Friday, June 24, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Yeehaw a new project bag is finished! I made a raggy project bag several years ago that has seen A LOT of use so when I got some new rag dies for my Accuquilt Go! I decided to test them out! Aren't those rag appliques so cute?! I just love them. This is the front of the bag and it is large enough to carry your rotary cutting mat to class. My last bag was a little bit smaller than this and I frequently wished it was a bit bigger so when I was re-designing the bag I decided to do just that.
I also used the rectangular die to make the bag gusseted instead of flat. I frequently wish my original bag could hold more and the rectangular die was just the perfect width for the bag.
Here's the back of the bag and if you can enlarge the photo you can see the purposes for those pockets! The long pocket holds my 6" x 24" ruler and the other pockets hold other rulers, notions and my rotary cutter. These really allow me to be organized with my tools for classes. Aren't they cute?
See the fringe along the outside of the back? I also figured out how to cut that with my Go! rag dies - so no hand fringing! Yey! I am working on a video for this though so the tutorial will be video format instead of written here - so stayed tuned for that one!
I hope you like my bag! Any comments or questions please feel free to leave them here since I love to hear your thoughts!
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Can you guess what I have been working on today from this photo? I bet you can't - well - maybe you can you never know!
I used my Accuquilt Go! large rag die and the NEW rag applique dies to piece together this little beauty. It will look so pretty once it is washed - but - I am not finished yet!!! There is more to come and more in the works. Aren't those rag appliques wonderful? I have done rag applique ONE other time and I swore I never would again but when Accuquilt came out with these I fell instantly in love.
Instead of batting in the middle, I am using a great tip from a friend, and, I am using Osnaburg which really adds to the fringe. You can usually find it at your fabric stores. I cut it with my Go! and layer it between the flannel. Easy peesy.
So can you guess what it is?
Monday, June 13, 2011
So I decided to redeem myself with out quilt guild challenge! I grabbed my challenge package and decided to try out a new, to me, method - the half hexi method. This is a really neat method that allows you to make hexagons without any y-seams - cool huh?
Anyways, I grabbed my Go! cutter and my 2.5" strip die and cut all the fabrics into 2.5" strips.
Then I used a half hexi paper template and cut the 2.5" strips into half hexis. Sewed the pieces into strips and then sewed the rows together. Easy peesy!
The Missouri Star Quilt Co. does make nice Plexiglas ruler to make these that is inexpensive. You can see the ruler in action here. I did try to purchase this ruler, to make life easier, but, when I went to check out the shipping was $15.00 for a $5.00 ruler! Needless to say I canceled the order. I really feel that was just way too much in shipping - even by half ;-)
Here it is all together and quilted. I really like how this turned out and how the rayon thread looks across the fabrics. You can click on the photo to see it larger. All in all I am very happy with how this turned out and that I did go back and complete the challenge even after I plunged ahead without reading the instructions ;-)
In other news - this weekend I spent the whole weekend in a fitness studio doing my Zumba 1 and Zumba Gold certifications - fun stuff! Now to practice, practice, practice! I love Zumba and I can't wait to add this to the fitness classes I teach.
PST - there is a give-away for 3 Go! dies over at Talin's Corner!
Happy Quilting everyone!!
Friday, June 10, 2011
Just a quick post to let you know about a great give-away of a Baby Go! and three dies of your choice over at Samelia's Mum blog! Run on over now and enter to win - I know I did! I absolutely love my Go! cutter and use it so much - actually much more than I thought I would when I bought it. It has rekindled my love for rag quilts and applique again.
I have a much longer blog post coming later but for now this give-away was too good not to share ;-)
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