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March 20, 2018
Dance bag from Espritpatch

I was so lucky to have a sewing day last Saturday. 2 local ladies launched an appeal on FB a few weeks ago trying to gage interest for a Saturday of sewing. I signed up for it and I must admit, I wasn't disappointed. Although it was their first time, it was really well organised. 10 of us turned up doing very different projects but I think everyone had fun. Because I had a whole day, I thought it would be a good opportunity to tackle the dance bags I wanted to make for the girls. Of course, I ...

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March 14, 2018
Dice Bags from Becca's Crazy Projects

Sometimes I need a quick project. Something that doesn't take much time but makes me feel like I've accomplished something. That something was a pair of dice bags.

If you have a gamer in your life, are a gamer, or know someone that really wants a small bag, I recommend you check out this free pattern from Dragon Chow. Lindsay has shared this pattern under a creative commons 3.0 license. It is a great project to use up about a fat quarter of fabric and come away with a great little bag.

The cord is from the ...

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March 12, 2018
Project Bag and Fabric Buying from Alamosa Quilter

When I was at Fall Market I purchased a few bag patterns to test to see if I want to carry them in my shop. One of them was the Project Bag by Annie Unrein.

I've already ordered patterns for the shop as I love this one! It is easy to make and the pattern makes four sizes of bag - small, medium, large, and extra large. I chose to start with the medium size which finishes at 10" by 12". The large finishes at 13" by 13". The extra large finishes at 16" by 16 which would be a ...

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March 2, 2018
bonnie curves drawstring bag from Charm About You

Oh how I love sewing a little make all for myself! Especially when it's cute and useful!

The Bonnie Curves pattern by Laura Cunningham is really fun, with great advice for sewing curves and a tutorial for the most adorable drawstring bag.

I'm confident sewing curves, though Laura includes lots of helpful tips in case you're not, but improvised sewing can be unnerving and this was an easy way to do improv and still follow a pattern (I like structure). The steps are all laid out but you are creating the curves and adapting the instructions as ...

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February 15, 2018
Wool and Wax Tote bag #5 from Luna Lovequilts

When I go help my two students with their sewing projects I don't need much supplies and use this tote bag to carry my stuff. The first time they saw it they asked me to teach them how to make this bag and we planned to start at the beginning of the year. I bought for them the original pattern from Noodlehead website and translated the instructions into French in case they want to make another one by themselves. As a refresher and to make the translation easier (a good excuse ... isn't it ?!) I sewed a new bag ...

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February 8, 2018
Oh no! Look what I found!!! (lots photos) from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

It's been a little bit cooler over the last week, which has been a welcome relief.  Today felt positively cold this morning, but it soon warmed up by the afternoon.

 The other day, DH decided it was time to sort through all of the "stuff" that had literally been shoved into the conservatory at the back of our house and forgotten.  Unfortunately for me, there was a large rolling bin full of ..... you guessed it!!
UFO's.  More blooming UFOs is just what I needed.  Well, like a hole in the head, I should say.

So I sat down ...

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January 12, 2018
Retreat Organizer from Liz Makes Crafts

It's about 6 weeks until QuiltCon, and my Retreat Organizer is done! It was not easy. It was only fun most of the time. But the end result is pretty great, and I'm so proud of myself for actually getting through this!

I wrote a blog post when I had finished getting the materials together for this bag, and I considered it the biggest sewing challenge I've faced yet. I bought this class more than 3 years ago, before I knew what a quilt was, and when I was barely sure how to thread my machine. I ...

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December 28, 2017
Japanese Knot Bags from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm

This morning I quilted some more on the Scandinavian Christmas wall hanging. 

I finished another quarter section and I'm onto the last. 

Now once I get that last section done, I think I will go ahead and do only the hearts on the border. That way I could go ahead, put a binding on and hang it for our company next week

This afternoon I worked on the Japanese knot bags or you could call them reversible bags. In fact the website I got the pattern off of,  was a Martha Stewart website

 and I'll put a link ...

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December 21, 2017
Last-minute sewing from Espritpatch

My youngest daughter's teacher is off on maternity leave so of course, that called for a little token of appreciation.

And although I had known for a while, I only finally got started on Monday night (present was needed for Tuesday morning!). I made her a little open wide pouch with fabric I had in my stash and I must admit, I love how it turned out.
I should definitely use that fabric again for something for me!

I had also planned a while ago to make some make-up pouches for my niece and cousin for Christmas and I ...

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December 19, 2017
hankie bag [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

hankie bag

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December 10, 2017

During Craft Day at the Attic Window Quilt Shop, Diana (above) told us not to throw away the half square triangles left over from when we made our Bendy Bag.  She told us we could use those triangles to make the little Sweatpea Pods.  Since Rosa and I didn't have time to make those during Craft day, Diana graciously said she would show us how during Happy Scrappers.  We were grateful and traveled through our first snow to make it to the shop on Saturday.
Above, Rosa shows us her two SweatPea Pods that she made that day.
 Diana ...

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December 3, 2017
The Greatest Challenge from Liz Makes Crafts

I'm taking on the biggest sewing challenge I've ever done in this next project, the Everything in Its Place Bag by Annie Unrein. However, I'm going to call it the Retreat Organizer.

I bought this class 3 years ago, long before I knew what a quilt even was. But I never watched it, because I was so intimidated, and the finishing kit and supplies are too pricey for me to make one for "practice".

But as I was reading my QuiltCon supply lists, I was quite surprised to see that the piecing classes asked that you bring ...

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December 1, 2017
Becca Pouch from Liz Makes Crafts

Even though I just finished the Sweet Pea Pods last week, I was so excited to work on the next project in the class: Zip-It Bag With a Twist by Joan Hawley. The second project is the Becca bag, an adorable little pouch with faux piping, boxed corners, and flange. My favorite part of the bag is actually the gold zipper pull which is a different color from the purple zipper, thanks to the one-zip technique!

This bag was so quick and easy to make, that I finished it in one sewing session. That's pretty rare for me, but ...

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floaty panels for an embroidered bag [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

floaty panels for an embroidered bag

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November 25, 2017
Sweet Pea Pods from Liz Makes Crafts

Happy Black Friday! This week I finished a set of Sweet Pea pods, from the Craftsy class Zippered Bags With A Twist with Joan Hawley. I previously took her Zip-It Up class, and enjoyed it enough that I'm taking this one.

The twist in these bags is that the zipper is actually a one-way zipper. Instead of the traditional zipper, we disassemble a zipper and only use one side of it. I've never seen it before this class, and I must say it's quite an intriguing technique! (I'll also say it isn't very fun to ...

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November 14, 2017

Are you like most quilters who have participated in the Row by Row Experience over the years and have collected fabric plates (those pieces of fabric that are designed to resemble state license plates)?  They are 7.25 inches by 3.5 inches and are printed on cotton.  Marilyn shows us a clever way to use that piece of fabric.  Above you can see how she used a past Attic Window Quilt Shop fabric plate to make this little zipper pouch.
 The pattern for this cute pouch is License Plate Zip Pouch and can be found at the Attic Window ...

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November 3, 2017
hand embroidered pouch [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

hand embroidered pouch

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October 27, 2017
Open Wide Pouches from Becca's Crazy Projects

I was asked to lead a group project during the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild retreat. I've never done such a thing, but I decided to take the leap. We'll be making a pouch using the Open Wide Zippered Pouch tutorial designed by Anna of Noodlehead. The above is a closeup of the quilting on a fun Dr. Who print.
To give everyone the best look at the steps, I needed to make a bunch of bags. That means I cut or pieced enough outer bag panels to make several bags and loaded up the long arm. This is ...

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October 25, 2017
Weekend Market Tote No. 2 from The Cloth Parcel

It’s Quilt Market this week!  We’re taking a quick trip to Houston, so next week we will have a fun recap on here of our favorites.  In the meantime, we just released our Weekend Market Tote pattern! You bet we’ll be sporting these beauties around the Market floor.  Our second version of the tote was […]

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October 24, 2017
bagmaker tuesday #2 (trail tote) from Sotak Handmade

Hello, welcome to Bagmaker Tuesday !!!

I have a super adorable Trail Tote I made for my niece to share today :)

Pretty cute, isn't it?

And not only is this a free pattern (by Anna Graham - noodlehead), it's also an easy and pretty quick make. The pattern includes instructions for two sizes, the one I made is a small one.

I (once again) used Maker Maker Essex linen for the exterior. I really, really love the texture of these prints plus how can one resist these adorable doggies !?!?

Now, the pattern shows how to make your own piping but ...

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