Monday, June 17, 2013

Quilts Beyond Borders

I volunteered to make and donate two quilts for Quilts Beyond Borders, a charity that provides quilts to children in underserved areas of the world. I found this group through my Yahoo! Hinterberg Quilters group. I thought this would be a perfect way to practice on my new Voyager longarm quilting machine.

My first two quilts are finished and ready to send. I found the Dr. Seuss themed fabric on the 50% off rack at the Bay Window Quilt Shop in Perham, MN. The inspiration was a panel that was supposed to be made into a soft quilted book, but instead I inset the "pages" into a quilt using Izzy's Quilt Pattern by Katie Hennagir. I made the border around the panels wider to get a bigger overall size suitable for the QBB quilts.

Are these perfect? No, but for the children who receives one, I'm sure they will think it's perfect. That is all that counts! Plus, the experience I gained using my "new" machine was well worth the effort involved.

Quilts Beyond Borders #1
Quilts Beyond Borders #2

This was so much fun to do that I've already found another panel and coordinating fabric to make another quilt to send. The warmth that a child will get from a quilt brings warmth to my heart and soul.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Cowgirl Up!

Hot off the sewing machine is my latest project - the Barbados bag by Pink Sand Beach Designs. My local quilt shop in Twisp had some great western themed fabric that I chose to use.

This pattern, while it turned out a nice product, was a PITA to follow. Sorry PSBD, but it needs some work.  I had several instances where I pinned the seam to simulate sewing before doing the actual stitching because the directions did not make sense or seem to match the accompanying photos.

I do like the bag however. It has an outside zip pocket, another front pocket behind it, two pockets on the back, and two pockets inside the fully lined interior. It is a nice size, too. The finished size is 10" wide by 10-1/2" tall.

I still need to finish the zipper pulls. Think I'll hit up a craft shop back in MN for something decorative. Otherwise the fall back idea is to take a piece of leather lacing and make zipper pulls out it .

Front of Purse
Back of purse with two pockets
Interior of purse
Now that I know how it all is sewn together, I also bought some batik fabrics to make one up. A girl can never have too many purses, right?

Fabrics used: Round Up and Cowboy Gear I Spy by Blank Quilting, and Bunk House Bandana Real Red.