Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A TALE OF 3 PURSES



 Completed a few purses for a friend.


Lovely fall classic look.  This fabric is fabulous, 
the tan design is stitching, providing a nice rich texture.  
The brown accent fabric has a tone-on-tone design.



Cross-body bag of durable black cotton with free motion machine quilting.  Stitching on the body of the bag is an irregular wavy line design.  The flap has a design of continuous flower petals.  Adds nice texture and interest to this solid colored bag.  Also features an adjustable strap.




Fun fabric for this amazing bag, the blue is so vibrant.
This bag needs a home, let me know if you are interested.

We are enjoying or should I say enduring another streak of hot weather here in southern PA so I may be sewing just to stay out of the heat and humidity.

Until next time....
Carolyn


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I DIDN'T FORGET HOW TO SEW.........

...or blog, I just took a little break.....
so here's a catch up post.


In April, I designed and created this purse for myself.
I've been using it ever since.....I really like this size and style.
It's large enough to carry a water bottle or book 
(along with all the other normal purse stuff) 
and soft enough to be comfortable not big and bulky.


The purse began as a jacket that I bought at a thrift store
for less than $5.  Did you notice the buttons on the 
front of the purse?  I also enjoy the benefit of using pre-quilted fabric, saves a lot of time.  Love up-cycling!  


Around the same time, I made this cute little
cross body bag for a friend.  It took more
time to select the coordinating fabrics and button 
then to stitch it together.  A fun little project.


After the month of April, my sewing machine got a little break
as I enjoyed some time outside with the flower gardens and walking.  Apparently I was exposed to too much pollen, 
came down with a nasty upper respiratory infection.
Seasonal allergies are not fun!
 I'm finally feeling better so this week I dusted off the machine and made a few bags for a friend.  I'll post those pictures soon.

I'm trying to stay indoors as much as possible 
but today was a beautiful summer day.

Here's Ellie discovering the hidden kitty in the 
vinca vine.  Sorry Peaches, she's on to you!
No rest for the kitty while the little is around :)


Hope you had a great day too!
Carolyn





Thursday, March 5, 2015

I SPY ..... SNOW


Since I completed this I SPY quilt during
our snow storm today.  I decided to venture
outside for photos.


It's 48" square and each block is unique.
Made totally from my stash, the backing
is a thrifted polka-dot sheet.


Not much more to say, 
except I sure hope spring arrives soon!


Cabin fever = quilting!
Carolyn

Saturday, February 28, 2015

I-SPY QUILT, WORK CONTINUES


The blocks are completed and on the design wall.
Now to move a few blocks around then stitch it up.

I'm hoping be finished before Easter.
Carolyn


Friday, February 13, 2015

I SPY QUILT IN PROGRESS


I started working on an I Spy Quilt for my granddaughter.
Here's the beginning of this fun quilt.
I'm hoping to have it finished by Easter.


These blocks are waiting to be pressed and trimmed
to 5.5" square.  All together I have more than 80 blocks.
And all the fabrics came from my stash.  Although,
some fat quarters were purchased over the past
3 years in anticipation of making this I Spy Quilt.


And I now have a "design wall".  It's just batting tacked 
to a sliding closet door, but it does the trick.

Enjoy this beautiful day,
it's bitter cold here in southern PA
but the sun is shining :)

Carolyn



Friday, February 6, 2015

Will you be my Valentine.......


A few years ago I purchased a kit to make a quilt 
featuring this adorable vintage look 
novelty Valentine fabric.  
I believe the fabric is by PamKitty.


I used the same basic pattern and instructions but instead of
one quilt I made 4.  One for me and each of my daughters
plus a tiny little gem for my granddaughter.


I added fabric from my stash
to finish the backs and binding.
 

A fun little project to share my love
with my family.



Happy February!
Carolyn 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

REMAKE SKIRT TO PURSE


The end result.......a lovely wool purse
that began as a thrifted skirt.


I used a little different technique this time,
binding (like that of a quilt) is securing 
the end panel to the front & back.


A fun project and first finish for 2015.

I also recently completed this doll sized diaper
bag for my granddaughter's 2nd birthday.


It was made from the scraps of this doll bassinet.


Happy Birthday Ellie!

No resolutions for 2015.  After last year's huge
events (buying a home, moving, remodeling, daughter's wedding, etc.), I'm hoping for a more relaxed year!

Happy New Year!
Carolyn