27 Jun 2017

a PURSE for me

Hello! It's me again!


It has been a long time since I have done any selfish sewing. And I have only done selfish sewing once. It was way back in March of 2014 when I made myself this quilted jacket for my birthday - My Birthday Suit. Check it out if you are in the need of a good laugh.

Have you ever wanted to make yourself something - other than a quilt?

A top? A bag? A pair of cool shorts?





For a while now I have been looking into getting a new purse. When my old one wears out, I usually just grab one from the second hand shop. But last time I retired my second hand bag for a new one when I splurged at Pay Less shoe shop when they were having a sale. I liked the new purse a lot, but being made of "fake leather", it did not last long enough. Since then I am back to using my old second hand handbag.




Before my daughter Erin got her driver's license I used to take her shopping in nearby Kitcher at the two malls they have. But I never shop for myself there. However, I did recently mention I needed a new purse and told her I might want to check out a name brand bag from Coach. Erin thought their products were far too expensive and so I never did see what they had to offer.

I shopped around online and seen this really cute bag made by Kristy of Rock Baby Scissors


But I really wanted to make my own handbag. I am really a quilter and not much of a sewist. But then again, in making the quilted jacket and also one for my mother, I enjoyed the new experience and finally decided that I was going to make my own new purse.



First the pattern. I purchased the Companion Carpet Bag pdf from Sewing Patterns by Mrs.H on Etsy. Wow! Am I sure I still want to do this?!!! The pattern is 24 pages long!



I told you all year that I am quilting from stash. But this gave me an excuse to purchase something new. So of course, being as I wanted to support my blog sponsors on the sidebar, I clicked and clicked until I found this and this at Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory. And they were both ON SALE! Bonus!






I am not a purple person. But I can't resist the cuteness of these two pieces. And something else for the lining? Woodland Critters in White

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Next I headed over to Emmaline Bags for the hardware. I purchased the Barrel Hinge and other do-dads I needed, but she did not have any handbag handles in stock. So back to Etsy in search of some genuine leather purse handles which I found at Purse Making Supply.


Okay. Is that it?

No. Looks like I need something sturdier than batting. Ordered up some Flex-Foam by Pelon. And now to wait... And, in the meantime? Read over that pattern - again and again.





Wish me luck! Or call me a fool...
Have any cool patterns for clothing or bags you want to let others know about?

Let me know in the comments if you have some experience in selfish sewing that you would like to share. Or if you are inspired to now plan some selfish sewing this summer. 





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24 Jun 2017

Christmas Wreath

This is the twelfth quilt block for the "Have a Jolly Little Christmas" quilt along!

All the details for the "Have a Jolly Little Christmas" quilt along are this page.







Christmas Wreath is a 12" quilt block.

Made using traditional piecing methods.




Sew Fresh Quilts – Christmas Wreath

Finished size of block is 12” x 12”

Fabric Requirements
Single Block
Green
1/4 yard
White
1/8 yard
Dark Bow
1/8 yard
Light Bow
1/8 yard









Read through entire instructions before beginning.  Press all seams open as you go.

STOP: Stitch, Trim, Open & Press. To perform the STOP method, align a square (A) or rectangle (C) on the corner of the unit (B) with right sides facing together. Draw a diagonal line and sew along this diagonal line. Trim a ¼” seam. Finger press the seam open and then press with a hot iron. Pressing the seams open to reduce bulk is recommended.









Single Block
White
B
2 @ 1.5” x 2”
H
1 @ 2” x 3.5”
J
1 @ 2.5” x 3.5”
K
1 @ 2.5” x 6.5”
N
4 @ 3.5” squares
Green
*
2 @ 1” squares
A
2 @ 1.5” squares
B
1 @ 1.5” x 2”
D
1 @ 1.5” x 6.5”
F
4 @ 2” squares
E
2 @ 2.5” squares
L
1 @ 3.5” x 6.5”
M
2 @ 3.5” x 12.5”
Dark Bow
*
2 @ 1” squares
A
3 @ 1.5” square
B
2 @ 1.5” x 2”
C
2 @ 1.5” x 3”
F
2 @ 2” squares
H
2 @ 2” x 3.5”
Light Bow
G
2 @ 2” x 3”




























Step 1: Use the STOP method to add the Green (A) square on the Dark Bow (C) rectangle. Use the STOP method to add the Green (*) and Dark Bow (F) squares on the Light Bow (G) rectangle. Sew the units together and use the STOP method to add the Green (F) square. Make two units – one facing left and one facing right. Also sew the Green (B) rectangle to the Dark Bow (A) square. Sew this between the left and right facing units..




Step 2: Use the STOP method to add the Dark Bow (H) rectangles on the ends of the White (H) rectangle, then to add the Green (F) squares to the ends.







Step 3: Use the STOP method to add the Dark Bow (*) squares on the corners of the White (B) rectangles. Use the STOP method to add the Dark Bow (A) squares on the other end. Make two units – one facing left and one facing right. Sew the Dark Bow (B) rectangles on top. Sew the White (J) rectangle between these units.






Step 4: Use the STOP method to add the Green (E) squares on the ends of the White (K) rectangle. 





Step 5: Use the STOP method to add the White (N) squares on the ends of the Green (M) rectangle. Make two units – one facing left and one facing right. 






Step 6: Along with the Green (D) and (L) rectangles, arrange and sew the units together to complete the block. Block should measure 12.5” square.








Here is my Christmas Wreath block.




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23 Jun 2017

Fox among the Birches

Thank you so much for the lovely compliments on this new design - Fox among the Birches.




While I was busy basting and getting this little quilt quilted, Fox among the Birches was being introduced on Wednesday at the Let's Bee Social. PDF download patterns were a big seller that day and I am so happy that all the quilt kits sold!




I used a new Omni-V (9036) variegated thread from Superior Threads, both on top and in the bobbin. And I love how well it has blended in with the background and yet remained rather subtle across the orange foxes.




The background is Kona Mushroom. The birch trees are made from White Mandorla from Camelot Fabrics and a dark brown/black and medium brown Toscana from Northcott Fabrics. The foxes are also pieced using selections from the Toscana line.




Part of the reason, I'm sure, that the quilt kits were such a big hit, is because of the coordinating backings that were featured. This backing is Good Natured by Riley Blake Designs.







Normally, I first attach the binding to the back and press toward the front before topstitching to finish. But this time I sewed it onto the front and then pressed to the back. Then I stitched in the ditch along the edge of the binding, catching the folded edge on the back with the bobbin thread. It's a bit trickier. But I like the thinner binding edge to be at the front sometimes. And then you aren't cutting off the points of your piecing either.




A little milestone was also achieved this week.... My Etsy shop has made over 5000 sales! Thank you so much for all your support! I am so grateful for all your kind comments, your likes on social media, and all the nice emails you send. You are what keeps me creating!




The "Fox among the Birches" baby quilt finished at 38" x 45"
and was the 36th use of my 2nd edition of 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.









Linking up to Finish it up Friday with 

Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts







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