Monday, July 29, 2013

My Scrappy Box

Hello there Zakka Along 2.0 blog hoppers and other guests! It's my week on the blog tour for Patchwork Please.  It is so exciting for me to support Ayumi's first book by participating in this blog tour - I think she is the most generous designer in blogland. I've made almost every one of the free tutorials offered on her blog Pink Penguin and I look forward to making more cute projects from this gorgeous book.

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For my version of My Scrappy Box (featured on page 77), I chose hand printed scraps purchased from an amazing fabric designer (that I met in London!), Lucie Summers.  I snuck a small piece of my own poppy print in there as well.  The solids are Kona's and the linen is Essex yarn dyed generously supplied by Kaufman. The lining is a Moda  print by Lucie Summers from her Summersville line.

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The pattern suggests foundation piecing the skinny strips onto paper, but I was able to piece them together normally without difficulty (note that the TIP bubble on page 78 gives 6 1/2" x 9" as the side panel measurement, but I think that should actually be 5 1/2" x 9"). I would recommend cutting out your heavyweight interfacing pieces AFTER you get your panels assembled - I had to make some adjustments to the stated pattern sizes. ETA: I used Pellon Peltex for my heavy weight interfacing and the box is plenty sturdy.

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I was confused by some of the pattern measurements and after reading the full instructions, I believe the editor's have switched some of the panel length and width dimensions. This doesn't really matter, unless like me, you have a directional fabric for your lining or outside end panels.  The main thing to remember is that you need an extra 1/2" of lining fabric overhanging the bottom of each side/end panel, therefore the lining pieces need to be cut 1/2" longer (taller) than their corresponding outer panel.

When I reached the Assemble Box section on page 79 I could not understand how step 11 worked, so I ignored the part about drawing a line at 1/2" and instead just attached every panel to the bottom linen piece with a 1/4" seam allowance. Remember to hold or pin the lining raw edge out of the way (see below).  I started stitching from the centre out to the edge of each panel, stopping with a backstitch.

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Hand-stitching the corners together with a ladder stitch worked out beautifully! This box is the perfect size for commercial quilt patterns and dressmaking envelope patterns, too.

If you make a My Scrappy Box of your own, be sure to link up by Sunday, August 4th on Lindsey's blog to win a $50 Zipit gift certificate and Pellon product!

Thanks to this week's generous sponsors, I've got some goodies to give away!

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1. Two Auriful thread sampler packs (shipped anywhere)
2. Pellon batting/interfacing sample pack (winner must have US or Canada address)
3. A surprise F8th and sticker pack from Form&Fabric (shipped anywhere)

 Leave one comment on this post (please indicate your country) for a chance to win the prizes listed above.
Random winners chosen on August 3rd.  

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IN ADDITION I'd like to give away this amazing stack of 23 Kona Fat Quarters from Zakka 2.0 Along sponsor Robert Kaufman. I'll send it anywhere in the world as long as the winner is prepared to cover the cost of shipping.  To enter the FQ stack giveaway please go here and leave one comment agreeing to pay the true cost of shipping. Please note that comments left on this "My Scrappy Box" post WILL NOT be included in the FQ stack giveaway.

ETA: Comments are now closed, thanks for visiting!

101 comments:

Candy said...

Of course I would pay shipping to the US. Wonderful bunch. C

Artsy-Craftsy Ivy said...

Thank you for the giveaway. I live in the United States.

dortha said...

Neat little box you made. I would pay shipping if I won. Thanks for the chance.

The domestic Groove said...

I would gladly pay shipping if I won. I had no idea that Ayumi write this book. I love her, so I guess I need to order a copy!

MissEnota aka Kristin S. said...

Hello from Minnesota! Thanks for the tips. I'll admit, I postponed making this one because I was confused on the read-through. I love the size though and have tons of old patterns to store so I hope to get one stitched up this week.

DianeY said...

Your box is so cute! It looks so sturdy. What type of interfacing did you use?

Paula said...

Your box is wonderful! Must give it a try soon.....another WIP to my endless pile ;Px

paulette said...

I love your new box...and the fabric is wonderful!! Way to go!!
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Kristin said...

I'd like to enter the giveaway! I live in the US.

JoNell said...

Nice to know the box is just the right size for patterns. Makes me want to make one. Thanks for the chance. USA

Vicki H said...

Great box, I like your scrappy fabrics too. I live in the US.

Jacklynn said...

I love the box - I have a lot of patterns that are overflowing the pockets of a three-ring binder, and this box would be perfect! Thanks for the give away.

Katherine said...

Lovely scrappy box, Krista! I think your fabric choices are perfect and can hardly wait to try making my own version. Ayumi's designs are always so lovely and inspiring.

Thanks to for the tips on making this. They will come in handy!

Thanks for the chance to win your lovely giveaway. (I'm in Canada).

Beth said...

I would love to try Aurofil! I live in the USA

Leanne said...

Your box is wonderful and I am going to make one or three for my sewing table which right now has three boring white IKEA boxes on it. I would love to win the prizes from your generous sponsors, thank you for the chance, and I live in Canada.

Delores said...

Please enter me in the giveaway - I live in Canada (Vancouver Island)!!

Samantha @ Makinglifeprettier said...

Cute box Krista! I live in Canada ;) Also btw I linked your spray basting tutorial in my lasted blog post!

Linda F. said...

Thanks for the chance to win the zakka items.

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi! That's a fantastic box and so beautiful with your fabric choises ! Finnish womand sends you sunny wishes from Greece!
nerospost(at)gmail(dot)com

Lou said...

I sure would pay shipping to the great state of Texas in the US:)

diane said...

Very cute scrappy box. I live in the US, but you already know that.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Thank you for the tips on your scrappy box - I'm going to make one for my patterns!

Barb said...

What a lovely scrappy box! I love the tutorials on Ayumi's blog, but I still have to get my hands on her book. Thanks for sharing!

Donna~~ said...

Such a great idea! I've been looking for a bin in a color I like--you may have provided the solution to my pickiness (although it will mean actual work for me!) And I'd happily pay shipping!

Diane said...

Cute little box. US

Debbie said...

Love those fabrics made by Lucie Summers! Very cute box! I would love to pay shipping on that great bundle of greeny fabrics!

Anne said...

Tanks for the giveaway.

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dirtyard designs said...

Great tips on the box! Thanks for the giveaway and participating in the sewalong. Im in Minnesota in the USA.

Jo Ann said...

the box is very sweet!

Sue H said...

The scrappy box is really great, now planning to make one next week, hope I can find some Pellon Peltex or equivalent here in Israel. Thanks for a chance for the giveaway!

Donna Joy said...

Thanks for sharing your tips on making the scrappy box. Such a wonderful way to display our favorite fabrics, and store patterns. Thanks for the giveaway.

veronicamade said...

I love the cute patchwork box. Thanks for the chance to win.

andri. said...

Love your box!:) i live outside US/Canada ;)

Glynis said...

Thanks for allowing us to visit your great stop on Ayumi's book tour, all from the comforts of home here in Colorado, USA! Enjoy!

Cheryl said...

Wow! I might have to make a few of those boxes. And what awesome prizes! Thanks for the chance to win. I am in Canada and will pay for shipping.

Marci Girl said...

Your box turned out fabulous and what a great use of such precious scraps! I'm in the USA!

Bearpawquilter said...

Such cute projects - I need to order a copy of Ayumi's book. Thanks for the chance. N

Finding Fifth said...

so glad i read your post. Now i will adjust those measurements and make a note of the tips.

Gill said...

Fabulous!
I'm in the UK!

Katy Cameron said...

Love your box, great homage to Lu! UK, of course ;o)

thecreamsiclecat said...

Love your scrappy box! I live in the United States. :)

allierae said...

Ahhh, I love Lu Summers hand-printed fabrics! I'm trying to decide which ones to order for myself. Thanks for the giveaway - I'm in the US.

Dianne said...

The box turned out beautifully Krista. It's going to look lovely in your studio!

Christine M said...

Your scrappy box looks great. How good would it look with boxes lined up along a whole shelf! I'm in Australia. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

Stephanie @ Quarter Incher said...

Your box turned out great! I love all the fun alphabet prints!

Jo-Anne said...

Yes please - O Canada!

Celtic Thistle said...

Great box, thanks for the tips too. I am in the UK!

Sonja said...

Nice box Krista! I'm loving your photos, so crisp! ����

Lisa in Port Hope said...

Thanks for the construction tips. I think these would be so sweet in monochrome scraps and strings.

Rachel said...

I love this box, the Lu Summers fabrics are so fun. I live in New Zealand.

Patti said...

Thanks for the great tips on the construction, Krista! I hope to get started on it this week. Thanks for a great giveaway too! Cheers, from Saskatoon!
No problem paying for shipping if I am a lucky winner.

Nessa said...

I'm in the UK so please count me in for giveaway numbers 1 and 3. Thanks for the opportunity!

Rebecca said...

Thanks for the tips love your box. I live in Australia.

Anya said...

Love your box!! I live in the USA and would love a chance to win!

Kirsty@Bonjour said...

Great idea for holding patterns. We could all do with one of these! Love from Australia!

DeborahGun said...

Thanks for the tips and suggestions. I live in Indonesia.

Melissa said...

I have some of those prints and they are terrific for the box you made:) Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win!

Emily C said...

Love the box, looks perfect for school supplies. I live in the USA.

Judith said...

Love your box! It would be great for holding an English paper piecing project. I may have to give it a try. I'm in Canada.

Jo @ life in lists said...

Ooh, the box looks fab, especially with Lu's prints. Thanks for the chance to win, I'm in the UK.

Lise-Lotte said...

How great that you were able to use some of that fabric right away! and pair it up with Poppyprint
I love this box
Lise-Lotte from Canada
partygreen.ca

sarahmacnificent said...

Very Cool Box! Thanks for the giveaway. USA

Indianna said...

Very cute box, and thanks for the measurement corrections. Wet and windy UK.

Swedish Scrapper said...

You grabbed me right away with the hand printed by lucie-beautiful choice! I was thinking of scaling this down for a cd catcher in the kitchen, but now I see it Must be used for my quickly growing pattern collection!

Swedish Scrapper said...

Doh! Forgot to post my country-- Sweden! Cheers!

Margaret said...

Your box is beautiful. Love your fabric choices. Thanks for sharing. From Michigan in the USA.

Elsa said...

Love the bin and Lucie's fabric (I ordered some of the same from her a while ago). Ayumi's book is so wonderful, I want to make every single thing in it!
Thanks for the giveaway too!
I'm in the United States.

Fran said...

Lovely fabrics in your Scrappy Box, it looks beautiful. I live in Australia, thanks for the chance to win.

Joy said...

Your scrappy box is so cute, and they are so handy. I've made a few myself. I live in Canada. Thanks for the giveaway.

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LJ said...

Great looking scrappy box.

Anna said...

this is so pretty Krista!!! And so glad you had fun at the retreat!

rainjerette said...

Your box is lovely - and it gave me ideas for Christmas gifts. Thanks! I live in the USofA.

rainjerette said...

Hmmmm....I would pay shipping, if I won. Or I could meet you at the border.......

Carmen N said...

You did a beautiful job on your scrappy box. I love it! (USA)

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

What a great box! I love the look of these...would help organize my sewing room (maybe!)
I am in Canada..and of course would be happy to pay shipping for that great bundle!

Gwendellyn said...

I often have a need for boxes that are just a certain size for whatever I need - can't wait to start making them instead of hoping to find it one day! I want to get started on my box this week but we'll see, haha Thank you for the giveaway! I'm in the US :)

kate greiner said...

Your box is great. Getting some
heavyweight interfacing today.
I live in the US. Thanks.

Amy DeCesare said...

Your box is very lovely, as was the one in the book. Unfortunately, I couldn't figure out how it worked, either, so I decided to skip this one. Great job making yours for the sew along.

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Karrie S said...

I love your box! Thanks for the chance to win :) I live in the US

Ella and Nesta said...

Thank you so much for the tips! They are going to be really useful when I try making the box. The fabrics you've chosen are beautiful! I live in Italy.

Sheila said...

Despite the hiccups, I would make this again.
I am in the UK.

SheilaN8 said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I am in Canada :)

Sonia B said...

Cute box. Thanks for the chance. I'm in the US.

Jodie said...

Great fabric choices! I'm in the US.

Susanne - Quilt it out said...

Your box looks lovely :)
Greetings from Germany
Susanne

Lee said...

Your box is great! I have loved this tour and all the projects in the book! thank you!

mjb said...

This looks like a useful project to tackle one day!

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Jeannie said...

Love your box! your fussy cuts are wonderful. Thank you for the extra instructions!
I live in the States.

Quilting Tangent said...

Need some thread. Figure out a use for the other goodies. Live in USA.

Kate said...

thank you for the giveaway. Of course I would pay shipping if I am lucky enough to win. Love the box you made!

Kathy

mary moon designs said...

I am loving this sew along also your box turned out so great.

Live a Colorful Life said...

I love this container! Also the chance at that fabric stack. It's kona,, therefore self explanatory

Lisa said...

What a great box, I'm just starting a dress pattern collection and those little packets get everywhere. Love the fabric choices too. I live in the UK btw. Thanks for the giveaway

starlightsound said...

Lovely giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity!

ann said...

Thanks for the chance to win. Love the variety of greens. The box is fantastic...may have to try one. I'm in Canada, Ontario to be precise.

Miss Paula said...

Probably too late!! Miss Paula in Stitches is from California USA

SIMPLESEW said...

Thanks for the chance to win. Love the variety of greens. The box is fantastic...may have to try one. I'm in Arlington, TEXAS