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Monday, April 21, 2014

Mother's Day Wonderland Bag

It has been a crazy week. The sewing room was neglected quite a bit this past week and my triangle quilt is sadly no further along. I did manage to buy the backing fabric, but it's been put on the back burner for the moment.

As my itchy fingers couldn't just sew nothing this week, I decided to tackle the Wonderland bag from Sara Lawson's Big City Bags. I knew I wanted to make a bag for my mom for Mother's Day and this bag looks like something she would normally carry. It turned out fairly well. I had a little trouble with the bottom fitting in just right, so it's not prefect. I had to modify it a bit too, since I don't do bias strips if at all possible. This bag design calls for piping which looks adorable on the sample bags...but I wasn't going near it. So, I made some side pockets with accents and an accent strip across the handle tabs.  I just had to use these freakin' adorable braided handles. The bag has great shape and structure. It reminds me of an old-time lunch box for some reason. I think she'll like it. Still hoping to make a matching wallet and an overnight bag for mom in the next few weeks, but at least this is all ready to go!

I'll be linking up to Sew-Jo Saturday (better late than never!) and the Big City Bags SAL at Sewing with Squeak I've been following the SAL since the beginning, but this is the first bag I've actually gotten made from the book!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Triangle quilt top

Oh inspiration, thank you for finding me in my sleep! I finished putting my triangle rows together this week, but was totally stumped on what backing to put on this quilt. While sleeping today (third shift, this week, blah!) anyways, I saw the vision in my head! Unfortunately, I need to buy some solid white fabric. My husband thinks I purposefully try to finish things with things I don't have stashed just so I can go fabric shopping. Who would do that???! I really don't do that intentionally, but it does seem to happen a lot....*pondering*

So I have a plan for the back that involves some solid white and those adorable little birds flying in some random hexagons....will probably take longer to figure out spacing and what not on the back than the front, especially since I don't have the Sassy Quilter's helpful directions, but will be worth it! Will share once I have some progress! Here's my quilt top, all happy on the back deck.

Linking to Sew-Jo Saturday

Monday, April 7, 2014

Pieced Triangles

I got all my triangles pieced together! The layout is very patterned, which I was trying to avoid. I just couldn't come up with a "random" pattern that worked. So, I went with a diagonal thing that looks ok. I don't think this will be my favorite quilt ever, but it will be much prettier than the current mess that sits on my spare bed. The colors are happy and those little birds, I love those little birds. I struggled with whether or not to let some "fly" upside down, but I decided it was fine. My quilt is for home use, not display and I just didn't want to to cut anymore triangles! ha ha. Laziness is truly the best spark of inspiration sometimes.

This triangle quilt thing is quite fun. As I was laying mine out, I saw bigger triangles, hexagons, and diamonds. I'm definitely learning a lot with this QAL and excited to try some more techniques. Check out the Sassy Quilter and the Flickr page to see all the other awesome quilts people are making!

In other excitement from the goodies to drool over.....
PillowPop, which I have been coveting forever, new hardware for bag making, and this luscious recipe fabric by Pam Kitty. I adore this print. I don't have a plan for it yet, but it may find it's way into one of those pillows very soon.

Look at these fun blings. Handmade trinkets for my bags, I'm thinking. I was so excited to find these. I know Emmaline Bags sells some metal ones in her shop, and I've been wanting them forever. These are a nice alternative though.

And check out this navy & floral treasure from Joann. I stopped in for a zipper and saw this twill print on sale. I asked for 1.5 yards and there was an extra 7/8th yard on the bolt that I got to have 1/2 off! Who doesn't love a deal. This fabric will be for my mom's mother day bag. I'm thinking of combining it with this fun Thesaurus print and maybe just the teal flowers....not sure on the pattern yet, but I know she's going to love this print. Hey mom, if you're reading this, please email me what kind of bag you'd like...everyday handbag or big, overnighter??? or both :)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Triangles....oh so many triangles.

I have been trying to lay out my triangles for the triangle QAL all weekend. I desperately wanted to do something random and fun, but my analytical mind found a pattern that just couldn't be denied. I have a few rows sewn together and will hopefully get them finished up tomorrow. (sighs) wishing I could resist the need to organize and patternize just a little. Maybe next time.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Butterfly Sling Purse!!!

While working diligently on the curtains for the camper....I decided I couldn't wait one second more and I had to make February's Bag of the Month. This bag is the Butterfly Sling Purse that was designed by Janelle Mackay of Emmaline Bags. and just in case you're wondering, she is brilliant! Have you seen this bag?? It's a tiny thing, but packed with goodness. I took lots of pictures, because words can't really do it justice. It's so amazing! I don't know how she came up with all these features, double zip pouches, ID holder, patch pocket, credit card slots, adjustable strap. I love it!!! I hadn't installed a turn lock closure before, and I will admit I had a little panic attack when I got to that part. Imagine your bag is 95% complete, and then you read that you need to cut a hole the size of a quarter in the finished closure strap!!?? Yikes! Well, that is the process that creates a turn lock closure. It turned out just fine though, no worries.
Today's lesson: Don't be afraid to try new things, sometimes they end up too cute for words!

Butterfly Sling Purse Front View
One Zip pouch open
Double Zip open

Main Exterior Open

Main Exterior with snaps closed

Turn Lock that caused my panic attack!

So if you like to make bags and you haven't joined the Bag of the Month club yet, what are you waiting for?? April's bag is a messenger bag from Betz White, and my son has already claimed he must have one in a Star Wars pattern, so hopefully that will show up on the blog soon.

Now back to the camper curtains..... After  linking up to Sew-Jo Saturday

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Yesterday, I spent some quality time with my rotary cutter and my Hex-N-More ruler. The result was a whole bunch of triangles! My triangles are all cut and ready to sew together for the Triangle Quilt Along.

And just a word about these puffy little birds....I adore them. I don't know why, they are so sweet, I can't wait to see them everyday. I'm hoping this quilt will  lay on the spare bed in my sewing room. That bed is begging for a little makeover and seeing these birdies always puts a smile on my face.

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