Saturday, July 5, 2014

Chevron March Bag

chevron march bag | doodle do designs

Hello there!  I know it's been a while.  I took the month of June off of all social media and most other online stuff so I could focus on myself and my family.  And before that I was just overwhelmed, hence the need to take a break.  But I'm back now, so let me get to what this post is really about - My new chevron March Bag!

The pattern was written by Melissa Mortenson of Polkadot Chair.  I've actually had this pattern - along with the Sunday Bag, the June Bag, and the July Bag - for years.  Since way back when Melissa's pattern company was called Fourteen May.  Shame on me for just getting around to making it because this is a GREAT. BAG.

It's huge.  And it has big fun kangaroo pockets on both sides.  And a magnetic snap.  I omitted the slip pockets on the inside (because I never use them) and opted to add my own handles.  Melissa recently posted about adding handles/leather straps to a handmade purse, which is actually what reminded me to get in gear and make this bag already!

chevron march bag | doodle do designs

The outer fabric is from Premier Prints.  I decided to use this because I had a ton of it in my stash, and because it is home dec weight.  I like a sturdy bag, and sturdy this is since it uses a canvas interlining.  The inside lining and pocket linings are all a neon green solid that was also in my stash.  No pics of that because, well, boring.  

I started this bag in the morning and finished it the same evening.  I would have been done in a couple of hours, but my project took a back seat to hanging out with my family on this holiday weekend.  I hand-stitched the top band and the handles on while watching movies with my guys.

I can't wait to use this as my new church bag, because there is so much room for my bible (featuring a handmade cover - will blog about that soon), my notebook, all my usual purse contents, and the one thousand toys and books my child decides he needs to have with him during service.

If you like this bag, I totally recommend the pattern.  Fast and easy!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

That Time I Finished Four Quilts in Two Weeks

Bluebird Park Pinwheel Quilt

Finish being the operative word.  These tops were all pieced (some for over a year!), plus they're all baby quilts, so I'm not breaking any world records or anything.  But this many finishes at once is definitely a record for me!

From the Blue Chair Lattice Quilt

These pictures aren't great, but it's super cold and windy outside, plus I think it may rain.  I'm going to do posts on each of these quilts soon, so there will be better photos and more details then.  Plus they'll be all crinkly fresh from the dryer then too.  Instant improvement if I do say so myself.

And now, here's an update of The List:

Scrappy Little Heart Block tutorial/pillow
Patchwork Baby Quilt
Hedgie Pinwheels Quilt
Inside Out Plus Quilt
Lattice Baby Quilt

Sapphire Stars Quilt - contacted a local long-armer

Scattered Squares Table Runner tutorial - pattern written
Dwell Quilt - add sashing and borders
Rockin Robin - planning
Fireworks Pillow - basted, ready to quilt
Hulk Pillow - finish embroidery

Inside Out Plus Quilt

So the list has shrunk from 13 (originally) down to 6.  That's huge for me!

It helps that the husband is away for work and there's no one here to make me go to bed.

Zoology Patchwork Quilt

Today I'll try to schedule a drop-off with the long-armer on the Sapphire Stars quilt, and then I'll get to work on finishing the Fireworks pillow and piecing the Dwell Quilt.  Once those are done, I'm going to work on my additions to Jess' Rockin Robin quilt.

Have you been making any progress on your WIPs?  I'd love to hear about them!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Scrappy Little Heart Block Tutorial

scrappy little heart pillow | doodle do designs

Ah, Valentine's Day.  The season of hearts and flowers and pink and red.  Today I bring to you a tutorial for making this tiny little heart block.  It's a great way to use up some pretty scraps.  And don't think you have to use all pinks and reds and purples.  I bet this would look good in any combination of colors.  If you look really close, you can see that I even used two different whites (Kona White and Bella Solids Bleached White) for the background.  Scrap-bustin' over here.

This block measures only 4.5" square.  Why so small?  Well because I happened to have made up a bunch of pink and purple butterfly blocks from Lori Holt's book Quilty Fun, and they measure 4.5".  And then I didn't even use the heart blocks with the butterfly blocks.  After I made them, I HAD to turn them into a Valentine's Day pillow.  But at least now you know why I made such small blocks.  Onto the instructions!

For EACH block, you'll need:
(2) 2.5" x 4.5" heart fabrics
(4) 1.5" squares background fabric
(2) 2.5" squares background fabric

It's important to use a scant 1/4" seam here.  There's not much room for trimming and squaring up.  A scant seam will help with that.

Draw a line from point to point on the wrong side your background squares (the 2.5" squares too).

Position a 1.5" square of background fabric right sides together (RST) with the top left corner of your 2.5" x 4.5" heart fabric pieces.  Note the direction of the line you drew.  

Stitch on the line you drew.  If you are making a lot of heart blocks, I find it helpful to chain piece here.  Trim a 1/4" inch from your stitched line.

Press your background fabric open.  Position your other 1.5" squares of background fabric as shown on the top right corner of your heart fabric pieces.  Note the direction of the drawn line.

Stitch on the drawn line (again, chain piecing if necessary).  Trim 1/4" away from your stitched line.  Press the background fabric open.  You should now have something that looks like a really tall flying geese unit.

Place your 2.5" background squares RST on the bottom of your heart fabric unit.  Not the direction of the drawn lines.  You'll want them going in opposite directions.

Stitch on the drawn line (chain piece here as well).  Trim a 1/4" away from the stitched line.

Press the background fabric open.  You now have two halves of a heart.

Place the two halves RST and sew down the side.  Press open.

Tiny Scrappy Heart Block

Trim it up if necessary.  Now you have a super cute little heart!

I made seven hearts and turned them into a pillow.  What will you use your hearts for?  I'd love to see pics, please link in the comments if you make them!

Happy Valentine's Day!
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