our local American Legion to make a quilt for them to raffle off for their scholarship fund. I decided to go with a red/white/blue theme and settled on a Carpenter's Star pattern. All of the fabrics are good quality quilting fabrics. No cheap stuff here! The batting is an 80/20 blend. Finished size is approximately 80" x 90".

Completed Quilt

Center of Quilt
I did an edge-to-edge design and used Superior Thread's King Tut in a variegated red/white/blue color.
Quilting Detail
My mother graciously helped by finishing the binding since it is no secret in my house that I do not enjoy hand sewing, although I did sew on the label. The name of the quilt was inspired by the pattern. Carpenters are builders, and this quilt will go towards providing funds for some student's future.

Quilt Label

Tickets will be $1.00 each (so I hope the ladies sell lots of tickets!!). I know I will be buying some in hopes of winning it back. If you are interested in purchasing tickets, email me at sally (at) sallysaidsew (dot) com. I am not exactly sure when the drawing will be - possibly May of next year. I will share more details as I get them.

Truffle Tote by CloBird

I recently tested the Truffle Tote pattern from Clobird Designs. I opted to do a Dresden plate version of the bag because I liked the idea. I found a neat Dresden pattern that I scaled down to fit. While I wasn't totally pleased with my final product, I did like the functionality of it. I even used it on a trip via airplane and car to carry my laptop and a few other goodies with me. It worked out great.




Clobird approached me about making another one to display at the upcoming Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City. Why, heck yeah!! Materials were provided and I got to work on it. My bag will be in the Andover fabrics booth. All of the fabrics are from Andover including prints from Di Hall-Ford and Kathy Ford, along with a beautiful caramel chambray.  About the only deviation I made from the pattern was to add a layer of Pellon's Flex Foam to the bag bottom to protect my laptop.








This time around, I love the finished product. After the show, I will be receiving my bag back and you can bet I will be using it.

Thanks, Karis, for the opportunity to show off CloBird!


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Pattern Testing Fun

I recently had the opportunity to test a bag pattern for Sher's Creative Space. Let me tell you, she has designed a really nice bag and the pattern is easy to follow. I like this bag so much, it has become my every day bag. It is just the right size for me, think Momma Bear Bag, not too big, not too small -- just right! I like the two exterior zippered pockets plus the interior slip pockets are handy.

There is also a wristlet pattern to go with Paige but my work schedule kept me from making it. One of these days...

The pattern is on sale for the next 48 hours at the two following shops:



Paige - Back

Paige - Front

Paige - Interior