Friday, July 31, 2015

Aeroplane Bag (I)

Aeroplane bag

This week I finished my first Aeroplane Bag (I already have plans for a second!).

Aeroplane bag: I added a slip pocket to this side, partially to cover the upside down words--the only way I could get the pattern pieces to fit on 1/2 a yard.

I made the regular size and it fits my new Hello Kitty Janome (a 3/4) machine perfectly!

Aeroplane bag for a small sewing machine.  Actually it's roomier than I intended, but still works!

I quilted the outside panels, which I think added two days of work to the project!  But it added great texture!

Quilted exterior, Love to Sew by Michael Miller

A friend on IG suggested zipper tabs to aid the zipper insertion, so I added 1.5" zipper taps to the end of my 24" zipper (so it would still be 24" long).  I still angled the seam to the edge so it would turn the zipper tab into a wedge shape:

Zipper tab on the Aeroplane bag.

The zipper tabs help keep the zipper centered at the ends and reduce bulk in the side seam.  Definitely worth the extra step!  I made a tutorial on how I did it, check it out here!

Zipper tab on the other end of the Aeroplane bag.

I only used stash fabrics for this, though I did need to get more interfacing, so the inside is kind of boring:

10" zipper pocket.

Slip pocket for the instruction manual, because I'm one of those people that keeps it handy and references it frequently.

I liked the pattern and the construction on this bag, and would say it's only slightly more difficult than Noodlehead's Super Tote due to the peltex in the bottom pieces (they are just stiff to work with) and the zipper.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Selvage Along: Tutorial at Quilty Habit


Today for the Selvage Along Jess has a selvage-strip pillow tutorial!  Go check it out!

Jess's selvage strip pillow

Next week I will be sharing a tutorial!  

Selvage Along Schedule
July 20 - Intro post
July 24 - Selvage storage/collection linkup 
July 27 - Selvage Strip Pillow Tutorial by Jess @ Quilty Habit 
<<<You are here!
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
Sept. 7 - Selvage Churn Dash Project Share by Helga @ Cluckin' Pineapple 
Sept. 14 - Tutorial round up on both blogs
July 24 - Linky - selvage projects on both blogs
Sept. 21 - Last linky party- link up all your selvage projects!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Selvage Along: Link Up Selvages!


It's link up your selvages day!  We are wondering, how do you store your selvages?  I keep mine in a large fabric-wrapped basket:

Selvage storage!

The basket it fairly deep, and I've been collecting them for about 3 years.  I'm excited to finally be using some!

Selvage Along Schedule
July 20 - Intro post
July 24 - Selvage storage/collection linkup <<<You are here!
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
Sept. 7 - Selvage Churn Dash Project Share by Helga @ Cluckin' Pineapple 
Sept. 14 - Tutorial round up on both blogs
July 24 - Linky - selvage projects on both blogs
Sept. 21 - Last linky party- link up all your selvage projects!



Selvages!

This is my first time hosting a linky party, so bear with me if there are issues!  Please don't hesitate to let me know if there are any problems--I will try to get them fixed ASAP.

Let's see your selvages!


Monday, July 20, 2015

Selvage Along!


Today is the kick off for the Selvage Along, co-hosted by Me and Jess @ Quilty Habit!  Here is the Selvage Along schedule to give you an idea of what we have planned for the next couple of months:

July 20th - Today!  Introduction to the Selvage Along
July 24th -  Link up your selvages (both blogs)!
July 27th - Selvage Strip Pillow Tutorial by Jess  @ Quilty Habit

August 3rd - 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 (both blog)
August 17t - Selvage Binding Tutorial by Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
August 24 - Project by Vera @ Negligent Style 
August 31 - Project by Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts
Sept 7th - Selvage Churn Dash Project Share by Helga @ Cluckin' Pineapple 

Sept 14th - Tutorial round up on both blogs
Sept 21th - Last linky party- link up all your selvage projects (both blogs)!

First thing I will be doing is pressing the wrinkles out of all of the selvages I plan to use.  I will be back in a couple of weeks to show you what I'm making with them (spoiler alert: feathers) and a little tutorial on how I'm doing it.
We want to see your selvages and how you store them!  Write a blog post and link up with us on Friday, or if you're on IG you can share using #selvagealong!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

How To Be A Good Swap Partner/Beemate (a guest post at Quilty Habit)

Today I have a guest/collaboration post over on Quilty Habit: Top 10 Ways To Be A Good Swap Partner and Beemate!

A swap quilt Jess made for the AMH mini quilt swap on IG.

Actually we feel so passionately about being a good swap partner/beemate (and making the swap community a better place!) that we came up with 18 ways!  So if you're in a swap or bee, or considering joining one, definitely go read our list.  And share it with your swap and/or bee!  The more people that understand the ways and importance of being a good partner/beemate, the better the community will be and the more enjoyment everyone will get out of it.  So head over to Jess's blog to read our Top 10 18 Ways To Be A Good Swap Partner and Beemate!

Mini quilt I made for the #IGminiswap last year.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Coming Soon: Selvage Along!

Do you keep the selvages from the fabric you use?

Selvages!

Join me and Jess at Quilty Habit this summer for a Selvage Along!  Every Monday through September at least one of us will be posting our selvage projects, tutorials, project roundups and linkys.  We also have lined up some other bloggers to do a blog hop next month to share their new tutorials and projects!


Grab a button (code in sidebar) and let's make something new and fun with all those selvages!  We will be hosting a linky in August in September so you can see what everyone else is working on and will also be sharing our projects and ideas on Instagram (I'm @quiltsnfeathers and she is @quiltyhabit)--join us there with #SelvageAlong !  The fun starts next Monday, July 13th!