Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A Little Weekend Sewing


I didn't get to sew a lot this weekend...but I did finish up a work in progress (yay)! I've needed to finish up another Charming and Cheerful bag (my own design, published in the August 2011 American Patchwork & Quilting).  This bag will be a shop sample for a little while, and then I'll get to use it (unless one of my girls claims it first).


The fabrics are all Hometown by Sweetwater for Moda--they really worked well, I think. I used Soft & Stable instead of fleece or interfacing, and I love the additional body it gives the bag (without being too stiff). If you live in the St. George area, I'll be teaching this bag as a class at Quilted Works later this month.


I also finished up a few Farmer's Wife blocks.  Since I was short on time I decided to use the same basic fabrics and pieces for my two blocks.  Above is Block #98, Waterwheel.


And here is block #72, Railroad.  Now you might have noticed I used the same fabrics with just a couple of differences...


But did you notice these blocks are made up of exactly the same "parts and pieces?"  If you look carefully you'll see that each of these blocks is constructed of four half-square triangles and five four-patch blocks. Since my hst construction method makes two identical hst's at a time, I really sped things up here.



And here is the Fig Tree Waterwheel...


And the Fig Tree Railroad.


Since this quilt is going to be quite large, I don't think anyone will notice I made a couple of blocks with the same basic fabrics...it sure helped me finish more quickly!  Although...this is one of those quilts that I am trying to savor...it's a little scary getting close to the half-way point on this since I've enjoyed working on it so much!  I have 40 blocks finished in each version...as soon as I figure out how to get a good photo of them all I'll be sharing!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

PS...you can still enter the Veranda fabric giveaway here!




25 comments:

Heather D. said...

I love the little bag! I'm currently sewing with Hometown by Sweetwater and I just love it. The colours and patterns all seem to "go" and it is making me so happy!!

Vanilla said...

What a beautiful bag!!!! The colors are great and the hexies give it a sophisticaated look!

Judi said...

Super cute bag Sherri!

Stephanie said...

Very cute bag. Don't you just want to make one in all of your favorite lines of fabric!

Mad about Craft said...

All just beautiful!

suemac said...

Love the hexagon bag. Your FW blocks are very nice per usual.

Simone de Klerk said...

What a great bag!

Cardygirl said...

Cute bag and love the blocks!

Rosa said...

What a beautiful bag with that lovely hexie,cool and as usual cute blocks.You`ve been very busy.

Kate said...

Love love LOVE the bag! How does an Aussie get her hands on the pattern?

Thimbleanna said...

Lots of good stuff getting done here Sherri. I LOVE that bag -- the pattern is perfect for Sweetwater!

Nancy said...

The bag is really cute. Somehow I missed that issue of the magazine. Borders has left out area so it's a distance now to a book store. I like your Farmer's Wife blocks, especially those dose in the Fig Tree fabrics - lovely colors. You are brace to do two at once! I am hoping to do just that with Lynn Wilder's (Sew'n Wild Oaks) Madrigal pattern - one very similar to hers (dark colors) and one in some long reserved Folk Art Wedding fabrics. The Farmer's Wife blocks don't seem as tedious as Dear Jane and I want to start them soon. Yours are lovely!

Digna said...

Hi Sherri
What a beautiful bag! I find the hexagons a little bit difficult but very nice.

Best regards,

Patty said...

Nice bag wish I lived near there. Boy your moving right along on those blocks.

Tania said...

Hi Sherri, as always your Farmer's Wife blocks are lovely, but I absolutely love your bag, it's really gorgeous. The Sweetwater fabrics really make it, such a beautiful range.

shez said...

your blocks look fantastic,well done and i love your bag it looks great

Lesley said...

Looks like you got a lot accomplished! Blocks are beautiful and the bag is so cute! Really well done!

thea said...

Love the bag and the blocks!

randi said...

that bag is perfect! so cute!

Farah Muzaffar said...

Beautiful bag Hexagonal design make it so adorable and the choice of colours is superb...
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Miss White Wall said...

The bag is ADORABLE!

Beverly said...

I love that bag. I'm going to have to find a back copy to get the pattern but get it I will. Love that Sweetwater fabric too!

Michele said...

Great bag! I can't wait to make one :-) Your Farmer's Wife blocks are adorable.

Karen Elizabeth said...

Love the bag and really love the colors!

VickiT said...

Oh my gosh! I LOVE that little bag. It's so cool. I love hexies and that fabric is just beautiful as well. Great job.

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