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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Summer Lily Walker Bag on: May 23, 2011 04:24:22 PM
I made this for my grandmother who uses a walker, as her current bag is becoming a bit battered. I'm still a bit shaky on bag construction, but this went together a bit easier than I had thought it would. Used a fusible batting and added interior pockets for both front and back.

IMAG0791 by Siboney_2008, on Flickr

IMAG0792 by Siboney_2008, on Flickr

IMAG0793 by Siboney_2008, on Flickr

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Porch Swing - new paint+mesh bottom on: February 28, 2011 02:39:44 PM
So, last spring my mom helped me sew new cushions for our patio/porch swing, which I posted here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=343376.0

I didn't get around painting the frame like I had wanted to until a month ago, when they came for their annual visit. And by that time, the fabric bottom had a serious mishap as the husband had sat down on day too hard, and proceeded to keep on going.  Cheesy

So- paint & a new bottom was in order - I used Rust-Oleum 'Painters Touch' in a satin Aqua and went to a wholesale fabric outlet and purchased a plastic-y mesh type of material, 2 inch grommets and 8 yards of cording.

The bottom bench was measured & enlarged - sides and ends folded over twice for grommet placement and room for it to be wrapped under the bars. The cording was zig zagged side to side on the bottom and then corners crossed and knotted.

Finally - enjoying it all with the kids

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pocket tissue cozies on: February 28, 2011 02:20:21 PM
My daughter's class has an auction every month, in which they use 'class money' they have earned to buy items. Being the height of cold and flu season and in a class the size of a small regiment (respective ages 9-11) - my daughter asked me to make these for her class. As did her teacher. The last one I kept for myself Wink

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Mini-cot quilts on: December 30, 2010 08:40:19 AM
 I had picked up 2 charm packs for my mom as a surprise, but she decided she didn't like them (pinks, browns, greens - Nest by Moda). So, I used them to throw together these 2 smaller quilts for my twins for Christmas. They are a bit smaller than crib sized and the girls like to use them in the car as lap quilts or snuggling with dolls and the dogs.

Things get pretty wonky when you're in the final stretch and trying to get done just for the sake of getting it done.  Cheesy I did a D9P pattern for the center, backing was a solid panel on each ( pink & green, with contrasting bias tape).

that swing bottom & frame is the next project!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Moda 'Fruitcake' Stocking on: November 16, 2010 12:11:38 PM
The husband asked for a stocking this year, and since he never had one as a kid - who am I to deny a 32 year old?

I used 2 fat quarters of Moda's Basic Grey 'Fruitcake' ( lining, exterior) and maybe 1/8 yard for the cuff. Just traced  existing stockings that we had and for the cuff, used this tut:


 (I added pleats since I cut too much - happy accidents)

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Quickie Flat panel Apron on: November 16, 2010 11:59:12 AM
So, I picked up a yard of this crazy print at a local quilt shop and since it's big to begin with, really couldn't cut it into smaller pieces, so an apron came to mind. It's pretty basic - nothing too frilly about it! Smiley

Close up of ties:

Bias Tape/Edging

Front/Flat panel

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Zaza-zing! It's done! on: November 15, 2010 07:23:42 AM
This is no feat of complicated piecing, hand or machine quilting - but it's done. This is quilt #2 for me. Is about a twin size, about 65x90.

Stacked coins, with sashing in between, stitch in the ditched. Fabric is called Za Za Zing for Studio E - the quilt shop where I picked it up has discounted fabric, but it is older lines or the previous seasons, so there's a delay sometimes, lol. It's all good.

Last pic shows the most accurate in colors, and the backing. Thanks for looking! Smiley

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilted Nook Cozy on: September 07, 2010 10:28:11 AM
 Sounds cozy, right? lol  Wink My family went above and beyond this year for my birthday and so I made a little cozy for it, so it won't be get scratched up in transit. I used some scraps from a quilt I'm working on...it's just waiting on being sandwiched and quilted at this point...you know how it goes.



Inside fabric:

Still having issues on getting the corners mitered nicely for the binding, but used a ladder stitch for the back, which makes it a breeze (my whip stitch is horrid).

Thanks for looking, C+C welcome!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cherry Oilcloth lunch sack on: July 16, 2010 09:19:06 AM
So on vacation, I went down to one of my favorite parts of St. Paul - Grand Ave to see all the shops - alot of them new, some - classics. I really had to restrain myself at a fabric store, though - which was new to me but apparently, quite established.

 They had tons of amazing fabrics, funky prints, silks, etc.   My brain was buzzing with so many project ideas I decided to play it safe, and picked up some oilcloth instead. Which as we all know, you can buy *anywhere*.   Roll Eyes

So I decided to make a lunch sack - pretty basic. I think my dimensions could use a tweaking, along with machine tension-  but it'll do. This was my first time sewing with  oilcloth, and easier than I thought it would be.

10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Buying the backing -question on: June 18, 2010 01:04:41 PM
Just a quick question - does it make more sense (economically) to buy 108'' backing, or more yardage of 45'' for larger projects?

 I have a pre-paid account in which 45'' bolts costs $4.95/yd at a local shop, but I've never priced the 108'' cotton/flannel before.

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