I didn't mean to ignore my little blog for so long. Let me just say, 2016 wasn't my best year. Due to some hard times at work, I wasn't feeling particularly creative or much like sharing when I did finally make something. But lately I've been missing it, so to start off 2017, here are some projects I made last year.
I made this cute Viewmaster pillow for my sister for Christmas. It's from The Paper-Pieced Home by Penny Layman.
One of my goals last year was to use some of my scraps in quilts so I made this baby quilt for a coworker. The pattern is Triple Star from Scrap-Basket Beauties by Kim Brackett.
My quilt guild (South Sound Modern Quilt Guild) displays our challenge quilts at the annual Arts Walk every year and the challenge last year was to use the patterned fabric and any solids in an improv quilt. Now just the word "improv" scares me. I am much more a "follow the pattern" kinda girl. But I had been wanting to try some of Jean Wells' techniques so I thought this might be just the right time. This quilt was inspired by her book, Intuitive Color & Design.
Just like a lot of quilters out there, I've been saving selvages for a while and finally decided it was time to make something. This is a little purse I made for my niece using the Camera Case Wristlet pattern by Michelle Patterns. I sewed each selvage to a piece of cotton fabric, overlapping each strip and sewing with a zigzag stitch then cut out the pattern. My niece loved it.
The following three purses are from last year's Bag of the Month Club.
This is the Backgammon Bag by Betz White. I couldn't find this pattern on her website, but she has a lot of other great patterns. The Backgammon Bag has a big pocket on the outside and a zippered pocket on the inside. It's a nice size purse for everyday use.
This one is the Window Shopper by Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H. It's huge and holds a lot of stuff. It's more a tote bag than a purse.
I made this Brooklyn Handbag by Swoon Patterns for my sister's birthday. She loves it and uses it all the time. The black fabric I used for the straps and the bottom of the bag looks like leather, but is actually Kraft-Tex paper fabric that starts out stiff but softens when you get it wet.
So even though I wasn't blogging about my projects, I was actually making stuff. I hope you come back soon to see what else is on my cutting table. Thanks for stopping by.