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1  Re: Quilt-a-long! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by thismomsews on: June 30, 2007 12:54:54 PM
Yea!!! The top is finished!!!  I had a little cutting oops on the side borders-measured the wrong part so I had to add some in.  Oh well.  Anyway I made four patch blocks for the corners and machine appliqued circles on top. 

Now any ideas on how I should quilt this???  The main area I'm not sure about is the middle panel with the embroidery on it. 

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2  Re: Quilt-a-long! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by thismomsews on: June 14, 2007 06:49:30 PM
Here's the finished embroidery of the words-I just used a simple backstitch.  It took almost 4 of the little skeins!  I worked on it off and on for about a week.  It is still a bit wrinkly from being in the hoop. Today I started to sew the outside border, but I need a little more to finish it up- Back to the quilt shop tomorow! 
(FYI-in the first picture, the quilt in the background is a whole cloth quilt hand quilted by my husband's grandmother)

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3  Re: Quilt-a-long! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by thismomsews on: June 12, 2007 08:24:08 PM
I'm gonna jump in here.  I am working on a quilt for my son, but I have a few others in various stages of completion! 
  But it turns out all I want to do is start new projects...hmmm Undecided.  However I have vowed to abide by a, "can't start one till you finish one" rule, although maybe I should do, "can't start one till you finish two" (or three, or...)     
This is SO me!!  I have a few drawers of works in progress! Right now my excuse is that they are packed up in the garage while we wait for our house to sell. 

Back to the current quilt....I have had the idea in my head for a while, but when I packed up mostly all of my fabrics and craft stuff, I went into creative withdrawl!!  I did leave my sewing machine, basic sewing necessities, and embroidery things in the closet just in case.  So since I didn't have any fabric to dig through, it was the perfect excuse to head to the quilt shop.  I made a bunch of pinwheels for a border and sewed them around a middle panel.  The middle has the words to "you are my sunshine" embroidered on it.  I just finished that a few days ago and now I am tying to decide what I want to do for an outside border.  I'm going to take pics tomorrow of the finished embroidery, but here is what I have so far. 

checking the placement of the words
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4  Re: Quilt Challenge #1:Clutch Purse in Quilting: Completed Projects by thismomsews on: January 30, 2007 02:33:11 PM
String Piecing is a good way to use up scraps of fabrics.  Here is a good set of directions: http://quiltville.com/stringquiltingprimer.shtml

I just did mine from side to side instead of on the diagonal and didn't leave a blank space.  Here's another that is waiting for me to do something with it!

Thanks for the compliments Smiley
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5  Quilted Clutch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by thismomsews on: January 30, 2007 01:00:49 PM
I love how this turned out.  I have been practicing quilting on my machine and making little bags-this is the best so far.  
The pattern is a sample from Kwik Sew (I used the small size): http://www.kwiksew.com/Projects/P5001/5001.purse.lo-res.pdf
The fabric is Amy Butler -lime dew drops (charm collection) and lime peel and sepia sun dahilas (ginger bliss collection) from my scraps drawer!

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6  Quilt Challenge #1:Clutch Purse in Quilting: Completed Projects by thismomsews on: January 30, 2007 12:49:49 PM
I string pieced the material from scraps, quilted it, then made the clutch.  I love how it turned out!  



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7  Boring, but useful - messenger bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by thismomsews on: January 24, 2007 12:50:20 PM
My hubby actually asked me to make HIM a bag!!!  He has 2 bags that he uses for work-1 is a laptop bag, that is great and has a hard padded outer case-but he says it is too much (too many pockets and too big to carry just a few things around.)  1 is a messenger bag, that is also too big, it is very floppy and when he carries just a few things in it, it just hangs sadly.  So-I made this just to fit his laptop and 2 binders snugly.  There is a divider sewn on the inside to slip file folders into or smaller books into, and the front pockets have pen holders and a pouch pocket, with a larger slip pocket behind that.  He is going to use a strap from another bag that is adjustable, so I just put on some d-rings.  

Size: 13.5' wide x 11' tall x 4" deep
Fabric: Navy and natural canvas

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8  Tutorial: Tan Flowers handbag (pic heavy) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by thismomsews on: January 11, 2007 06:48:06 PM
I made this little bag today to fit all of my basic necessities.  It fits my wallet, cell phone, lip glosses, makeup, keys, and calendar. I made a goof in my measurements though, so it is still wider than I wanted, but I needed something to keep all of my stuff in-I am always leaving something behind when I move from diaper bag, to tote bag, to purse.  Now I can just grab one little bag instead of a bunch of things!  

OK-details:  Fabric- from remnant bin at JoAnn's  
                 Size- 10" wide x 5 1/2" tall x 2 1/2" deep
                 Pattern-made it up

Thanks for looking!

I'm going to attempt to explain how I did the zipper-warning! no professional knowledge here!   Cheesy  Im sure there is a better way to put in a zipper top, so if you know, please share!  

I was studying bags with zippers and trying to see how they were put together-I have looked at the tutorial for the slouchy hobo (by tinafish) https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=35575.0
but haven't made one yet.  This is similar, but no gatherings at the top. It is also like making a lined zippered pouch, but you don't sew across the zipper at the side seams-you make a little place for it along the top, so it tucks down into the sides.  I made a test bag out of scraps to make sure the design would work.  And I also made a new bag since the tan one was bigger than I wanted!

So here is how I did it-Some pictures were better than others so there are pictures along the way from two bags-the test bag was out of bright flowered scraps and my new bag is black canvas with plaid lining.  I used the same design for each just with different dimensions (I hope that make sense!)  
Test Bag:
Black and Plaid Bag:  

1. Decide how big you want the bag, add seam allowances, inches for the depth, then **1 inch to the top**  Cut out 2 outer and 2 lining pieces from this measurement.  Also cut out any pockets you want and the strap.  (my strap was about 1 inch wide)

2. On the top two corners of the outer and lining pieces measure in 1 inch and mark, then cut out a section between the marks 1 inch from the top of the bag.  

3. Make sure your zipper is at least as long as the total length of the bag.  Lay 1 lining piece right side up, line the top of the zipper with the edge facing right side up, then lay 1 outer piece right side down on top of the zipper and pin the edges.  

4. Sew the zipper in starting and stopping at the red dots in the drawing from step 2.  Fold the pieces back and iron flat-then topstitch along this edge.  Repeat along the other side of the zipper.

5. If you are putting in pockets or interfacing do this now. (the white part that you see in the rest of the photos is fusible fleece interfacing) Also sew up your strap if you havent done it yet.  

6. Now its time to start sewing up the bag!  Pin around the edges of the lining making sure to leave an opening in the bottom for turning and pin all the way up the edges of the tabs. You may want to pin the zipper and other tabs out of the way.  Sew this seam.   (it will not be flat due to the topstitching on the zipper area, but stretch it out as much as you can. )  I found it is easier to sew from the bottom to the top where the tabs are, then sew the bottom seams.  Open your zipper now (3/4 of the way-you will be turning the bag through this opening) Repeat on the outer pieces but sew completely across the bottom.  

7. Now reach through the hole in the lining bottom and pull the outer part through, flipping the whole thing through the zipper and push the lining to the inside.  Now at the ends of the zipper you should have little holes-get your strap and make sure it fits nicely down into the hole.  If it fits pin it into place along the outer fabric.  If the strap doesnt fit, you will need to trim and resew.   Sad

8. Carefully flip the bag inside out again, making sure you dont pull out the straps.

9. Now it is time to sew up the zipper tabs.  You should have 4 layers sticking out on the side tabs-the lining, zipper, strap end, and outer.  

Make these lay nice and flat and pin. (first remove the pin that you put on the outside -it was just to keep the strap from pulling out of the hole while you flipped the bag-and you don't want to sew over it!!) On the side where the zipper is open pin very carefully so the zipper teeth are together.  You may find it easier to make this lie flat of you push the fabric towards the zipper so it sort of makes a point toward the tabs.

 You will be sewing close to the edge of the bag-  Fit this under the presser foot-It may be a tight squeeze-mine was!  If it is tight, you may have to push it along (carefully please-no needles through fingers now) or pull it along the back.

10. Trim the zipper tabs close to the seam

11. If you want your bag to have box corners on the bottom, do this now.  (mine were 1 inch in)

12. Turn your bag right side out again and sew up the hole in the lining- Done!
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9  Re: Plastic Frozen Juice Cans in What the heck can I do with THIS? by thismomsews on: January 06, 2007 08:13:57 PM
I have been meaning to post this idea for a while now, and happened upon this while browsing around!  We go through 1 or 2 of these cans a week!  Most of them go in the recycle bin, but I try to re purpose things as I can.

So far I have used them for:
-kid bowling pins (I have a 2 year old)-great fun! (we have a basket of them in the cabinet-they are also great for scooping and pouring all sorts of stuff)
-pen/pencil holders
-organizer for crafty stuff-what else?! (see pic below)
-risers under the legs of my craft table-*not a good idea* it is too much weight and they are crumpling down...I'm going to buy real bed risers for this purpose this week!  but they could be used to lift up something lightweight, like a shelf that has little things on it for more storage space underneath

Here is the one sitting on my computer desk right now.  My hubby took our pen holder to use at work-I have been meaning to recover this, but here it is!

Here are some pics of the organizer.  Over the summer, I cut strips of scrap fabric to fit around the cans and hot glued them on.  Then I glued the cans together.  I originally used it on my craft table standing upright-but the 2 year old was able to reach it, so it moved up on the shelf!  Works just as well either way.  

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10  Re: List & Links to Advent Calendar Ideas in Winter Holidays by thismomsews on: December 01, 2006 09:10:44 PM
Well, It is up, but not complete!  I made papers to go in each one-I glued cut out stars with the numbers on them to strips of construction paper.  I don't really like the black, but that is all I could find tonight that didn't completly clash!  I Started to embroider the Merry Christmas at the bottom, but it was taking forever and wasn't turning out like I wanted, so it is just written.  Also, hanging on our wall, it blends in so it could use some trim too!  I guess that trying to make something this detailed in a week just isn't going to happen in my world!!!  So I can improve it for next year right??  I will give a list of the activities for each day later.  Hope you like it.
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