Friday, May 30, 2014

SSG Rolfing Hero Bags

Hey there! It has been ages since I blogged on my bag blog. I finished this set of Hero bags and felt they needed to be shared on this space. 


I made this set of Hero Bags for the Mother and sister of SSG Robb Rolfing. He was killed in Iraq on 30 June 2007.


I made a Stu tote, with quite a few customizations from the blouse of Robb's ACU uniform to create this design.  I tried my best to fit in all that Robb's mom wanted to have included. I lined the bag with one of his shirts.



She also wanted some gold paisley fabric to be used.


Robb's Special Forces unit patch is on the back of the bag.


This bag has a tiny gold star on one of the straps with his name on the other strap.


I quilted in another gold star on the closure.


The inside of the bag has 5 pockets and the outside of the bag has 2.


I sourced some special magnetic closures for this set of bags that I think work really well.


The bag I made for Robb's Sister is an oversized Cather bag. I used one of the legs from Robb's ACU pants to create this design. This bag also has a heart magnetic closure.



The lower leg pocket is on the back of the bag. 


His Name is quilted into the strap of the bag.


The sides are improv pieced with scraps from his uniform, leftover bits of his green button down shirt and some Parson Grey fabric.


The inside of this bag has 4 pockets and is lined with one of Robb's shirts.

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So, I haven't made any of my Camp Follower Bags / Hero bags for quite some time. I forgot how much of an honor it is to sew with the actual uniforms of men who have answered the call of their nation and sacrificed their lives for our freedom and so that our way of life can continue without oppression. This order took me forever to make. I am ashamed to admit. I was going through my own mourning after my husband retired from the Army. I know it is NOTHING like what Robb's family is going through, but to me it was pretty big. I have been in the Army all my life and I was so sad to not be part of it anymore. After coming to terms with retirement and realizing what a dork I was being I was able to return to my bag making. I still love doing it. Margie, I pray these bags give you some comfort. I still have 2 more duffle type bags to make. I need to design the pattern first of course since I have never made a duffle bag.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New Blog

Hey there. I thought I could keep up with 2 blogs, but apparently that is a bridge too far for me. I now blog almost exclusively at


That is where you will find me and my quilting, and my family and my crafts. I hope you visit. I miss you all!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Long time....no blogging here. But I am back and trying my hand at having backyard hens.


Hey there folks! How are you all doing? It has been ages since I blogged on this blog. I do most of my blogging on my quilt blog (tiacurtisquilts.blogspot.com) but I miss this space with so much of my life over the past years. So blogging here will again commence!

Our latest adventure is having hens in the backyard. We started with a couple Ameraucana hens and they did great. they happily lived in their little coop and grew and did very well. We made the coop larger as they grew and tried to keep it safe from predators.


The kiddos had a lovely time watching their hens. I guess we had them for about a month, and it was time to go on vacation. Our neighbor was watching our cats and had no problem watching our hens too (Stanley went to the kennel).


The Beach was wonderful! What a relaxing peaceful time! We really liked Fort Walton beach. It had its perfect moments and its stormy ones too...but it was great and I will take it any way I can get it! My husband did all sorts of fishing and the kids did all sorts of swimming. I did some painting and lots of reading!


We then drove up to the mountains and surprised my parents on their annual 4th of July reunion picnic. It was so so good to see everyone!


Happy Independence day! Well on the last 3 nights of our vacation all 4 of our cute little chicken girls got eaten by a raccoon. Sad....but coons are very sharp and no matter how our pet sitter tried to reinforce the battlements, it still got to the hens. Well, as they say life goes on! We are starting again!


But this time I couldn't find pullets so I decided to start with chicks. And quite a variety of chicks! Thanks to Alan of Heartland Hatchery This little lady (hopefully!) is a Silkie. She will look quite fuzzy when she is grown and be a small bird. This one is Sam's chick.


I have no clue what this one is, but I like the feathers on her legs


This is either a Cinnamon Queen or a Road Island red. I had 3 other sets of helpful hands popping chicks into the box.


This girl was a Polish hen of some sort...but I noticed yesterday after I got her home that she just didn't seem as healthy as her friends, and indeed she had passed away during the night. But she was a cute little thing


Here are some more Aracunas.


I know I got too many...but with my luck some won't make it. So my neighbors won't have to worry about giant mounds of chicken poo. They are crazy cute. My daughter has been out playing Mozart for them, we read somewhere that hens like music.


And I have been quilting like a fiend. Really, so much of my time has been spent down in my studio that I have almost no time to blog or market myself. This quilt is  QOV (quilt of Valor) made by lovely Raylene. I always love quilting her quilts. She has perfectly flat seams and she is a joy to be around.

OK, I have some work to go do. You all have a great day and I hope to see you here again quite often.

Do any of you have hens? How do you keep Racoons away? I do have a trap....but for now I am waiting for my husband to return home before putting it out. If he wasn't coming back this evening I would go ahead and do it myself...but he likes to do that sort of thing.

xo,
Tia


Friday, March 15, 2013

Wolons Molly and zip wallet


Hey there! I feel like I haven't made a Camp Follower Bag in Ages! It has been a long time. But I have been quilting lots and lots of quilts for folks. I sure love my job.

OK, lets talk about this order for a second. The request was to make a Molly purse out of both the green flight suit and the gray ACU.



I love this size zip bag. It can act as a clutch or a project bag for little hand stitching or a place to keep tech chargers while traveling....I have zillions of them around the house and I forget what is in each one so it is a little surprise when I find one under the couch...Ah ha! There is my lipstick.



I utilized on of the leg pockets for this Molly (just like almost any other Molly I make)


Airborne, air assault and flight wings on the side


Inside are 2 generous pockets



DW+KW


This one has a pen pocket (Mighty Pen).

OK, folks. The kids start their spring break tomorrow, so I will be busy for a while keeping my children entertained and mentally stimulated. I hope you all have a great spring break in your neck of the woods and find time for some sewing!

xo,
Tia

Thursday, March 7, 2013

My Middle Man


Good Morning! Yesterday was my middle Man's birthday. He is 10 years old. 10 Years old is a big birthday among Army Brat kiddos. They get an ID card when they turn 10. That is a big deal. For my kids entire life they have watched Stu and I show our card to do just about anything on the military compounds that we have lived on over their lives. To get on post, to go shopping to see the doctor to get medicine...to get in special buildings...everything requires a display of an ID card. Well, Where does on keep an ID card? In a cool wallet of course! Ethan and I looked and looked for a wallet for him. I was disgusted by the "craftsmanship" and materials of the wallets we found, so I went home and made one. Actually this happened years ago. My husband carries one of my wallets, I carry one and I made one for my dad. They are the easiest things to make and are so simple and functional.

Birthday traditions are pretty simple around here. Whoever the birthday person is picks out their special meal and they get a cake. Ethan choose Steak, potatoes and grilled Bok Choy. It was pretty good. March has 2 birthdays 3 days apart, so the boys get a party together. Low key. Sam ( my youngest) has already put his order in for Sushi.



I know the pictures aren't great, but I was a fool and used top secret special fabric that I can't show until next month. You can go look at Carrie's blog (SuchitySuch) and get an idea of the fabric she gave me to make some things with for her. It is named Collage. It is pretty awesome.  I will go find Sam's wallet so you can see the structure of the item. I plan to make a tutorial for a simple leather wallet, but that may not happen until tomorrow. I have too many things to do today. Not the least of which is getting ready for another birthday and a birthday party on Saturday.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Quilt Almanac winner is!

Hey there I picked a winner at random from the comments left last week.


Blogger Jenny said...
you have been busy Tia!!
February 15, 2013 at 10:57 Am
I hope everyone is all warm and toasty where you are. We are snowed in for a bit. But such a beautiful snow. The kids are bundling up as I type so they can go out and play. I love winter! I will be sewing until out power goes out. If I am still on a roll I will drag out my hand crank machine.
Happy Sewing!
Tia

Friday, February 15, 2013

Quilt Almanac Magazine Giveaway!


Hey there! Did I mention on this blog that I have some patterns out? Well, I do! They are starting to pop up on news shelves now. My first one is in Quilt Almanac. It is a quilted Kindle case, or "Hip E-reader"

Cool huh? Well, I have 2 copies to give away. Do you want one? It is pack jammed with great projects I promise.



I just finished another pattern this morning for the Type quilt I made for quilt market out of Julia Rothmans awesome Type fabric it will be in a Fons and Porter magazine soon. Gosh it feels good to have that project away.

Modern Patchwork will have my Library Tote bag pattern.

Ok leave a comment letting me know if you would like to see any specific patterns from me in the future. I have been making bags and quilts for the past 10 years from my own designs so they will be easy to make into patterns. This pattern writing is pretty wonderful.

Leave a comment below and maybe on my other blog ( you will have 2 chances to be a winner).

Good Luck!

Tia



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