Purses from summer

 I made these 2 purses over the summer.  They were both made with free patterns and I think they turned out well.  I usually get compliments on them and that is always nice!  They don’t hold much, but I only use a purse when I go out on my own or I am carrying a purse with the diaper bag.

Bias Tape Purse: tutorial by belle epoque

I added the little ruffle to the front and pockets to the inside.  The fabrics are natural cotton canvas and Heather Bailey’s Freshcut (mums).  (click picture to see inside pics)

Bias Tape Purse-freshcut

Kwik Sew Clutch: free pattern from Kwik Sew 

I quilted the outside fabric, added pockets and a strap. The fabrics are Amy Butler’s Ginger Bliss (cinnamon red deco bouquet) and natural muslin lining. (click picture to see inside pics)

Kwik Sew Clutch-ginger bliss


Mary Engelbreit Quilt-Fabrics

Mary Engelbreit Fabrics-tea, teal and black Mary Engelbreit Fabrics-cherries Mary Engelbreit Fabrics-flowers-reds-bloom where you are planted

I have been looking for fabrics for this quilt for a while now.  It seems that I can find a yard here and there but never a lot of what I had in mind all in one place …until I found Jane’s Fabrics on eBay.  I got a set of 30 fat quarters for $35-thats less than $1.50 each!  I would have paid so much more if I ordered these from all over (especially paying shipping at each place too!)  And her shipping was super fast- I ordered Sunday night and got them Wednesday!  They are all washed up and ready to go.  I’m not going to use all of them in this quilt, but most of them.  There are quite a few of the novelty themed prints that just won’t go for what I want but I’ll find some other use for them.

Oooohh- I really have to settle on a design now….I’ll save that for another day!   

Sewing for the house

I haven’t done much sewing since we moved to this house.   I did manage to sew a few curtains before my new sewing/craft room got out of control!  (I am making good progress on the room though-I got a file cabinet yesterday so I now have a place to put my paper stacks and magazines and the computer area is now clutter free-hopefully I’ll be putting pictures of the room up soon)  Anyway, here is the curtain I put in the laundry room.  It has a door leading outside with a window on the top half of the door.  The towel we had hanging over it when we moved in was just not pretty, so with a little Denyse Schmidt fabric, it looks much better! 

Laundry room curtain

All of the windows in the house have plantation blinds on them, so I haven’t been in a rush to put curtains up everywhere yet, but the only place without blinds was the sliding glass door in our dining room turned office.  This window needed covering badly.  I tried to make these curtains neutral since this room will mostly be used by my husband.  I used extra wide linen from fabric.com and topped it with a decorator fabric so it wouldnt be completly boring!  I just used clip on rings for the top-so easy too. 

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