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Charm Pack Tote

Charm pack tote

I decided to take the advice of other quilters online and buy a charm pack of a collection of fabric before buying yardage. I purchased a Sunnyside charm pack and got to work on making something with it. I found a couple good tutorialsย (and here) on making tote bags and took the general construction information and designed my own.

Charm pack tote

I used fusible fleece and quilting it in vertical straight lines with a variegated thread that I found matched very well. I love how it turned out, however I think the handles are a touch too long and it gives the tote more of a beach bag feel. Plus the bag is huge. I wanted a weekender sized bag, I need to pack a lot of stuff when I go places okay?! I also added an old plastic place mat on the bottom between the liner and outer panel to help give the bag some structure.

Charm pack tote

I love this bag and loved getting a look at the prints in this line of fabric!! Plus there are a TON of ideas online on what to use charm packs for, so I think I’ll do this again in the future when I see a whole line of fabric I love.


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My Heartthrob quilt is finished! I’m so excited about having this quilt done, it was very fun to work on but its even better to use! I had a hard time deciding how to quilt it, I didn’t want to take away from the pattern, and I wanted it to look modern. I found a good tutorial on concentric circle quilting and went to work quilting circles 2″ apart from each other.


I used an IKEA print for the back and I was only planning on using that fabric alone, but I stared and stared at it for ever looking for a repeat on my two cut pieces and for the life of me could not manage to find one! I pieced some scraps together from the front of the quilt and made a column to join my two backing pieces. I’ll try to get that matching backing pieces thing down in the future ๐Ÿ™‚


I need to get some better pictures of this quilt, but this is what I have for now…these are taken in the shade and I think the colors pop a little more in the sun.

I did learn a lot in finishing this quilt, for example I ran out of basting spray right at the start of basting, and I don’t own any basting pins…so as an alternative to both of those methods I looked online and found a herringbone quilt basting tutorialย ย which I decided is a lost art!! I hand basted this entire quilt with normal thread and was surprised at how easy it was and also how much I enjoyed going over my whole quilt by hand before I quilted it. It sure makes spray basting seem miraculously fast, but I don’t really like the chemicals in the spray or how much it costs. ย As I used the herringbone method I thought about all the women from history who relied on this method before safety pins were invented, it made me feel self-reliant and resourceful! I probably won’t do it every time, but I’d like to do it for the majority or my quilts going forward ๐Ÿ™‚


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Deck-ade the halls – Stockings

This is what happens when I’m trying to get something done as fast as possible and skip over the details such as fabric direction, block direction etc.

Here is the improved version, but I had to leave the red fabric upside down as it was already cut and sewn upside down and I really didn’t feel like wasting it by cutting some more.

Deck-ade the halls by Mdcy9

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Deck-ade the halls – Vintage Ornaments

Deck-ade the halls by Mdcy9
Deck-ade the halls, a photo by Mdcy9 on Flickr.

Here is the next block in the Fat Quarter Shop QAL! This one turned out so cute, I love it! It did seem to take me forever to finish, definitely the smallest piecing I’ve done, especially compared to the large scale Heartthrob top I’ve been working on. But well worth it because these ornaments turned out adorably ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m excited to get going on the next couple blocks of this quilt, now that the smallest blocks are out of the way.

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Test driving triangles

Test driving triangles by Mdcy9
Test driving triangles, a photo by Mdcy9 on Flickr.

This is a pillow cover I made to break in my new triangle template. I want to make a big quilt with bigger triangles so I thought I should practice on something smaller first ๐Ÿ™‚ I learned some good lessons, like not sewing too wide a seam allowance over those points or else they disappear! Also to be careful because these guys are cut on the bias and they can stretch out quite a bit. The fabric is Cameo by Amy Butler and Free Spirit Designer Solids in Chamois. I’m so excited about doing more with triangles!


Heartthrob – a work in progress

This is my newest project, the pattern is called Heartthrob and I found it over at Lella Boutique.ย 

As soon as I saw the pattern I thought it would be perfect for the Honey Honey fabric by Kate Spain my Mom gave me a few months ago. When she gave it to me she said she wanted to give me some girly fabric because I’m surrounded by boys in my little family ๐Ÿ™‚

The top is mostly finished, I just have to complete the borders and decided what type of backing and binding to use. I’m really excited about getting this one finished!

The hearts came together easily and I loved working with this larger scale pattern it was so much fun!



Sisters’ Ten Block of the Month (Jan-Jun)

I started my first Block of the Month in January, Anne Marie from Gen X Quilters is hosting it this year and I loved the modern layout of this quilt ! I’ve enjoyed every month and have learnt a great deal about different techniques like Half Square Triangles and Hourglass blocks as well as accurate 1/4″ seams. I was not aware at the beginning of the year I was NOT sewing with a 1/4″ foot, so I’m going to have to do some adjustments when I put the quilt together ๐Ÿ™‚ Here are the first 6 months of blocks:ย 

These are the January blocks, and my first experience with Flickr and taking pictures of quilting ๐Ÿ˜€

February blocks, one of my favorite months

March block, called School Girls Puzzle…it’s my favorite block so far!

And April, Lady of the Lake

This is May – As I went to square up HST’s I notice they were WAY smaller than the instructions said they should be and I noticed I cut out the 9″ sized block ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I usually pick out the fabric for one block, cut some of it out and sew some of it etc. and this month I decided to cut it ALL out first and then sew it all at once. Arg, so annoying I cut everything out too small, it was so de-motivating…I decided to just sew a white border around these blocks to fit them in with the rest of the quilt as opposed to starting over and cutting the right 12″ size.

June block – didn’t pay attention to the dot direction on the 2nd block, so aggravating, but I’m not going to change it, just going to chalk it up to ‘added character’

So that’s it, my January – June blocks ๐Ÿ™‚