My husband said the cutest thing to me yesterday. He was just passing through the kitchen and said, "you haven't updated your blog in a while". Honestly I had no idea he ever read my blog! And it caught me off guard, but in such a warm-fuzzy way :) I know. I'm weird and lame. Anyway, I'm updating it now, and we'll see if he notices or not.
I got an amazing stretch of sewing time in this morning. Evyn napped for 3 hours and 15 minutes! And in that time I managed to finish my Heirloom Bricks quilt top:
I caught the last of the sunlight to take these pics. I want to redo them tomorrow maybe because the colors are so much richer in the bright day light.
I'm really pleased with how it turned out :) Sometimes a super simple design can really perk up your creative motivation. This top went together really easily, and I was able to chain piece a lot of it. I just *love* it when a project comes together without any hiccups.
Another finish I'm really excited about is my Showoff Bag (and these pics are terrible, so for that I apologize):
The pattern is Made by Rae's latest release. I love the size of this bag. Its super roomy without feeling like a bottomless abyss (see: Mary Poppins' carpet bag). I used two layers of craft fuse interfacing for the top bands, and a home dec weight fabric for the bag body. Its been a while since I've made a bag, but I swear home dec fabric used to be more substantial. The one I got doesn't feel much heavier than regular quilting cotton. I feel like it looks a bit lifeless, and the pleats don't stand out like I would like them to. So for my next bag I'm going to try some lightweight fusible interfacing and see if that helps.
On the interior, I executed my first zipper pocket!
I've done zippers as bag closures before, but never one where you install it within a single piece of fabric. I'm glad I now know how to do this, and plan to do it a lot more on future projects! BTW, pleeeeeeease don't look at my topstitching on the right and left sides. I didn't clip the curves enough before I turned the bag right-side-out, and I was too lazy to un-turn it. I promise I'll do better next time.
So what's next for me?? As soon as I finished the Heirloom top, I immediately began gathering fabrics for a Colorwheel quilt that my awesome friend Paula made me templates for. Amazingly, I found 41, of the 52 different fabrics needed within my scrap buckets! Now I've got to trace and cut out the wedge template a bazillion times. Don't worry, though. It won't take long to see progress up on my design wall :)
Well, that's all for today folks! Are you all getting lots of awesome projects done??