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21  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Pinwheel gingham baby quilt on: April 14, 2007 02:27:43 PM
This is my first picture post in quilts, I'm usually over in bags. I've browsed through here though, and you all are so great at this!

I made this for a friend of mine who is due in a couple of weeks, with a girl Her husband doesn't want "too girly" so I hope this simple quilt is acceptable! It's just a basic pinwheel, machine quilted diagonally across.

Pardon my foot

I'll be finishing up some more pretty soon, so I'll prolly post them here...
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The shopping bag that practically made itself on: April 08, 2007 04:04:50 PM
So I'm starting a couple of more complicated projects, and I needed a little quickie (HA  Grin) before I started them... I saw this fabric and had a vision of what it would be...Couldn't help it, it was printed all over !!!

I didn't want to mar the satin lining, so there are no pockets, just smooth, shiny, lovely lavender satin. I'll probably make a little pouch to go with it, for tiny purse things Smiley

I think its cute and girly
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Midnight in the Garden of... on: April 05, 2007 10:39:54 PM
My sewing room!

Love this fabric, the dark background makes the flowers seem even brighter!

Lined with a pretty pale pink, and has a zippered pocket. I thought about using a brighter lining, one that was closer to any of the flowers, but I liked this softer one. Maybe if I make another one Wink

This bag makes me happy, this is my favorite time of year, when all the flowers are blooming so prettily Smiley
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Brown meets blue...Howd'ya do?? on: April 03, 2007 05:47:52 PM
Good day to all!

This one's pretty simple. The inside is a coordinating light blue, with a slash pocket and magnetic snap

I used a super heavy duty interfacing with this one - the kind that bites you if you try to move it much (Makes for a really sturdy tote though, hehe)

I'm planning on making a matching wallet, but figured everyone knows what a wallet looks like, and wanted to post this before I had to start dinner  Cheesy

I like this combination   Any comments? Hit or Miss?? Thanks for clicking Cheesy

Added: It's a faux leather fabric, with a cotton floral fabric, and deep blue trim. Size is about 11.5x9x4 in. It's shorter than the others I've made with this shape, but I think it fits the bag. I also left out the ring things that I've been using between the handles and the bag, I was going for a smoother transition between the two...

I've been thinking of one of my other crafting 'loves' which is quiltmaking, so this is a step back in that direction. One of my favorite parts of making a quilt is putting the fabrics together, so this was fun Smiley
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Little Green tote with Geishas on: March 27, 2007 03:39:19 PM
This fabric just makes me happy. This is the first project I've used it for, and I think they go together nicely. It's a really simple bag, I used a Vogus pattern for this one, it was pretty much what I had in mind for this fabric. It's got an inner divided pocket, and a magnetic snap. The outside pocket is 3-D, with a flap. Very simple.

I started this a couple of weeks ago, and my husband's been home a lot lately, (yay and boo-hoo at once) so I had to put this away for a little while. We went to the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego last week, and so I was just more excited to finish this once he was back to work...

I should have waited to take the pictures until I had pressed it out  Cheesy
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Here's my latest creations.. on: March 12, 2007 05:33:29 PM
So, here are a couple that I finished and get to show you now that I have a minute...

First up, a bag I call the Annie Oakley. If she carried a bag for her ammo, it would have been something like this, I imagine. The inside lining is a tomato red, and the zipper a light tan. The strap is long enough to wear accross the chest, like a messenger. I snipped the edges to make it look old-westish. It should fray more with time, like a rag quilt or bag.

Next, this is a fairly simple bag made like my family's Christmas gift bags, with two in-seam pockets inside along with a magnetic snap, and a matching pocketbook. Beautiful color, no?

Still need some more wallet practice, but I'm happy with this one for now. I copied the idea from my favorite wallet, and when I have all the supplies I want for the next one (namely vinyl for my ID), I'll give it another go.

Comments Welcome and Appreciated!
27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Let's get organized ladies! on: March 05, 2007 10:49:39 PM
So I'm pretty excited about this design. I've made several different bags lately and I think this is my favorite so far...until I get to the rest of my sketches, that is  Grin

Basically this is three big pockets, with the center portion having a little organizational madness to it. I think I like the two-zippered version better (black denim), not much of a flap person myself. There is a magnetic snap between the pockets to secure the contents in the middle. The straps are just great, I found a spool (actually 2) of ribbon that matched the fabric I wanted to use inside, and I sewed it to a black nylon webbing strap. Like my sister in law she isn't into very showy things, but I had to add a little pizzazz in there somewhere  Tongue The lining is like a southwestern/asian smash. She lived in Japan for a few years and is now in NM, so I thought it fit.

The floral has three open-top pockets and they all get covered by a flap with a magnetic snap. The bag really reminds me of my mom, so I was wondering if that means it's a very matronly purse, or I'm just missing my mom. (She's in NM, I'm in CA.)

The black one will go to my MIL, and the floral is the first one I've made just for kicks.
And here they are:

Contents for display purposes only Smiley

Whoa! Gotta be careful with that Enter key!! I posted this a little too early  Cheesy

So let me know what you all think! I'll be putting up some more that I've finished soon, but *yawn* I've got to get to bed  Wink

28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pretty Purple Purse on: February 20, 2007 10:55:12 AM
. I made this last weekend for my sister who is an Army Sgt. She came to visit me from Germany to I wanted to send her back with something very feminine and non-military for her days off. Her favorite color is purple so I was thrilled I had this fabric on hand to make this for her. Its basically a small rounded bag with a firm denim lining and the velvet is gathered all around the outside. The zipper gusset and straps are black suede.
Isn't it pretty? She promised to take a picture when she went out next, so I'll add that if she sends it.

29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Colorful diaper bag for my little girl (plus a little story) on: February 05, 2007 02:58:33 PM
So I'm walking out of the house to run errands, and I realized I never posted this bag. Out comes my camera and I snap a couple pictures on my porch Smiley

I have a sentimental attatchment to this fabric...When I was pregnant with my first child, we were told we were having a girl, so we prepared for a daughter with all the gusto of new parents, including buying fabric to use when "she" was born. Lo and behold, to my complete suprise, the midwife announces we have a beautiful baby boy. (Gasp!) Needless to say, this fabric slowly dropped to the bottom of my fabric stash, forgotten and neglected through the birth of yet another boy (this one expected). 

Well, 9 weeks ago today, I delivered my third child, this time a baby girl  Grin  As soon as I was no longer cross-eyed from the lack of sleep, I dug out my shovel and pulled this fabric from the depths of my fabric closet, and here sits a dream I didn't ever think I'd have for myself - a beautiful bag with lots and lots of pink and flowers, and....

Now about the bag. It measures 16x12x6, has one zipper in front and a wide open pocket in the back, the straps wrap all around, for those days when I really do need the kitchen sink, and it's made with the much talked about iron-on vinyl. Inside, the lining is a peach color that matches one of the colors on the squares, with elasticized pockets.

Construction of the bag was fairly simple. Drew up the pattern on the great paper grocery bags I get at the commisary. But I'm not sure about the vinyl, it was easy enough to use, but I'll only really know if it was worth the extra steps if in ten years she's using it to go to Gramma's house.

Have a happy day!
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Black denim hobo style with colorful paisley on: February 05, 2007 02:20:29 PM
This is a purse I made for my sister-in-law's birthday. She likes plain, ordinary things, so I made the outside pretty boring, and then inside, I snuck in a vivid paisley print that I love! There is two zippered pockets, one inside and one outside. The pull on the outer pocket is a southwestern kokopelli dancer. The bag is about 10x12x3. I was a little distracted by my boys while I was putting on the label, so it looks kinda funny, but when I tell her it was her nephew's fault, all will be forgiven  Grin

My husband was handy to take a picture of the bag and lime-y model (me) so y'all could see the size and such.

Think she'll like it? At the very least she'll think of me everytime she opens it!
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