Archive for June, 2009

Bento Box Top Complete, originally uploaded by Shear Delight.

The top is done! I’m really glad that I went ahead and made four boxes to put together. Although it’s a rather large “playmat” now you appreciate the green element of the quilt and how it moves around. I got the idea from Amanda Jean when she was making this pattern. In her quilt she was using dark brown as an accent color, originally she was on the fence about it and asked for input. I loved the way the darker color stuck out and helped the eye move around the quilt so I knew I would do that in my own design.

I’ve already purchased the backing fabric but ran out of time last time to sew it together. Hopefully I can finish tonight and perhaps get it sandwiched but I’m not making any promises 😉

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Beginning of the Bento Box, originally uploaded by Shear Delight.

Bento box quilts seem to be quite popular lately and I’m hardly immune to the hype. But I wanted mine to be a little different. I prefer large scale prints that wouldn’t work with the normal dimensions of this pattern. So I doubled the size of the templates and went from there. (Whenever you do this keep in mind doubling the size of a template also doubles the size of the seam allowance so make sure you subtract 1/4 in from all sides before cutting your fabric).

Now the blocks are the perfect size to showcase the prints I have chosen.

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I thought that a single box (four of the blocks above) would make a nice sized baby play mat but J. says it’s a little small.

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As is it measures 32 inches by 32 inches. Do you think if I added a border I could leave it alone or is it still too small?

I went ahead and started cutting out more fabric so I could put four boxes together for a really large play mat or smallish quilt. Here is the start of the second block.

Second Block of Bento Box Quilt

I’m obviously a big fan of hot pink and lime green now I just need find someone else who likes the combination as much as me to use this 🙂

I had to stop because I ran out of white fabric but everything else is cut out and ready to go. Tomorrow I’ll buy the rest of the white fabric I need and pick out a backing fabric. I should be able to get the top done tomorrow night then its a matter of motivating myself to sandwich and quilt it!

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I love these little Japanese prints but they are so expensive! First off they are usually linen/cotton blends that are heavier than 100% cotton and second they usually come from Japan so the shipping is through the roof. I still thinks it’s worth it if you buy a bunch of prints at once and stick to smaller cuts to get the greatest variety for the least amount of money.

So where can you find them?

On Etsy:


Ruby’s Daughter

This And That From Japan (Currently on vacation)

Fabricworm on Etsy and one their own website

From Japan with Love

Choki Choki



Pomadour’s Craft Cafe

On Their Websites:

Fabric Tales


Purl Soho


J. Caroline Creative


Nuno Plus


If you know any others please share!

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canonjune09 124, originally uploaded by Shear Delight.

July is Sugard Limes’ month in Bee Modern and due to an impending move she had to ship her fabric early so I wasn’t really planning on working on it any time soon. But as more and more of my fellow bees started finishing their blocks I started to feel like I should get a move on!

Claudia sent us various prints from Hello Betty, I like the colors and was happy to play with the blue/red pairing. Since it was an “anything goes” type of month I knew I wanted to do something scrappy but I was leery of any block design that would require me to line up a bunch of seams and corners so a spiderweb block seemed like the perfect choice. It’s scrappy but the pieces don’t need to be the same dimensions so there isn’t the same concern about the seams lining up.

I’ve never made one of these blocks before but I found some instructions that have you starting with a 12.5 inch block and then piecing off of that. I didn’t have a 12.5 inch block in the pieces that Claudia sent me to I decided to make one.

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The square is then cut into four triangles.

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The triangles then serve as the base for the pieced strips.

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The four triangles are then sewn back together.

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For a little while I started panicking that I wouldn’t have enough fabric, so I decided to add in some yellow Timeless Treasure fabric, I think it coordinates well.

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Simplicity 3835, originally uploaded by Shear Delight.

Now this is an easy summer dress! A handful of pattern pieces, a zipper, some interfacing and you have yourself a really cute dress.

I made a size 8 and it fits really well except the lower arms. To give you an idea of sizing I generally wear a size 4 or 6 in storebought clothes. Do you think I have fat lower arms? I cut out a size 8 and could not get them up my arm so I redid the seam at a 1/4 inch and I can wear it but it’s still tight. The next time around I’m going to extend the lower arm pattern piece out by at least a 1/2 an inch.

The pattern pieces for the body and arms are the same with different cut lines for the different styles so it’s very easy to mix and match the design elements. I opted for the longest length in the arms so I could have those stylish doodads and the longest length so it could be worn for work. I’ve also noticed that many women will make the mini version and find it’s to short to be worn as a dress and end up pairing it with pants. I wanted a dress that could be worn as a dress and this fits the bill quite nicely. If it’s to long you could easily hem it but its a little harder to add length!

I made this out of Alexander Henry fabric that I bought on sales at Jo-Ann’s partly because I didn’t want to invest in expensive fabric the first time around and partly because I wanted to see if I could pull off an all over pattern like this. It turns out I really like it!

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My Precious, originally uploaded by Shear Delight.

Can you believe I got 8 fat quarters of this hard to find Heather Ross fabric for only $21 including shipping?!! I saw Staci’s blog post early one morning about finding this fabric and intending to list it on Etsy. Within seconds I had emailed her and asked her if I could take it off her hands. Then I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. I had no way of knowing how many other people had already read her post and sent similar pleas. Lucky me I think I was the first! She emailed me that day saying she would be happy to set up a custom listing for me but couldn’t get to it for a week or so. Patience is not a virtue I possess but when she told me she was only charging $2 a fat quarter I knew I could wait! It had been awhile and I was afraid she had forgotten but this weekend she emailed me again saying she could ship them. I paid within seconds of recieving the listing 🙂 and the fabric came today! I have no idea what I will do with them so they will sit in my stash for a little while at least.

I was really interested in the fish and gnomes so the mushrooms are available for swap.

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Coaster Swap Sent and Received

Coasters- Received, originally uploaded by Shear Delight.

I’ve been remiss in posting about the Coaster Swap! I sent mine off a week or so before the deadline but didn’t want to post anything until I knew my partner had received them and then I just forgot.

The coasters above are the ones that Liesl Made sent me combining my love of pink and my husband’s love of brown. They remind me of computer mouse pads and I think they are made of the same material with the image digitally printed on them but I’m not sure. They work great as coasters though and have already been well used around the house.

I made something a bit different. Liesl mentioned like the color combination of black, white and yellow and playing cards. So I thought I could combine those two loves using reverse applique.


In the first round I used yellow thread on the black fabric but thought there was too much contrast so I ripped it out.


I like the black thread on black fabric much better!


I also made a set of yellow coasters. I think the overall look is better on these but since it’s bright yellow I wasn’t sure if she would use them. I figure having both sets she can choose to use one or the other and if she has a party she can use both.

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