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Sunday, December 27, 2009
Worked on a quilted purse for a belated Christmas gift over the weekend. The pattern is Simplicity 2551, but the instructions call for purchased pre-quilted fabric, which I did not have, so I made my own. I simply layered a piece of muslin, cotton batting and my printed fabric cut larger than my pattern piece and machine quilted in a square pattern with copper metallic thread. I don't think the quilting really stands out in the photos, but it blended in nicely with the metallic in the prints. Once I quilted it, I pinned my pattern piece to the quilted fabric and cut everything out. Everything I used was from my stash, so I didn't have to buy anything but the tassle I attached to the zipper pull. Overall, I really like the purse, although next time I will definitely use a darker zipper, but off white was what I had so that's what I used. This pattern did not call for lining the purse, but I really prefer a lined purse, so I lined with one of the same cotton prints and used some leftover hand dyed silk bias for the binding the edges. Overall, I'm very pleased. I really like fast quick projects and even more so when I can use up some of my stash. And, after I finished I even cleaned out 2 drawers and one cabinet in my sewing room! Impressed? I am!
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
I've really been doing a very poor job of keeping my blog up to date. I'm sorry. I've been working on many small projects that I will try to photograph and get up soon. Today I finished most of my shopping, got them all wrapped and Christmas cards signed, addressed, stamped and ready to go. I'm so proud of myself! I'm very jealous of my blogging friends on the east coast though. Although I could do without the snow, it would be really nice to be snowed in and do nothing but work on sewing projects. Aahh well, I am going to do a better job of posting interesting information on sewing related things in the weeks ahead. Don't give up on me yet! Merry Christmas!