Fall Is Coming

Fall is almost here and with that I ask what do I do now… Getting lots of suggestions… like Snowboarding, hiking, and curling. All sound wonderful.

One thing I have decided is … I’ll be teaching a class at my work …

Since I learn to sail and I can honestly say, Sailing me ? that I thought I’ll never do ….I believe I can do the teaching in sewing a rug together too…. Since I have already done 2 and made even bags from them.

My thoughts also go to learning another language… like Spanish. We have lots of friends I believe that can chat with me in Spanish… right Celilia, Isabelle, Monika, I am sure there are a view more that I am missing here…

hola,como estas? Estoy bien.

Yes I know there is that wiggle I need to figure out how to get that on my keyboard…I know there is a way to do that but forgot what tap I have to push… something about hold down the “o” lol

Jelly Roll Rug

2019-01-15 10.42.24So colourful, it make s me happy just looking at all the fun colours.

This Jelly Roll Rug is made with only 20 strips so half of a full Jelly Roll.

Typically the Jelly Rolls have 42-45 strips of 2.5″ in a roll at about $52 to $59 per roll. Then you will need the batting that you can use either the already cut into strips at 2.5″or you cut your strips from the meter cut batting available in most quilting stores. I used Aurafil Thread for this and a Jeans 14 Needle.

Off to the sewing and yes picture-taking I go and after a full 7 hours this was finished. Measuring 83 cm x 46 cm

The pattern comes in oval, round and in rectangle too. My first one I sewed up was really just a practice one with using up bits and pieces of fabrics I had stashed.

This one I just opened up the roll and sewn together as it was in the roll.Love this Australian fabric.

Happy Sewing.

Jacqueline

Versatile Wave Purse

IMG_4904Totally love this purse idea as the name

“Versatile Wave”

indicates, one purse with many looks. Sew up one main inner bag and then just make several outer covers.

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With that said even with just one outer cover you can have 2 different looks. See my pictures, one is floral and the other is abstract print. Same main bag with two liners heach opposite.

Love how this designer “Susan Rooney” gives us this perfect written and illustrated  pattern.

With mine, I find that either the outer section could be sewn together with 1/4 ” seem  instead with 5/8″ as my inner main bag seem to be a slight bit too big for the outer cover.

 

 

 

Overall this pattern is well worth the purchase and creating Your “One Of A Kind” Purse… You should come and see me at my work place I can give you all the ideas on fabric selections if you need some help with that. I love to help you and be creative. Only promise is …Smile You have to come and show me the end result. Totally love to see it :-)

Oh and I forgot to say, You can also just use the inner bag to go into any other purse you have without ever having to transfer allll the may special items you carry along in you bag…LOL if your like me You will have many.

Eggnog And Rum

IMG_4089“Eggnog And Rum”

Table-runner

I tell you working in a fabric store can be fun. Especially when in the middle of the summer you receive Christmas print fabrics….nooo I love the summer heat……I really don’t want to think about that cold winter time…gurr. I prefer and love the summer heat we are having now.

So on a quieter day at work I thought I’ll give that embroidery machine,                      “Alliance” by Baby Lock a try again. I like working with that machine.

 

Just a fun table runner with no exact pattern really just have fun …..

  “Sugar”, “Milk”, “Rum”, and “Eggnog”

Then added the  Lite Steam-A-Seam2 to the back of the embroidered words and cut them to shapes of your liking. Do the same with panel fabric sections. I left about 1/4″ all around each sections.  I like them to fray a bit once it will get washed. Not sure how that will work out at this time but if you want to secure each section with the raw edge application method.

I already cut my green background fabric that measures 9.5″ x 36″ then added all around a 2″ border. Now add the cut out words and panel sections to the runner as you like.

Add the heat resistant batting and backing and pin all well so that you can work your free motion quilting. This part can be a lot of fun just let your creative mind take over….tirm the outside off and add a binding just like for quilts.

Happy Sewing

 

Jelly Roll Bag

Photo 2018-07-11, 3 36 35 PMI was inspired by this Jelly Roll Rug…and well you know I have a thing for Bags…So I thought of creating my own bag with the same method.

So a customer at work had her quilt quilted and did not need the extra fabric that we usually have to cut off to straighten the quilt. She gave all that to me. It already had some of the batting sewn on to the strips that I cut into 2,5″ strips. Yes I know it has some of the sewing from quilting on the strips ….That doesn’t bother me at all.  I find it adds the uniqueness to this bag.

I had some fabric that was perfect in colour to make my sided and leather handles that oh yes are just perfect for this bag too.  Love the green and brown together…

Hope to have this pattern soon available for You too to make your fun bag too and see where it will go….

Ripped Jeans

IMG_1939Yahhh most of you know “Ripped Jeans” one pays a lot of money for them…but what if You have a pair of good Jeans you just can’t part with if there is a small rip right by the knee that every time you kneel down the rip gets bigger and longer…..Nooooo!!

Embroidery Work on Jeans is the new … THING …and guess what …I can do It!!!!! Yehhh

Lucky for me I was able to learn something NEW today at my work !! One this Baby Lock Alliance

I know one day I’ll show You how to use it too …smiles.  I am learning how to work this Baby and that truly makes me happy… Practice, practice…so excited about his machine. It can do embroidery work on sleeves and pant legs…sssoooo coooollll… oh yes…Just need one now too….ahhh yes of to work I go.

 

 

I fixed my rip of about 2″ …yes and all with  patterns already on the Baby Lock Alliance…Just having fun relax You too can do this…Yes I know some cash is needed for this baby …But one never knows…Loved every minute of learning how to do this …I am hooked!

Have a wonderful weekend

 

Thanks Sew Much

IMG_1786Best thing Clodagh my boss said to me yesterday, was

“Let’s work up an embroidery Design from our newest Anita Goodesign All Access Club …..oh yes, and try to do it on the Baby Lock Alliance Embroidery machine”

If you could have seen my reaction …Smiles Yes with open arms literally …I welcomed and needed that challenge. Sometimes it is hard to see the light when your so sad and can’t see the sunshine in life… 

Out came the manual and step by step I worked up this card….Yes I Can

I now think this would be a really great machine for me at home too all the many ideas I have for it…Just need the funds for it…haha. I a sure I am not the only one with this thought…

Ultimate Pocket Purse

IMG_0974Do You love pockets in Your Purse….I do!

Have a look at all these pockets in this Purse..!

Original pattern is “The Ultimate Sewing bag” and since this bag will not be used for sewing items or  taking along notions to classes.

We decided to eliminate the iron pad.

Ok You know what that tells me ….Modifications are in order!

Though truly if you are going to sewing Retreats the “Ultimate Sewing Bag” idea IS  a wonderful addition FOR ALL THE NOTIONS.

Here for this Ultimate Pocket Purse I modified the one side to make it the same as the other shorter side and did not add the iron bad to bottom…

I never took the class we have running at the store so …I have to say this is not a beginner project and it did give me some challenges …but I did it…Yehhh so happy about it !!!

 

You can see I added a special front panel to this bag.

 

Have printed, yes on fabric sheets a special picture that my friend has created of her dog “Rudy” she wood burned his image on a piece of wood…She called this “Pyrography”

And Voila …all done and hopefully the happy owner will be pleased too…..

Thanks Ave for a wonderful “One Of A Kind” gift you created for my husbands special Birthday!

 

 

Could Not “Resist” Sewing Today…

File 2018-02-04, 6 48 26 PMThis Sew Together Bag is so much fun to sew up…and I am getting better at it too.

I have a view more I’ll be sewing together with fabric I just love, love, love….I think they are great gifts for ….friends and family.

 

 

 

The gold silver one  below I pieced fabric together with the curved piecing method…and used a shorter zipper to make it more like a purse.

Perfect for NOTIONS of all kinds even Toiletries,Cosmetic or Jewellery I guess…

Smiles just in case you are not into knitting or sewing…I think this would be perfect to take along on a trip.

I will try sewing up another really great bag that we have a class at my work.…so itching to sew that one up too. I just need the pattern  for it…

 

Sew TOGETHER Bag

File 2018-01-30, 7 39 00 PM“Sew TOGETHER Bag” is this awesome bag  from “Sew Demented” that anyone can sew up in a day for first time using the pattern…Well it took me 5 hours for this one. Really had to think what it is telling me to do next in the pattern…and not rush into sewing sections together.File 2018-01-30, 7 38 42 PM

 

 

So I took my time and looked everything over twice before I cut or sewn the sections together..

and It worked out pretty amazing I think…This bag is perfect for Knitting or sewing notions. I’ll make a view more for sure…just need more zippers and some fabric…but guess what? SMILES……I am working Friday and Saturday so I have that alllll……right in front of me alllll day…smiles.  Ok If you like I can show you too where we have the pattern and help you with selections for the fabric ….looking forward to see you then. Really love this Sew together bag…..

Love

 

Yehhhhsss AGAIN…..

File 2018-01-25, 8 35 34 PMI know …I know…  :-)))))

Table Runners

but this time I followed the instructions!!! Have a look  “River Stones”

Though my “WOF” (width of fabric) was not 45″ like I think it should be for the instructions mine was a standard 42″ so I seem to not have enough of some fabric length as I needed to make a 8 1/2″ block. So good thing I had lots of fabric to sew up another strip.

 

 

Oh don’t use a directional fabric if the direction of some strips run in a different direction does bother You….I love the fun part of this though…

I now have one table runner and possibly a pillow or I’ll make it into a second table runner…just so I have another one…..LOL :-)))) Or I can give it as a Gift to someone I care about. ;-) That sound good to me too!

All I have to do is quilt the edges and some stitch in the ditch I think but will know better by tomorrow…The first Table runner I quilted much more, and I truly enjoy that part of quilting.

Happy sewing to you too…  perhaps I will see you at my work place getting fabric just for this kind of quilting…

 

Modern Placemats

File 2018-01-18, 3 06 20 PMLove the more modern style in quilting.

So it is not surprising that I love this look in  placemats.

I had worked up a Table Runner two weeks ago called “River Stones” and had some sewn fabric section left from this Table runner.

The pattern indicating it would be for a Runner and a pillow. Beautiful, but I really did not need another pillow in my home.

 

 

 

So you can see I added some more strips to the already sewn pieces and divided the length into two sections that now are the perfect size for two placemats. If I would make this pattern for placemats only, I would make the two section ONE!File 2018-01-18, 3 05 58 PM

…but for now I am ok as is as sections where sewn already and I had only very little fabric left.

Really love this look, very modern and fun.

And as You can see I have added my next project on the knitting needles too…SOCKS!

I am working them with new needles…more in my next post…..see you soon again :-)

 

“River Stones” Table Runner

File 2018-01-10, 8 40 43 AMFound this “River Stones” pattern at Creative Festival about two years ago.

Valerie Miller  has gorgeous patterns for Table runners. In this particular pattern, she even has enough fabric that you piece together for the runner, that is left to make the pillow too. So fabric amount is for runner and pillow.File 2018-01-10, 8 41 35 AM

Okay I know mine is not exactly like she indicated to do this pattern. But that is me….always making projects my own…

Followed all instructions correctly to the point to where it tells you to lay outsides together and sew then together then flip it so outside is now facing out. Now you supposed to quilt it…okay my next one will be like that.

My changes for this one where:   I sandwiched all section together just like one does for a quilt and then quilted each section with a fun different pattern. Then sewed the binding on.

All the quilting I worked on my own with free motion designs I found on the net or tips from my co-workers. My Janome MC6500 machine is perfect for this and I love this free designing the most as I can be creative and have fun. Always learning new ways to quilt….

File 2018-01-10, 8 42 13 AMMost of this fabric I had in my stash from about 2-3 years ago when I sewed the             Log Cabin quilt. My Stash is getting used up…now I am going to finish the rest but I think instead of a pillow I’ll make some placemates….See you soon for that post…

Enjoy YOUR fabulous day…

 

Great Big Tote Bags

File 2017-08-10, 5 53 56 PMIt seems as if I can’t stop sewing these kind of bags…

Started just with two and since then it has gone to several more.  Planing to bring several of them to a retirement home for their “Tuck Shop”.  All non profit organization ….

Smiles I have more fabric to make up lots more….

Modified them a little by not adding on the zipper closer and outer pocket. Using Canvas fabric and Faux sued.

Just really wan

ted a simple bag for this project. Pattern can be found on YouTube from “Debbie Shore” really love her tutorials.

For all the outer fabric I used canvas and the lining I have several great big roles of faux suede that gives it enough of a body. Did not use any stabilizer so easy simple sewing.

I thing these bags are great for getting just a view groceries, or take your knitting along to a friend.

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Bag 8 already has a home….

 

 

Turquoise Charm Bag

File 2017-08-02, 7 39 35 PMMy “Turquoise Charm Bag” has been an inspiration from the turquoise waters from Antigua… So blue and clear.

Then on one of our visits to the festivals here in our town, I fell in love with this type of bags. Made all with cotton ropes and fabric strips sewn together….

I had seen this before in one of the magazines I get from Europe and said I really want to make one of them.  So off with no pattern …File 2017-08-02, 7 39 49 PM

 

 

 

 

Well I tell you it does take a lot of rope and fabric. Your fingers will love you after rolling the ropes in the fabric too. But wait the fun is still to come …..Now you get to sew the covered ropes to each into a coil,  just like a snail-shell looks …well kind of. But you get what I am telling you…a lot of fun …oh yes it gets better now you have to curve this bag too so it has a wall…oh yes curve it! That takes some practice I tell you. You can see mine is not perfect but almost ….I love it. Pick a fabric you really love and then just go for it…I have mine from “The Quilt Store” and we have lots more of it to chose from…The cotton clothes line rope I bought at Wallmart….kind of bought all they had at the time…5/8″ thick. Oh use a topstitch needle 100/16  and  Cotton Petites by Sulky Thread for the top and regular for the bobbin.

So once it was all sewn together and I had used up almost 300 yards of rope for this size. It was a really squishy thing to put in my sewing machine throught opening I tell you… well worth the results….smiles

What do I use for the handles? Was looking for old horse rains….all my friends that have horses….I thought for sure would have one old one hanging around…..

Today I notices my purse, I had been using for just a view weeks ….oh no is falling apart…. yes!! Now I have handles I can use….why through away the purse when I can take it apart and use items from it…yes rip, rip, rip….

Right Ave and Judy you have seen me doing this crazy thing ….Have a look what my new bag looks like now…

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