29 October, 2017

Sewing, Sewing

 I finally finished these QAYG (quilt as you go) bags.

 I added a pocket specifically for essential oil storage. I have been on a scrap clean-up in my sewing room. I was guilted into sorting my scraps by color by two very OCD sewing friends and it came in handy when I needed four clothesline bowls in a hurry for gifting.

I figured I would sew together these turquoise and purple scraps too and enter Elm Street Quilt's Bag It   competition. Like, maybe, try to win some awesome prizes....

This project used up (not enough) scraps, one thread spool and one bobbin. 

 Last Saturday, I was able to hook up with Pencil Girl and I made her one of these super quick Pyramid Pouches. They are the size of a coin purse or a small  special pouch to hide some candy. (or a check for the 1/4 beef she lugged over for me)

We met up at Fabric Depot. They were running their warehouse sale. Pencil Girl was looking for fabric for Simplicity 1108. She almost suckered me into buying these two fabrics for the same cardigan. The floral would be the very drapey cardigan with the aqua blue being the bands.

Except I have little time to sew and this cardigan would force me to go buy a black/white tshirt and black jeans. Or something.  She is such an enabler.

I had a hankering for my Apple Cider Caramels. Recipe is from Smitten Kitchen.  ( I might come back and laboriously cut & paste all the hyperlinks in, or not)
 These are THE BEST caramels. They always turn out. They have that apple cider flavor from boiling down a quart of fresh northwest apple cider for 45 minutes to a thick syrup. The recipe is awesome.

 We were at Fabric Depot to buy materials to make this gingham flannel throw.

It's gonna be 70 inches square and we found the fabrics very quickly. But then, I remember WHY I DON"T QUILT. It took nearly an hour to pick out the binding. Not to mention the backing.
Good golly.

I washed all the flannel when I got home. Hung it to dry and started cutting my big 10.5" squares right away. No problem on the 'white' which is actually a textured light gray. 

 Then I started on the black and realized it had shrunk widthwise. Instead of 44" wide material, I had 40" wide material. Grrrr,... The "white' had shrunk lengthwise (which is typical!!!)

Screaming texts to Pencil Girl found a solution. Piece the squares. No one will notice - it's flannel.

And the Gray - the medium gray - did the same thing.

I spent most of today sewing all 49 squares together - see - that was the appeal of this throw. Only 49 squares. What could possibly go wrong?

Let's just say my seam ripper and I had a bit of closeness today.

And did you know that flannel stretches when you rip a seam out? And also when ironing? grrr.
Note to self: No more quilts.That's when I found this:

Yes, a gray gingham Pendleton throw. At the church rummage sale.
Alas, when I got home and shook it out, it had wool bugs. With some minuscule munched holes.

It did not save me from making this throw.
However some interesting texts back and forth put the thought of felting it into my brain for an unknown at present project. Felting it would take care of any lingering bugs. It's sitting in the garage while I catch my breath from all this sewing inspiration.

 Anyway, my quilt top is finished. All seams sewn, and pressed open.

Leaving you with some more stunning photos from the kids.

Photo credit: DS, Donner Lake, Nevada 2017

Photo credit: DS, Lake Tahoe 2017

Photo credit: DD's friend. Cloud's Rest, Yosemite, California


  1. I love my Pyramid Pouch! It has a very unique shape for a bag. I still think you would look great in those fabrics for your stylish Simplicity kimono. The colors would look great on you! :)
    Mmm... Apple Cider Caramels! I can almost smell them!
    Glad to see DD has sunny weather!

  2. I love gingham quilts - I've been meaning to make one for a long time - I think it's such a simple but striking design - very homey, but kind of modern with the large squares. Sorry about your flannel problems - I'm familiar with them, sadly :D And one of the reasons I wash every fabric before using it - we can count on shrinkage happening, but we can't count on exactly HOW it will happen!

    1. You can definitely count on flannel shrinkage.

  3. Wow.. aren't you the busy bee! I love the blanket you made, it seems like it came out just fine. Your caramels look delicious.. my fave candy.

    *H*A*P*P*Y* *H*A*L*L*O*W*E*E*N*!*

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. The bags looks great! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts Bag It!

  5. Your throw turned out gorgeous! And I love you QAYG bags. Beautiful work.

  6. I love the idea of s gingham quilt - and the reality is gorgeous! I really like the colours f the zippy pouches - they go together really well! Xx. Hope you are surviving work . I have six days leave to talent the end of the year so I've taken the next six Wednesdays! Temporary part time - I'm so excited!

  7. Wow! Everything looks GREAT! I specially love the purple bag colors! Caramels look yummy!


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