Probably My Favorite

My favorite bag to make is the Weekender bag by Amy Butler.  I have made a tula pink scrappy one and a constellations one  in the past and they both get heavily used!

I wanted to make my sister a little something for her birthday.  This girl has THE BEST wardrobe and has more clothes and accessories than anyone I ever met.  Shopping and clothes are her thing.  Because of this, I don’t always like to give her clothes.  She has one of my first ever quilts (it’s a trainwreck. Trust me) and loads of zippy pouches.  But nothing as fabulous as the weekender bag.
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Initially, I wanted to make her a bag to take to work to replace the ratty old image011/12/27/some-christmas-gifts-part-1/”>laptop bag I made her a few years ago.  I forget how big the weekender is, and made it anyway.  A little too large to be a everyday work tote, but days she needs to bring along more, it will be great.

I used some of the last of my Alison Glass Lucky Penny prints.  I didn’t go the scrappy route on this one, but I did still quilt (and used duck instead of interfacing) It stood very nicely and had the structure needed to be a great looking bag.
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Thanks, Lindsay, for sending me some pictures.  Being the rock star blogger that I am, I gave it to her without taking a single picture of the finished bag!  Oops!

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Lots of Projects, Means Lots of Project Bags

As I mentioned in my last post, there has been a lot of knitting happening around here while we were adjusting to life with a new baby in the house.

But as any quilter/knitter understands: if you start another project, you need another bag.

So my biggest WIP right now is a blue sand cardigan…which is ginormous! So I needed a good sized bag to keep it in. It needed to be big enough for all the things I need for the sweater (extra yarn, notions, the sweater itself) but also small enough to travel with.

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I saw on Instagram that Happy Zombie had recently made an oversized box bag using a tutorial from sew it all tv. I modified the pattern as she did to make it large sized. (She has all the dimensions on her blog)

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It was the perfect size for everything I needed, and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. And even better, I used some of my precious fabric and now I see it everyday instead of folded away!

Now to just get the sweater finished…..

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Catching Up On Some Knit Finishes

So I don’t always share knit projects around here.  After all this is a quilting blog.  But every once in a while I like to share a bunch of my knits. I feel like there has been a lot more knitting lately.  By the end of the day if I don’t have a quilt order that I have to work on, I just want to sit and knit. I’ll go ahead and blame that on two kids!

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These plain vanilla socks were my travel project since there was no pattern or anything. Yarn was some fingering from indie dyer Lynai Yarns. I love her yarns and am quite happy with my collection of her color ways!

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I started these socks May of 2012! I have no clue why they were on needles for so long. I love them and so happy they are done and in my sock drawer rotation now!

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I made Mr. Fox (small stole size) as a commissioned project. He turned out so adorable! The pattern was so well written, making him very enjoyable to knit up!

More info on all my knit work (yarn and patterns) can be found on my ravelry page

Later this week, when I can get out for pictures, I’ll share all about some new shawls I worked up for the fall. See, I told you my needles have been busy lately!

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Thank you to everyone who entered the Olfa Birthday Celebration giveaway! It was so funny to hear how most quilters started with scissors and templates for their first quilts and wouldn’t have ever made another if it wasn’t for the rotary cutter.

And welcome to all the new readers of KD-Quilts.  I hope to get to know you all.  So leave comments, hop on over to Instagram and chat!  I love to talk quilting and knitting, and love to make new friends in this awesome crafty community that we have!

Now onto our winner….

 

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Olfa’s Birthday Celebration!


Happy birthday, Olfa! #olfa35
The rotary cutter. This simple little tool was (and still is) a life changer. 35 years ago, the quilting world was rocked and things became much more simple and accurate thanks to that little circle blade.

When I made my first quilt, I didn’t know if I would be quilting long, so I didn’t want to invest in a rotary cutter. Instead, I made my rectangle cardboard template and cut each rectangle with a pair of scissors. Ugh! I’m thankful fabric doesn’t have to be cut that way today!

When the lovely folks at Olfa asked if I would like to help celebrate their birthday, I was ecstatic! Help celebrate 35 years of my favorite sewing tool? Of course!! Part of the birthday celebration includes some bloggers making a block inspired by the rotary cutter. I was inspired by the trimmings that it creates. I love a big pile of tiny little bits of fabric!

Using the frosted 6.5 inch ruler and my trusty rotary cutter, I cut one inch x six inch strips of fabric in the colors of the cutter:gray, black and yellow.
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The strips got randomly sewn together.

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Now as we quilters do, chop up the freshly sewn piece into more pieces and resew. Keep going until it’s the size you want, then trim square.

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Add a white border to the left and right, then top and bottom. I don’t measure strips, I just use scraps and trim down to my pieced square. I made my block 6.5 inches, but you can make this whatever size you want.

 

Now onto super exciting things……Olfa has offered to give away a surprise package similar to the one here. It’s not this exact set, but will still be wonderful!!

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::To enter::

*leave a comment telling me about cutting out your fist quilt.

*for a bonus entries, follow the blog, follow KD-Quilts on Facebook or Instagram and leave a separate comment for each place you follow.

Giveaway will remain open until 8pm Friday July, 25. Winner will be selected via random number and the winners information will be passed along to Olfa. Good luck!

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Summer Patchwork Series:a new all day bag for me

Today I’m over at Elison Lane talking about my new bag as part of her Summer Patchwork Series.

 

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Now that I have two kids, I need a lot of stuff when I head out for the day.  This just meant I needed to make a versitle, super large tote. I’ve tested it out, PERFECT for the beach!

I love that it can be cross body, or carried by the handles. The softer (not interfaced) patchwork top easily flops over or folds down if I want to be using the tote as a project bag. When it’s folded down it really opens the bag up to see what’s inside.

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So head over to Elison Lane for a little more on this bag. And while you are there be sure to check out all of the other inspiring patchwork projects in the series. There are some crazy talented ladies sharing their gorgeous projects! Thank you, Jennifer for having me!
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A Must Read

So, by now I’m sure that most all of you have seen the book by John Adams (also known as quilt dad) titled Beyond Neutral.  Just in case you haven’t seen this yet, let me tell you, it’s a good one.

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John gathered his inspiration from nature, dividing the book into some element of the earth and a few quilts it inspired. Seriously, there are some fabulous designs in this book! John has done a great job with every detail of this book giving such easy instructions for the patterns.

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And I might be a little bit biased, but I think the Half Moon Bay quilt is my favorite….

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Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to read and plan my next project. I’m thinking Triton Cove looks fun…Maybe with some of my stashed Tula Pink….

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A Nursery…or a little closer to one….

 

Anchor QWe weren’t sure if we would be moving or not before our new little guy was born, so decorating his nursery was low on the list of things to get done.  And now that he’s here, it’s even lower on the list!  But even if it’s not decorated like I want it to be, at least he has a  couple of quilts to brighten up his space.

He has his alphabet quilt made by the members of my MQG draped on his glider, and now he has his mommy made quilt too.

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I used a pattern called Lemon Pepper that one of my friends passed along to me.  It was so nice to use a pattern.  When you’re nine months pregnant, then finishing when you have a newborn in the house, quilt math is the LAST thing you want to think about!

I decided it was super busy, so I wanted to add an anchor appliqué.  Unfortunately, I COULD NOT decide if it should go on the front or back.  I asked instagram and Facebook and everyone was split.  So I dI’d the only obvious thing, put it on both sides!  

 

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*disclaimer:  everyone has a lot of opinions on parenting, and that’s fine.  I wanted to say that I don’t put anything in the crib while my baby is in there, that’s just what I’m comfortable with.  The quilt was draped over for photos.  That said, please keep all items in the crib discussions to yourself.  Thanks!  

 

 

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Nine Months until Perfection

Yup.  It’s been quiet around here.  Well, quiet on the blog at least, at home, not so much.  We have been busy adjusting to life as a family if four and soaking in as many sweet baby cuddles as we can!

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And this lucky little guy has the BEST quilt that was made for him!  The ladies of the VBMQG surprised me with an amazing quilt that they all worked on.  Knowing that I love Tula Pink, they used her modern alphabet pattern (and lots of Tula prints too!) and gifted the most perfectly sized quilt!

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This quilt will be so wonderful for all those late night feedings, you better believe that I’ll be snuggled under it as well!!

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Clover Sunshine Plus Quilt

Clover Sunshine Quilt made by KD-Quilts

Finally.  I can finally show this quilt off!  My guild had decided that we wanted to support one of our members and have a challenge using only her fabrics.  So over the past six months, members of the VBMQG were using Alison Glass’ Clover Sunshine (and any other Alison prints people wanted to use) and created some gorgeous quilts.  Check out #vbmqg on instagram or the VBMQG facebook page to see some of the other quilts. 
Clover Sunshine Cross quilt by KD-Quilts

I chose to use some of the Alison Glass blenders along with Clover Sunshine to make a cross/plus quilt.  While it’s not an original quilt, or even a challenging quilt, it is something that I always wanted to make and these fabrics were just screaming to me to become a plus quilt

Swirls and Flowers Quilting

I quilted swirls and some pointy flowers, to sort of mimic some of Alison’s flowers in the favorites print in Clover Sunshine.Clover Sunshine Crosses by KD-QuiltsI used my binding machine for the first time on this quilt.  I must say, it was super fast not having to iron all the binding and it came out WAY better than any of my binding in the past.  I am officially a fan of that Simplicity Binding Machine!
Clover Sunshine Quilt with Copper photobombAnd camera hog Copper couldn’t let me outside taking pictures of a quilt without posing for the camera as well!  He’s a natural!

 

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