PMQG Swap iPad Case

Today, I’d like to share an iPad messenger case that I made for a Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild swap. In December. (I’m a bit behind on posts!) We filled out questionnaires for our counterparts, and my partner’s list was simple: ‘iPad case’, ‘gray’, and ‘Denyse Schmidt’. Done, done, and done!Corduroy iPad Case/Stand

The iPad messenger case pattern is from Etsy seller Birdiful Stitches. This isn’t the only pattern I bought from her shop, and it’s not the only one that was turned into a Christmas present! But that’s another post…

Corduroy iPad Case/Stand

There are a lot of details that I really like — the swivel strap hardware, roomy back pocket, and my additions: the strip of Hope Valley scraps (left over from my three HV quilts), and a covered button closure.

Corduroy iPad Case/Stand

The cool thing about this case is that is also folds out into a stand, thanks to some heavyweight quilter’s template plastic in the innards.

Corduroy iPad Case/Stand

I don’t have an iPad (I’m a Samsung girl), but trust me that it does fit!

Corduroy iPad Case/Stand

My swap partner Anna seemed very happy with the case. I hope she enjoys it!

More on my second Birdiful Stitches creation coming soon…


Crossing Hope Valley Quilt Top

Crossing Hope Valley

As I mentioned, the pattern is from Susan Beal’s Modern Log Cabin Quilting. I made a few modifications:
– Increased the size of the pieces to make it jelly roll friendly (2 1/2″ strips yield 12″ finished squares, versus 9 1/2″ in the book)
– Made a few extra all-white log cabin blocks to fill in the side areas for the 4 block rows, instead of using plain pieces of fabric

Crossing Hope Valley

I got the idea for this layout when I was cutting out the pieces from jelly roll scraps and stacking them by color. I had originally planned to randomize the colors, but the gradation in the pile of little rectangles made me think otherwise.

Honestly, I am a bit stumped on how to quilt this one. Usually I go for all over stippling, but this might call for some straight line quilting (which scares the bejeesus out of me). Until I sort it out, I’ll put this one on the backburner and start something else.

You’ll notice that my husband models a lot of my quilts. He’s a good sport, but usually takes liberties with a few funny faces when I’m not paying attention…

Funny Face

Starting a new quilt

Using an Amazon credit I had kicking around, I treated myself to a copy of Modern Log Cabin Quilting. There are a number of great quilts in this book, but for my first project, I couldn’t even make it past the cover. I just started my own version of the ‘Modern Crosses Quilt’ and I’m already in love.

Starting a New Quilt...

I’m using jelly roll scraps from the king-sized Hope Valley Five Patch quilt that I finished earlier this year.

Hope Valley Five Patch Quilt

Am I a little obsessed with this fabric line? Possibly. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I have a third in progress quilt with the same fabric waiting in the wings! No such thing as too much of a good line.