Saturday, August 30, 2008

{ christmas quilt }

Earlier in the summer my friend, Susan, treated me to a trip across the country and a 5 day holiday in her home. So, as a small "thank you" I made her this disappearing 9 patch quilt using Christmas fat quarters. I also made matching coasters with the leftovers, but I can't find a pic of them.

Bags :: Goodie Bags and Amy Butler Swing Bag


You should see this bag I just finished - I love it!! But first I will show you a couple I made the other day. These are a couple of cute totes I made for my daughter's birthday party goodie bags.For these bags I used scraps that I got from Country Folk. Last weekend they were selling large ziplock bags full of fabric pieces for only $2! So, naturally my girls and I bought several bags.

Isn't this adorable? I machine appliqued the little patch on the front and used some excess strap for the tab on the left.
And finally.... the amy butler swing bag with scarf! I also picked up this fabric last weekend at Country Folk for 50% off. Ya gotta love a good fabric sale! The large floral print is Moda Blossom and the green dots are amy butler lotus.
When I try out a new bag pattern I like to follow the pattern pretty well exactly the first time and then figure out how I can change it a little the next time around. So, I realized when this bag was completely finished that there are no pockets in the inside!! I am wishing I would have added a cell phone pocket, and a zippered pocket.

I plan to toss the boring brown leather purse that I've been carrying for a couple months and switch to this lovely new bag.

I hope you're enjoying this beautiful long weekend!

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Bags :: Amy Butler In Town Bag }


Last week my youngest daughter and I had pleasure of taking a leisurely afternoon to go shopping together. After we browsed 4 sewing stores, I treated her to a fancy cupcake at Tracy Cakes Bakery in Abbotsford (just down from Quilt Essentials). At Quilt Essentials I picked up a couple of Amy Butler bag patterns and a couple of cute fat quarters. One of the patterns was "in town bags". I love that it comes with two patterns for one price! Woohoo.
So, here is the drawstring purse that I made today from the in town bags pattern. Isn't it adorable?! It didn't take too long to make either, which is nice.
The next bag pattern I'm going to try is Amy Butler's Swing Bag!

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Friday, August 22, 2008

{ love totes for PNG }


Over the past few weeks I have had the opportunity to visit and catch up with my Aunt Velma, which has been really nice. She is a missionary nurse in Lae, Papua New Guinea and only comes home for a few months every few years.

One of the things Aunt Velma was telling me about was the "Stuff Sacks" that she hands out to needy people when they have a baby. These could be people who come to One Mile Clinic for medical attention, or people she hears about who are in need (which is a lot of people in PNG!). The Stuff Sacks are simple sewn tote bags made by friends & family and sent to her in Papua New Guinea. She then fills the tote bags with diapers, soap, receiving blankets, and other necessities and then gives them away.

So, I was wooooonnnnndering, would there be anyone out there who'd be interested in sewing some of these simple totes for my Aunt? You could mail them to me (just the empty tote bags, you do not have to fill them!!) and I will give them to her before she returns to PNG in November. It would be nice to have a whole pile of them to give her! If you'd like to learn more about the mission work she does, you can click on the link below.

Also, here is a link for a fabulous, free, and easy tote bag pattern courtesy of Lazy Girl Designs. This pattern is perfect for beginner or non-sewers. If you have a sewing machine or access to one, you can make this! And, this tote bag folds up nice and small for easy mailing.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Bags :: Everyday Handbag for Jill


Did ya miss me? We've been away traveling the province, visiting family, celebrating birthdays.

Before we went away I was over at Jill's and I spotted this pile of fabric sitting there with a purse pattern. So, what's a girl to do? I kidnapped it, brought it home and made this purse (for Jill)! I hope she likes it. She should, since she picked out the fabric and the pattern. What's not to like, right?
The handbag does look pretty cute now that it's done, but I don't know if I'll use this pattern again. It was so fiddly and annoying and the instructions don't really explain the steps very well. Maybe I am just getting spoiled from using Lazy Girl Designs patterns where each step has a photo and ultra-clear instructions.

The worst part about making this Everyday Handbag was all the binding! Yuck. The entire inside of the purse has teeny tiny binding along all the edges. (Notice I am not showing you a picture of the inside? ;-) ) Oh, and the other annoying part was the strap. They want you to take a 2.5" strip of fabric, fold it in half, sew it with a 1/4" seam allowance and then turn it right side out. Ya right. Instead I took a 4.5" strip of fabric, folded it in half, ironed it, then folded the two raw edges to the inside and ironed it again... then top stitch on both edges. Much easier!!

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Bags :: High Heel Bag with Bamboo Handles

Here you can see a view of all the neat pockets on the inside. There are even a couple of pen slots. Finished dimensions of this purse are: width 13.5" x height 7.5" x 4.5" across the bottom. Another thing I love about this handbag is that I only used 4 fat quarters to make it; with lots of scraps leftover.

Have a nice week!

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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

{ handbag for nancy }


Here's a lovely handbag I just whipped up (by that I mean I worked on it for 3 days straight in the sweltering heat LOL) for Nancy. It's on it's way to her now by Expedited Canada Post! Hopefully she gets it asap and loves it! If you want to see the cool loopty-loop quilting, just click on the image and you can see it up close.

For this purse I used the Miranda Day Bag pattern by Lazy Girl Designs and Moda fabric.

Friday, August 01, 2008

{ a quilt completed }


Wow, it's August already! I can't believe summer is half over. Pretty soon we'll be thinking about school supplies and back to school clothes shopping, but for now we'll continue to enjoy the lazy days of summer!
Here's a beautiful baby girl quilt that I finished last night. It seems like I've been working on this forever, so it's really nice to see it all done and neatly folded up! 
Quilt Details:

Pattern: Crazy Eights
Fabric: 100% Cotton - Winsome by Nancy Halvorsen - Bernatex
Batting: Warm & Natural
Quilting: Machine quilted by me on my Pfaff Varimatic in a random stipple pattern with Sulky 100% cotton thread.
Binding: continuous binding. I use the technique shown on the binding video at the All People Quilt site.

Have a nice day!