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My Second Clutch/Wristlet

Ok, second time around. Made a few alterations from the first one.

My second clutch

My second clutch

The first change I made was to add interfacing to it to add body to the fabric. Here’s what I used.

Interfacing

Interfacing body

I put it between the pieces of fabric to add body. I also used it in the credit card second.

Inside peek

Inside peek

Look at all that junk!

Look at all that junk!

Man, I carry a lot of stuff! One of the best things about this clutch is my epi pen easily fits in it. I could fit it in my first one, but I had to work at it and it took up so much room. I made this one a little bigger specifically for my epi pen. Bonus – If it is big enough for my epi pen, it will also hold my glasses!

It is about 10x6

It is about 10×6

10x6

10×6

I used Velcro it close it and the same kind of elastic on the wrist hold as the first one.

Velcro close

Velcro close

So pretty

So pretty

I like the contrast of the dark fabric outside and the red fabric inside.
I used fat quarters from a novelty pack I got a Joann.
I used one whole fat quarter to make the inside of the clutch and half a fat quarter on the outside fabric.

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Quilts as Gifts

If I planned this correctly, I should be posting this after Christmas so no one sees what their gift will be…  If not, well then surprise!

I’ve been working ever so hard on Christmas gifts for my family.  So far I’ve completed two.  I know it doesn’t sound like much, but there were some birthday gifts I had to make in between them.  I also made numerous scarves for gifts as well.  Those you’ll see in a different post!  Here are the quilts I’ve completed.

My brother in law is a UT graduate and a UT fan, so of course I made this:

UT Quilt

UT Quilt

My brother in law is going to have a hard time choosing which quilt to use.  The Star Wars Quilt was for his birthday.

The story behind this next one is dear to my heart.  When we were children my sister and I shared a set of Peanuts bed sheets.  Why we only had one set is beyond me (we probably started out with two and one of us ruined a set, would be my guess).  Oh and we had this cool poster of Snoopy dancing with a caption reading Feeling Groovy!  Anyway, back on track… Each week the sheets would be washed and we would trade off who got the Peanuts sheets.  Knowing me there were many weeks when I attempted to bargain with my sister and get sheets for an additional week.  I can hear me now… I’ll clean up your side of the room for a week if you will let me use those sheets this week.

The only thing that remains of those sheets is one pillowcase that is in my sister’s possession.  She’s repaired it numerous times, but the fabric is wearing thin.  Picture me wiping away a tear as I type this.  Really.

I came across some peanuts fabric on one of my many trips to Joann’s.  I had to buy it. It isn’t perfect.  The bed sheets we had were white, but it is Peanuts.  Since this fabric is blue, I used red on the back to make it more girly.  I hope she likes it!

Peanuts Quilt

Peanuts Quilt

She loved it.  She slept with her pillowcase that night!

String Quilt

Put your sunglasses on — and delight in my first attempt at a string quilt:

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I swear to God I think it took me two years to finish it.  Of course that is not due to degree of difficulty and certainly not the quilt’s fault. We all know whose fault it is — WORK, specifically my JOB, that seems to interfere on a regular basis with my awesome creativity. So other than just the time consumption, there were a lot of things I loved about the process I  went through to get this thing done. For the first time, I used the paper piecing technique — and I am just about in  LOVE with paper piecing because it is so exact and perfect.  I started with an 8X8 square, and used a glue stick to position the center strip:

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As you add each string (it’s really a strip) to each side, set your sewing machine stitch width to almost nothing . . . I don’t know the exact term or number for that, my machine and I communicate through telepathy. After you trim the block using the paper as your guide, this will  ensure that when you go to remove the paper from the back, it is almost perfectly perforated to tear right off without ripping your square from hell to breakfast.  Then you are left with something like this:

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I could have just sewn all the pieces together as they were, but why would I do that when I could go completely overboard and sew a border around each block? What was another year of my life anyway? Plus without the borders it was burnin’ my eyes a little.  Here are a couple of close ups:

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I fell in love  with a duvet cover once.  Then I realized what an huge pain in my brain it was to deal with a duvet cover.  I am still not exactly sure how it was supposed to work, but it made a great back for my quilt:

 

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Quilted by the fabulous Cowtown Quilter,  bound by hand. And most importantly, FINISHED!

Veteran’s Quilt

I wanted to make a quilt for my boyfriend’s father.  I struggled with what to do.  He’s a man, so no girly stuff, right?  I decided to make one to honor his service to our country.

Veteran's Quilt

Veteran’s Quilt

I forgot to take a photo of the back.  It is an off white muslin.  It is a simple quilt, but reflects some of the places he was stationed.

Thank you Michael Miller for making the perfect fabrics to represent Italy and Japan.  I think it turned out beautiful!

Star Wars Quilt with Matching Pillow Case

May the force be with me as I sew…. Cue the music…. and here it is…. the Star Wars Quilt with a matching pillow case!

Star Wars Quilt

Star Wars Quilt

Star Wars fans everywhere will be so envious or at least I’d like to think so!

Star Wars Quilt

Star Wars Quilt with matching pillow case

That pillow case is one of the magic pillow cases from my earlier posts.

Bibs

I’m still making those baby gifts.  How can I not.  It is SO much fun and they turn out so darn cute!  I went in search for a bib pattern and found this one on Pinterest.  It took me to her website http://sewshesews.wordpress.com/2010/04/08/quilted-patchwork-bib-pattern-and-tutorial/ and I used her easy to follow tutorial to make my own version of the bibs.

Racing Bib

What little boy wouldn’t look adorable in this?

Now picture this bib with the racing shoes I made in felt! Adorable, isn’t it?!?!

Here’s another one I made that I managed to remember to photo after most of the steps…

Layered and sewn

Layered and sewn

The layers are as follows:  Cotton batting (or whatever you choose for batting), Fabric choice 1 face up and fabric choice 2 face down.  Make sure it is in this order or it won’t come out right.

Cut out

Cut out

Cut out around the stitching, being careful not to get too close to the stitching.  You can see in a couple of places I came dangerously close.  If you don’t have pinking shears then you’ll have to notch it out.  Thankfully I invested in pinking shears years ago. (WHEW!)

Once it is cut and notched, then turn in right side out using the gap in the sewing.  Then tuck that section in and sew around the edge.

Hands and Feet Bib

Hands and Feet Bib

Add some velcro to it and you are finished!  Well, ok after ironing it.

Front/Back of bib

Front/Back of bib

I used white thread so the stitching would show on the pic.  Normally, I would have used a matching thread on the back side.

Here’s the best part of this:  IT TOOK ME UNDER ONE HOUR TO COMPLETE THIS PROJECT.  That is the time it took me the first time I did it.  It went much faster the second time.  I would say maybe 30 minutes the second time.  I love it when a handmade gift takes under an hour to make!

Super Fly Quilt

I bought this lovely Jennifer Paganelli fabric collection a few months ago.  How could I not?  It is called SUPER FLY!  With a name like that you can’t say no.  Plus I have this pesky problem of liking neutral colors and sticking to them instead of these lovely combinations.

Thanks to Jennifer Paganelli putting together this awesome group of fabrics, I made this quilt for my niece.  I hope she likes it!

Super Fly Quilt

Super Fly Quilt