Made it Monday #4: The Map of Chicago Quilt

This is more of a "making it" Monday post because this quilt, despite working on it since Thanksgiving, is going to be finished maybe in 10 years. Just kidding! I really loved looking at other quilter's blog posts on these map quilts from Haptic Lab and getting inspiration for this giant project, so I thought I would share my progress, and hopefully inspire others to just go for it if they're on the fence about this type of project! 

Basically, I set out to quilt every street in Chicago for my dear sister, you know, in case she got lost or something ;) Hand quilting has been quite the challenge and a new skill for me to learn. I probably should have stuck with Suzy's miniquilt series, but of course I decided to start with the giant map. On a side note, this is typically how I approach a lot of crafts/things in life. Just go for the difficult, giant, crazy project and figure out how to do it along the way....Ahem I'm looking at you, stuffed Totoro Crochet project that I made despite having minimal to no crochet skills at this time!

A lot of progress has been made from this photo:

Safety pinning the map template to the fabric and batting sandwich! 

Safety pinning the map template to the fabric and batting sandwich! 

And here you can see a close up of what I'm doing: 


And now what it looks like: 

For reference, this is approximately 36" x 42"

For reference, this is approximately 36" x 42"

Once I've hand quilted all of the streets, added the rivers in and other major lines, you have to carefully tear away all of the stabilizer paper that had the map printed on it! And then comes personalizing it and adding in landmarks! I'm eagerly awaiting that day, although I still have a long ways to go. I feel tired just looking at this post -__-

Maybe on "Made it Monday #200" I'll finally have the final product available ;) 

thanks for reading :) 

Made it Monday #2

A rare accomplishment: using a piece of fabric in its entirety! This is typically not feasible because when you cut out pieces for clothes, there will always be scraps, or there will always be edges that are not usable. However, for this one piece of #riflepapercofabric I happily used every piece on my ice skating tote bag and today's featured project: a roll up pen case! (aka roll up tombow brush pen case!) 

This one was also a combination of googling roll up pencil cases, and winging it :) I chose to use elastic to hold the markers, but did not go so far to create premade loops because that would've been quite the headache making that under the sewing machine. I just made sure that with the given amount of elastic per pen, that I would be able to slide the marker in without busting the seams. 

Overall, I"m pretty pleased with this project. The plastic set cases the markers come in don't open and close very well, as the plastic is easily deformed. Additionally, I had an extra pen or two that I bought separately from the sets, so those always felt lonely not having a case to belong to! Now I have a pretty roll for my pens to call home! 

Thanks for reading :) 

Made it Monday

For my first Made it Monday post, I will be featuring my #riflepapercofabric tote bag that I made to carry my iceskates as well as my soakers for my ice skates! This Christmas Kyle got me skating lessons (so I could relive my 3rd grade dream of being Michelle Kwan...) and though I am surrounded by small children (okay some are bigger than me) who skate significantly better, it's still a lot of fun. 

The tote bag measurements were roughly based off my beloved Longchamp bag, since I needed a wide enough bottom to fit the ice skates. Otherwise, I made it in the same fashion that I make all of my tote bags, squaring the bottoms and inserting a liner. I was trying to be resourceful and actually used an airplane blanket I took with me from sitting in Delta first class on our flight home from Atlanta... :) 

The skating soakers were based off a rough idea in my mind of how to create them (rectangle with elastic at the top) and I googled some directions and just winged it in the end! I wanted them to be absorbent and sturdy so I wouldn't poke holes in my precious tote bag ;) I ended up using scraps from my Raspberry Creek Fabric french terry that I used on a quite a few projects last year. I knew that saving those minuscule pieces could come in handy! (this fabric hoarding mindset is not good for my fabric stash though...) 

Maybe once I gain some more iceskating skillz, there will be videos of said skillz. Until then, you can just have a picture of my tote and skates with their spiffy soakers :) 



Fun Owl Fabric - DIY Pillowcases

Nowadays, instead of being interested in buying clothes online, I'm more interested in buying fabric! Like any online shopping, it can be tricky not being able to touch all of the fabric or not seeing the true colors, but it's always a fun surprise when it comes in the mail! 

I used to (okay, I still do) like owls, because my previous initials were OWL - so when I saw this Dear Stella fabric on Raspberry Creek, I knew I needed to make this into a project! Being a young adult, it's not really acceptable to wear this print in clothing... so I made them into pillowcases for our home. 

Coordinating fabric (Cotton and Steel) came from our local quilting shop, Calico Gals. 

Coordinating fabric (Cotton and Steel) came from our local quilting shop, Calico Gals. 

I used this free pattern and found it to be very doable. The hardest part actually was ironing all of the fabric after I pre-shrunk it in the wash (so wrinkly!) and cutting the fabric to the specified sizes. Not having a giant cutting mat, cutting big rectangles accurately is my least favorite thing. Fortunately, this pattern is forgiving, so it was all ok in the end! 

Actually, Kyle let me get this fabric for pillowcases not because the owls are adorable but because they conveniently matched some of his favorite sport's teams colors...  ;) 

If I did it all over again, I would make sure I bought enough main fabric so that the owls could be oriented upright, but I guess they're resting too ;) 

Thanks for reading! :)