Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wednesday's Work In Progress...

It's coming along...4 rows sewn, and 6 to go!  I'm not sure how I'm going to quilt this yet.  Any ideas out there?  I'm thinking of a fine stitch on this one.

I love laying the pieces out -- stepping back -- and seeing the overall look.  

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thursday Totes...

Tote bags of all kinds are so handy, from shopping, to carrying school things, to travel, and on and on. Last year I made three bags that were given as Christmas gifts.  So, without further comments, here are some "Thursday Totes."  The pattern for the leather-bottom totes was modeled after a tutorial by SeeKateSew.  It is the perfect size for books, files, clothing, whatever!

In the making... 
One tote finished!

Zebras hiding on the inside!

Second bag completed!

I love the way fabric choice completely changes the look of a bag.  Hobby Lobby has GREAT choices of fabric.  I used duck cloth, which is a light-weight type canvas fabric.

Lime green brightens up the inside on this one.
For my friends at work, I am making a tote in this style for the auction.  The feature fabric will be a duck cloth  in this color... You will have to wait and see what fabric hides inside!

The third bag I made more of a shopping tote, although it could be used for any purpose.  It does not having a lining, but very pretty, all the same.  I'm not sure where the pattern came for this one.  I follow some hand-written notes jotted on paper.

Thanks for looking, and have a terrific tote-filled Thursday!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Rotary Cutters are SHARP!

Be careful with a rotary cutter!
It finally I was zipping along trimming my quilt blocks for the quilt,

               my hand slipped just a bit too close to the edge of the ruler and, 
                              OUCH!  ...a little slice of the side of my index finger...
                                                               G  O  N E!

Needless to say, I have kept my finger bandaged this week ... and have not done any more cutting, YET.  I will get back on the "rotary cutter horse" and do it again!!  I'm thinking a pair of close fitting rubber garden gloves -- not used for gardening yet, of course -- will be a good deterrent from this happening again!

I have had fun, though beginning to lay out the design.  It is exciting to see a quilt take form!
The top is on the side in the pictures -- but you get the point either way!