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August 17, 2016

Blue Pouch

I am still making pouches.  I post occasionally over on instagram(@minse25) and this was posted over there also. For reference, the tutorial is available at Three Bears.
I wanted a sturdy pouch that would hold a decent sized project and also other items that are often heavy. I often carry bottled water, a gameboy and a few games or other things I need. These are much heavier than a project and the last pouch would not have held the weight. This one is lined with decor bond and than a layer of fusible fleece, so I could get an idea of how they work with each other. 

I am working on a new purse and wanted an idea of how to handle them, without burning anything. All went well, so I am about to start sewing the new purse. The handles are also fusible fleece and decor bond, which makes everything plushy and stiff at the same time. A very nice touch for handles, which I just discovered.

July 30, 2016

Summer

Well, summer is hot here. Haven't made much progress on the large Sweet Pea inspired quilt as it sits on my lap and it has been too hot. Work is busy and stressful, so I should sew, but get home tired..so I don't sew. What I have been working on is this:
A lovely Geisha girl. I had a set of kits at one time. The other is finished (many years ago) and elsewhere, as it was a gift to my Gpa-in-law. I know you can't see too much of her, right now. The pink is her Obi and the blue is her kimono. There are flowers on her kimono, which is why there are gaps in the stitching on the left. (I have misplaced the cover picture)

I am working on a boxy pouch project bag that is larger than the last one. It just needs a little more work. The lining and the corners and it is finished.

May 30, 2016

Craft Pouch

Last month we went to the Monster Truck show at the BJC. P really enjoyed it. I brought along a craft project to help fill time, since we had about 45 mins to kill with needing to arrive in advance for parking. We had planned to go into the pit area, but that proved unrealistic, as there was an hour line to get in. We ended up passing on that. We would never have made it into the pit area before it closed for the show.
I made a little pouch to hold my project.

I make Christmas ornaments each year and will post those later. I am big on working on them during the summer and then having them done. What I make depends on what craft mood I am in that year. I have made felt bears, crocheted stars, and mini felt mittens and stockings. I try to make something different each year. This year I am trying beaded snowflakes. So, this pouch was the perfect size for all my beads and tools. (it is roughly 5"h x 4"d x 6"l)

I was working with 5" charm squares and the poor little birdy lost his head in the seam. I really couldn't leave it like that, so i embroidered an outline if his body and added his head back on. It gave a nice textured effect. I also added some small blue beads to the feathers in the front for a little bling.

If you want to make one, I followed the tutorial at Three Bears. I just sewed together a few charm squares and a jelly roll strip before cutting out the required dimensions for the sides. Super easy to make. Really easy to pull together from your stash. All I bought was the zipper. I just started working with them and haven't added them to my 'keep in stock' list.

April 10, 2016

Sunday Stash 4-10-2016

On April Fools Day, The Intrepid Thread ran a nice weekend sale, with many fabrics $4-8 a yard. So, I picked up a few things.
I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived all wrapped up like a present, even with a little bow.
I tend to grab 1/2 yards when the prices are good. 1/4ths are not really sufficient and a yard can strain the budget. In order from left to right: 1/2yd Making Waves in blue, Atrium: Grace and Deco Bloom on fushia, Solstice Embellishment Laurel, Christmas Lovebirds in snow and Bluebird Fox Tracks.
These are not all 1/2yds, however, as I have plans for some. The Solstice is a yard as it will make a great border, but only if placed vertical and I got 3 yards of the Bludbird Tracks. For the Making Waves, I have been working on an idea for another dolphin walhanging and the Bluebird Tracks are going to become a new skirt.
As for the purse I was working on last week, that is now finished.

Linking up with Molli Sparkles Sunday Stashing.



April 3, 2016

Sunday Stash 4-3-16

My latest fabric addition is actually the lining and side/bottom fabric to the purse WIP in the last post. (I purchase for specific projects or if a shop has an insanely good sale)

I created the pattern for the purse myself, which created unknowns in buying fabric. Would I need to start over, if i make a serious error? If the purse is too small, would I need to make another? So, i got 2 yards of the black and 1.25 yards of the grey swirls at my LQS Stitch Your Art Out. I love my LQS, the people who work there are always happy to help (and they stock the YKK zippers!). 

Buying extra of the black worked out far better than I had anticipated, as straps are better made of one piece of fabric. This would not have been possible with a smaller cut, since a shoulder strap runs 55ish inches long(before attaching).

I have made some progress this weekend on the purse WIP, but the lining is proving troublesome (I had to put in a center divider) and I expect at least 3 more hours before it is finished. Which was more time than I had left in this weekend's free time. 

I am linking up with the Sunday Stash @ Raspberry Spool & Blossom Heart Quilts. I would provide more details, but I don't have a manufacturer listed on the selvage of the swirls. I believe the black is Kona. 


April 2, 2016

Holidays and WIPS

Am I the only one tired of the ridiculous increase of random holidays? Everyone has a holiday now. Even Baby Lock has created their own holiday.

Can I create my own, too?


On my current WIP list is this lovely.


I picked up a 1/2 yard awhile back of the blue and decided it would make a lovely outside for my new purse. It is one of those prints I hate to use for anything small, as it really detracts from the beauty of the print. I picked up a yard-ish of the grey swirls to use as lining at my LQS. Very fortunate to have one a few miles away.


February 21, 2016

Sunday Stash

Usually I do not have anything to show, but every one in a while there is a sale that I can not resist. Canton Village Quilt Works is relocating to Arizona and has been running an awesome sale, where the discount grows each week. She wants to sell out of all the quilting fabric before the move.
So, after sitting on my hands for a few weeks and letting the discount grow, I picked up these. (gotta hit the sweet spot where awesome discount and inventory meet. Wait too long and you have nothing to choose from.)

In no particular order:
3/4 yard Soliel Sky
1/2 yard Los Cabos Water
1 yard Artisan Batiks Elementals Leaflets Meadow
1/2 yard Emma in Aqua

I already have a few projects I am waiting to start, so these are going on the shelf while I get caught up. I am currently working on the parts of a purse pattern (since I can't quite find one that has everything I want) and am still hand quilting the Sweet Pea inspired quilt. 

Linking up with Ms. Midge, the hostess with the Mostess, our Suday Stash hostess for this week.