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March 26, 2020
» Charm About You

modern quilted rainbow fabric star

Colour has a big impact on us, it can affect our mood and bring us happiness, especially when its in the form of a rainbow

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March 25, 2020
Call Me Badge Holder from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last week I shared my first Call Me badge holder. Saturday I grabbed some fabrics to make a couple more. This time, I used this fun tentacle print from Spoonflower. 
Darling Husband wanted something bright and difficult to miss. I think this hit the mark. 
This one is a little wider than the first one I made and I'm super pleased with how it turned out. 
Now he will be ready the next time we get to attend a convention. 
I made myself a slightly larger one, too. I love the happy crab and jellyfish!

Tools and supplies (af ...

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March 18, 2020
Call Me Badge Holder from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last year when we went to Relaxicon they handed out these badge holders with registration. I liked the idea of a badge holder that holds more than your badge, but this one really didn't hold all the things I want to carry, or not conveniently, in one place. If I had to pick one reason I didn't like it is the cord. Sure, it is adjustable, but once you put your cell phone inside that cord will cut into your neck more than you would think. 
I found a great pattern called Call Me from By Annie that ...

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February 20, 2020
Scrappy Market Tote from Liz Makes Crafts

The Scrappy Market Tote is a class by Christina Cameli on Bluprint, and I have watched it quite a few times, but I kept procrastinating on making one of my own. Improv terrifies me, and scraps intimidate me. So imagine how I feel when I'm faced with a project that's both improv and scraps.

But I finally decided to give it a shot. I'm using a palette of yellows, blues, and greens, and I combed through only the top of my scrap bins and already I was shocked at how much scraps I have accumulated over the ...

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February 17, 2020
Drawstring Gift Bag from Alamosa Quilter

The last Saturday in January I had an LQS Day event at the shop. We had a short bolt sale. Afterwards we had some bolts left over so we have been getting creative with ways to use them.

One of the left over sale bolts was this Merrily fabric. The animal is fat quarter size. So I designed this lined drawstring gift bag using the animals. Shown is the moose. The others are a polar bear, a deer and a penguin. We kitted up the animal with coordinating fabrics, twill tape for the drawstring and a pattern. I'm pretty ...

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February 10, 2020
Knitting Project Bag from Quilting Stories

Knitting project bag

Knitting project bag

Knitting project bag

Knitting project bag

After seeing many such bags on Pinterest and Instagram I decided to sew my own knitting bag.
I chose this lovely printed canvas from Elanbach which has a good firmness required for this kind of project. Very pleased with this first bag I will sew some others using plain canvas from my stash.

Until now I did not buy any new material. The purpose is : using all the stuff I have at home and decluttering.

On the last picture I displayed my new knitting bag next to a shawl I knitted and a cross stitch embroidery I achieved in 2012.

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January 30, 2020
The Perfect Zippered & Lined Bag from Where Art & Life Meet

I love a good zippered pouch. Preferably one that I can take on an airplane, large enough for a tablet or small sketch book, a needle roll, small pair of scissors, and project, but not so large that it becomes cumbersome. I began looking around at what is already out there and found many lovely… Continue reading The Perfect Zippered & Lined Bag

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January 29, 2020
Drawstring Baskets from Quilting Stories

Drawstring basket

Drawstring basket

Drawstring basket

Since some time I wish to sew drawstring baskets for my grandchildren. After searching on Pinterest and on various blogs, I was lucky to find a really great tutorial on this blog : Threading My Way. I must say that I never found such a perfect tutorial, so well explained that you cannot make any mistake. I followed step by step the explanations and had not the least problem. I sewed the orange basket first, and was so satisfied with the result that next day I did a blue one. Tomorrow a pink one! Thank you Pam for Australia!

I chose ...

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January 20, 2020
First Post in Far Too Long from Alamosa Quilter

I'm hoping to do better this year at posting here at least once a week. I'll be experimenting with post formats to see what will work best for me. So ... here goes!

What have I been working on?

I have a customer/friend who loves to make bags as much as I do. She received several bag patterns for Christmas and brought them in to show them to me. She wants me to teach her how to make all of the bags she received patterns for and asked me which one I wanted to make first. I chose ...

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January 12, 2020
Monday Making from Love Laugh Quilt

My sewing table has been busy!

I am trying to get ALL the 10 or 12 table mats made
(for an upcoming retreat)
before some other deadlines appear.

This hourglass mat is almost DONE!
The little squares are all 2" before sewing them together!

And IF you want to know what trimming them all looks like....
Take a peak here------

I have been happily using a handmade bag
my daughter made me for Christmas!

I'm a proud mama of a MAKER!

My son....
NOT "much" of a maker
gave me an instant pot.

Guess I'LL be ...

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January 1, 2020
Hello 2020! from Becca's Crazy Projects

How does a quilter start the new year? With a fresh rotary blade and a new needle for the sewing machine. These are some of the happiest things!
I have had a few yards of Pellon Flex Foam in my studio for a while. I finally decided to give a go. This is the backside of a quilted piece for a project.
This is the front side of the resulting piece. I rediscovered By Annie patterns and decided to give one of the free patterns a try. I chose the Easy Does It bag because I knew I had all ...

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December 31, 2019
Reviewing 2019 from Romany Quilting

It’s always interesting looking back at what was achieved during the year.  My first finish for the year was not till March, I think we must have been busy tripping away in the caravan for some time early in the year.  I finally completed my long winded Animal ABC quilt, which had been hanging around for ages.  I had fun collecting animal print fabrics for this quilt, and pen friend Janet from Australia really helped me out when she printed out a picture of a Quokka to send me to use for the letter Q.  This one I’m ...

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December 26, 2019
Hand made Christmas presents from Espritpatch

The open wide pouch is such a versatile pattern, I'm not sure how many I have made to date but it's often one of my go-to pattern.

Anyway I needed a few to complete some Christmas presents.

I made 2 that I filled with shaving products

And one for a teenage girl for her make up.

3 more OPAM and one more for my Q4 FAL list
Linking to Wednesday Wait LossMidweek MakersWhoop Whoop Friday


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December 20, 2019
Open wide pouch from Espritpatch

I'm not sure how this is possible but December it's flying even faster than any other month. I hardly had time to sew. Earlier in the month, between my last 2 trips to the US, I found a little time to squeeze an orb wide pouch that I wanted to gift to one of my work colleague who had shown such an interest in my sewing.

I used Noodlehead's free pattern and some faux leather from my stash.

And just in time to fly to Washington, I had one pouch to gift.

One OPAM for December and ...

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December 2, 2019
Donation time again from Romany Quilting

It’s time to pass on the little draw string bags I’ve made and take them to the drop off collection point for Foster Hope, a charity helping children placed into foster care.  These little lined bags are fun to make, using up some novelty scraps, and I try to make some for both boys and girls.  The children use these bags for toiletries, or as pencil bags.  Gemma thought it was “all about her” and did a little photo bombing!

Earth working machinery and fish

African savannah, horses and tree frogs

I also included my recently completed Bow ...

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November 30, 2019
» Lilabelle Lane


This year Aurifil Threads have set a series of challenges for their Artisans and as an Artisan we have the choice of which challenges we sign up for. The November challenge was a bag making!  Something a little outside of my comfort zone and the exact reason I choose to be a part of this one.

Aurifil partnered with Sallie Tomato to choose our pattern from and Therm-o-web would be supplying the interfacings. I teamed my pattern selection, 'Molly' with bag hardware in a gunmetal finish, gold fleck cork and two prints from Anna Maria ...

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November 28, 2019
Jangles Anchor Bag from Espritpatch

A new bag! Finally

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November 18, 2019
Geeky Sewing from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been thinking about adding an applique Gengar (you can do a Google search for Gengar Pokemon to learn more) to a small project bag for a while. Over the last few weeks I've been working on the machine embroidery design. Creating your own applique designs can be both rewarding and frustrating. 
It took four tries for me to get to a point I thought it worthwhile to stitch one of these onto anything beyond muslin. It still isn't perfect, but I was going to end up throwing it all in the trash if I didn't ...

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November 11, 2019
So Many Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

After getting the 72 slot cylinder for my circular sock knitting machine I have been working on holiday gifts. The 64 slot is perfect for socks for my small, narrow feet, but I know so many people with human-sized feet. This is the pair of monster socks I knit up. It's nice to use up those little odds and ends leftover from making matching socks. 
There was some coffee along the way, too. 
I even finished up this tiny sock knit on the machine. This sock is worked bck and forth on about 24 stitches and is seamed up ...

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October 27, 2019
Another gift from Quilting and More...

I saw this design online and couldn’t resist making it. The design comes in several sizes, both square and rectangular, and I chose to make the 5″ x 7″ size, though it ended up being a little smaller because of the bulk involved. The fabric was a pale cream color, and the embroidered quilting was […]

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