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61  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Birdie Sling #534234 on: March 04, 2009 04:25:21 PM
Well, I did it Cheesy  After 3.5 hours of cutting fabric and interfacing and about 5-6 hours of construction, the birdie sling is done. 

Decent pattern.  I was not impressed, however, by the amount of wasted fabric.  I modified the cutting layout to save as much as possible. 

And for some reason, I had to add an extra pleat.  Both sides were off so I added a pleat to make it line up.  I guess my pleats weren't big enough. 

Glad its done.  HOpe to make another!

62  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Pink Quilt Top on: February 01, 2009 04:31:54 PM
May as well post this now because who knows when the back will get on.

I made this from a pattern in a magazine.  When I looked at the pattern, I realized it would end up as a 27 inch square quilt.  I wanted something bigger so I doubled the pattern.  Not sure that was a great idea.  I had to make it work.  Overall, I wasn't thrilled with the pattern.  There was a LOT of wasted fabric. 

That said, I made it work. I wanted the brown paisley fabrics to be the focal.  I tried some digital shots to figure out where they should lay.  I think the pink would have dominated anywhere... like it did here.  Still nice.  A bit too shiny for me.  But I love the fabric.

Whole quilt:

Up close:

63  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Machine Quilting on: January 31, 2009 07:14:00 PM
For those of you who use a regular sewing machine to machine quilt the top, how do you do it?  How do you manage a quilt in a sewing machine.  I have a hard enough time doing a simple grid let alone some sort of pattern. Do you not get bunching?  And what about pins getting in the way?
64  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Toy Box Blue Quilt on: January 29, 2009 09:37:08 PM
I *just* finished this.  (almost 2.5 hours of handstitching the binding :/)  It had a sister quilt that was about 4x4 feet.  This one is about 27inches square. 

Et voila!

65  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Amy Butler Jordy bag with zipper. on: January 22, 2009 04:32:30 PM
And I remembered the snap this time hehe.  First time doing a zipper and it was very easy.

Next time I think I would add stabilizer to the outside.

66  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / What was placemats, now is bag :D on: January 18, 2009 11:35:46 AM
I saw these placemats and napkin at Fabricland and it was 50% off.  Total cost was $20.  The placemat backing was stiff enough to act as interfacing so that worked out well.

I used the "Jordy bag" pattern.  But I forgot the snap.  I get a little zoned sometimes.  :p  So I pleated the ends a bit to give more structure. 

67  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / John Deere Baby Quilt and Star Baby Quilt (pics!) on: January 06, 2009 03:03:57 PM
I was browsing this forum and thought I would share a couple of quilts a friend and I did this year. 

The first is the star quilt.  This was our first attempt at a real quilt for both of us.  We even had to research the binding before we did it.  The pattern was supposed to be paper piece but pfffftttt  we just pieced it Cheesy  Turned out great. 

The second quilt we did started a fabric hunt for a quilt for a male coworker.  He's a huge John Deere fan.  I called my friend from the states to ask "Do you think his wife has a sense of humour??  Cuz I"m looking at John Deere fabric!"

I thought it was going to be a tacky joke kind of quilt but it turned out quite nice! EVerything was John Deere even the backing.

Well, that was after we unstitched the table cloth from it.  :/  As we were machine quilting, it was getting tough and suddenly the machine stopped.  We thought it was just thick where the seam was.  Then we looked under the quilt to find taht the flannel pulled up the linen tablecloth and we had sewn a good 6 inches onto the quilt  Embarrassed  We laughed so hard.  And he has a great story to tell about his quilt.

68  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first Frenchie Bag on: September 04, 2008 05:45:24 PM
wOot!  Always reluctant to start, I found it pretty easy.  Except the final stitch along the outside along the top and main panel.  Its messy.  I redid it twice now and have  a little bunch on the outside i need to fix.

Anyway, here it is!  I used an old pair of worn out jeans for the denim on the top.

Sorry for the links, apparently I haven't posted 10 times.
69  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / What kind of stabilizer is this? on: September 01, 2008 11:00:28 AM
Hi all,

I have an Amy Butler pattern to attempt and it asks for a heavyweight sew-in stabilizer such as Pellon 40.  I went to Fabricland which doesn't have Pellon.  The woman, who doesn't seem to know much about this stuff, first shows me some rather thin stabilizers before pulling out one marked heavyweight. 

I don't know if this is the right stabilizer for the bag.  Its stiff, non-fusible, and gridlike.  If I hold it up to the light, it is a perfect grid - I could cross-stitch with it if needed.  Its 100% cotton. 

Can anyone tell me if this sounds like the right stuff?  I've never used it before.

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