Zippered Purse and Zippered Bag

Birds and Berries Ensemble pameladianedesigns.com

Birds and Berries Ensemble
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This ensemble includes a Zippered Handbag with 10 interior pockets and a drop zipper, a Zippered Bag with 3 interior pockets and a Glass Case.  The handbag is 15 1/2″ wide by 14″ tall with 2 1/2″ base.  The small bag is 9″ wide by 6″ tall with 1″ base.  Fabrics include:

Winter Birds Bird Vine, Tim Coffey for Spring Creative Products Group

Winter Birds Berry Vine Words, Legacy Studio

Winter Birds Berry Vine, Tim Coffey for Spring Creative Products Group

Crackle, Spring Creative Products Group

Zippered Handbag Interior pameladianedesigns.com

Zippered Handbag Interior
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Zippered Handbag Interior Detail pameladianedesigns.com

Zippered Handbag
Interior Detail
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Zippered Handbag Interior pameladiandesigns.com

Zippered Handbag Interior
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Zippered Handbag Interior Detail pameladianedesigns.com

Zippered Handbag
Interior Detail
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Front Detail pameladianedesigns.com Winter Birds Berry Vine Words,  Legacy Studio Winter Birds Berry Vine,  Tim Coffey for SCPG Crackle, SCPG

Front Detail
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Winter Birds Berry Vine Words,
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Winter Birds Berry Vine,
Tim Coffey for SCPG
Crackle, SCPG

Back Detail pameladianedesigns.com Winter Birds Bird Vine,  Tim Coffey for SCPG

Back Detail
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Winter Birds Bird Vine,
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Zippered Tote Bag

Zippered Tote Bag pameladianedesigns.com

Zippered Tote Bag
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Tote Bag Interior pameladianedesigns.com

Tote Bag Interior
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This Zippered Tote Bag is similar to the Zippered Purse (see Tutorial).  The size is 14 1/2″ wide by 18″ long.  Instead of batting, interfacing was adhered to the back side of the interior fabric.  Elastic straps end below the zipper instead of the base of the bag.  Seams are 3/8″ and all seams are anchored with zigzag even though they are buried.  The interior pocket simply hangs from the base of the zipper.

Time: 8 hrs

Fabric Requirements:

  • 2/3 yards ~ Home Decor exterior fabric, handles & drop to zipper
  • 1/2 yard  ~ Home Decor interior fabric & pocket
  • 1/2 yard ~ Interfacing (Pellon SF101)
  • 2/3 yard ~ 1 1/4″ Non-roll Elastic
  • 12″ Purse Zipper
  • Coordinating Thread

Counter Bath Mats

If you ever wore contact lenses, it seems that you set the bottle of saline along with the lens case in close proximity to one another.  As you rinse each contact, the saline inevitably drips from your hand and on to the counter.  You pull a towel to wipe the drips.  Time in motion dictates a faster approach, so you use a wash cloth to set these items on to eliminate having to pull the towel to wipe the drips.

My daughter Lauren asked that I make something a little more decorative to leave on the counter.  I thought this might be the perfect opportunity to try a disappearing 9-patch block and also practice a new skill, binding.  Here are two of the four completed counter bath mats.

Counter Bath Mat for Lauren (1 of 2) pameladianedesigns.com

Counter Bath Mat
for Lauren (1 of 2)
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Counter Bath Mat for Aaron (1 of 2) pameladianedesigns.com

Counter Bath Mat
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I also learned something very interesting about the use of solid fabrics. T0 marry print fabric with a cream background and print fabric with a white background on the same block, try using a cream fabric with white print (e.g. Moda Muslin Mates).

The remaining two counter bath mats were finished for the kids while on vacation.  Practiced quilting outside of Stitch-in-the-Ditch on my little Singer.  I think I need to get a Walking Foot for better results.  They actually look prettier than picture shows and we used one during our vacation.  What a great idea, Lauren!

Counter Bath Mat for Lauren (2 of 2) pameladianedesigns.com

Counter Bath Mat
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Counter Bath Mats for Aaron (2 of 2) pameladianedesigns.com

Counter Bath Mats
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Breast Cancer Shawl

Today I started adding the appliqué to the blocks.  It’s a slow and tedious process.  I created the first block with the new fabrics.  Then, my curiosity got the best of me and I had to make a block with the original fabrics.  They both looked equally beautiful.   With Block 2, I used the paisley fabric for the ribbon so when I created Block 3 I used the pink fabric for the ribbon.  Block 4 was the red fabric as the ribbon with the paisley.  Here are the first 4 blocks together.

Butterfly Blocks Block 2 / Block 1 Block 3 / Block 4 pameladianedesigns.com

Butterfly Blocks
Block 2 / Block 1
Block 3 / Block 4
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Breast Cancer Shawl

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Fabric for Shawl
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It’s Monday February 10th.

I was pressing the fabric that was purchased for the shawl on Sunday and there was a tinge of disappointment that there wasn’t enough pink and the inside of the shawl wasn’t quite feminine enough.  The paisley that was chosen was hedging on rust instead of pink.  It’s funny how one fabric can impact your other fabric selections.  The paisley had a cream background with taupe.  This fabric caused us to choose a cream fabric for the blocks and a backing with a light green background.

It’s one week later and we are at the quilt shop to pick up our new BOM.  I expressed my disappointment with the original choices so we decided to re-visit the “pink” fabric that we both originally loved.  Why hadn’t we chosen this?  It didn’t look good with the paisley and cream fabric for the blocks.  This caused us to pull the “pink” out of the mix and drove us to choose the backing we did.

This is a Breast Cancer Shawl and it needs to be “pink” and “feminine”.  We changed out the fabric for the inner wings, the blocks and the backing.  I also learned that I should have traced the pattern on the WonderUnder and not freezer paper.  Here are the new fabrics.

Fabric Requirements:

*3 1/2 yards ~ Backing:  Moda China White Climbing Roses Pattern 3734-11 Paris Flea Market by 3 Sisters

1 1/2 yards ~ Sashing & Binding:  Moda Pattern 8258 Freedom 1850-1870 Civil War Jubilee by Barbara Brackman

*2 1/2 yards ~ Blocks: Moda Muslin Mates White Vine Stock #9918

1 yard ~ Butterfly center/outer wings: Robert Kaufman Studio RK Coventry Court Garden Screen Print D#12454-238

*1/2 yard ~ Butterfly inner wings: Robert Kaufman Pristine 2 Spring Screen Print D#11448-192

*Changed

Cutting begins tomorrow!

Breast Cancer Shawl

 

Fabric for Shawl pameladianedesigns.com thequiltedloon.com

Fabric for Shawl
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On Monday February 3rd, Loon and I went into Tecumseh to have lunch at the Daily Grind.  It gave us time to calculate the amount of fabric that we would need to make the prayer shawl.  The shawl will be 16 – 12 1/2″ blocks with a 2″ sashing between two sets of 8 blocks (2 x 4).  There will be a 4″ sashing at the neck running down the back of the shawl which will connect the two sets of 8 blocks.  Each block will have a butterfly appliqué on it.  There will be no outer border, only binding.  The fabric shown (top to bottom) are:  Backing, Sashing & Binding, Blocks, Butterfly center/outer wings, Butterfly inner wings.

Fabric Requirements:

3 1/2 yards ~ Backing:  Moda Pattern 3734-19 Paris Flea Market by 3 Sisters

1 1/2 yards ~ Sashing & Binding:  Moda Pattern 8258 Freedom 1850-1870 Civil War Jubilee by Barbara Brackman

2 1/2 yards ~ Blocks: Moda Muslin Mates Birds Natural

1 yard ~ Butterfly center/outer wings: Robert Kaufman Studio RK Coventry Court Screen Print D#12454

1/2 yard ~ Butterfly inner wings: Moda Pattern 3730-16 Paris Flea Market by 3 Sisters

On Friday February 7th, I traced the pattern on freezer paper and cut out the pattern pieces.