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Flashback Friday: Bag it up

We have been back in Costa Rica for 2 weeks now and our schedule has been getting back to normal.  It’s been almost 3 weeks since our AZ Wedding ceremony and I am way overdue for a post on how the bean bags turned out!

Laying out all the pieces I realized it was basically like sewing a baby size quilt in just a week’s time (a record for me).

Quilted halves ready to be sewn together

Quilted halves ready to be sewn together

As previously mentioned, I tried my hand at free-motion quilting with little success.

FMQ Attempt at swirls

FMQ Attempt at swirls

FMQ attempt at pebbles or a flower or something...

FMQ attempt at pebbles or a flower or something…

So for the rest I reverted to the trusty walking foot.

Simple geometric quilting- what I am most comfortable with

Simple geometric quilting- what I am most comfortable with

After quilting the side pieces were trimmed down to 7.5″square.

Ready to be sewn together

Ready to be sewn together

32 halves for 16 bags total

32 halves for 16 bags total

I managed to finish sewing all the bag together (except for a hole to fill them in AZ) just a few days before we left.  This was done while the husband was in class on Friday night.

Double seams on the inside to keep from splitting

Double seams on the inside to keep from splitting

Turned out and ready to be packed!

Turned out and ready to be packed!

My husband’s Aunt helped fill and his mother sew the bags together as part of our pre-wedding prep. Not having read the proper weight for the bags (8oz), I instructed them to be filled as much as possible.

Tia filling with beans

Tia filling with beans

Mother-in-Law sewing them up outside and enjoying the nice weather

Mother-in-Law sewing them up outside and enjoying the nice weather

The cornhole set itself had been given an initial coat of bargain bin green paint. It was further decorated by Brian, the Marine husband of my friend Tiffany.

Laying out the design

Laying out the design

Hoping it's obvious where the bean bag is supposed to go.

Hoping it’s obvious where the bean bag is supposed to go.

Everyone had  great time!

AZ Wedding

AZ Wedding

Husband's unorthodox throwing technique

Husband’s unorthodox throwing technique

It works

It works

I also made a scrappy bunting cake topper for our delicious Tres Leches wedding cake.

The Colorful Rainbow Explosion of cake and flowers

The Colorful Rainbow Explosion of cake and flowers

Despite my reinforced double seams inside, many bags did not survive the afternoon.

At the end of the day

At the end of the day

Busted overstuffed bags

Busted overstuffed bags

The night before heading back to Costa Rica, I was again sewing the bean bags frantically. This time at their proper weight and again reinforcing the side seams.

Lighter and hopefully more durable

Lighter and hopefully more durable

Hopefully they will last longer at their soon-to-be new home in Tucson with Tiffany and Brian!

Overall the day was a great success and I feel so blessed we were able to celebrate our marriage with our friends and my family in Arizona.

AZ Wedding

Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict’s “Can I get a Whoop Whoop” Friday

WIP: Bean Bags

Have not made as much progress as I hoped on the Bean Bags for the wedding reception.

Ready to Baste

Did manage to get everything pieced and pinned together today. I realized that quilting 32 blocks is essentially making a quilt.

Count Thrice, Measure Twice, Cut Once

Ready to go

Tried my hand at free motion quilting on the domestic machine for the first time. Much harder than I expected. Much practice is needed.

(Attempting to) Link up with Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesdays

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#TBT: Star Quilt

Quilting on my “What the Hex” quilt has been slow going. It’s very time consuming and almost overwhelming to quilt the intricate designs for a twin size quilt with only a walking foot on a domestic machine. While I am excited of what has been accomplished and that I am nearing the final stages, I’ve also become a bit impatient with how slowly progress is made. Still I ” just keep quilting”.

I thought it would be fun to do a “Throwback Thursday” post and show one of my projects that was completed before creating this blog. It’s a nice reflection for myself as it’s easier to see how my quilting designs have evolved over the years.

I have been technically quilting for over 10 years, yet the number of projects I have finished is embarrassingly low. Being a mostly self-taught quilter, learning the tips, tricks & techniques have come from avidly reading quilting blogs, Craftsy classes, and advice from my few quilting friends.

Like many quilters, I started quilting with learning to assemble the traditional “Log Cabin” block.  This was great for learning how to chain piece and allowed freedom in layout choices by not needing a set design at the onset of the project.

This “Star Quilt” is actually the second quilt top I ever assembled, but I did not get around to the quilting part until many years later. I had an Eleanore Burns “Quilt in a Day” book to guide me and played around with the layout many times.  Why I settled on this layout, I cannot remember and if I had it to do over again I would definitely change it.

Top pieced and ready to quilt

Top pieced, borders attached, ready to quilt

 

It was intended to be a quilt for my X-Long twin bed in the dorms at the University of Arizona; however it was not finished until 2013 (almost 5 years after I graduated). It kind of reminds me of a Lisa Frank inspired quilt, the colors of which were determined by the star fabric I stole from my mother.

Inspiration fabric

Inspiration fabric

 

This was one of the first quilts I did any “free” motion quilting on on a “medium” arm machine. I say “free” because I followed a set swirl pattern and the “medium” arm machine was a PFAFF set on a large frame that was available at my workplace.  It was a learning experience in speed, getting comfortable with the motions and making sure to always put the presser foot down (I can’t tell you how many times I had to tear out a section of stitching because of this).

Always remember to put the presser foot DOWN!

Always remember to put the presser foot DOWN!

Contrasting with the colorful front is a plain blue backing. Not quite navy, not quite royal, but somewhere in between.

Simple blue backing

Simple blue backing

 

The binding was pieced and then cheater sewn with a zig-zag stitch. I just wanted it done and since this was for personal use, it did not matter to me that the stitching would show. Plus I think with all the crazy colors in the top and the variegated thread, it worked just fine.

Pieced binding sewn on with zig-zag stitch

Pieced binding sewn on with zig-zag stitch

 

The binding was finished on a trip to my parent’s ranch in New Mexico and that is now where the Star Quilt lives. It’s nice to have something so bright and colorful in such a muted landscape.

Quilted and bound

10 years in the making, quilted and bound.

 

Looking back, I am pleased with how quickly the top came together and still love the versatility afforded by the Log Cabin block. Perhaps one of my future projects will incorporate it again, but with the more modern twist.