This was a flex frame Christmas. Or what I mean to say is I made lots of flex frame pouches this year for Christmas gifts. It’s really kind of addicting. Once I figured out a pattern it was hard for me to leave them alone.
When I was trying to decide what to make that would be fast, easy and fun I always start with zip pouches. The friends who have known me for a long time however have zip pouches. I do like to make them. I find them useful and it helps me feel organized.
This year I remembered seeing some flex frame tutorials and thought this might be fast and easy. I read a few tutorials that I found on the internet and then searched for flex frames. My friend Amazon of course had many sources for flex frames. My confusion was that they were all given in metric measurements. I used a converter tool to see what size they really were in inches and bought a package of 30. I knew that I would make several for Christmas and I had an event in January that I could use them for and then would still have a few left for future projects.
When I got the frames the first step was to create a pattern. The first one I decided was too deep. By the time I opened the pouch, it was hard to reach the bottom. The second time the channels for the frame were a little bit too long and wide. Once I had a pattern I cut and sewed several at one time. They were so cute it was hard to stop. I have about 6 more to make this week and then I think I’m done for a bit and ready to get back to finishing several more baby quilts that I’ve started and put aside.
Babies seem to be the theme here and this was a quilt for my niece. She had the first little boy in my brother’s family. Exciting times for sure!.
The daddy is involved in crew and repairing boats etc. so I really wanted to use some water themed fabric and I loved this Offshore line of fabric by Deena Rutter for Riley Blake The colors and the variety of prints really appealed. Of course there were a few other things I included for the new baby. I made some burp rags with appliques and also a tag blanket.
I’ve probably made at least 100 zipper pouches in the past few years and they are fun to make. There are many zipper pouches in my life because I really like to have all the parts and pieces of things together. These two pouches were made specifically for a little power bank for recharging tech items like phones or tablets. It has a tiny cord for charging the device. If you have an iPhone then you may need an additional cord as well.
In my life, if they’re not both in one place I have trouble finding them and I hate to waste my time looking for those things. These were both gifts and the recipients were both pleased. Score another one for me.
More babies are coming. I’ve made a number of baby quilts and things in 2016 and already working on the first ones for 2017. I do like making baby things because they are fast and I can try different patterns and colors. I can then pass it on but I never really know if they will be used and most often I don’t hear anything or see them being used. Occasionally, I do hear that a quilt I’ve made is an important part of the bedtime routine. Once it’s out of my hands whatever will be will be but it’s nice to know it’s appreciated.
This quilt and the tag blanket and pacifier clips were for a surprise baby. The baby is anxiously being waited for by the family.
2017, Here I come and hard to believe. I’m working on cleaning up my office, updating websites and more. It seems like the end of 2016 was busy and I did lots of sewing.
One of the things I made was a couple of table runners. I love this log cabin pattern made with an Accuquilt die and I’ve used it for several different sample blocks. I’m looking forward to making a quilt from it this year.
For now this is all I’m going to post.. I’m still searching for photos. I guess I haven’t been as organized about that as I thought.
I didn’t realize how long it’s been since I’ve been here. I’ll start now and add a few more posts later in the week. It’s supposed to be a very hot few days here so this should be a good time to get caught up again.
The most current project has been an apron for my son’s girlfriend. She is a cat lover and when I saw this pattern for a cat apron I knew it was the perfect choice for her. She also cooks a lot so it should be useful as well. As with all first time projects, this took longer than I expected and when you start at 11 at night there is bound to be some un-sewing as well. It was fun however and I did enjoy the project.
The Farmers Wife 1930’s is a sampler quilt book written by Laurie Hurd. There are quilt blocks and letters from farm wife’s that were written in the 1930’s and compiled to make a quilt.
There are always “quilt alongs” on the web and this one seems to be popular this fall and winter. The coordinator of the one that I am doing is Angie at Gnomeangel.com Each week since the end of September she has released two or three blocks for any one that wants to join and you can choose your own fabrics/colors and sew it your way. She has been great at giving several options on ways to cut and sew the blocks each week. Not only does she have many bloggers involved with tutorials, there is also a Facebook page and an Instagram hashtag so you can follow and see what others all over the world are doing. It’s been great fun to see the different colors and skills and learn some new tricks. It’s also been great practice for me learning to cut and sewing accurately and consistently. This has been met with moderate success on my part. I keep reminding myself that it doesn’t have to be perfect and I’m learning and practicing and each one will get better. I do find it’s better if I can sew more often. This fall I’ve had mixed success with that as well. I hope that now we’ve arrived in January, I’ll have the time and inclination to catch up. I’ve decided to do mine in somewhat of a rainbow theme but most likely it will be a bit “scrappy” because I decided I need to use fabric that I have on hand and not purchase more new fabric. It’s been fun and I’m now headed back to the machine!
Christmas sewing is done. I guess that’s good because it’s the 2nd of January 2016! Each year the holidays feel like it’s coming more quickly.
This has been a calmer year in many ways. I got the “crud” at Thanksgiving and just wasn’t able to shake if so have spent most of the vacation sleeping and doing only what needed to be done. Nice to feel like I have the time for that but oh the plans I had. Looks like I have a new year to carry out all those unfinished projects.
Christmas sewing included some small projects. I made some doll clothes for my niece’s daughter.
I also made some patchwork bibs to save those pretty dress clothes.
Sons girlfriend is a cat lover so I made her a cat pillowcase and a cat key fob. This was a fun project.
Of course there was the ever popular pajama pants for the daughters.
And niece #2 just shared she is having a baby at the beginning of June so I tried a new receiving blanket pattern. This was fun too.
There were several other things that I forgot to take pictures of but it was a fun and low stress sewing season here.
My sewing machine and I will spend some quality “bonding” time together I can spend some time making quilt blocks for a 1930’s Farmers Wife Quilt. Onward 2016..
More babies. It certainly is that time for many young families. I had the pleasure of making one more baby gift before I start on the Christmas sewing. One of middle daughters good friends recently had a baby and she assured me that this friend would treasure a quilt for her new baby because no one in her family did those kinds of things.
I do like to make baby quilts. The are usually fun to make, I can try new things and it doesn’t need to be perfect. This quilt fit all of those criteria. To begin with the white fabric that I planned on using needed to be replaced when I started to sew. It was so cheap looking compared to the rest of the fabrics I just couldn’t use it. Well, I suppose I could have but it didn’t look right. I was also starting to feel a bit pressured because I knew the baby was coming and would likely be early and I seemed to be quite busy with work so didn’t feel like sewing in the evening. I started to cut the strips to use in the die cutter and made several of the strips too narrow. I could have made them work but knew the fabric was more likely to stretch when I cut the shapes. I finally got everything cut, started to sew and changed my mind on the arrangement so had to recalculate and sew some more.I decided the colors of the fabric that I was going to use on the back wouldn’t look good so I went shopping again. Yes, some of the pieces did stretch and it didn’t lay very flat when I was done piecing the top. After quilting however, and washing. It looks fine, I love the colors and I know the mom and baby will not care if all the points don’t match and it’s not perfect. It will keep the baby warm or be a good quilt to put on the floor and work fine that way too.
The bib was made to try a new quilting pattern. That worked fine too and all have been mailed and received by the new mom.
Minions and pin cushions were next on the list. A friend saw the orange Minion pillow cases and wanted a blue one for her college age daughter. It was fun to make and I added a little coin purse. This fabric was great quality and had a great feel to it so it was fun to sew.
Next was a pin cushion for a friend. After reading about other folks using this pattern I was hesitant and I procrastinated it took me a long time to make it. When I was done, I realized there were several things I could have done differently had I known but it turned out OK and wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it might be. A win for sure.