Sunday, August 17, 2014

Patchique Blocks 18 and 109

Patchique Blocks 18 and 109

I actually made these Patchique Blocks awhile ago, but have been too busy to share them with you.  Progress on the blocks has been going well, and  Amanda has assured us that the end "is in sight"....  ( We aren't making every block in the book... there are 125 of them.)

Sewing these patchwork and applique' blocks
 with Amanda, The Patchsmith

Patchique' Block # 18:   Kawari kasuri taikaku ( which means Kasuri diagonal variation)

Block # 18  Kasuri diagonal variation from the book

And this is my Block #18:    

#18   Kawari kasuri taikaku     Susie's Sunroom

I enjoyed making this block.  Amanda kindly pointed out that this block is very similar to block #17  ....  with the center block showing some variation.  

Block # 17  Kasuri diagonal    Susie's Sunroom

Patchique' Block # 109:  Asa no hana  (morning flower)

#109  from the book   by Susan Briscoe

Block #109  Morning Flower     by  Susie's Sunroom
This block whipped up into shape easily, after I followed The Patchsmith's directions, using fusible applique'.   This is one of my favorite applique' blocks so far.

What do my Patchique' blocks  look like so far?

My Patchique' blocks     as of August 2014  

I'm off to my sewing room!
Linking up at:   Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

August Block Talking

August Block Talk

I finally had time to work on making some blocks.  
                                     Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt blocks:

See all of my blocks progress:
 FWSQ (on blog -under the heading)
and  Fllickr Group  where you can add your FWSQ blocks

Block #23  Country Farm:

FWSQ Block #23  Country Farm                   Susie's Sunroom

I fell in love with this sweet little block!  And , I had to mark a "  LOVE!"  in the book on this page!

Then, since I loved this fabric combination so much, I used them again on block #24.

FWSQ #24 Country Path:

FWSQ block #24  Country Path        Susie's Sunroom

These will make nice additions to my growing pile of Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt blocks!
                                       My   Flickr albumn
Next block:   Block #3  Spinning in the Rain BoM     with Sew Lux Fabric
Spinning in the Rain BoM  at Sew Lux Fabric
This is such fun to make a different pinwheel block , each month, in these Color Me Happy   by V & Co. fabrics (Moda fabrics).  I love this fabric line!

Block #3 August   Spinning in the Rain   Susie's Sunroom
I love the navy colors with the gray, in this block.

Here are the  three blocks so far....
Blocks # 1 #2 #3   and their mini's  
... and of course, with their mini-me blocks!!  

Thanks for stopping by to look over my latest blocks.  

I'm off to my sewing room!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Making the Super Tote

Making the Super Tote bag

As many of you know by now, one  thing that I love to make am addicted to making is tote bags!  My awesome niece is working as a nanny in New York City, for twins, and she asked me if I could make her a bag to use as a diaper bag.  Of course I said yes!  After some  jumping around and squealing, I got down to business and  went on the search for possible fabrics and tote bag patterns.    

I just love the internet...even though we live over  100 miles apart,  I was able to let her choose the bag style  and fabrics quickly.   I took pictures of different fabric combinations and sent her  various links for patterns to look over and make her selection.

So what did Kym pick?   The Super Tote Pattern  by Noodlehead

The Super Tote  Pattern   by Noodlehead
photo courtesy of Noodlehead blog
I was excited, because this is one tote bag that I didn't make yet.  

So here is Kym's Nanny-ing bag (that doesn't look like a diaper bag!):

The Super Tote  bag         by Susie's Sunroom

Fabric:      Kaufman Brussels Washer Linen Blend   charcoal
                Summersville   by Moda      from my stash for the Pink leaves

Dimensions:   15” wide, 15” tall, 3.5 to 5” deep, 10.5” handle drop

Super Tote Features:
 + recessed zipper
+ roomy interior pockets
+ front exterior pocket
+ cute piping and pleat details
+ makes a perfect diaper bag or gym bag, great for hauling anything you need

I washed the fabrics first.... I know  this will be used as a diaper bag, and she will be washing it.   

Side view      see the cute side pleat ?
The deep front pocket  with a magnet snap closure

There are 4 pockets on the inside, with elastic

This Super Tote has a beautifully designed zippered top closure, that opens wide to get inside of the bag.

The zippered top

Well,  I finished the bag, and got the idea that she could probably use a diaper changing pad , too.

I found this really practical pattern:   Travel Diaper Changing Pad Pattern                                                            by  Maureen Wilson  from  Made by Marzipan

Travel Diaper Changing Pad Pattern    by  Maureen Wilson from  Made by Marzipan
Here is my version of the Travel Diaper Changing Pad:

The Travel Diaper Changing Pad     by Susie's Sunroom
I got the clear vinyl at my local JoAnn Fabric Store.  (It is very inexpensive!)

The pockets should be handy for wipes and a couple of diapers.  They fold up into the pad when it is rolled up.

The diaper bag and changing pad  set         by Susie's Sunroom

I added fabric ties, instead of a piece of elastic and a button, to close up the pad.

The diaper changing pad fits in the front pocket , too

   I got to see Kym at our family reunion a few weeks ago.  She says the bag is awesome, and she loves the changing pad. It wipes off so easily!   Looks like she picked out a winning combination!

I'm off to my sewing room!
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