I’ve been sewing all sorts of delicious totes and bags preparing for an Etsy shop update.
I cut into my Maker fabric this weekend to make this really fun bag. The pattern is the 241 Tote by Noodlehead. You can buy it here.
Usually I’m pretty good at figuring out how to make stuff without a pattern, but I kept staring at all the awesome pictures of this bag on the net and thinking, “how in the world does that go together?” It was driving me crazy trying to figure it out in my head, so I finally just bought it. I am glad I did! What a nice pattern. I’m sure I’ll make many more.
I changed it up a little by piecing the main bag panel and I added grommets and a leather handle with swivel clips. I scored a really nice bag of leather scraps at the craft store for 7 bucks (and I had a 40 percent off coupon which made it even cheaper!) So now I have lots and lots of leather for purse straps. Cool!
side story: while I was hammering in the grommets I kept thinking, don’t hammer your thumb Melissa!! don’t hammer your thumb!!! I totally hammered my thumb. It was all swollen and throbbing like a Fred Flintstone cartoon.
Speaking of head scratchers, a few other things have had me thinking hmmmm? lately too.
One is this pillow. I love it. I keep seeing it in Home decorating pictures. It’s totally an album block right? We can make a quilty one! But for some reason my brain took forever to figure it out because all the album blocks I’ve ever made are just one row of “steps.” Then I thought maybe you make in like an Irish chain? no Maybe like a trip around the world? no You have to make the album block but instead of making the block you make the whole thing at once laying out all the pieces and sewing long rows. Right? Or is there an easier way? Maybe I’ve confused you as much as myself. LOL!!!!! =)
Two is my house.
We’re having it scraped and painted the 3rd week of May. You would think it would be fun to pick out new house colors….but it’s a nightmare. We have to live with it for 10 years, what if it’s ugly??? Part of the reason is we have to keep the trim dark and the body light or it would cost 30 % more. We both hate the red, but can’t figure out a good color scheme. We’re spending a small fortune on sample pots to try out and none of them have worked. I thought we nailed it this weekend with a light gray body, dark gray outer trim and a darker, browner red inner trim. And here is the crazy man I live with….it reminded him of Ohio State colors and he wont have people saying that to him. Who would see a house and think of sports? UGGG, men. Any suggestions? (about the house, not the man. hehehe)
Hope you have a great week!
p.s. I’ve been using Instagram a lot lately. I’d love it if you want to add me and I’ll add you back! I’m: lussier1971
Woo HOO it’s finally spring, glorious, spring! (or something almost like it.) Enough of a beginning of spring for us to go out and clean up the flower beds this past weekend, and cook out some steaks on the grill.
I’ve been sewing little projects every day waiting for it to be nice enough to go outside.
A new spring/summer purse with bamboo handles and matching wallet.
The wallet took 2 tries, as I was making up the pattern as I went along. The first one was rather floppy, so I used timtex on the second go around.
I’m in LOVE with the fabric which was purchased at JoAnn’s (I Know!!) I loved it so much a bought yardage to make curtains for our next camper. It reminds me of retro barkcloth.
A little embroidery project that turned into a block that might turn into a pillow?
Trajectory mini quilt that also might turn into a pillow. You can find the paper piecing template for free here.
A Jack Russell Terrier mini quilt in honor of our Sony-the-wonderdog. She’s going to be 17 this year!! I found the block in an old book of mine. If anyone needs to know, I’m sure I can dig it out and get the title for you.
The frayed edge jacket by Favorite Things. I’ve had this pattern around for years. I finally decided now’s the time to make this little bugger. I started out with this prototype that I’m giving to Mom for Mother’s Day, primarily because I had a hunch I would want mine smaller/more fitted, not because I thought the first one would suck! LOL I have to finish the lining and adjust the sleeve length on hers (picture is without lining, you’ll see lining on the collar and if you roll up the sleeves when done.) then I’m going to start on mine with some awesome new Cotton and Steel fabric that arrived in the mail recently.
Here are the fat quarters I’m making my jacket out of:
Speaking of fabric arriving in the mail. I’ve had a hard time staying off the computer and pushing the buy button!
Here are some fun things that have showed up recently:
Maker by Art Gallery Fabrics:
Some super fun Pam Kitty Garden:
Adorable Milk, Sugar & Flower by Elea Lutz:
I better get back up to the sewing room!
Have a wonderful day,
Remember this little table runner I made after the holidays? Well I finally remembered to organize the leftover low volume scraps into 2 little kits.
The table runner measures 15 1/2 x 43 inches. It’s perfect to place under a spring vignette for your table!
Just lay the strips out evenly into 3 rows and sew them up. I quilted wavy lines.
The kits are 12.50 and that includes shipping.
You will need backing, binding, and batting.
Have a great day! Spring is almost here =)
Man OH Man have I been a lay about this January. While everyone else is talking exercise, organizing, cleaning, fresh starts…I have been laying around watching netflix and playing games on my phone!!!
My get up and go, got up and went as they say! HAHA
I have managed to get some winter decor up after all the Christmas was taken down. But it really took me a long time.
Browsing pinterest the other day I came across this wonderful mini quilt from Galloping Pony. Isn’t it fabulous?
I really can’t sew as small as those blocks are and stay sane, so I’m making 4 inch baskets blocks. Just a couple a day. We’ll see where this goes. Maybe a sew along?
When I was all cleaned up from Christmas I noticed I really needed a neutral table runner for our coffee table/ trunk.
I went through my cream scrap bin and cut up some strips, sewed them up and quilted wavy lines.
It was just want I needed for the table. I have a ton of extra strips so I thought maybe I would make up a couple of kits and put them up here next week if anyone needs a neutral table runner of their own!
Hope your January has been wonderful!
It’s been the winter of tree quilts here at my house for the week before Christmas.
It all started when I had a break in Christmas gift making and decided to make my version of Crazy Mom Quilts tree quilt for …gasp…MYSELF!! I know who makes a quilt for themselves at Christmas time? But I was in desperate need of a quilt for the couch that only I could use. People with teenaged kids will understand that sometimes you want a quilt that doesn’t smell like teenaged feet, and without drips of food on it.
I backed it with the softest, squishiest, loviest cuddle fabric, layered it with the highest, fluffiest batting, and quilted it with the fewest of lines to make it the darned most comfy quilt I’ve ever made!
Too comfy!! So comfy, in fact, there was a revolt in my house, and a demand for a most comfy quilt for said teenaged children.
Hence began my four day sewing rampage to make Christmas tree quilt presents for my littles. They were just in time for Christmas Eve gifting to compliment new jammies and slippers.
My eyes were seriously crossing putting in the last binding stitches. But oh so worth it! My quilt, I’m happy to say, is smell free, and so far no food spills!
Now we are all tree huggers!
I guess after you’ve made 1001 quilts you want to try some new things, get out of your comfort zone, ya know?
So when I had some Winter’s Lane scraps I decided to play around with an abstract quilt. I ended up with a nice big chunk of white space, and I kept envisioning a big red tree there. Hmmm? I could try and draw it with thread! I googled thread painting and there are some amazing images of what people can draw with thread.
I ironed some interfacing on the back and set to work trying my hand at thread painting. I put the feed dogs down and used the darning foot. So fun!! I just free handed it and let the lines go where they may.
The trunk is straight stitch and the branches are using a zig zag stitch. It’s totally a rookie try, and this one will probably end up shoved in a scrap bin, but I think I want to explore this technique some more!
What new things are you trying lately?