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Sew Mama Sew Handmade Holidays 2014

This is my stop on the Handmade Holidays 2014 series! A group of sewing bloggers share their favorite themed tutorials at the ever-popular Sew Mama Sew.

Last year my theme was Gifts for Geeks.  But this year, my theme is Gifts for Baby. Really, is there anything better than sewing for baby?

Go read my full curated post and let me know what you think! Handmade Holidays: Gifts for Baby

To see all 31 themed posts, check out the 8th Annual Handmade Holidays – 2014 master list. Refer to it to make projects and gifts all year long!

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Belle and Buzz Mini Quilt

I recently participated in the Disney Quilt Swap 2015, an online swap exchange of handmade mini quilts organized on Instagram by Kaitie Logsdon.  I was to make one mini quilt measuring no larger than 24 inches square, based on my secret partner’s preferences.  This is what I made for my partner, Nancy, whose favorite Disney characters are Belle and Buzz.

Belle and Buzz Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #DisneyQuiltSwap2015

The front is Belle from Beauty and the Beast.  While searching online for inspiration, I found this Costume Changes in Disney Films infographic.  I was inspired by the minimalist Belle image – it translates so well to the paper-piecing technique of sewing.  I used Electric Quilt 7 software to design the paper piecing pattern, something brand new to me.

Belle and Buzz Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #DisneyQuiltSwap2015

I used fabrics from my stash to make this. Feels so good to use what I have.  At this point, I was thinking “This pattern might actually work!”

Belle and Buzz Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #DisneyQuiltSwap2015

So, so satisfying to make something come to life.  I really, really love paper piecing, and would like to begin designing paper piecing patterns sometime soon.

Belle and Buzz Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #DisneyQuiltSwap2015

Simple, straight quilting lines look best on minimalist Belle, I think.  I started with the line in the middle of her lips, then stitched outwards from there.

Belle and Buzz Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #DisneyQuiltSwap2015

There’s a little Buzz Lightyear vibe on the quilt back 🙂

Belle and Buzz Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #DisneyQuiltSwap2015

The gift I received from my secret partner is a Cinderella mini quilt.  Nika Westberg made it, and she nailed it.  Blues, a silhouette, and Cinderella.  I love it.

Cinderella Mini Quilt via www.AngelaB.me #DisneyQuiltSwap2015

And hello, how utterly cool is this embroidery she made, too!?  I love Elizabeth Swann from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and this is what she said to Captain Barbossa when he told the story of the Aztec gold medallion.

Elizabeth Swann Embroidery via www.AngelaB.me #DisneyQuiltSwap2015 #PiratesOfTheCaribbean

To see what the other folks in the swap made, peruse through the hashtag on Instagram #DisneyQuiltSwap2015.

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D&B Supply Quilt

I just completed my first commissioned quilt.  It’s the D&B Supply quilt, made entirely from rodeo shirts.

Here’s the front:

DBsupplyQuilt

and here’s the back:

DBsupplyQuiltBack

It all started with a shirt order gone awry.  The folks at D&B Supply know that I love sewing, so they asked if I could help make some lemonade out of lemons by making a quilt out of 16 nice black rodeo shirts and a rodeo flag.  I didn’t end up using the flag, since I wanted the quilt to be cozy and comfy, but the shirts worked out wonderfully.

DB Supply Quilt Rodeo Shirts

To make some sort of interesting quilt design, I definitely needed more colors than just black.  So I used some bleach.  Interesting that bleaching black shirts gave brown colors: a chestnut and a sand color.  I like it!  Now I’ve got 3 colors to work with.

DB Supply Quilt Bleached Shirts

Dissecting shirts: cut off sleeve cuffs, collar, button  panels, and bottom hem.  Then cut all the bulky seams away…

DB Supply Quilt Shirt Dissection

…leaving a lot of usable fabric!  And I’m loving what the bleach did to the color – an almost shimmery, mottled champagne hue.

DB Supply Quilt Shirt Dissection Fabric

Shirts are all cut up!  I think it’s cool how some bleach streaks/spots make the brown have a western feel, like leather or cowhide.  So appropriate for this project!

DB Supply Quilt Shirt Parts

The smallest fabric pieces were the sleeves, so I started with those.  I figured they would be great for patchwork.

DB Supply Quilt Sleeves Cutting

So I cut them into a bunch of 5-inch squares, sewing them into half-square triangles using my tutorial: How to Sew Half-Square Triangles (HST) – 2 at a Time

DB Supply Quilt Sewing Squares

Time to press all those HSTs.  It’s funny, I was really nervous about the bleach-y areas, but now I think they’re my favorite.  They give dimension.

DB Supply Quilt HSTs

Time to sew these HSTs together.

DB Supply Quilt Sewing HSTs

I sewed in some shirt fronts with logos and gave the quilt top a good press.  I love how it looks.  Rugged.  Hunter.  Cowboy.  Masculine.  Western.

DB Supply Quilt PressingI

Quilting time!  I stitched some big fabric pieces together to make the quilt back, layered it with some batting and the quilt top, and quilted them together with some simple straight line stitches using a dark gray thread.

DB Supply Quilt Stitches

I used the brown fabric for the binding, and for the label I used some shirt leftovers 🙂

DB Supply Quilt Label

And done!  It was hard to let go of this quilt, but I know someone will enjoy the heck out of it.

DB Supply Quilt Closeup

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A New Venture – Angela Bowman Design LLC

I am so excited about starting my new venture: Angela Bowman Design LLC!  If you read this blog, you undoubtedly know that I’m a fan of sewing.  I just love how it makes my life better.  And I want to share the love!  I’ll be designing sewing-related products that I want to use, and that will hopefully make my customers say “this makes my life better”.

I’ve recently launched my business website, so go have a peek at angelabowmandesign.com, won’t you?

I'm Busy Creating Awesome Sewing Patterns! by Angela Bowman Design

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Feathers Quilt

Remember the Feathers Quilt Top I made?  Well I finally quilted it!

Feathers Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #feathersqal #konasolids #paperpiecing

I had a hard time deciding how to quilt this thing, and I really didn’t want to rush it.  So I stared at this thing for six months, pondering and pondering.

Feathers Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #feathersqal #konasolids #paperpiecing

Time to give it a good press. Hey! A quilt-top ironing-board tent!  I was a tiny bit sad that this’ll be the last time I get to see light shining through this patchwork, but it’s so nice to finally have this thing quilted.

Feathers Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #feathersqal #konasolids #paperpiecing

I used Mirage Stripe blue cotton print by Kaffe Fassett for the backing.  A perfect match with the purple and blue solids I used for the front.

Feathers Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #feathersqal #konasolids #paperpiecing

For the quilting, I decided on simple straight lines to accentuate the feathers design. I used a thread I’ve never used before: Sew Fine 50wt polyester by Superior Threads, in a charcoal color (410).  Teamed up with a 12 Topstitch needle and my walking foot, stitching went smoothly.  I just had to tighten the bobbin tension slightly.

Feathers Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #feathersqal #konasolids #paperpiecing

And a label completes it!  It’s what might become my standard quilt label: Kona cotton in white, framed with leftover binding strips of Kona pepper, handwritten with a permanent black pen.  I love the touch of “signing” a quilt with my own handwriting.

I have to say that this just might be my favorite thing I’ve ever made 🙂

Feathers Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #feathersqal #konasolids #paperpiecing

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HST Alphabet – J Mini Quilt

I recently participated in round 2 of the Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap, an online swap exchange of handmade mini quilts organized by Kristi McDonough.  I was to make one mini quilt measuring no larger than 24 inches square, based on my secret partner’s preferences.  This is what I made for my partner, Jess, who likes bold, bright colors and geeky retro style.

HST Alphabet - J Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

I started with a ton of scraps in a rainbow of colors.  These are all 5 inch squares.

HST Alphabet - J Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

I paired up prints with their matching solid color and made a bunch of half-square triangle (HST) units.

HST Alphabet - J Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

After trimming, these are my scraps’ scraps 🙂

HST Alphabet - J Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

I arranged them on the design wall, according to the HST Alphabet pattern I’m writing. And hey! A quilting ruler doubles as a quilter’s palette!

HST Alphabet - J Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

If you’ve read my other HST Alphabet posts, you know I’m a fan of glue basting to match up the points accurately in my seams.  After a bit of tweaking, this is my process:

After stitching up two HSTs to each other, make another set, and place the two pieces right sides together.  Push a pin through their points and find a spot on your ironing board where the pin goes in all the way.  Push it all the way down.

HST Alphabet - J Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Lift the top piece a little and put a tiny dot of regular washable school glue above the point.

HST Alphabet - J Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Push the pin back down and press the spot right above it with a hot dry iron. After a few seconds, I carefully remove the pin and remove the iron after about 5 more seconds.

HST Alphabet - J Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Yesssss. #gluebasting!  Sew the seam, pop open the dried glue spot with your fingers, and press the seam open.

HST Alphabet - J Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

And there’s the quilt top!  A little geeky drop-shadowy color goin’ on there.  Jess should like it, right?

HST Alphabet - J Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Now to figure how to machine quilt this thing.  Since I have a hard time picturing stuff in my head, I really need a way to visualize the quilting stitches beforehand.  Solution: audition your quilting design with yarn!  I saw this technique on Split Yarn‘s Instagram feed.  Genius!  My design wall is backed with foam core board, so it was easy to strategically place some pins up there and twist yarn around them.

HST Alphabet - J Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Time to make the quilting design happen with my sewing machine.

HST Alphabet - J Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

And here’s the back, complete with a fun label.  I had to keep my partner’s name a secret until she received the quilt in the mail.

HST Alphabet - J Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Stitched fabric scraps onto blank greeting cards – why haven’t I done this before?  Perfect for a little handmade note for my partner.

HST Alphabet - J Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Want to see what I received from my secret partner?

Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt

Isn’t it beautiful? It was made by Jenny Mae. She used voile instead of the usual quilting cottons, so it’s super silky soft.  Really, how flippin cool is it that a complete stranger made me something that I absolutely adore?

Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap Label

To see what the other folks in the swap made, take a peek at the Mini Quilt Swap Flickr group or peruse through the hashtags on Instagram #makeaquiltmakeafriend and #schnitzelandboominiquiltswap.