Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Recycling "extra" quilt fabric into bags

To be able to match the border pattern in Molly's quilt, I had bought extra fabric (Molly's quilt was made for a friend's 35th birthday in 2010, with Julie Paschkis fabric I had found in a quilt shop in Michigan). It's a fabric that I still absolutely LOVE, and I finally found something to do with it: Another shoulder bag! I think it came out super-cute. It's a little bit larger than the shoulder bag that I made last month. This one has a pair of inside pockets, a magnetic closure on the flap, and "feet".
"Molly Bag", by Holly

Little Mr. Aerie Parrot sometimes like to sew with us. Here he is "helping" his Grandma-bird. Despite lots of input from him on the fabric selection and sewing, she managed to start and finish this pillow case in one evening(1) -- which is another "extra" quilt fabric recycling project.
Aerie Parrot and Mom sewing a pillow case, 8/24/2016.
And finally, we are making lots of shopping bags, which go together quite quickly now that we're familiar with the pattern. They are fully lined, with straps that go completely around. We're mostly using our long stored away "trash fabric" (cotton/polyesters), which should wash and wear well.
Shopping bag made by Holly.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

We are WINNERS! ;-)

This year we (Mom and I) finally 'got our act together' and entered some of our projects in our Solano County Fair, which was held July 27-31, 2016 in Vallejo, CA:
This year's Fair theme: Play It Again Solano!
Holly with her quilted Owls vest (on right), which won a 1st Place ribbon.

Mom's black-and-white pieced jacket won a 3rd Place ribbon.

Holly's pieced Owls jacket won a 2nd Place ribbon.
Mom's Sunshine & Flowers quilted wall-hanging won a 3rd Place ribbon.
Holly's All-About-Birds T-shirt quilt. Each birding T-shirt is surrounded by a coordinating bird-themed fabric. The quilting is a bit distracting (although it looks better in person) ... but, I think I will have future T-shirt quilts long-arm quilted a bit differently.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Long-awaited finished bag project

After a long absence from sewing, I felt inspired this weekend to work on some quilted bag projects. My Mom had purchased and started this kit, about ten years ago, and today I finally finished it (another UFO converted to a FO!). I quite like the pattern (once I figured out the crazy directions) and may make more of these!
A large purse-sized bag, with three exterior pockets in each side.

The interior has one side with pockets, divided into three sections. Next time I might add some zippered pockets, and/or pockets on both sides.

The button is a whimsical piece out of fused glass, with lots of black knobs all around.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

1920's Wedding Ring Quilt

My coworker and cubicle neighbor (i.e., the person I spend the most time with!) is getting married this May, so when she decided on a vintage black-and-white 1920's themed wedding I immediately started looking for a historic quilt pattern. We have a large stash of patterns, which we keep in binders using hole-punched sheet protectors (a storage tip for other pattern-hoarding quilters out there!). So this one entitled "Wedding Ring" of course jumped out at me.

"Wedding Ring" vintage quilt pattern.
Upon further research this vintage pattern is also called "Crown-of-Thorns", and was made as far back as the early 1800s. And, I found a number of these "Wedding Ring" quilts that had been made in the 1920s, on The Quilt Index (examples here, here, and here).
Robert Kaufman fabric line "Beau Monde"
Her other wedding theme is feathers (in lieu of flowers), so the art deco inspired "Beau Monde" fabric line by Robert Kaufman also caught my eye. My Mom and I made a special trip to our nearby quilt store, Cotton Patch, in Lafayette, CA to pick out the remaining coordinating fabrics from this line. The white and black fabrics in the blocks have metallic-shimmer polka dots, similar to what's in the feather fabric. The black border and binding is a matte black.

Six months and many, many tiny triangles later (!), the quilt is now finished:
Art deco "Wedding Ring" quilt, by Holly Jessop, May 2016. Blocks are 10" and the quilt measures about 75" x 75".
Art deco "Wedding Ring" quilt, by Holly Jessop, May 2016. Blocks are 10" and the quilt measures about 75" x 75".
Quilt label (with imagery taken from wedding announcement), and gift bag.
I gave Carla & Joseph their quilt as a workplace wedding shower gift on May 11, 2016:
Workplace wedding shower May 11, 2016.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Art Nouveau Quilt For a 50th Birthday

A friend turned fifty recently, which deserves a special memento! At the last Pacific International Quilt Show in Santa Clara, CA this fabric collection caught my eye as a perfect fit for her -- and the result is her 50th birthday present:
Art Nouveau bed quilt for Emily's 50th birthday, 2015. Quilted by New Pieces, Berkeley, CA.
The quilt is composed of a center panel that is surrounded by several borders -- with the corners of the last two borders mitered. If I had to do it again, I would do blunt corners throughout (the peacock figure in the last border ended up not lending itself well to mitering). Also, I had originally wanted custom feather quilting in the cream second border, but unfortunately got talked into just an all-over quilt design at the quilting shop. But, even with these learning experiences, I still think it's quite a glamorous and beautiful quilt(!). The hand of the fabric with the wool bat is luxurious feeling.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Carquinez Strait Stitchers Quilt Show

My Mom and I finally had some quilts in our hometown quilt show: The Carquinez Strait Stitchers "Spring On The Straits", 2-3 May 2015, at the Benicia Clocktower! Each quilt was shown with a brief story attached.

1- My Mom entered her "Home Sweet Home": "A project, out of McCall's magazine, by the Martinez Senior Center Quilting Group. Each of us chose our own fabrics, which made such different looking quilts, but all from the same pattern."
"Home Sweet Home", bed quilt, by Anita Jessop. Quilted by Anna MacAllen.
2- My Mom also entered her "Fractured Stars": "A friend of mine, a beginning quilter, chose this pattern for us to make together. It ended up not perfect, but was fun to do with a friend."
"Fractured Stars", wall hanging, by Anita Jessop. Quilted by B&B Quilting.
3- Together, my Mom and I entered our "Birds All Around": "This is a shared project: Started by Anita as a Christmas present for her daughter, Holly ... and finished by Holly, when she discovered it in the UFOs(!)".
"Birds All Around", large bed quilt, by Anita & Holly Jessop. Quilted by B&B Quilting.
4- I entered my "Raggedy Ann Friends": "I made this in the January 2014 Carquinez Strait Stitchers "Lil' Twister" class, with fabrics entirely from our stash."
"Raggedy Ann Friends", wall hanging, by Holly Jessop. Quilted by Holly Jessop.
5- I started making T-shirt quilts this year, and entered my "Graduate School Memories" quilt: "I went to graduate school in ecology & evolution at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo, specializing in sea urchins and marine biology. I decided to convert my T-shirts from that time into a memory quilt."
"Graduate School Memories", lap quilt, by Holly Jessop. Quilted by B&B Quilting.
6- I started this "Pueo & Friends" quilt last year ... but was afraid to quilt it after the applique was done. So, I entered it in the show, which forced me to finally finish the free-motion quilting! I tried a new technique, using a fine netting over the entire quilt. I liked the shading effect from the netting, which made the quilt more like a night scene: "Pueo is the short-eared owl endemic to Hawai'i. Pueo is an 'amakua (spirit animal) for many Native Hawaiians, and a sighting can be interpreted as an omen. Pueo have made appearances in my life in Hawai'i at a number of important times. Pueo's friends are the Hawaiian endemic "happy face" spider, Nananana makaki'i (a pin in the lower left), and the Hawaiian endemic bat (flying near the moon), 'Ope 'ape'a."
"Pueo & Friends", wall hanging, by Holly Jessop. Quilted by Holly Jessop.
7- Our last quilt in the show, "Nene Story", was probably started first, when I still lived in Hawai'i: "My Mom and I took our first paper piecing class in Hilo, Hawai'i, in 2008, and made these blocks of Nene (the Hawaiian endemic goose). This year I put them into a quilt that tells part of the geologic and biologic story of the Hawaiian Islands. These islands arose from a mountain of lava in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, were gradually colonized by plants and animals, and eventually evolved endemic diversity."
"Nene Story", wall hanging, by Holly & Anita Jessop. Quilted by Holly Jessop. Embellished with shells, and glass leaf beads as a lei on the center Nene.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Birds' Quilt

My Mom started this quilt for me many years ago, and I decided to add it to the UnFinished Objects (UFO) list for this year so that it could finally get completed. I had a difficult time deciding on a fabric for the sashing. A cream/light brown fabric with swirling vines found its way into the stash recently, and ended up being the perfect choice for breaking up this very busy quilt pattern. I was able to find and order more of the sashing fabric online, to use for the backing. This quilt is now on my bed, with a coordinating pillow case and mini-pillow -- perfect for lying in bed in the early morning hours listening to all of our backyard avian winter visitors singing. Long-arm quilted by B&B Machine Quilting of Orland, CA, in a swirling hearts pattern.
Birds' Quilt.