18 hours ago
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!