Friday, July 1, 2011

Sew and Tell Friday: Make-up Brush Roll and Quilt Block

My iron died on me mid-way through finishing my New Wave quilt top {which is now finished! But you don't get to see it yet...}.  Thankfully I was able to get a sparkly new one yesterday, and move on with my life sewing projects.

I made a make-up brush roll for a friend but since I was improving this one, I think I'm going to keep it and make another with a few adjustments {and maybe a tutorial?}.  I love the fabrics though, so you get to see my first try even though it isn't top-notch!
I used a cheery print from Robert Kaufman's SEI Dill Blossom line.  I love it!

The interior fabric  is a Kona gray and the printed one is from a gorgeous and far too unknown line called Giselle by Jessica Swift for Red Rooster Fabric. 

I'll spare you some of the details, but basically the big Rik Rak didn't get sewn all the way into the seam on one side because my seam allowance was too small.  Also, I think I will re-do the pockets so they are graduated in size rather than random. 

Speaking of having to re-do things, I made my last quilt block for the MSQB {booooo} last weekend.  I was not entirely happy with it though because the direction of wavy triangles was a bit wonky or not symetrical.  See?
color quality a little more bright than real life
I did something that I never do: I took my block apart rather than starting from scratch.  Maybe it's the hours I spent ripping stitches from sister's quilt, but I no longer hate my seam ripper.  We are nearly BFFs now.  Nearly.

The iron died shortly after I finished taking apart the block, so I wasn't actually able to finish it until yesterday {which was still June, so that counts as being on time, right?}, but I'm so much more happy with the final block.  
colors are now much more true to real life 
Sharon is making a quilt for her hubby {aaaaah, so sweet!}, and his office is "the great outdoors"--he's a rancher--so she wanted  earthy tones.  I hope my take on earthy isn't too feminine!  As for the block design, I got the idea from the Farmers Wife block, particularly this one. I changed it a bit, so it isn't quite so "contrary" {the name of the block is the Contrary Wife}. 

I hope you all enjoy the holiday weekend {in the U.S., that is}! I'll be working on that Make-up Brush Roll and a quilt back and then enjoying some party time and fireworks with friends on Monday!

I'm linking up with Amy today at my favorite linky party, Sew & Tell!



  1. Love the fabric choices you used for the Brush Rolls! They're bright, fresh, and fun. ☺

    Visiting from Sew & Tell. Thanks for sharing. Happy Friday! ☺

  2. How pretty! I could use one of those. Great fabrics in your block. I've made that mistake before.

  3. Your ripping the block apart was definitely worth it! I hope we get to see the finished product.

  4. cute projects! Ripping out seams just comes with the territory don't it ;)

  5. beautiful fabrics and wonderful finished projects. I would be sad if my iron died, I love to iron. Glad you didn't have to wait too long to get one.


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