Monday, July 21, 2014

Patchique' Blocks 25 and 125

Patchique' Blocks 25 and 125

Sewing Along with Amanda, The Patchsmith
This week's Patchique' blocks were enjoyable for me to make.  They do have some tricky parts in them,  but luckily for me, Amanda,  The Patchsmith,  made the blocks first.  She then looks the directions over and  figures out the best way to make each block!  

 Block #25:   Chigai igeta  (Staggered igeta)  (inspired by a family crest)

Block #25  Chigai igeta   from the book    Japanese Taupe Quilts  page 49  

Now when you look at this block in the book, it is very difficult to see differences between the two dark  brown fabrics in this design. Her diagram was not much help on this pattern, either.    But,  Amanda figured out how to make hers,  and then blogged about it.  This is her pretty  Block #25 (  a fusion of  English country and Japanese colors and style):  I love her fabrics!
Block #25    by The Patchsmith
Ahhh,  now I  can see the 'staggering.'  
So I got busy, printed out Amanda's block, labeled the sections so I could sew the pieces together.....

I made my block, laying it  right beside a picture of Amanda's block,  with the blocks numbered in a grid.
I confused myself,  because I made my light fabric assigned to Amanda's dark fabric in the picture. And visa versa.   

 I looked and all of the  edges all lined up nicely.    YAY!
Uh-oh.  Did you see  my  mistake? 
  I didn't put the sections together in the right order.   Boo!

Fortunately,  I could rip out the seams easily on the bigger sections,  and re-join them in the proper order!

Block #25  Staggered igeta               Susie's Sunroom
It was well worth taking the time to fix the design.  

Block #125:    Kano rinpo (means Kano treasure wheel)  (family crests featuring plants, leaves and objects)

Block #125   from Japanese Taupe Quilts   page 107
Amanda's directions made this block a breeze.   I found two Tupperware lids the perfect size of 7 inches and 4 1/2 inches in diameter, to make my donut circle.

I centered my circle onto the block

Block #125  kano treasure wheel
It didn't take long to choose the fabrics for this block. I dug into  my bag of scraps ,left from making the other Patchique' blocks.   

Blocks #25  and #125   together     Susie's Sunroom

32 blocks completed!!

Amanda says we are over the half-way mark now!   
I'm off to my sewing room!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Catching Up on Some Blocks

Catching up on June's Sew Kitschy Block

Yes, I know that June has  already come and gone!  But, somehow, I got behind on making  a bunch my regular blocks.

Sew Kitschy BoM   by Kristy  at Quiet Play blog

This is the "late"  June Paper Pieced  Block of the Month:

June's block  Water jug and cups   Available at the Quiet Play Craftsy shop

And here is my own version.....
June's block   Jug and Cups   Sew Kitschy    made by Susie's Sunroom

And here are all six of my blocks so far...

Sew Kitschy BoM             Susie's Sunroom

Come back soon , to see July's block. And I'll be making my late Patchique' blocks, too!   Are you behind at anything this summer?....

I'm off to my sewing room!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Denim and Batik Tote Bags

Denim and Batik Anita Vacation Tote Bags

What you get when you combine denim fabric, brightly colored Batik fabrics, and a wonderfully versatile tote  bag pattern?    

Why,   you get a couple of brightly colored , yet practical, Anita Vacation Tote bags!!

Anita Vacation Tote bags , using Batik fabric                   Susie's Sunroom

Here are the details:

Pattern:   Anita Vacation Tote bag -     pdf pattern    by Eamylove @ Amy Made That! 
Amy's pattern is written clearly, in tutorial style, with lots of pictures.
              ( This pattern is available at the sale price of $5 now on Craftsy !)

Fabrics used:  Dark blue bottom weight Denim
                     A Batik  , with a rainbow of colors , from my stash  

Bag Dimensions:   10" wide x 13" tall x 6" deep

Tote Bag Features:  Straps with 2 fabrics,  Zippered pocket in the lining, and  magnetic snap top closure

Before I began to sew, I made sure to pre-wash the denim and batik, to minimize  any dark colors running  and any possible shrinkage.

I chose to feature the blues and greens in this bag

I featured the yellows and oranges in this tote

See the bright linings

Wow,  these Anita Vacation Totes can hold a lot!!

I made these bags for Nancy, who is using one bag for carrying things to work ( a small purse , her lunch, and book ),  and the other bag  for her gym/workout clothes.

I am going to post my Anita Vacation Totes in Amy's flickr group "  Amy Made That! and So Did I " ,  where you can see some other  beautiful totes !  Come on and make one for yourself this summer.... you know you've been wanting to make something for yourself!

I'm off to my sewing room!