Monday, July 4, 2016

Holster Bag Part 1

Three pockets added . Time to figure out the rest of the design.
So maybe being a hoarder isn't always a bad thing 


Believe it or not, I'm still here!

Instead of doing quilty, creative things, I've been doing a lot of traveling.
In June alone, we rode over 3000 miles (easily 5000 km) on the motorcycles.  All for fun.  Idaho, Oregon, California, Nevada, Montana.

And another 1200 miles (2000ish) in the car to check on my mom who lives on the other side of the state and recently underwent 2 back surgeries.

I am enjoying an unusual day at home with no work or other obligations,  Thought I'd invite you along this creative adventure.

About 6 months ago, I fell in love with a "purse" by Jungle Tribe. 

Super clever design that can be worn several different ways.  I didn't buy it for 3 reasons.  1) cost  2) size 3) rivets

If it met all my requirements, I would have paid the price.  
It is too small to hold the 3 required items I want this bag to carry.
I plan to wear it on the bike, so all the cute metal fashion details will scratch my bike. 

My mission today:  take all the detail notes I've been storing on paper and in my head and turn it into a similar bag. 

I have leather from a pile of leather coats that I bought off-season with the intention to repurpose the leather.  3 coats at a second hand store with 1/2 price off season discount = $30.
 This impacts the design as I want to use the placket pocket for the deep bag.
Also, that flap detail on the ugly coat is also 2 potential pockets to re-use.  I may actually get the whole purse out of the $20 ($10 discounted) coat.

A couple weeks ago, in anticipation of this project, I went on the hunt for belts and findings.  Splurged $17 for a new belt to build off.  $8 worth of second hand belts for leather and findings.  The trigger snaps were my splurge, but also 1/2 price at the leather store. 

So, with about $50 of raw's time to start designing on the fly.  Wish me luck.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016


I have been making slow but steady progress on this project.  This part is still in about 5 different sections then I need to sort out the process of making extra hexis from fabric that looks similar enough that it doesn't appear that I didn't plan this out well years ago when I started.

Progress has been stalled by an unplanned road trip to California.  Down via Nevada.

Back through Oregon.

About 1200 miles (1930 km) in 4 days in terrible weather to spend 20 minutes to say goodbye to a family member who passed away 6 days later.

Totally worth it.

Doing a food Gut Biome food challenge which has helped the hubby with the GI problems.  Details on my Nutrition Blog.  

And it was time to replace the tires on my bike.  Which resulted in a 166 mile (267 km) lunch ride Sunday.

The wind was blowing like mad but it was warm and sunny.  While I was exhausted at the end, surprisingly, that cured the lingering back pain I'd had for the past month,.  Apparently, it's a better "core" workout than the stretching and yoga I'd been doing.

And I'm trying to learn some Ukranian for a possible vacation to visit a good friend.  I might need to learn Romanian too.  There are lots of Romanian quilters....

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Hexi WIP

Time to pull another WIP out of the pile.  Once I pulled it out, I remembered why I had stalled out.

It's at the point that involves spreading it out in order to figure out the pattern for putting it together.

After a couple days it's starting to shape up.  This view is actually 4 panels waiting to be combined as well as a dozen strips.

I think that another reason it was abandoned is that the original sketch I made notes that I need 1054 hexies, it is only about 44" square.  This will mean either another 1000 hexies or some rather large borders to make this anything a useful size.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Ojibwe Finished

This quilt was originally designed as a wedding quilt in 2005 inspired by Ojibwe bead work, but done in the favorite colors of the bride to be. I had spent quite a bit of time in New England and the museums of Washington DC that year admiring and taking photos of Native American beadwork. 

There are several reasons this got set aside.  
1) I got bored making 4 repeats of the same designs
2) I wished that I had done this in more traditional beadwork colors (lots of blue and on a white background).
3) She didn't get married
4) I didn't want to give it away anyway.
5) When I pulled it out to work on years later, I hated the green fabric that I'd used for the leaves.
6) I kept changing my mind about the quilting
7) I swore I would never FMQ a black quilt ever again. 

In the end, I have mixed feelings about the flowers I added in red.  I am very fond of the red/yellow ones in the center.  But the green thread blended into the background too much so the others seem to randomly float. 

I did all the gridwork and outer lines without a ruler.  Even though I drew those lines on, I have trouble driving that machine consistently in a straight line. 

Some is reasonably straight.

Others very much not. 

I considered re-stitching these sections.  But I was reminded of another quilting "disaster" when a friend reminded me "It's art, it adds to the charm."

One more that I'll be able to submit for the Finish-A-Long.

My original goal list post

Tuesday, February 23, 2016


So, when your brain is on cold medicine and tells you to FMQ 1/2" micro-grid as background, don't listen.  It's a trap.  Brought to you by the same part of your brain that says "Watch this, hold my beer."

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Progress Report

Sometimes procrastination does actually pay off. I started this quilt inspired by Ojibwe beadwork in 2005. It got set aside and finished up the applique in 2010/2011. I started machine quilting it last week. Super happy with the contrasting thread additions. Just now have the skills developed to pull off the concept.

 I posted this photo on my FB page earlier today and felt validated when a non-quilter replied with   "You have mad-bad quilting skills"

Which is funny because I spent the morning staring at this quilt laid out on the living room floor and thinking "That turned out well if you don't look closely.  What next?"

While watching Ming cook on PBS, I looked over my reference photos of bead work and free-hand drew some flowers and swirlies onto the quilt with a whit colored pencil. 

I'm in the process of adding the veining on all the big leaves and then maybe some more freehand fill flowers.