So - here is my newest creation. I have been making a lot of bags for one SIL, but not the other, as I have not been sure of her taste in bags, etc. So I finally got out of my brother that she might like a beach tote rather than a purse. She likes greens and blues, so I found these coordinating fabrics and made her a reversible beach bag!! There are pockets on the front and back of both the inside and the outside, as well as an insulated water-bottle pocket on one end of the bag. Onto the pics:
Inside with a Thomas the Tank Engine towel that we are also giving her, as her kids are into Thomas and mine are not:
And the other side out:
I think I may still put some velcro on the outside pockets - they aren't really big enough to keep things in securely . . .
I decided that instead of making a separate piece for the bottom, I'd just square out the corners ala Jordy style, and leave it at that. I also didn't feel like investing in a $22 grommet press, so I bought the 1/4" eyelets and used 2 on each side instead (see above). That way, I could just use my trusty hammer to set the eyelets in (they come with a little eyelet tool that you bash with a hammer).
Fabric is from IKEA (so is the lining, but I forgot to take pics of the lining). I figured out that all told, each bag cost a bit under $8, so not too shabby, eh?
Hi all! Okay. So, I've (almost) finished my quilt top using my jelly roll, and I really like how it's coming out!! Now, the top is made from entirely unwashed fabrics, having come in a jelly roll, and the batting will also be unwashed. I have several different fabrics I could possibly use to back it, but . . . they are all pre-washed. What do people think about having a quilt made with unwashed fabric on top and prewashed on the backing?? I am worried about the different rates of shrinkage potentially ruining my nice, pretty quilt!
Hi! So I'm not even sure when I started this, but it has been several months. Probably not a full year . . . At any rate, here it is!!
Hanging from the back deck:
It's a little windy today, so it wouldn't quite lay flat, but you can see most of it!
Close up of part of it:
Close up to show the quilting:
The quilting is far from perfect, but I'm generally happy with it! I quilted the whole thing by hand - not out of some sense that the traditional way is the way to go, but rather because my machine is not big enough to shove that much material through!
More of the quilting:
On the bed:
The left side, with the flames and skulls, is my dh's side. Mine is the other side with the prettier fabrics!
I am soooooo happy to be done with it! (Now on to the next, right?! )
I hope this is not a repeat question - I did a search and then looked through a page or two and couldn't find anything that looked like this.
I am planning on making a quilt with a jelly roll, and I know I am not supposed to prewash the pre-cut strips. But - do I then prewash the quilt top and the backing before making the sandwich and quilting it? Or do I just leave EVERYTHING unwashed until it's all together? I am just concerned that the backing fabric might shrink more than the top, that the batting will shrink at a different rate, etc and make the finished product look bad after its first wash.
I bought the tutorial from Youcanmakethis.com - twirl skorts!
Butterflies over dragonflies!
For valentine's day coming up:
Ariel! My dd picked out the fabrics for this on from my stash:
The shorts underneath are actually ruffled bloomers, so they look like another layer of skirt underneath. Pretty, but still keeping my daughter from showing off her undies when she hangs upside-down from the monkey bars!
Since I found our water bottle carriers to be so useful (and cute!), I thought I'd make some for the kids' teachers this year. I let them pick the outside fabric (the inside is all the same - a white on tan snowflake pattern - forgot to take a pic!), and then made strips of an off-white fabric that I let them draw on with fabric markers to personalize them a bit.
Here they are:
Slightly different angle:
And with one of the artists posing for posterity :
I put new water bottles in each, with a packet of one of those drink mixes made for water bottles, and wrapped them up. Hope they like them!
Thanks for looking! Any comments and/or critiques welcome!
Oh - and it's the same tute I used in my previous post about these - you can look it up - I can't remember the tute ATM . . .