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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Noodlehead's Poolside Tote on: August 29, 2014 12:39:07 PM
I love making small bags, but this week I ventured larger and made the Poolside tote from Anna Graham (aka Noodlehead).  It is really big.

I used a plain light weight denim for the exterior and a coordinating floral denim for the accents.  I used some random interfacing/batting I had in my closet, which is working well.  The bag really holds its shape.  I just wish I knew what it was.

I used pillow ticking for the lining.  The bears are in the bag to help it hold its shape for the pictures.

Comments are always welcome.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Out of Africa quilt on: February 01, 2014 07:48:43 AM
My sister spent three years in Kenya teaching physics at a girls school through the Peace Corps.  Making a quilt for her for Christmas, I used her Kenya adventure as inspiration.

I also pieced the back so that it is two quilts in one. . . You can see the stippling here, as well.

Thanks for letting me share.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Black, yellow, and grey cross-body bag on: August 02, 2013 07:40:56 AM
Do you ever fall for a fabric, even if it doesn't go with anything you own??  That is me with this line of black/grey/yellow fabric.  I am a blue girl.  Everything I own is either blue or wants to be blue.  But  then I fell in love     with a fabric  that doesn't go with blue.  I have had a blast sewing with it. . .  and I am sure someone I know wears these colors. . .  I shared about a bunch of the things I have made in this post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422248.msg5011259#msg5011259

. . . and here is my latest:

an interior shot:

and I found a willing model:

My model may not give it back. . . .
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A very pink pleated tote on: July 24, 2013 01:11:18 PM
I scored some fabulous pink batik fabric with a cool shell fossil motif (what are these shells called??) from an older friend who was destashing.  It was a find I couldn't pass up, so decided to combine this with a desire to try a new pattern.  I chose Artsy-Crafsty Babe's free tutorial/pattern, the pleated tote to make this:

Here is an interior shot:

And an action shot:

I am really happy with how it turned out!!  I may have to make more. . .
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Super simple striped quilt on: June 14, 2013 07:36:13 AM
Inspired by a quilt I saw somewhere on Crafster awhile ago, I got out some of my unused jelly roll strips, and pieced together a super, duper simple quilt.  This is by far the simplest quilt I have ever made, but I still really like it.

I used variegated thread throughout - pink on the pink strips, green on the green, purple on the purple, then I waited.  What to do with the white parts?  Mettler threads to the rescue- I found a light pink to white variegated thread that was just perfect for the white parts.  Problem solved. You can kinda-sorta see the variegations on the back:
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The Phoebe Bag's big sister, Ruby on: April 15, 2013 08:44:54 AM
I LOVE the Phoebe bag (see: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=415264.0#axzz2QXx6Jzto , http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=418643.msg4955389#msg4955389 ) . . . but did you know that Artsy Crafty Babe had a bigger version, named the "Ruby."  I didn't either. . . until now.  The Ruby is not only bigger, but it includes two variations. It is a big bag and uses a lot of fabric. . .  I usually use smallish bags, and I usually buy small pieces of fabric.  What's a girl to do?  Well I cut up my old couch cover (It had worn thin in the middle, but the sides were still in great shape), and I came up with:
I love the texture of the fabric - it looks great without any embellishment.  For the inside, I used left over fabric from a quilt I made:
The pocket is made from the rounded part of the lining that I cut out.  

Watcha think?
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Black, Grey, Yellow Paisley gift set on: April 02, 2013 04:45:04 PM
I've been busy making presents for a special friend who does everything for everyone else.  She loves this fabric set (and so do I). 

First, a reusable grocery bag:

Second, a medium sized tote:

Third, an eyeglass case and small clutch:

I still have more fabric, so I may make more - what do you think?
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Michelle makes the cutest patterns - clutch on: February 01, 2013 10:05:43 AM
I recently purchased a bunch of patterns from Michelle Patterns (formerly, Keyka Lou), and I am in love.  They are SO cute and fun to make.

This first one is her curvy clutch pattern.  I made mine in the small size.  I will be making the other sizes soon.

This wristlet is called a camera bag. . .  I am currently using it for my phone, but it could hold a variety of things, just not all at once.

I would be sewing more right now, but I have to clean up for company. . .
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Eyeglass cases - I've gone a bit nuts on: January 08, 2013 07:33:15 AM
I have gotten addicted making these eyeglass cases. They are quick, easy, and fun to make. . .  and cute.  I am a sucker for cute. The first one is from Sue Kim's Book:

The rest of these are modifications of other patterns, so they are kinda original. . .

C&C welcome!!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Creepy carnival t-shirt becomes a new bag on: January 04, 2013 06:51:40 AM
I am in love with the Phoebe bag  (free at: http://artsycraftybabe.typepad.com/tutorials/phoebe_bag.pdf ) AND I love re-purposing old clothes.  This time I used a Creepy Carnival t-shirt from Shirt Woot.com.
The color is WAY off in the picture, but you can see the wavy, vine-like quilting at least.

I quilted the back to look like cut wood.  Again, the color is way off.

The color is more accurate in this picture.
It was lots of fun to make.
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