i am posting the awesome contents of my incredibly fantastic package that was awaiting me from photojenn when i got home from work today!
up first...a tote for my knitting and a needle roll in paisley...my favorite pattern! this will be coming with me on my car trip this weekend.
next up we have a sewing caddy from my wist. didn't she do an awesome job! photojenn says she's a fairly new sewer, but you'd never know it!
here's an adorably cute coptic journal she sewed. i love it! i have yet to tackle coptic binding...now i will have to try...especially since i have such a great example right in front of me to refer to!
in the following photo there are various buttons on the top left (can't wait to use them!), a collection of bookmarks (i'm going to have to share one of hte scrubs ones with my husband!) and a set of modest mouse magnets (which i'll also have to share with my husband!).
and yes, there's MORE! last, but certainly not least we have a book that lists 14,000 reasons to be happy (and there are some fantastic reasons), a set of silly jokes for the teacher in me (what kind of button won't unbutton?...a belly button! ha!!), a pattern for comfy pants (can't wait to try it!!), and her letter, which she wrote on the most awesome lisa frank stationery!
thanks so much photojenn! you've made my first swap the best experience i could have hoped for!
here it is! my first ever handmade, hand bound journal. i pieced and quilted the cover and used a variety of embroidery stitches on my machine to quilt the seams. i added some pretty purple-y beads to the pretty purple-y fabric. i used marbled and solid color paper. i made it for photojenn in the cheer-up swap. she said she likes it...yay!
anyway, i had mentioned that i was making a journal in my journal cover post and someone asked me to post this when i was done with it. so, without further ado...
p.s. - photojenn's photos of this are way better than mine! she posted it in the cheer-up swap gallery.
comments welcome...especially pointers and tips on book binding!
i realize this isn't actually made of paper, but this board is for journals and my project is a journal cover...anyway, if it doesn't belong, i apologize! i thought the journal-y people might appreciate it.
inside front flap:
inside back flap:
i am currently working on making (binding) an actual journal and i'm designing and quilting the cover of it before putting it together. i have gotten lots of great tips/pointers/directions for binding a journal from this board and hopefully when i'm done with it, it will be post-worthy.
i needed a brown bag for winter, so i made this one. it's out of a book called Quilted Bags & Purses mary jo hiney. i bought it at joann fabrics. anyway, i added a few things, like cording a magnetic snap for the outer pocket on the back. also, the patter said to use only snap fronts on the two front pockets and then use velcro for closure, but i decided to use actual snaps. the wallet is the same wallet i made for the pink and brown hobo set i posted. the only difference is that i used snaps instead of velcro.
here is the purse and wallet together:
front of bag:
the two snap pockets are mounted onto an actual slip-in pocket (you can tell because of the cording running straight across the front of the purse). i divided this slip-in pocket into two parts with a seam so it would flop open.
back of bag:
for this slip in pocket, i added the magnetic snap.
the inside has no pockets because you put the material and batting together and quilt it. i satin stitched the seams on the inside to make them look more finished and to keep them from fraying. the inside of the purse and both slip in pockets are lined with the striped fabric.
and now for the wallet:
you are looking at a section of six credit card pockets. behind those is a pocket for money. i am holding up the zipper pocket. you can see the snap pocket lying down on the right.
you are looking at another set of six credit card pockets that also has a pocket for bills behind it. i am holding up the snap pocket and now the zippered pocket is lying down on the left.
love the wallet...it's so spacious!
questions, comments, constructive criticism, please. thanks for looking! elizabeth
so, this isn't exactly a quilt. however, it is something that is used by quilters and sewers alike and so i thought it might be more appropriate here where people will probably know what it is. if it needs to be moved, eh, so be it.
my mother bought me this kit for christmas and i've only just now gotten around to making it. it's catch-it for the little bits of thread you cut off after sewing a row or scraps of fabric. it is weighted by a lily pad pincushion so that it hangs off of your sewing table an you don't have to turn around or get out of your chair to get to the wastebasket.
here he is with pins in his lily pad:
and here he is an action shot of thread, etc. in his mouth:
i just love that he is a frog...frogs are my favorite animal. the pattern iis by art fabric studio. this is actually part of a collection and there are other little animals: a mouse that holds thread and needles, a dog and a cat that hold scissors, thread, seam ripper...too cute. anyway...this was super, super easy to put together...i was a little worried at first because they really just give you exactly what you need in terms of fabric...no messing up allowed! but it's totally do-able.
well, thanks for looking. sorry to be so long-winded...hope you enjoy even though it's not a quilt!
okay, my last post for the night. this is actually something i just finished. my mom requested this bag and gave me the pattern and the fabric. the pattern is called "amanda's purse" by little scraps from this and that. the fabric is a pack of charm square...umm...sanctuary by three sisters.
one side of the bag:
the other side of the bag:
action shots so you can see how big it is:
so, this bag is quilted in such a way that you put sew the patchwork part to the batting and the lining together so that it is, in essence, quilter. then you just zigzag or surge the edges...a very easy, quick way to put a bag together...the lining is secure and you don't have to deal with any turning anything inside out, etc. however, you can't really sew a pocket in. so, i put together a few charm squares and experimented with the various embroidery stitches on my machine to make my mom a matching cosmetic bag:
and lastly, here is the cosmetic bag inside of the purse itself (another way for you to get a good idea of size):
i just mailed it to my mom today and i'm so excited to hear what she thinks of it!! i think she'll really like it. i wanted to make a matching wallet, but i pretty much used all of the fabric she gave me.
anyway, let me know what you think...comment, questions, constructive criticism welcome.
i made the amy butler betty shopper a while ago...geez, over a year now. as i said in my previous post...i am only now posting because my husband is here to help me. anyway. i took a class to make this bag. i am huge fan of taking classes because it forces you to make time to sew...which i needed not because i wasn't motivated, but because i'm a teaching and just don't always have a lot of time to myself. plus you get to meet new people and learn new things/techniques.
without further ado and chatting, i present to you my betty shopper. i made the smaller version.
sorry the inside isn't very clear...and no, i don't have three hands (though, it would be helpful! ) that's my dear hubby helping me to hold it open while i snap a shot. the pockets are HUGE! there are two on each side and together they take up the width of the top part of the bag and are as deep as the bag. the nice things is that they don't flop open and they hold a lot.
finally, an action shot:
and i loved the fabric so much and had enough left over that i made a cute little matching handbag. the magnetic snap is waaaaay off center, but i didn't take it apart like i usually do because i didn't care. i was impressed that i actually put it together in one evening, cut to finish-extremely rare for me!
hope you like it. again, comments, questions, constructive criticism most welcome.
i made this bag and coordinating accessories in the spring to take on a trip to florida. (i am posting now because i have a husband to teach me how to do it... ) the pattern is by indygo junction. you can actually make it a size bigger. there are three slip-in pockets sewn on the inside. the pattern itself does not include any sort of closure, so i created and added the ties myself...i'm well familiarized with magnetic snaps, etc., but i really wanted a bag with a tie closure.
the matching wallet is by favorite things and the pattern is called "a safe place." the matching cosmetic bag is of my own creation, based off something i learned in a class.
first up, the collection:
the bag itself:
walletl...there are two sets of credit card holders, one on each side of the wallet...each set hold SIX cards...amazing! there's a zipper pouch that moves as well as a velcro pouch that moves back and forth. the tab to close it is velcro, too. next time, i'll use snaps, i think.
This is my first craftster posting. I have been observing for a long time and there are so many, many talented people creating amazing projects.
Here is the first thing I've finished in a long time (I got married and moved and all of that really takes up a lot of time.) I made a quillow for my husband's sister who just graduated from high school. The fabric is from a line that is a knock off of the Vera Bradley Java Brown fabric...it has tons of coordinating fabrics. I forget the maker...
This is the pillow top...I used a crazy quilt block and I quilted by stitching in the ditch.
These next two are the front and back of the quilt once the quilllow is unfolded.
I just quilted the quilt part using diamonds. I've never quilted something so big and it was not easy, so the quilting lines are a little wobbly in places. I got better at it towards the end, though.
Anyway, I gave it to her yesterday and she seemed to really like it.