Archive for September 7, 2012

Shop Hop Quilt ready to hang.

I’m so happy!  My Quilt Shop Hop quilt is done and ready to hang!  It is big!  94 inches square.  You could make it smaller by changing a few dimensions if you didn’t want it to fit a queen-size bed.  And of course, it would be easy to make it larger!

Lily & I ran up to the Carriage Factory Gallery’s second floor for enough light and space to get a good image. 

Now, when it stops raining, we’ll run it up to the store and start climbing ladders! Yea!

I’m calling this quilt FRIDA’S SUNFLOWER DREAM.  If you search quotes by Frida Kahlo, this one comes up quickly: “I never paint dreams or nightmares.  I paint my own reality.”   So call it “my dream”. :)

The quilt which inspired me and the original pattern are by Deb Madir.  The pattern will be for sale in the store complete with my alternative measurements for cutting, with Deb’s permissioin. 

The quilting was done by Kay Clark of Wichita.


Flower & quilting detail. Frida’s Garden fabric by Alexander Henry and the exclusive sunflower BATIK, available from and in the downtown store.


New Cell Phone Wallet

One of the nice things about living in the middle of Kansas, is our proximity to so many other places!  We’re just about 7 hours drive from Boulder Colorado, and so, with a 3 day weekend ahead of us, we sped off into the sunset on Friday evening.

But, I needed a handy wallet/carrier for my new cell phone/camera before we left!  I couldn’t risk clutching it in my hand for an entire trip.  So here was my “quickie” solution.

First I selected two pieces of fabric (just happened to have some extra Shop Hop batik lying around the sewing room) and ironed them together with Fast2Fuse in between, which has just the right amount of stiffness for the shape of my bag. 

Fast 2 Fuse fuses two pieces together. Very handy! Great body.

Next I wrapped a piece of scrap paper around the phone, and marked the shape I thought I wanted.  I added seam allowance and a bit more, then folded the paper in half before trimming to size so it would be symmetric.  I laid that on top of the fabric sandwich and cut.

Ready to cut fused body/interfacing/lining sandwich with custom pattern.

I need a secure pocket for my credit cards, driver’s license, and cash, so I cut a 2-layer pocket.  I attached one side of a zipper to the top edge and used the 2nd piece to finish the other 3 edges and attached a strip of velcro to the pocket before stitching the pocket to the inside front of the bag.  I placed it just close enough that the 2nd side of the zipper would be partially covered with the binding around the edge, that would be applied later.  I took a tuck at both lower corners to create some depth for the cards.  I should have made the pocket a smidge bigger, as it is a tighter fit than I’d like.  Just have to carry less cash! :)

One side of zipper applied to top of pocket. Other 3 sides finished with pocket lining before being stitched to bag.

After the pocket is attached, the other side of the velcro is stitched to the underside of the flap.  I folded the fabric around my phone and marked where the lower edge should be.  Then I stitched bias around the outside edge, through 2 layers on each side, and 1 layer where the fold-over flap started, from lower corner to lower corner.  I wrapped it to the inside and topstitched in place.

Cord slides into stitched loops (sewn under binding) and gets knotted at proper length, then trimmed. The seam you see here is only because I was using scraps, and stitched two together to get a bigger piece. “Make do!”

 I like my finished bag!

If you don’t want velcro’s top-stitching to show, you should remember to attach velcro before you fuse 3 layers together in step 1. I don’t mind.


Pocket with zipper for inside security.

I was happy to have it with me on our hikes, as the phone’s camera is so good.  Me on the right below, see it peaking out under my shirt.

Me hiking the Boulder Canyon Trail with Lily, Francis and Randy.


And I’m certainly glad I had my camera phone handy when we got to what seemed like the Top of the World on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park.  What a gorgeous day and fun trip!

Continental Divide summit on Trail Ridge Road, between Estes Park and Grand Lake Colorado.


Bath Time for Fluffy

If you have cat(s), have you ever figured out why they decide to bathe where they do? 

OK, there are lots of clean, open spaces available in this room, including the beautiful, hard-wood oak floor, a made bed with a quilt on it, etc. 

But Nooooo, Fluffy has to crawl up on the ironing board, situate herself on top of one of the carefully laid out design boards full of chain-pieced parts waiting to be ironed, and drape over onto a second in-progress project, to take her bath!!  And she has the nerve to complain when I try to get something out from under her!  Lucky for her, I’m working on the computer right now.  LOL

Let me know if you have a theory on this.  Thanks!