Sunday, August 30, 2015

Mountain Camping Paper Pieced block: Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop!

2015 Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop

Hello!  Welcome to my contribution to the Fabric-Quilt New Block Blog Hop!  If you're here for the first time, Hi my name is Renee and I quilt on a Janome 6300 (domestic machine).  Here are all the quilts I've made this year:

My completed quilts so far in 2015!  You can get links to each of these from the My Quilts tab at the top of the page.

For this New Block blog hop I designed this 12" quilt block:

Mountain Camping paper pieced quilt block: in Fabri-Quilt solids from the Watermelon Summer bundle.

We were encouraged to design a block inspired by summer, and to me summer is a time for camping.  My parents took me and my 3 siblings camping since we were very little, and I've taken my kids camping since they were babies.  When I looked at tent quilt blocks I found several made with the iconic A-frame style tent.  But I've never camped in a tent like that, I've always had a dome tent and decided to design my block after this photo I took outside of Durango, Colorado:

Camping near Durango, Colorado in October, 2011.

I kept the lines fairly simple so that someone new to paper piecing won't feel overwhelmed--this is a fairly simple block, and extra details can be added with quilting or embroidery (see mini quilt below)

You can download this pattern for FREE on Craftsy (link).

**If you make one and share it on IG, tag it with #mountaincampingquiltblock **

If you're new to paper piecing here are the tutorials I liked best when I was getting started:


In testing my block pattern and instructions I had fun picking different fabrics and colors:

Mountain Camping paper pieced quilt block: colors based off the photograph.

I turned this one into a mini quilt (the fate of all these test blocks, actually) so I could show you how the quilting can add some of those awesome details:

Mountain Camping paper pieced quilt block: turned into a mini quilt!

Mountain Camping paper pieced quilt block: first test--a purple tent my daughter requested.

Mountain Camping paper pieced quilt block: a blue tent for my son (he asked if the lines on the tent would go away, when I told him no he decided he didn't want this block).

Mountain Camping paper pieced quilt block: a nighttime version!  My personal favorite.  I used every last scrap of that green-black shot cotton scrap I had--as evidenced by how many extra seams there are to frankenstein it together.  Worth it though!

This blog hop is sponsored by Fabri-Quilt, and they provided me with 6 fat eighths to make a 12" quilt block to be donated to charity quilts made by the blog hop hosts.

To read more about the Fabric-Quilt New Blocks blog hop and fabric giveaway, visit Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl !  You can also go check out all the other new Fabri-Quilt blocks on the blog hop today:

Monday, August 31st
Host – Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
Kelly @Quilting it Out
Martha @Once a Wingnut
Irene @Patchwork and Pastry
Cassandra @The (not so) Dramatic Life
Andrea @The Sewing Fools
Bernie @Needle and Foot
Silvia @A Stranger View
Wanda @Wanda’s Life Sampler
Sandra @Musings of a Menopausal Melon
Vicki @Orchid Owl Quilts
Jess @Quilty Habit
Diana @Red Delicious Life
Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe
Margo @Shadow Lane Quilts
Renee @Quilts of a Feather

Selvage Along: project at Elven Garden Quilts!

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Today for the Selvage Along Jess from Elven Garden Quilts is sharing this pin cushion she made:

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Jess's selvage project!

Selvage Along Schedule
July 20 - Intro post
July 24 - Selvage storage/collection linkup 
July 27 - Selvage Strip Pillow Tutorial by Jess @ Quilty Habit 

August 3 - Anna Maria Horner Selvage Feathers Tutorial by Renee @ Quilts of a Feather
August 10 -  Selvage Zippy Pouch Tutorial by Chris @ Made by ChrissieD & mid-way check-in linky on both blogs  

August 17 - Selvage Binding Tutorial by Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl 

August 24 - Project by Vera @ Negligent Style 

August 31 - Project by Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts 
 <<<You are here!
Sept. 7 - Selvage Churn Dash Project Share by Helga @ Cluckin' Pineapple 
Sept. 14 - Tutorial round up on both blogs
Sept. 21 - Last linky party- link up all your selvage projects!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

1000 Cranes Aeroplane Bag (II)

Aeroplane bag in 1000 Cranes Indigo.

I have been hoarding this crane fabric for ages (okay only like 3 years), saving it for a special dress.  Well, I finally realized I'm not likely to find a perfect dress pattern for my shape and I should use it for other projects that make me happy.  I made this bag for a friend that loves blue, and I hope appreciates cranes (my favorite bird, and in my top 5 favorite animals).  The bottom panel is a reclaimed denim.

This is my second Aeroplane bag, you can see the first one here.  This time I made the long version, because I think it's a better size for a weekend/overnight bag, and you can fit a small sewing machine in it:

Long version of the Aeroplane bag, this sewing machine measures 6.5" deep x 15" wide x 12.5" tall (not including those red straws).

I added an outer slip pocket (you can see in the first photo), an interior split slip pocket, and one zippered pocket:

Aeroplane bag interior: split slip pocket.

Aeroplane bag interior: large zippered pocket.

Again I quilted the exterior pieces (I basted the fabric onto Annie's Soft and Stable and FMQ normally):

Aeroplane bag quilted exterior.

And this time I remembered to add one of my labels!

Label from Tags 2 Go on Etsy.

Here are the two Aeroplane bags and machines side by side for comparison's sake:

Aeroplane bags (left is the long version, right is the regular version) with machines that fit inside.

I added extra padding to the handles and zipper tabs to the zipper--I will be back next week with tutorials on how to do both!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Selvage Along: project at Negligent Style!


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Today for the Selvage Along Vera at Negligent Style is sharing this bag she made:

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Vera's selvage project!

If you're just joining us for the Selvage Along, you still have plenty of time to make something before the final link up on September 21st!


Selvage Along Schedule
July 20 - Intro post
July 24 - Selvage storage/collection linkup 
July 27 - Selvage Strip Pillow Tutorial by Jess @ Quilty Habit 

August 3 - Anna Maria Horner Selvage Feathers Tutorial by Renee @ Quilts of a Feather
August 10 -  Selvage Zippy Pouch Tutorial by Chris @ Made by ChrissieD & mid-way check-in linky on both blogs  

August 17 - Selvage Binding Tutorial by Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl 

August 24 - Project by Vera @ Negligent Style  
<<<You are here!
August 31 - Project by Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts
Sept. 7 - Selvage Churn Dash Project Share by Helga @ Cluckin' Pineapple 
Sept. 14 - Tutorial round up on both blogs
Sept. 21 - Last linky party- link up all your selvage projects!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Selvage Along: Selvage Binding

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She let me see a sneak peek of the tutorial, and I decided to use it to finish off the selvage mugrugs I made last week:

Selvage mugrugs with selvage binding.

I love how the Cotton + Steel selvages look on both sides, they are perfect for binding!

Free motion quilting test block turned mugrug with selvage binding.

Plus the Cotton + Steel selvages have great little sayings and icons on them!

Netorious selvage binding.

I decided to try using some voile selvage I had, but wouldn't use it again.  The white part of the selvage was too wide, so barely any color showed up:

Voile selvage as binding, not very interesting.

It is also fairly transparent, and it shifts around so much it was hard to sew a straight line!

Voile selvage as binding--you can see print from another selvage under the binding on the left.




Selvage Along Schedule
July 20 - Intro post
July 24 - Selvage storage/collection linkup 
July 27 - Selvage Strip Pillow Tutorial by Jess @ Quilty Habit 

August 3 - Anna Maria Horner Selvage Feathers Tutorial by Renee @ Quilts of a Feather
August 10 -  Selvage Zippy Pouch Tutorial by Chris @ Made by ChrissieD & mid-way check-in linky on both blogs  

August 17 - Selvage Binding Tutorial by Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl 
<<<You are here!
August 24 - Project by Vera @ Negligent Style
August 31 - Project by Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts
Sept. 7 - Selvage Churn Dash Project Share by Helga @ Cluckin' Pineapple 
Sept. 14 - Tutorial round up on both blogs
Sept. 21 - Last linky party- link up all your selvage projects!