You can always use another purse

Yes you can. You know you have this weakness for a cute purse. They are fabulous accessories and you have to have different styles and colors to go with your wardrobe. What? Did I hear you say that your wardrobe is bland and one purse or pocketbook or bag goes with everything? Well that’s a topic for a different blogger. I am here to show you how you can spiff up your presentation with a lovely variety of purses.

I have a new pattern for a Pocket Clutch that is soooo cute I am in love with it. DSC00593It is based on my Fat Bottom bag, not so fat bottomed, and has a zippered pocket on the outside. Same zip across the top. Added a lovely detachable wrist strap. And it’s easy to make. Here’s another one where I did some quick machine fancy stitching on the solid brown to add some pizzazz.

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Here is another black beauty (to go with everything in the winter)!DSC00523

Very cute, right??

You can get a pattern for this adorable clutch on Craftsy.Craftsy.com

That’s right. For a mere pittance you can download the pattern and make one today (or tomorrow if you’re busy).

Go here to look at the pattern.

And I wish you a very Happy New Year, filled with sewing and happy projects, and purses.

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Tropical Warmth

These are the tropical colors I love: the greens of palm trees and grass and leaves and the gorgeous blue of the sea and sky. This is a quilt made with those colors and some easy 4-patches.DSC00468

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It’s all done now. Cathy quilted it… I picked a large shell-like patter and blue thread. She did a great job, even centered the pattern in the middle row where it is very visible. This quilt was made from a kit but I changed out one of the fabrics for more interest.DSC00508

The quilt is a housewarming gift for mom when she moves to Florida in October. I showed it to her this weekend (such a tease) and she loves it. Took it back from her though so I can show off to all my quilty friends. Then I’ll ship it to her in October. Such a good daughter. 🙂

Hawaii Palm Trees 2007

Hawaii Palm Trees 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pop the Clutch

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Also known as the wristlet, here are 4 in fabulous POPular colors, new and fresh fabrics. Fun to make and the tutorial is on Sew4Home here. http://www.sew4home.com/projects/storage-solutions/wristlet

I did a few things different than the pattern: I used fusible fleece on the outside pieces and nothing on the lining instead of all that interfacing, I used a longer zipper to make it easier to insert (12″), and I zigzagged around the last seam to avoid ravels.

The black and red one there was a gift and the blue&white&green one I’ve used just recently. So liberating!! I’ve been carrying a tote bag for stuff all summer and this was just so light and easy. The red one will be wonderful for the fall and the other blue one in that snappy Australian print goes perfectly with jeans.

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Girls need their shoes

Right?

One of Laura’s nurses is having a baby soon and when I saw this Simplicity pattern (on sale at Joanns some time ago for a buck each, no lie) I knew it would be fun and cute. Who cares if babies only wear stuff for a split second and then it’s too small. DSC00445

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Soooo cute! and tiny. I told Jen she could tie a bow on them and hang them on her Christmas tree. She says, no. She will have many more baby girls who will wear them. Yes, this is her first baby and she doesn’t know yet. Know what?? Moms can chime in here.

It has been a while since I posted and in the meantime

  • I made more stuff to sell at the upcoming quilt show: large totes, baby bibs (with snaps… my latest notion purchase, snap pliers).
  • Laura was in the hospital with pneumonia so she’s on the slow road to recovery.
  • Now we have daytime nurses to take care of her
  • And I went to the MQX show in Manchester for the first time in a long time. That is the Machine Quilters Expo. 

Yes I took pix to show you. Here is the BACK of a gorgeous quiltDSC00426

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It was encrusted with crystals. The centers of those blocks were large jewel-like things. This one was amazing.DSC00433

And here is a closeup.DSC00434

Really amazing quilting. More for another day.

Your basic potholder

I have made some potholders for sale at the quilt show (proceeds to the guild) from some donated fabric samples. Easy peasy. This one is made using the quilt as you go method. I used insulbright batting for heat resistance. That stuff works great! I made myself potholders and oven mitts and used only one layer and no problems. No one ever showed me how to bind a potholder and get that nice little hang-me-up loopy thing so I figured out my own way, nice and neat. Here is your tute!!

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This potholder is 8.5″ square and the binding should be cut one WOF or about 40″ This will be a single fold binding so use a width of 1.25″. There will be plenty. Use thread that matches because it will be visible.

Sew the binding to the front of the potholder starting at the corner where you want the loop to be.DSC00406

Make your typical mitered corners like you would for your best quilt. When you come to the last side, stop sewing, needle down, and flip over the binding at the start. Fold under 1/4″ and pin the binding to the back.DSC00407

Continue sewing the last side all the way across the corner you just pinned. Trim the tail to be 5″ from the edge of the potholder. This will make the loop. The following picture is from the back of the potholder.DSC00408

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Now press the binding away from the front. Then turn over the potholder to the back and starting with the tail, turn both long sides into the middle and press. Then press the tail edges together again so the raw edge is hidden in the middle. Continue pressing 1/4″ around the raw edge of the binding all the way around the potholder.DSC00410

Starting at the tail, sew the binding onto the back of the potholder. Once again, sewing this tail creates the neat and even loop. Fold the binding around from the front to the back and tuck under the 1/4″ you pressed. Sew the binding very close to the edge, covering the stitching. If you prefer to hand sew the binding to the back, that’s fine. I like to save my hand sewing for something important, this is just a potholder. DSC00411

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Carefully fold the mitered corners and be sure to catch the binding when you turn the corner. (needle down in the corner, raise presser foot, turn 90 degrees, lower presser foot)  Stop half way down the last side, needle down. Tuck the end of the tail under the unsewn binding to make the loop, pin it.DSC00414

Finish sewing the side all the way across the end of the tail under the binding and stop before crossing the corner. Then back stitch or lock stitch at that point.DSC00415

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If you want you can hand stitch the loop flat. I don’t. If the loop is used to hang up the potholder, it won’t matter.

I wish you many elegant potholders in your future!

 

Little Pouches

I have been busily sewing in November. Just because I haven’t posted doesn’t mean I haven’t been sewing. Almost every day. Here are my projects…

Made Laura 2 more skirts. One already has a hole in it, discovered this morning. Looks like a couple of sharp fingernails went through when wrestling her into it. I am contemplating some applique ideas to cover it up.

I finished a big bunch of Fat Bottom Bags for an order from one of L’s nurses. Made all from Christmas fabrics. She’s putting a couple of things in them and giving them as gifts. Soooo glad I bought those fat quarters and half yards at Keepsake’s sale a couple of years ago.

I finished the top for that curvy quilt. It is Kathy Alyce’s from her book, Flip Flop Quilts. And its all in modern fabrics, coral, pink, and navy. The curves were a good challenge but not too hard. A departure from my comfort zone. This is half the quilt folded over the quilting frame. Not quilted yet. No surprise there. I’m thinking about what the back will be. I have lots of scraps.

And I’ve also had some fun with making some small zippered pouches. I took out my Christmas fabric scraps. And I mean scraps! Small pieces that I saved, now I know why. I did a sew and flip, quilt as you go, on scrap batting. Lots of fun! They are intended as gifts. Try it some time! I put in the zippers and finished the bags just like in my Fat Bottom instructions. Only one of them has a fat bottom, the rest are flat bottoms.

So pretty. This one might be for me!

Easy Peasy Eyeglasses Case

I looked around online for an easy eyeglasses case to make with scraps. Tried a few things and then came up with this that I really like. Sharing time! Here is a free tutorial so you can make your own…

HOW TO MAKE AN EASY PEASY EYEGLASSES CASE

1.Cut 2 fabrics (outer and lining) and one piece of batting (I like warm and white cotton) to 5.5″ x 7″. Make it 6″x7″ for sunglasses or large frames. If you have very small glasses, cut it 5″x6″. It should be tight enough so the glasses don’t easily fall out.

2. Layer them like a quilt and match the edges: lining face down, batting, and outer facing up.

3. Cut a curve from the middle top to the right edge about 1/3 down the side. Cut a small curve on the top left corner.

4. Move the lining to the top so that the right sides of the fabrics are facing each other.

5. Tip: cut the bottom corners off the batting. This will make the piece easier to turn out and to sew over.

6. Sew around the edge with a 1/4″ seam leaving 2 inches open at the bottom for turning. Clip off the corners close to the stitching.

7. Turn right side out, batting should stay inside. Carefully push out the curves and the corners.

8. Press flat and press in the seam allowance on the open space.

9. Quilt as desired. Simple diagonal lines work well. Or, don’t quilt it at all!

10. Fold the piece in half the long way and pin.

11. Using your machine’s walking foot and a decorative stitch, start at the top middle of the back and sew around the edge toward the joining of the front and back. Be careful to catch the folded over right edge and don’t let it scrunch up under the presser foot. Continue sewing all layers together and go around the bottom right corner and then the bottom of the case, closing the open space. Sew off the left folded egde and you are done. Easy peasy!

Pillow Talk

I’ve been sewing again, getting some projects successfully completed. Others are in several stages of progress. I can’t work on just one thing at a time. I have to have something else to move to when I get tired of one thing. Not like breakfast cereal. I’m ok with eating the same stuff day after day, year after year.

I made this pillow…

with the help of the Esch House blog and her “pillow along”. It’s 20″ and fairly good sized. That’s it sitting on my couch. I made it from scraps of Laura’s star quilt and some solid greenish-blueish. There’s even a zipper on the back for changing out the pillow form. It was a fun project. It can be a Christmas present for L, a pillow to go with her quilt.

There’s a quilt on my home frame waiting for me to start quilting it. I have to get to it soon too because the damn cat is starting to want to sleep in and on it while its on the frame. (piss me off). And there’s another quilt ready to go onto the frame when that’s done.

And I have a curvy quilt all cut out and starting to be pieced together. All curves. You know that’s a challenge. And there’s plenty of other projects lined up.

As if I didn’t have enough of those, I made #1 girl some new skirts. 2 of flannel and 1 of fleece. Here she is modeling one of them…

They came out well so I got more fabric! 1 flannel, 1 fleece, and 1 knit curdoroy are waiting in line. They have an elastic waist and a flair so there’s a nice drape over her knees. She wore the fleece one this morning. (It was chilly! The heat came on in the house.) She had on 3 fleece items: skirt, vest, and jacket. Speaking of fleece… I’m making her a new poncho. Cut it out and started sewing this afternoon. I’m trying to keep her warm this fall.

As you can see I have more than enough to keep me out of trouble.

Just One More…

English: A box of 52 gallon Ziploc bags.

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I couldn’t resist showing you the bag I made today. I wanted one to take the place of the plastic ziploc bag I use when I take Laura’s meds and liquids with us anywhere (especially dr office). The 1 gallon ziploc bag can fit inside this fat bottom bag if I need it to be waterproof. It’s soooo cute and Valentineee!

I appliqueed the red hearts on top of the fabric design. And it has that cute fat bottom!

It is intended to slip inside the Laura’s wheelchair backpack after it is filled with the sundries I mentioned above.

Then I found that, totally a happy accident, the handles of the bag fit over the wheelchair

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handles and the bag could be used by itself! Woohoo! Quite the invention. Now both Laura Angel and I have a present!

This Fat Bottom zip bag is made the same way as the others found here. The materials were cut at 12″ x 12″ and the zipper was 16″ (14″ would work too). I’m thinking that this bag should win a prize over at the Sew Mama Sew blog in their True Love contest!

Don’t you think so?

Fat Bottoms

 

Fat bottom zip bags!! What did you think I meant??

These cute bags with sleek zippers have unusual fat bottoms. Most bags I see have narrow bottoms (very stylish but not user friendly). These bags can hold larger items and still hold their shape. They are fully lined of course.

Each bag uses one fat quarter of fabric. For the 4 bags you see here I used 4 fat quarters and mixed them up a little. Gray and yellow is such an IN color combo these days. See that one on the left, I put a retro bow on it.

See that bottom? No, that’s not a butt crack, but there is a full 4 inches of width there for all kinds of sundries. I made a turquoise one to store my assortment of pins and needles, IN THEIR BOXES! Then I went wild with this pack of coordinated fabrics. I found a great place online to buy zippers cheap, Stan’s Sewing Supplies, and received them in the mail quickly. I plan to write the pattern for these cuties so stay tuned. I bet you’ll want to make a couple.