So Many Thanks to Katherine at Sew Me Something Good for all of her cheerleading efforts. She's kept us on track and kept track of us. Yay Katherine!
Madame Samm, you provided an awesome pattern for us, with foolproof instructions (available here), and I have had a ball making these tiny (addicting) purses! Thank you!
Now, for purse #1 (and the dearest to my heart):
Isn't she the sweetest little thing? (Referring to the coin purse, of course. The child could use an attitude adjustment. But I like her just the same.)
It's this year's Ghastlies fabric line and I can hardly wait for the next collection!
I love to add piping to my purses so found the perfect shade of pink for it in my stash. It was meant to be!
One thing I will do differently with the piping next time: I will add it just shy of the seam allowance to cut down on the bulk so that the edge will fit better in the purse frame channel and the needle won't balk at the bulk. ("Balk at the bulk"...that's what my jeans do when I put them on fresh from the dryer.)
Here's are the ingredients for the piping (the quarter is there for scale):
Teeny tiny piping cord, encased in a 1" strip of fabric, sewn with my zipper foot and the needle positioned right by the cord in the fold. Then trimmed to a 1/4" seam allowance using the Groovin' Piping Trimming Tool (not a seller, just a happy fan of the tool).
Here is the other side of the Ghastly coin purse:
Wouldn't it be fun to add some crystals to the candle flames? Or to the chandelier chains? Or...never mind. Maybe next time.
On to purse #2:
Route 66! We've spent a lot of time on the Arizona segment of Route 66. I found this fabric in The Quilters Mercantile in Williams, Arizona. Makes me want to hit the road!
The back of the coin purse is the same.
This is actually the center of a huge flower with black/white/grey petals. The purse doesn't do the fabric justice at all, but it is an eye-catching pattern. I offset the flower center just a bit...wish I had done it just a bit more. The sides are made from a coordinating black/white striped fabric. When I got it sewed together and turned it right side out, the white stripes looked like piping. Happy coincidence!
Here is the other side of the purse:
Yes! Same fabric, different flower! (I LOVE this fabric.) You can see more of the striped fabric on the side.
Okay, those are my FINISHED purses. Here is one that almost made it but I ran out of time and into an "arthritic fingers" wall:
Gotta have the southwest desert pictured in here somewhere!
Now for a wee little giveaway! I am picking out FOUR fat quarters, each in a different Southwest design, and will send them to whomever Mr. Random Number Generator chooses on November 13th. Trust me, they will be nice fat quarters! Simply leave me a comment and make sure I can email you if you win. Best of luck and THANK YOU for stopping by!
NOW...PLEASE VISIT MY CO-BLOGGERS FOR MORE COIN PURSE GOODNESS!
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Our elderly cat, Watson, lost the last of her 9 lives Saturday morning. She will be greatly missed for a long time to come.
She was rescued from a blackberry bush when just a kitten and immediately became the Empress of the family. She found nearly everyone annoying except a select chosen few, readily dispensing disapproving hisses to anyone uninvited into her domain. Dubbed "the demon cat" early on by our son-in-law, Watson was described by our daughter: "She was ornery, beautiful, soft, loyal to the very few she loved, unpredictable, vindictive, tiny and tons of fun. She's
become part of the history of the family. I think everyone had some
sort of run-in with her though we were all secretly delighted by her
Watson (so named before her gender was correctly determined) was a cantankerous, opinionated,
quixotic, inquisitive, vocal, bossy, playful, tuxedo old lady with a comical
pouf of a tail that looked like a startled dust broom. Though we miss her so much and will even more so in the coming days as our lives adjust to her being gone, she left us with almost 2 decades of memories that will help ease her absence (and perhaps will also preclude her being replaced anytime soon...just kidding Watson...we loved you...truly we did).
Thank you, dear old girl, for adding your story to our lives.
Somehow, the layout of my blog changed drastically, and I'm puzzled. No, make that downright alarmed!
Tried to correct it yesterday and thought I had.
It's like the gadgets and buttons and posts decided to merge like a shuffled deck of cards, forming two columns instead of three.
So now things are out of order, there is html code that has escaped from its button and is hanging around on the background and the whole effect is like Salvadore Dali had his hand in the blog's layout.
And the screwdriver/open-end box-wrench icon is all over the place.
I really don't want to surrender my blog's personality to the cold, inanimate, inhuman, disinterested, impersonal, uncaring, grasping, unfeeling, juggernaut that is the Blogger Boogeyman.
I don't like the sterile "dynamic view" templates.
I want my page in three columns, splashed with a plethora of buttons, lists, gadgets, colors and personal headings.
For a long time now I've been wanting to make a Bottled Rainbows quilt. So finally I just ordered the Kona fabrics for it, and they arrived yesterday! (LOVE getting those soft packages in the mail!)
Here they are in all of their yummy-colored goodness:
I ordered them from Marmalade Fabrics, who has packaged them in fat-quarter or half-yard bundles expressly for the Bottled Rainbows quilt. Never ordered from them before but received great service: ordered online on Saturday, the bundle was shipped on Monday and I had it on Wednesday. Complete with a nice thank you note. Sorry to sound like an advertisement, but am just a happy customer.
So now I can begin my first mosaic-tile quilt! As soon as I finish the rest of my class samples...
Speaking of class samples, I finished my trees! They look considerably better in their decorative-stitch-finery. (Am enjoying stringing words together with hyphens tonight, apparently.)
Here you can see three trees:
Yes, I stippled them all...fastest way to quilt samples.
Now am off to sleep since it is 12:12 AM here. Am gettin' too old to be a night-owl.
Finally I do have some things to show. Not all are completed yet but I feel the need to prove to Blogland that I have been busy!
First up: a Spooky Victorian Mansion (pattern by Sharon and Jason Yenter).
My apologies for such a bad photo. This was so enjoyable to make. Most of the fabrics are from the Hallographix II line by Jason Yenter. I selected a few from my own stash (had to get some Ghastlies peeking from the windows, after all!), like the "eyes" fabric, the fields in the background, the sidewalk and steps, and the two shrubs. Oh, and I fussy-cut the owl on the rooftop from a piece of fabric that has NOTHING to do with spooky mansions, but there were shadings in it that looked like owl eyes...so now there is a little owl-shaped piece in the middle of my yard of fabric! I left off the 6 1/2" outer border so my version fits where I want to hang it.
Got this done just before heading out on our vacation (more about that tomorrow).
Since coming home last week I've been trying to catch up on samples and writeups for my fall classes. One is a series of quick and easy Christmas tree wall-hangings. I've shown one here already (it is the completed one) and these are the other two I'm working on:
They look kinda nakedy but will be much prettier with the decorative stitching, quilting and binding (and new photos!). Yep, these were cut with the Accuquilt Go! Baby cutter. I am having a lot of fun with this cutter and no, I do NOT represent them nor do I recommend throwing away your rotary cutter (I love my rotary cutter!). It is fun for a change though and a nice side-benefit is that I am learning a lot about my machine's decorative stitches.
So that's it for now. Gotta go look at the rain (its an event here in southern AZ) and watch the lighting show.
I found this quilt top at an antiques shop in Henryetta, Arkansas. It was made with feed sacks, men's shirts and other fabrics, and was sewn both by machine and by hand. Not familiar with this block but I quite like it. Any ideas?
Spent last Thursday night in Roswell, NM. Got in too late to visit the quilt shop, and left on Friday morning before it opened. :/
Here are some photos I snapped Friday before we hit the road. Not many downtowns with store windows like these!
Stumbling out of the mullygrubs and working on several wallhangings. They are patterns from the Accuquilt site, and I am enjoying them very much. They are layered and ready for quilting so should be finished by Monday, depending on how much time it will take to get some software updates applied to my Mom's new computer.
The Go! Baby I won is really getting a good workout and I'm adding new die sets to my wishlist almost daily.
Will have to pace myself, for sure!
Here are two of the three I'm ready to quilt:
The one above is from the book
"Quilting on the Go!"
I changed it up a bit.
This is a free pattern from Accuquilt.
I changed it a bit also. Will be adding stars to the four corners.
Pretty plain. Not sure if I want to embellish it more or not.
Changing the subject...the blistering hot weather has arrived and with it a gusty, dust-blowing, withering wind. The desert plants seem to be OK with it.
Here is a shot of my neighbor's century plant (agave americana), sending up its flower stalk.
After the flowers develop into fruit, the whole plant dies.
Pretty impressive, eh?
You can see the eave of the house which gives a reference point for the height of the stalk.
Well I'm off to bed. I work at the LQS for the next 2 days so gotta be rested to lift bolts, cut fabric, haul sewing machines, stock merchandise, and walk walk walk!
One of my friends, a coworker at our LQS, left me a little baggie filled with leftover bits from a table runner she had made for a shop sample. She was teasing me about keeping the leftover triangles from our shop-hop quilt. (See the posts about that here and here.)
This is what she had made:
So I took the little baggie of leftover fabric bits and made this:
(I made my own teeny-tiny Twister template.)
Here they are together:
Mutt and Jeff .
(Youngsters reading this: google it.)
I returned MY leftover bits to her in that same baggie.
Haven't seen anything back from her yet. heh heh heh