Camo iPad Tote


Free Fabric!

Before we get started with today’s post let my remind you of my First Anniversary’s Give-Away.  I’m celebrating this blog’s first anniversary by giving away a free charm pack.  Check out the link above for the specifics.  You wouldn’t want to miss out on a chance to get free fabric.  Now on to today’s WIP post.

Tag-Along

Not too long ago I assembled a tutorial showcasing the construction of a Tag-Along tote. Before embarking on the construction of the Tag-Along I had begun a quest to make a tote suitable for my iPad and keyboard.  Being unsatisfied with the options available I went through the process of developing my own pattern.  My first mock-up showed room for improvement.  Since I already had the pattern for the Tag-Along I decided to try it out as an alternative.  As I assembled the tote I made numerous changes to the pattern.  While I am quite pleased with my finished product there were things about the Tag-Along I just wasn’t happy with so I went back to the drawing board and resurrected My Original design.

My Original Design

This time around I set out to overcome the issues I had with my first mock-up.  Missing on the first attempt were handles, a pocket for miscellaneous items and tabs to keep each pocket as well as the entire case securely closed.  I also had to address the inadequate size as well as the flimsiness of the layers.  Below are photos of my second attempt.

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As you can see this tote was definitely made using fabrics not typically in my stash.  Since the finished project was destined for my husband I let him choose the fabrics.  He was quite thrilled to be in charge of the selections.  I felt a bit strange going to the fabric store’s cutting table with a cart loaded with camouflage, bright orange, black and green bolts of fabric.

If you examine this second tote you will notice my first change.  Not only does this specimen have handles but they wrap completely around the tote.  I felt the handles would provide more security if they were not just attached at the top.  You can also see that I added a closure tab.

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Here’s a photo of the inside.  Note each pocket now has a tab closure.  Also added was the pocket for miscellaneous items (look for the camouflage fabric).

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From this picture you can see that I made the pockets much deeper.  This time the iPad does not extend above the top edge of the pocket.  Obviously the iPad shown is not my husband’s.  He would never have a pink case on his.  For display purposes I used my own.

My Review

Granted nothing is ever perfect.  I however have plans for a third tote.  With this experiment I want to change the width of the handle, add a pocket for pens and use stabilizers that are not quite so sturdy.  Well, at least that’s what I have in mind so far.  It’s entirely possible there may just be a fourth and fifth version.  Who knows what will happen along my journey to improvement?

I’m Linking Up

I’m linking up this post with Freshly Pieced.  Go see what they are up to.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Life After My Tag-Along


Tag-Along

I poured my heart and soul into the construction of my Tag-Along tote for a recent competition. Much to my disappointment my tote did not make it past the initial elimination phase. With so much energy dedicated to that project not much time was left for anything else. I did however manage to start a quilt.

Simply Color

I’m using a charm pack called Simply Color. My dream is to finish and enter the quilt into an upcoming show in Madison. Whether or not I can direct enough focus towards its quick completion is the question. It needs to be assembled, quilted,and bound in order to be ready. Cross your fingers!

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Here’s A Sneak Peak

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Still In Line

Still on deck are these little gems.

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Miranda Day Bag

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Encore Purse Insert

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Messenger Bag

Time to link up with Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

My Heart Is Racing!


They Arrived!

For those that are regular followers of my blog you know that I spent most of the past four months concentrating on the Hurricane Sandy Quilt project. Last week I excitedly announced the completion of the fourth and final quilt on my roster. According to tracking records quilt’s # 4 and # 3 arrived at their New Jersey destination last Thursday.

Time to Shift Focus

My main focus for four months has been those four quilts. Very little else was thought of, scheduled or even entertained until that major hurdle had been overcome. As soon as I walked out of our local UPS store I instantly, and I mean instantly set my mind in motion. So many of the projects on my To Do List were screaming for my attention. The hard part would be deciding which ones would take priority.

Tote Bags Galore

Now being an overly organized nut, one would think I have my To Do List all prioritized. I suppose in a way I might. On the other hand I must have some spontaneity. As much as I love using my long arm quilter my imagination was drawn in the direction of the many tote bags patiently awaiting their turn. Some of the patterns I have had for several years. One of them I helped my middle daughter make when she was here a year ago. I jealously watched as her bag grew closer and closer to completion. Oh how I wanted to make one for myself.

The Lucky Ones Chosen Are

The more I thought about my endless possibilities the more I just knew it was time to make something fun. On my present To Do List is the Miranda Day Bag by Lazy Girl Designs, The Encore Purse Insert  by Studio Kat Designs and the Messenger Bag presented by From the Blue Chair. Pictured below are the fabric selections I have chosen for my activities:

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Miranda Day Bag

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The Encore Purse Insert

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The Messenger Bag

Also making the top ten charts is my super secret project for the Stitched In Color challenge. I gave you a sneak peek of that last week.

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Shelburne Falls Contest

I almost have that tote completed.

Letting Off Steam

Well I think that’s enough excitement for one day. I believe I let out just enough steam to keep myself from exploding. I have to hurry up and get this post published so that I can get my eyes back on my newly selected projects.

I’m Linking Up

I’m linking up with Freshly Pieced. Make sure you join the excitement brewing over there. Thanks so much for spending time with me. You are what makes this all worth while. Have a wonderful day!

Regards!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

It’s Naked


Got Your Attention Didn’t I!

Relax!  I was referring to the rollers on my long arm quilt machine.  I finished quilting Hurricane Sandy Quilt # 4 so that’s why the rollers are empty (I’m doing a happy dance).  All that’s left now is the hand stitching on the binding.  By the end of this week the entire project should be completed.

Want To See What It Looks Like?

I don’t intent to show photos of the whole quilt until the binding is all done.  I will, however, tease you with a few samples.  Here you go . . .

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Do you like what you see?

So What Else Has Been Going On?

Not much!  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working on all four of the Hurricane Sandy Quilts.  Unfortunately they’ve monopolized my schedule and left very little time for much else.  I’m looking forward to a change.  Hopefully I’ll know how to handle the void they leave in my day.  Perhaps I will have to brush up on my time management skills.

I’m Linking Up

I’m joining the ladies over at Freshly Pieced and A Lovely Year of Finishes.  Make sure you hop on over.  There’s so many other lovely projects to catch up on.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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Time for Another Blog Hop!


Welcome!

Welcome to In A Stitch Quilting!  As my name suggests I offer quilting services.  I use an Ansley 26 Tin Lizzie long arm quilt machine.  I would be more than happy to quilt your next project.  You may drop me a line by leaving a comment on this blog or by emailing me at cindy (at) inastitchquilting.com for further information.

In the Beginning

I entered the world of blogging in 2010 when my husband’s cancer returned.  Through that blog I chronicled our journey from discovery, through radiation and beyond.  While the blog is still up and running I typically only post when we have updates to share.  This blog has been active since May 2012.  I started this blog as a way of promoting my business and as a platform to share my love for quilting.  As you browse through my blog you will find pictures and stories of my projects and quilts. Stay long enough and you may even meet my sweet little puppy, Sadie.

I am currently participating in Freshly Pieced’s WIP Wednesday and A Lovely Year of Finishes.  Friday’s are set aside for “favorites.”  Favorite notions, shops, fabrics, food, etc. What falls in and around those days varies.  I have great ambitions to join a variety of other challenges and activities.  Nothing more can be added to my schedule though until I finish my last quilt for the Hurricane Sandy Project.  If you are curious about the first three quilts I have finished for that effort search my categories for postings.

I am a member of three quilt guilds.  There’s the Rock Valley Quilters Guild, the Rock River Modern Quilt Guild and the Madison Modern Quilt Guild.  I hold the positions of treasurer and public relations at the Madison Modern Quilt Guild.

Now that you’ve learned a little bit about me it’s time to get this ball rolling.  Time to learn what’s going on.  Here we go . . .

Beat the Winter Blues

Michelle at Quilting Gallery has a serious case of spring-fever.  To add a spark of excitement to these long days of winter she’s organized another blog hop.  I could use a bit of excitement as well so I have decided to join in on the fun.

Last time I participated in her blog hop I made two adorable Hold Anything Bags by Dancing Crane Designs.  I purchased the pattern from Mill House Quilts in Waunakee.  While the bags were a huge success I thought it might be boring to offer the same type of item.  So this time around I’ve decided to do something different.  Just like with December’s prize this one is hand-made as well.

Garden Party Runner

One very lucky winner will receive a hand-made table topper.  The pattern I chose was the “Garden Party Runner” by Mary Cain of Cain Creations in Sun Prairie, WI.  I’ve tried without success to locate an internet address for her pattern.  If you are interested in obtaining a copy for yourself you might try contacting Mill House Quilts through their website.  They have a wonderful supply of fabric, and patterns as well as notions.

The pattern normally produces a 14″ wide x 38″ long adorable, super simple table runner.  The first time I used the pattern I followed the instructions exactly as they were printed.  Being a rebel who likes to do things her own way I decided this time to change things up a bit.

Modifications

  1. To start, I’ve made this one a table topper with measurements of 20 1/2″ wide x 27″ long.

  2. Next I changed the dimensions of the piping accent. I thought the piping on my first project was too narrow.  The pattern instructions don’t really tell you how wide to cut the piping strips so I guessed.  Obviously I guessed wrong because they were barely visible under the binding.  I was very unhappy with the appearance so I remove it.  The piping on this new table topper is 1/2″ wide.

  3. The third change I made was the order in which the components were assembled.  The pattern tells you to sew on the piping before you quilt.  With the piping already attached it made it difficult to quilt.  The only way to quilt underneath the piping was to pin it out-of-the-way.  That seemed a bit odd.

This time I added a row of stitching 1/4″ from the edge to stabilize the seams.  Next I quilted the table topper.  Once the quilting was complete I added the piping on all four sides.  I was so much happier doing it that way.  The outcome was much more pleasing.

So What Does it Look Like?

Are you curious what it looks like?  Well I won’t make you wait any longer.  Time to reveal this blog hop’s prize.

As you can see I used the  Metropolitan Fair charm pack for the body of the table topper.  You can find a link to the fabric here:  Barbara Brackman’s Metropolitan Fair .  The piping was made out of Berry Blue Spirit of the Fair and the binding and backing are Charlotte Russe Chocolate Old Curiosity.  Sandwiched between the fabric layers is a layer of Warm & Natural batting.

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So what do you think?

How Do I Register?

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THE GIVE-AWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

Now I suppose you are wondering how to register.  Well, here’s the deal.  You have two opportunities to win.  For your first chance all you have to do is leave a comment.  To earn a second chance at winning start following my blog then post a second comment telling me that you did.  If you are already a follower tell me so in a second comment.

You may register for my table topper until Midnight (CST) on Thursday, March 14, 2013.  One very lucky winner will be chosen by Random.Org and announced on Friday, March 15th.  If for any reason the winner does not respond within the allotted time a second name will be chosen.

Get Registered!

So what are you waiting for?  Get ready to participate in Quilting Gallery’s Beat the Winter Blues Blog Hop Party.

 Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Register to win my table topper then slide on over to Quilting Gallery and get connected to the other wonderful participating bloggers. Who knows?  You just might be lucky!