Monday, February 16, 2015

Tote and Chromebook Sleeve

With Quilt Con only a few days away, I have been busy with preparations such as making a sleeve for my HP Chromebook and a new backpack tote.  I splurged and used some of my most favorite fabrics.  Don't you just love those little mice from @lizziehouse?  The sleeve is very simply constructed with minimal straight line quilting along the seams.  I lined it with flannel left over from another project.  It was l looking a little bland until I added a swath of vintage buttons.  I like that they sort of blend in color wise but add an interesting texture and detail.  The top button will be for closing the sleeve once I add a loop.

This is before I added the buttons.

The sleeve coordinates perfectly with this backpack tote.   I figure I will need to have a bag for carrying around my notebook and class supplies ans this little back will be perfect.  Although I did not use the pattern, this bag is very similar to Joan Hawley's Chelsea Backpack Tote (Lazy Girl Designs).  I watched her YouTube tutorial for assembly and with a rough idea of the dimensions I just dove in and made it!  I modified it a bit and placed a welt pocket on the front instead of a patch pocket.    The fabrics are Dear Stella and Lizzie House  - divine!

Front View

Back View  - with the ingenious zippered strap that coverts the tote from a shoulder bag to a backpack.

Inside view with pockets for organizing.
If I made this again I think I would use something more sturdy to hold the shape of the bag instead of the batting called for in the pattern - like Peltex for example.  It was fun to make and I can't wait to load it up for Quilt Con!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Won't you be mine?

Just in time for Valentine's Day!
Quilting on the Innova

I love churn dashies!

All finished

Quilting close-up

Even closer

Made with Moda Kiss Kiss charm packs and backed in super soft white Minkee Dot, this is the perfect Valentine's gift.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Longarm Tool Caddy

Having a husband who is a very skilled woodworker has its perks!  I asked for a box/holder for my acrylic templates and rulers in order to have them handy when quilting and this is what he came up with.
This side holds marking tools, oil bottle, thread, etc.  There is also a long slot across the front that holds needles.

This side has multiple slots for the templates and rulers.

It fits just perfectly on top of my rolling tool chest and therefore I can have it right beside me as I work.  Thank you Mr. Swink!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


As is always the case in December, there was a mad rush to finish up a few handmade goodies.  This definitely moved blogging to the back burner and the Swink Girls are just now getting back into the swing of things post holidays.  Apologies for the very quiet blog over the last several weeks!

This was a super secret project for Francesca; a peacock mini quilt.

This picture was taken at night so not the best but you get the idea.  The bird is made up of layered applique.  I used invisible thread to secure the edges.   I had the opportunity to use my Juki for the FMQ and I have to say, I just love that machine!  The mini has a faced backing which is a technique I learned at our guild (Rochester Modern) and which I definitely will use again.

I was in the mood several months ago for some wool applique so I started this project with a new neighbor in mind.  After finishing the blanket stitching I added some other decorative items and some vintage buttons (another little addiction of mine!).

This was also quilted on the Juki and shows my first feathers on this machine.  I was very pleased with how it turned out and the neighbor liked it too!

I made a few small gifts also for my grandchildren.  My grandson loves sharks so I put together this little zipper pouch for him.  He loved it so I guess that makes all the cursing over the zipper worthwhile :)  

And for my granddaughter, an apron and some potholders.

And last but certainly not least, the hand knit socks that found their way into Margaret's Christmas stocking.

These are  my feet - checking for size!

I received incredible handmade gifts from Francesca.  I am letting her post about those!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Baby Shower Gifts

As mentioned in an earlier post, baby gifts were in progress for my cousin.   Remember this Baby Bee Quilt?

Well I am delighted to say my beautiful cousin has recently given birth to a healthy little boy!

The Swink Girls attended the baby shower in early December (I know, I know - very late post!) and I made a few little goodies to bring along.    First is this super adorable little baby cap.  The inside is lined with the softest sherpa fleece and the exterior is flannel.    The sweet little cap will surely see some use in this very cold February in the northeast!

I also put together this little pocket diaper changing Kit.  There is a fold out pad that is backed in vinyl for easy clean up and a pouch to hold wipes and diapers.  This could be slipped into a tote or purse for easy changes on the go.

I just love making baby things!  And, I can't wait to see the new little guy in person.  :)