04 Feb

Another Bag!

Yes, there was more of the wacky Japanese/Anime/Tokidoki style fabric!

Daughter liked the more cutesy one with pink; son likes black, white, and red, natch; but I couldn’t pass up red-heads with peace signs and punky checkerboards.

I had no idea what I was going to make with it since neither kid would lay claim to the fabric, and I couldn’t handle a whole blouse made of it. But then my new focus mitts for kickboxing arrived and the fabric grocery bag I had been toting all my gear in was now too small.

So, last Tuesday morning, I whipped up this extra long tote, big enough for my gloves, paddles, and mitts, plus a pocket at each end for hand wraps and my water bottle. I lined the bag for extra stability too. Best part is, it used up nearly all the fabric, so with the total of four and a half yards of crazy fabrics, I only have about a yard and a half of my son’s left, minus the lining fabric and coordinating bits for the kids’ bags — which means my stash remains pretty much stable!

01 Nov

My Happy Students

Once a week I teach a beginning patchwork and quilting class at my local city park. Last session we made a sampler quilt. This session I wanted the students to have a little more instant gratification. I posted about the projects here.

And the gratification is paying off. Dez made her tote in class and then went home and used the concepts learned to make a bigger one to carry all her fabrics in (yeah, I know — it’s been a while since my entire stash fit in one bag).

Kathleen’s tote is her favorite color. She was skeptical about the pillow since one of her fabrics was pretty slippery and giving her fits. But she bounced in this morning soooo pleased with the finished product!

Jason is my repeat student. He’s almost completed his sampler and is now collecting quilt patterns and fabric for future projects. We’re pretty sure everyone on his christmas gift list will be getting either a filled tote, or a pillow!

We started our table runners today and I am so excited with the variety. They’re going to be great!

11 Jul

Class Projects

Last spring I taught a sampler quilt class at my local park (Ho’ae’ae Park). In August I will hopefully teach another beginner class. This time I’m thinking that small projects featuring many of the same skills will work as well and give students a better chance at finishing them. To that end, I’ve been making up class samples to show off at the park office.

Fat Quarter Friendly Small Tote

First will be a small lined tote, perfect for a Hostess gift. It can be made from four fat quarters (that are always so tempting at the fabric store, and often already bundled in nice color combos). Students will learn basic rotary cutting skills and strip piece fabrics to make the patched “piano keys” strip at the top of the bag.

Aloha Scraps Pillow

Next we’d move on to an easy way to piece triangles and make this quilted pillow cover. If students have a pile of scraps, just one solid can pull them together — or the pillow would look great in two colors. In addition to making triangles, this is a good size project to practice machine quilting on, and the edge is bound just like a large quilt.

Mod Log Cabin Table Runner

Finally, we’ll make my “signature” project, the Mod Log Table Runner. I love log cabin blocks and think that because of their versatility, every quilter needs to have at least a little experience recognizing and making them. This project needn’t be super accurate until the borders are added, and reinforces those quilting and binding skills.

So, if you or anyone you know is on the Central to Leeward side of Oahu and would like to learn to make these projects, keep your eyes open for the Parks and Recreation schedule in August.