Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Charley Harper Messenger Bag

Way back in June I planned a birthday gift, and I cut out the pieces for a messenger bag.

Then some things happened, some other things happened, I had other deadlines, and new sewing projects - and the messenger bag was put aside.  

I always intended to make it and finally I just did it.  I'm calling it a six month early birthday gift instead of six months late.

Charley Harper bag

I used a Charley Harper canvas print for the flap and front body, a linen blended fabric for the back and the inside front flap.  I applied SF-101 interfacing to the lining fabric.  After using my own messenger bag for quite awhile now, I realized that I would like the lining of the bag to have more structure, I think this interfacing will do the trick.  


I almost always use waxed canvas (purchased on Etsy) for the gusset of the bag, I like the leathery look of waxed canvas and it gives the bottom of the bag a nice water proof and soil proof touch.


A magnetic snap closure is easy to add, and leaves the front flap clean


This bag went together quickly, because all the parts including the lining were pre cut!  
I should do that more often.  This went out before Christmas to the new bag owner - now I really should start on her next birthday gift so it isn't so late!

Keep Calm and Quilt On!
Mary

Sunday, December 28, 2014

New York City

Every year I take a one day trip to New York City.  It's one of my favorite things to do all year.  A friend of mine charters a bus, we get on the bus at midnight on Friday, the bus drives us all night to the city.  We stop about an hour out of NYC for breakfast and to freshen up.  Then boom we are there!  We have all day Saturday to roam the city.  

This year a quilter friend went with me, and we met up with another quilter and we did a mini- fabric quilting tour of the city.

You may know @mushyhed and @nyc_christopher (The Tattooed Quilter) from Instagram.  

(Starbucks re-feuling)

Chen and I had both been to NYC many times, and Chris lives there, so although we saw a few sights along the way, this day was all about the fabric.

Mood was beautiful and overwhelming with choices



I purchased buttons, ribbon, and a beautiful piece of leather from Mood



This is where the Erin Wilson quilts were displaying


I wrote a post with more photos about these quilts here
I bought a large piece of oilcloth here and a yard of fabric

We saw a few sights on our journey from fabric store to fabric store


We rode the subway - one of us for the first time


The weekend we were there it was SantaCon - which makes for some interesting Santa sightings


Now back to fabric

Walking through the streets we came across a flea market


With an entire stall of African Indigo.  We had a lot of fun going through these cloths


Next stop - Purl SoHo


This hoop wall inside Purl made me want to have a hoop wall 


I purchased my first bit of Liberty at Purl

We saw the tree.  Barely.  Through a million people



Had great food,  good laughs, bought fabric, met a quilter friend in person, perfect day in NYC

Shout out to @nyc_christopher for taking us everywhere
Till next year!


Mary



Saturday, December 27, 2014

Handmade Christmas

If I could, I would make everyone a handmade Christmas item.  If I make you something it's because I have thought of you, but because I don't make you  something it isn't because I DIDN'T think of you, its because I don't have all the time in the universe.  

Oh, that I did!

This year my theme was pillows - I love handmade pillows - love the ones that have been made for me - so I figure everyone else would love one too.

And what says Christmas to your brother but bloody zombies?


And a paper pieced zombie?


That you can snuggle up to at night


This was a 16" pillow form, and I decided before mailing that it was too snug, so I used a 14" pillow form instead and that worked better.

I didn't take a before photo of this one, but this was a boys t-shirt I found in Target.  I cut out the front of the t-shirt, backed the jersey with SF-101 and used it for the pillow center.


This one I used the QAYG method as I pieced around the center owl - I added top stitch quilting when the top was completed.


I made these small coin purses for some of the girls in the family, I like having these little zip pouches in my purse for miscellaneous items.  I used oil cloth that I purchased in New York City and zippers I had on hand.  There is no lining in these, I cut one long piece of oilcloth, added the zipper, and closed the side seams.  I zig zag stitched the inside seams to finish the inside.



I hope you are yours had a happy holiday - I am still recovering from my marathon sewing sessions.  (there is more to show!)

Keep Calm and Quilt On!
Mary 





Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A side Trip to NYC

I'll have more on my trip in a different post - for this post, I wanted to share something I learned on a short trip to NYC last week.  

I met Erin Wilson.  Was I aware of her before this, no.  But I am now.  

Erin is a textile artist based in Brooklyn. 
She hand dyes her fabric.  
She was open,  sharing, and humble when I met her at The Art Quilt Gallery in New York, where some of her quilts were on displaydisplay.  

She answered all of our questions in detail, explained her process, and was also curious about our methods.  
(all photos of Erin's quilts are posted with her permission)

Erin Wilson: Storyboard #20 30"x 24"
I can not even begin to tell you how inspired I was by Erin's work.

This is how big one of her squares are:


Each one was that small! I was / still am blown away.  These are NOT paper pieced or fused, she free sews all of them.  

Erin Wilson:  Shape Study 15

I don't often see something so new to me that it catches my breath and makes me want to see where my quilting and patchwork can take me, this exhibit did this.  

This was a whole other level of art work made with fabric.  Fabric and colors that I love and work with almost daily.  This exhibit and speaking to Erin truly made me happy to be in the world of quilters.  
Erin Wilson:  Landscape Squares


My thumb for scale.

This is what I took away from seeing her quilts:
The minimalism of her squares
The tiny tiny sashings
The seemingly effortless way the colors came together (I'm sure that was not effortless)
How two people will see a block in two different ways
Erin's willingness to share 
Her binding 
And a head full of motivation and inspiration


Erin's quilts are currently on display at The Art Quilt Gallery in New York


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Christmas Hearth Runner

I am so excited to finally share this project with you!

In the new Christmas issue of Fat Quarterly  my contribution 
 the Quilted Hearth Runner to cover your brick hearth during the holidays



I would put decorations on my brick hearth, but I've always wanted a quilted cover for it. 


The finished size of my Hearth Cover is 20 1/2" x 82 1/2"  
this allowed some overhang in the front.  You can adjust the size to fit your own hearth.

This also will work as a bed scarf at the end of your bed!

You can find the pattern directions as well as many other Christmas projects in Issue 19 Christmas 2014 of Fat Quarterly 


I hope you enjoy!
I would love to see any projects you make with my pattern, you can tag me on Instagram (@fairlymerry)
or (and)
 add your project to my Facebook Page (like my page for updates on my projects) 
or (and)
add your project to the Fat Quarterly Flickr Group


Keep Calm and Quilt On!
Mary 


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Flight Path

Thank you for visiting and reading about my quilt 
'Flight Path'

I drew the design for this quilt for the Oakshott Autumn Bundle 
and it is originally posted here.



The name of this quilt comes from a poem 
'On The Flight Path' 
about the migration of geese in the fall.  I thought of the poem while I was working on this quilt, as I wanted to show a migration of fall colors in the flying geese blocks.  


The quilting is matchstick, about 1/8" apart and I used 4 different Aurifil colors that matched the background colors, 28 wt quilting thread.  


All fabrics are Oakshott cottons
After washing 
42" x 62"


I am entering in Amy's Creative Side Bloggers Quilt Festival - Original Design.
I hope you will take a look at the other quilts and cast your vote, for me if it pleases you!  

Thank you for visiting - and voting

Mary 



Thursday, October 23, 2014

Autumn Oakshott - Flight Path


Flight Path

Welcome to my stop on the blog hop for Oakshott Autumn 

Oakshott Autumn

It is as if Oakshott called me up and asked which colors do I want made -
All nice and tidy in one neat bundle!

Before I received the bundle I was processing and drawing out my idea.  The migration of colors in the bundle reminded me of geese migrating when the weather cools and Autumn colors appear.  


I wanted to reflect the color changes of reds, oranges, yellow and blues with different Autumn colored backgrounds in my quilt.


I had 4 different background colors I chose to work with, one for each color grouping of geese

Outback Rust
Adobe
Imperial
Nutmeg 
Oakshott cottons are almost luminescent.  I have used them in small projects, but this was my first quilt with all Oakshott cottons. 

There are 3 different sizes of Flying Geese blocks in each color section.  I used the Bloc Loc rulers for making my Flying Geese



Which gave me many of the half square triangles needed for each sashing section





I chose 4 different Aurifil threads (28 wt) to coordinate with the background Oakshott colors.  


While piecing I thought about the style of quilting I would use - and I settled on matchstick quilting.  Essentially straight lines very tightly spaced, about 1/8" apart, and the lines aren't really straight - straight, more organically straight.  Not following a ruler.


I had made two minis and a tote using this type of quilting, but this is the first full quilt
It is time and thread consuming.
22 hours of actual quilting and 23 full bobbins (not including the binding, which has yet to be added)



So, so worth it



Oakshott Autumn

The name 'Flight Path' comes from a poem On The Flight Path about migrating geese.

Oakshott Autumn


These photos were taken before binding and washing, quilting took so long I was going to run out of daylight - so another day for that.  
I will also have a tutorial for this pattern, there are a lot of photos and measurements for that and I am attempting to put those in PDF format so you can download.  I didn't want to post 30 photos in one post, so if you would like to see a pattern please come back in a few days.  

Thank you to Lynne of Lily's Quilts for asking me to participate in the blog hop, and a BIG thank you to Oakshott for providing all the quilt top fabrics.  I had a fantastic time designing and making this quilt.

Please visit some of the other quilters on their stop to see more fabulous quilts made from the same Autumn bundle

The Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop

21 October     Sonia Spence               fabricandflowersuk.blogspot.co.uk
22 October     Rossie Hutchinson        r0ssie.blogspot.com
24 October     Mary Menzer                 fairlymerry.blogspot.com
28 October     Alison Dutton                allison-sews.blogspot.com
29 October     Nicholas Ball                 quiltsfromtheattic.wordpress.com
30 October     Kati Spencer                 fromthebluechair.com
31 October     Wynn Tan                      zakkaArt.typepad.com