Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Seeing Double... Zippers!

Seeing Double... Zippers!

Have you heard?  There's a new pattern,  by Amy , of  Amy Made That! ,  that makes it fun and easy  to sew a pouch with two exposed zippers, creating a double pouch.  

Pattern available here

This is a fun pattern that allows you to be creative.  You can  mix and match fabrics, colored zippers, lace, ric rac, ribbons, and decorative trims to your heart's content!

 Amy's tutorial pattern is written clearly and precisely, with lots of  pictures to explain the steps to make the pouch .    The project is a perfect match for both the  beginner  and the experienced zipper- sewer.  

The Double Exposure Zippered Pouch    by Susie's Sunroom

Fabrics  used:   Harvest Wine Regional Map    by Susan Winget
                         Moss green fabric
                         TicTac  in gold for lining
Zippers-        2-   14 inch zippers-  Cedar Green  from  Zip It Etsy shop  ( awesome selection and prices!)
Lace-   approx 40 inches of 7/8 inch lace

My pouch

I quilted a few simple  zig zag lines on the  front sections, and  diamonds on the back side of the pouch, using Aurifil 50 wt thread.

The back side 

There is a lot of room in each pouch

And did I mention that you can make this pouch in a morning!  

This pouch will  be the perfect  gift...  

Now I'll be looking for some pretty ribbons and lace, to have on hand, so  I can make lots  more  Double Exposure Zippered pouches!

I'm off to my sewing room!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Patchique' and Spinning in the Rain Block Talk

 Patchique' and Spinning in the Rain Block Talk

Hop on over to The Patchsmith blog
~to see her beautiful blocks

My goodness , but time has flown by since we first began to make these Patchique' blocks.
Amanda, The Patchsmith, told us on her blog that we have   only 8 more blocks to make for her  quilt!  That's four corner blocks, and 4 more in the 7th row!    I have a tall bed frame, and really need to go and measure my bed ( yes... NOW !) to  have some exact measurements for my quilt.  

The next two blocks were not complicated and were enjoyable to make.

Patchique' Block #45:  Komochi kume igeta (Grouped well-curb whirlpool)

Block #45 l
from the Japanese Taupe Quilts book

And this is my Block #45:  Grouped  well-curb whirlpool

#45  Grouped well -curb whirlpool   Susie's Sunroom

It has a part-sewn seam in it. The directions were well written, and I finished the block easily.
True confession-   I did start to add the second piece in the wrong direction, and  had to rip out abut 2 1/2 inches of stitches .  (No biggy.)
My  husband caught on to  the "overlap" in the block right away, and liked that concept.  

Patchique' block #70:  Shikishi  ( Calligraphy cards)

Block #70 from the book

The star is formed by laying the blocks of fabric at the right places.

This is my Calligraphy cards block-

Block #70  Calligraphy cards    Susie's Sunroom

Amanda,  always looking ahead, has  created  a beautiful  layout  for her blocks in  our Patchique'  Quilt Sew Along....  

Amanda, The Patchsmith's  Patchique' Quilt Layout
These blocks are Amanda's actual blocks, in her fabrics and colors
Diagram courtesy of Amanda, The Patchsmith

I wondered what  my blocks  would look like in this layout.    So I filled in an excel chart to see , even though I did not put in sashing around the blocks:

Susie's Sunroom   Patchique' Block Layout
I think it will work pretty well for me, too.  (Happy dance!)

Spinning in The Rain Bom  at Sew Lux Fabrics

Now, here's my  Spinning in the Rain block #4:

Spinning in the Rain BoM  #4  Sept.     Susie's Sunroom

This block was paper pieced!  ( Yep, I did a happy dance when I printed out the pattern!)
Block #4 is a vibrant one,  with the green polka dot pinwheels jumping out .

Here they are so far... June, July , August and September       Susie's Sunroom

And here they are with their mini's ! ( Mini pinwheel cuteness!)

June, July, August and September blocks with their mini's   Susie's Sunroom

Is it October yet?

I'm off to my sewing room!

Linked up at:    Can I Get a Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict  and
                        Sew Darn Crafty@  Sew Many Ways

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

September 's Sew Kitschy Block

September's Sew Kitschy Block

September brings us the last Block of the Month pattern for Sew Kitschy, the paper pieced BoM created by Kristy @ Quiet Play blog!   Where have the months gone??

The final block was enough to keep me busy for awhile... with lots of little pieces!

Betty in her kitchen     available at Quiet Play's Craftsy Shop

And here is my block of Betty, happy in her kitchen...

Betty in her kitchen                by Susie's Sunroom
While sewing her up, I  lots of time to  imagine why she was so happy:

1.  All of her  laundry and ironing was done... see her crisply pressed red polka dot apron she is modeling for us ?
2.  Her supper meal was  made and placed in the oven,  baking and bubbling ... and it is filling the house with delicious smells.
3.  Have you noticed Betty's view out the window?  (She has a big property, with lots of pine trees to look at.  )

4.  The kitchen floor is cleaned up and sparkling  , so she can go do some SEWING 
after posing for this "selfie".

And now, this is how all 9 blocks look together...

Sew Kitschy BoM                            by Susie's Sunroom

I think they would look nice as a mini quilt, to hang on a wall in my sunroom.   
                            (I love to look at paper pieced blocks...)

I'm off to my sewing room!
I am linking up to:   Sew Kitschy BoM @ Quiet Play