Friday, February 22, 2013


I have tried my hand at sewing purses a few times. The last purse I made is by far my favourite.  In fact it is a pattern by Melly Sews, called My Favorite Purse.

As usual my pictures leave something to be desired, but I assure you it is a CUTE purse. My favourite detail is the side detail.
I made the bias binding out of kona black, I love how it formed around the curved piece so nicely.  

The pattern was great to follow, but I did make a few small changes.

Changes I made: 1. I installed my zippered pockets different than the pattern; 2. I made a fixed length strap (instead of adjustable); 3. I added a key clip; and 4. I did not add a second fabric under the outside pockets.

The fabric came from IKEA, the inside was made with scrap pink, fun.

Another purse!

This was a modified Buttercup Bag.  It is the larger version with a recessed zipper.  I don't think I will do the recessed zipper again.  Instead I will install the zipper much like the one in My Favorite Purse.
I added a key clip in this bag too (I LOVE them in my purses).  The fabric came from a skirt.  

The final purse of the day is this one, that I first shared here in April 2012.  I finished the purse and used it for 9 months.  I did not take a lot of pictures and it is a little worn from use now.
I drafted the pattern myself for this one, and while it did get a few compliments, I will not be recreating it.  It is a little odd:)

I have plans for more purses in my future.  One or two more of My Favorite Purse, and one more Buttercup Bag.  One Favorite Purse will be for my Mother-in-Law, I need to buy fabric for it, the other will be made with this fabric (again from IKEA). 

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

WIP :: 175 Pieced Hexies

February has been filled with sports, birthday's, an anniversary and sickness.  I have not completed many new tasks, with such a complete schedule, but I still have things to share.  Today is my long term hexie project.

The current plan for the quilt contains 1,306 hexies.  I have most/all of these basted, however, I keep making new ones.  I replace some fabrics that I really cannot stand, I am also toying with the idea of making it bigger, or maybe making a smaller hexie project.

175 - 1 inch hexagons pieced together.

I really enjoy all the colours as the project grows.

Now for some hexie eye candy for your viewing pleasure!

A patchwork maxi dress is perfect for an uber glamorous picnic or posing on a Hamptons porch
I apologize, I cannot find the original source of this photo.

2013 Work In Progress List (updates in blue)

1.  My Daughter's Farmer's Wife quilt :: various stages of completeness
2.  My Son's quilt :: not yet started
3.  Knit Entrelac Cape :: I tried to cast on, but had to restart 2 times...I need to try again.
4.  Lark Kaleidoscope quilt :: fabric's stashed away, just need the courage to start it.
5.  Fleece Slippers for me :: I made one in November - I must make the second one.
6.  Cathedral Window quilt :: 
So close to completing this...

I am linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.
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