piano bag

My daughter started piano lessons this past week which is exciting to me for several reasons and one of those reasons is that I get to make her a new bag for her piano books.  Not that we don't already have half a dozen handmade tote bags sitting around the house.

So last night at around 2am when I was up with the baby who is a little congested and is not dealing with it very well, I took advantage of the quiet house and put the baby in his bassinet in my sewing room.
inside out bag
I used the Inside Out Bag tutorial on the Purl Bee and I am very pleased with the result.  It was quick, easy, and different from anything I have ever made.  

Painfully I used one of my absolute favorite prints for the pockets.  It is from Cotton and Steel's Cookie Book collection and it is just the right amount of girly without being pink (my daughter is not into pink these days, but this print does also actually come in pink).  The body of the bag is yarn dyed Essex linen in black (available here) and the bias tape (which I did not cut on the bias) is Essex linen in aqua (available here).  
inside out bag
I did find that the larger pocket gaped a little too much, so I added a small piece of velcro after the bag was finished.  
inside out bag
The Cookie Book print had this adorable (and accurate) quote on the selvage which I added it to the interior of the bag.  

And if you take a close look at the photo above you might notice something that I didn't notice when I was making it at 2am: one of the handles is black and one is navy blue.  I was so pleased that I had enough cotton webbing on hand for the handles, but in the poor lighting conditions I thought they were both black.  Oops.  Maybe I can pretend I did it on purpose.  

Super Simple Curiosities Quilt (with tutorial and a tip about basting with voile)

Have you seen Jeni Baker's new collection, Curiosities?  It is adorable and so when Art Gallery asked me to make a little something with it, I was pretty excited.  
super simple curiosities quilt

super simple curiosities quilt
I knew that I wanted to make a quilt that would really show off the fabrics so I thought it was a great opportunity to put together a tutorial for a beginner quilt.  And of course this quilt isn't just for beginners, it is also a great quick project.  

Double Pinwheel Quilt

These blocks have sitting on my blocks for entirely too long and I finally got some time this week to put them together.  They are the February do. Good Stitches blocks from the Wish Circle.  I requested double pinwheel blocks using this tutorial in pinks, yellows, oranges, and purples.
February do. Good Stitches
I experimented with quilting clamshells all over on the quilt which went much better than I expected considering that I haven't done any free motion quilting in ages.  
quilter in training
I also machine stitched the binding down.  I don't love doing it, but I have decided that for quilts that are donated, it is more durable.  This was my best attempt so far so practicing must be making a difference!
machine binding
This quilt will be donated to Project Linus.  

School starts next week and it will just be this guy with me at home:
august in august
I feel a little bad about how excited I am, except the kids seem even more excited. 

Quilt Tower

This weekend my brother and his wife came to stay with us which required me to do some tidying up in the guest room.
quilt tower
And at the end of the tidying up process, I had this pile of never-been-used quilts on the dresser.  I love making quilts, and I love making quilts for people that are in my life, but sometimes I make something just to make something.  

So I'm going to try something new.  I am listing all of the quilts that are available here, and if you are interested you can email me (kitchentablequilting@gmail.com) and make me a offer.  

I know that some people rely on their income from selling their quilts, and that certainly does help me be able to continue making quilts, but the more important thing to me is that they go to someone that will love them.  Right now they are not getting used and quilts should be used.  

Small World Baby Quilt

It's so funny how now that I have a new baby and the kids are home from school for the summer, when I have so very little free time, I have my sewing motivation back.  Even though I haven't been able to sew very much, I have been able to squeeze in a little this week while the kids have been at camp in the morning.

small world quilt

This is actually exactly like a quilt that I made for Studio E that I will be sharing next month, only the colors are completely different, but the great thing about a quilt like this is that different colors make a completely different quilt.
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