Sunday, December 4, 2016

Split Rails Quilt

I have had this fabric a long time, and it was one of my goals to finally turn it into a quilt this year. It should have been one row wider, but, as I've been meaning to get around to this for awhile, I also bought the solid fabric sometime ago, hoping it would motivate me, and I didn't have enough for one more row.

Once the top was done, I put off quilting it because I didn't want to do straight, criss-crossed lines, but that's what worked best and I like how it turned out better than I thought I would.

Finished size: 60" x 84"

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Another Pair of Pink and Blue Ornaments

This is the third and last set of pink and blue ornaments! They are for Claire's friend Jack and his new sister. I made these over the summer as well, and I just had to wait for the new baby to arrive to finish up the personalization. The blue ornament is the same as the first two, but the pink one is more like another ornament I made that I really liked.

Try making one yourself with this tutorial!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

A Purse with Pizzaz

I couldn't help myself; I made Claire another purse. This is the fabric I wanted to use for the red purse. I had seen this pattern awhile ago and thought it had a bit more style. I did make a few adaptations. First, I made it one inch longer. Second, I did not gather the lining (which is a plain, solid red fabric), I pleated it just like the outside of the purse so the shape would match and it would fit better. Third, I did not do a button closure. This button is purely decorative. The glittery heart button was a great match for this fabric, but I didn't think the shape would work very well as an actual closure, and I had another magnetic closure that I figured would be ideal. Instead of top stitching after attaching the band to the body of the purse, I waited until the bag was completely assembled to top stitch, thus giving more stability to the band for opening the magnet. 

Finished size: 8" wide at top, 9" wide at bottom, 7" long at center

Sunday, November 20, 2016

One Very Red Purse

Julie sent me a text asking if my machine could sew leather or fake leather. When I asked what she wanted me to make, she sent me a photo of a purse. I told her I would make it, but that it didn't need to be made out of leather. Claire really likes red, so despite sending photos of some cute red prints, we settled on plain, solid red fabric. As a result, I used a very red patterned fabric for the lining instead. There is also a small pocket on the inside. The purse Julie saw had a big bow on the front, but we decided to go with a button instead. I was pleased to find a sparkly heart button, despite the fact that there's not much contrast. I decided to go with a magnetic snap, which I'd never used before, instead of Velcro for the closure. I really like it, but the magnet is so strong I'm afraid it will be difficult for Claire to open. Hopefully it's red enough for her and she likes it!

Finished size: 7" wide, 5.5" high, 2.5" deep
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