Posts by Jennie

Simple Scrappy Sampler {Week 11}

Buzzard's-RoostSince I’m apparently having the cold that never ends, I’ve only got one block for you this week: Buzzard’s Roost. First, I was going to make this block mostly pink with the mint for the flying geese, but in my distracted cutting, I cut the squares/rectangles reversed. So, I recut the center square in mint and I think it’s a happy mistake now because I love that mint print so much.

Block 21

Here’s the cutting layout for the blocks. Alternately, PDF version can be downloaded here. Here are a couple notes on the block:

Buzzard’s Roost: I sewed slightly to the outside of the drawn line on the 2 1/2″ squares. Then, when I trimmed and pressed them they turned out more square without any excess. I will be doing this from now on.

I know this is a short post, but it’s better than nothing! Maybe I’ll even have 3 blocks next week…

As usual, if you’re sewing along, please share in the Flickr group or on Instagram with the tag #simplescrappysamplerqal.

Organization :: Craft Hutch

I’m sorry to say I don’t have any Simple Scrappy Sampler blocks today…my family spent the last week sick, so sewing wasn’t really a priority for me. I am hoping to have some by Wednesday though! But, I have been slowly cleaning and organizing my house over the last several weeks, so I wanted to share my newly re-purposed hutch with you:

HutchI used to store some cups, fancier dishes, cake plates, and the like in here. But, since those things aren’t really that important to me, I decided to store them away and get out the stuff I really use {besides, my introverted self never has company besides close friends anyway!}.

Hutch-1I put all the kids chalk, crayons, pencils and markers on top, so they’re not inclined to try to reach them, and my stickers, tapes, pens and pencils on the bottom.

Hutch-1I’ve been working on keeping things organized again this year, using my Erin Condren planner, so here are some planning supplies {because decorating the planner is half the fun!}.

Hutch-3And, of course, cute paper clips, note cards, hole punches, and the like.

Hutch-4On the lower shelf are my planners in a basket {my Erin Condren is for planning and the purple one is a gratitude journal}. The basket next to them is Norah’s sewing basket, because she already has her own fabric. Then, in the pretty bag is my Accuquit Go!Baby! which I’m excited to start using this week {the dies are next to it}. All the bags in and on the hutch are swap gifts, how fun is that?!

I’ve always been a stationery lover, and have really enjoyed the return to paper planning. This is something that is becoming more and more popular, and I’ve shared some pictures on Instagram, but is it something you’d like to see more of here? It won’t take away from the sewing posts, but rather add new posts about planners and paper crafting. Please, be honest! Hope your week is off to a good start!

Pocket Camera Case {Mini Tutorial}

Pocket-Camera-PouchSince I don’t have a smart phone {shocking I know…we try to live simply sometimes!}, I try to carry this small camera with me all the time. But, I always worry that it is going to get banged up in my purse, so I take it out, and then we go somewhere and don’t have a camera. So, this weekend, I finally made a little case.

Pocket-Camera-Pouch-1I made this pouch using two Cotton + Steel fabrics, the Jacks are from Playful and the Stars are from Mustang. I love how the colors go together perfectly, even though they’re two different collections.

Pocket-Camera-Pouch-2I made a PDF of the simple pattern pieces for you, and I used my basic zipper top to make the pouch. For the strap I used 1/2″ bias tape {not cut on the bias} and this method for the clip, and then I just sewed another loop and D-Ring into the seam. I buy my hardware from Tantalizing Stitches here.

The pattern pieces call for two kinds of interfacing. I interfaced the lining pieces with Pellon 931TD Fusible Midweight {my favorite interfacing, you can read a bit more about it here} and then the body with the Fusible Fleece that was cut smaller, so it is outside the seams {you can read a bit more about the fleece here}.

Pocket-Camera-Pouch-4I also sewed a vinyl pocket to one lining piece. I just sewed a strip of binding to the top and then zig zagged the whole pocket down. I didn’t even finish the edges of the bias tape, I just zig zagged over them a couple extra times. This way I’ll never be caught without a memory card {this happens to me quite frequently too, as I forget it is in the computer!}.

Pocket-Camera-Pouch-3Now, my new Louisa bag has a matching camera case inside! I’m really loving the bright colors and welcoming spring {our snow piles are melting!}.

I hope you enjoyed this quick little project. Do you carry a camera in your purse? Or do you just rely on your phone? Any other necessities you have with you at all times?

Simple Scrappy Sampler {Week 10}

Right-and-LeftI really love this print from Bliss, so I was glad to find a little bit different quilt block that also utilized larger pieces, but in a different way than most of the blocks I’ve done before, this one is called Right and Left.

WindowsI seem to be drawn towards paisley this week, and the Windows block is no exception. Since my quilt looks mainly blue, red, and pink, but has some other colors, I am working on broadening it out. I don’t want to get to the end and find there are two green blocks!

Block 19 and 20Here’s the cutting layout for the blocks. Alternately, PDF version can be downloaded here. Here are a couple notes on the blocks:

Right and Left: I cut my quarter square triangle (QST) blocks  to 5 1/2″ and then sewed them. Then, I marked the center of each side of the larger square and put the QST seam there, then trimmed the whole block down.

Windows: Again, I cut the QST blocks to 5 1/2″. When you cut them this way, it actually makes two of the hourglass center blocks, so I just sewed up the extra one and will make a pincushion or something. I’m sure you could figure out how not cut without making the extra block, but EQ7 wasn’t helping me and I just wanted to get it done without making a mistake.

week-10-blocksHere are the last two weeks of blocks, you can see all the older blocks here. It is funny just to see these four on my design wall, since the others are put away for now. Maybe someday I’ll have a space large enough to put more than a few blocks on the wall! But, this works great for now. And, we’re almost 1/4 of the way done {the finished, queen sized qulit, should have 85 blocks!}. Yay, I cannot believe this is really coming together. Maybe it will be finished before we move next year!

As usual, if you’re sewing along, please share in the Flickr group or on Instagram with the tag #simplescrappysamplerqal.

Bags for Quilters :: Fusible Fleece & Thermolam Plus

Fusible-ThermolamFirst, let me tell you how difficult it is to find a photo suitable for an interfacing post! Anyway, last week I shared about the interfacing and flannel method that we use on almost all our bags. There were a few comments regarding fusible fleece, and we’ve occasionally used fusible fleece for our patterns, so I wanted to share a little about it.

First, a quick mention of the difference between Fusible Fleece and Fusible Thermolam:

Fusible-FleecePellon 987FFusible Fleece is a low loft polyester fleece. One commenter said she felt the fleece loses body over time. This is because it is not very dense. I especially like fusible fleece for working with really small items, like little pouches, because it isn’t as dense, and there is little room for bulk in those items.

Fusible-Thermolam-1Pellon TP971 Fusible Thermolam Plus is an extra lofty needled fleece, so it is both thicker and denser than regular fusible fleece. Fusible Thermolam Plus is great for larger bags that will be soft without a lot of patchwork, like the Sophie beach bag. Since this bag does not have a lot of quilting and is larger, it is much easier to assemble with a layer of Fusible Thermolam Plus than it would be with a layer of interfacing and one of flannel.

Oven-MittA couple tips for working with Fusible Fleece and Thermolam Plus:

  • Set your iron on the medium or wool setting, if you’re iron is too hot the finished items might look creased or wrinkly,
  • If your product does look creased or wrinkly after you finish, use a medium iron to press again,
  • If you’re pressing a bag or pouch, use an oven mitt on your hand inside the bag or pouch to press,
  • For small items, cut the Fusible Fleece or Thermolam Plus to the size of the piece minus the seam allowance, this avoids bulk in the seams.

sophie-beach-bagHere’s a look a the Sophie beach bag, which uses Fusible Thermolam Plus. I hope this has helped you decide if Fusible Fleece or Thermolam Plus is the right interfacing for your project! You can read about our favorite interfacing and flannel combo here, or about ByAnnie’s Soft and Stable here, for more info.

Do you have any more questions about interfacing? Unless there are some other interfacing specific questions, we’ll be moving on to some more techniques in our Bags for Quilters series next week. Let us know what you’d like to learn about.