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August 14, 2019
A Linen/Cotton Version of the Hobo Bag from Needle and Foot

I told you I wanted one of these shoulder bags for myself! I have made two for Julia which you can see here and here. The pattern is a freebie from Very Purple Person.

They are so fun to make, don’t take too much time and not a lot of fabric so why not? It is a great way to use this sweet Japanese fabric that was given to me by my friend Patty. She vacationed in Japan about a year ago and when she returned she sent me five pieces of fun fabrics. Three of them were a ...

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July 31, 2019
Love this New Purse! from Needle and Foot

This is the second purse I have made for Julia. When she asked me to make her a new purse, she said she wanted the same pattern as the first one. This was fine with me because I really love the pattern. It is a free tutorial found over at Very Purple Person. The intention is to make a reversible bag but Julia wanted an interior pocket so this one isn’t truly reversible.

It is a great looking hobo style bag. Very casual and soft. Julia didn’t want any sort of batting or interfacing in it so it ...

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July 29, 2019
Cross body bag and then some from Sew Sunshine

I made a new much needed bag! It is the Luisa pattern by Sotak Handmade

I used my stash canvas fabrics for this bag. It went together pretty easily. Of course I didn't take pics of the inside which is a bright pink print. This bag is great! It has a zip pocket outside and on the back two slip in pockets. In the inside it has a zipper pocket and then the whole thing zips shut. It is the perfect size to carry my tablet or just small stuff. 

I guess I was in the sewing mood as ...

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December 30, 2018
Zip Up the Pyramids! Combine Triangles to Make a Purse from Gefilte Quilt

Last week, I showed off a triangular bipyramid ornament, made from a wildly freemotion-quilted, felt-backed scrap. Here's another triangular bipyramid - but it's more of a wristlet/purse than an ornament. The 6 triangles were joined into 3 diamonds; there's a zipper on top; a bangle bracelet; and it was constructed using the stiff interfacing and English Paper Piecing techniques described in too-loving detail in my new polyhedron book

This specific project is not in the book, so below, I'll show how I made it. First, I cut the skirt off this vintage baby (or doll?) dress ...

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December 10, 2018
My New Book! English Paper Piece a Polyhedron! from Gefilte Quilt

I am having an out-of-body experience - after two years in the works, my new book just went live on Amazon! And on etsy, too! It's not about's about the joy of stitching polyhedra! 

What, I hear you asking? Polyhedra? You probably haven't given a dodecahedron or icosahedron much thought since high school (unless you play Dungeons and Dragons).  Neither did I, until last year. So how did I get from quilts to polyhedra? 

Through English Paper Piecing.

If you're a quilter who's tried English Paper Piecing, you know it's a fun, addictive ...

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November 7, 2018
Break Out the Pom Poms! Eye Candy from a (Mostly) Knitting Show from Gefilte Quilt

Stressed out by the upcoming election? Here's some eye candy from a fabulous yarn show, to distract you while waiting in line to vote, and/or awaiting election results. What could be more enticing than this?
From The Yarn Guys booth
Or these: 
Or this: (It's a wall of beads from Bead Biz, of Guilford, CT): 
The nice thing about beads sold at yarn shows, I discovered, is that the holes are relatively large - one could conceivably attach them to quilts by machine. 
Or this joyously geeky tableau at the Dizzy Blonde Studios booth (creative hair color was ...

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October 22, 2018
melinda handbag (new pdf pattern) from Sotak Handmade

Hello lovelies, how are things?

I'm all giddy with excitement because I get to share my newest pattern with you today, yay!

This is Melinda.

Finished size: 12'' wide x 11'' tall x 5'' deep.

She's a fabulously roomy everyday handbag featuring two large slip pockets on the outside plus one slip and one zipper pocket on the inside to help one stay organized.

I made this denim Melinda for myself a few weeks back and I absolutely love it. I think it's such a classy, timeless design and I just adore the denim, leather, and metal ...

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June 29, 2018
Focus Fabric Purse Finishing from From My Carolina Home

Picking up where we left off, today we finish the focus fabric purse.  Click on Focus Fabric Purse Part 1 if you missed it.  So far we’ve made the quilted base and the pockets, and added handles.  Today we finish the bag, adding embellishments, finishing the seams and boxing the corners.

Caliente Purse at From My Carolina Home

If you want to sew the finishing buttons on the outside front by machine, you can do that now, before sewing the next step.  Now that all the pockets are done, fold the purse right sides together creating a bag 12×18 with the handle edges meeting.  Sew ...

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June 27, 2018
Focus Fabric Purse from From My Carolina Home

Designing this purse was a fun exercise in creativity.  I had a fabric that I wanted to showcase, focusing on it, but just making a purse out of it without some other design element was boring.  So, I took the basic idea of my Jelly Roll Market Bag, and did this one with the accent stripe on the left with three buttons.

Caliente Purse at From My Carolina Home

To begin, I cut a large piece of the chili pepper print 16-1/2 x 24 inches.  Measure in from the left long side 3-inches, and cut a 3-inch strip from the fabric.  Move the 3-inch strip to ...

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May 7, 2018
Choose Your Workshops for May, June & July!! from Cultured Expressions

Who’s ready to create some fun new pieces to wear, carry, or enjoy at home?   Our Spring/Summer schedule is here, and I think you’ll find something(s) of interest to spark your creativity ; )  If you’re in the vicinity of our Studio in Rahway, NJ, or your summer travels bring you close by, join us for a creativity break!

And if you see a class you like but your schedule doesn’t quite match ours, let me know – we’re flexible and will try to accommodate you on another date – even better, our custom dates are easier ...

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April 28, 2018
Adventures In 3D Sewing: The Paris Purse from Hobbies Up To Here

There are soooo many wonderful bag and purse patterns available today. While at the Orange Quilt Bee a couple of years ago, I saw one I just had to have, and instantly had someone in mind to gift it to. My daughter Jennifer’s birthday was coming up, and I didn’t want to give her the … Continue reading Adventures In 3D Sewing: The Paris Purse

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April 15, 2018
Things Learned from Neckties: Flap Purse Tutorial from Gefilte Quilt

How I love playing with neckties - the quirkier, the better. Quilts are my favorite thing to make from them, but a close second is purses. Here are two flap bags finished recently. 

First, a bag made from three gold neckties. The groovy tie on the far right, with the colorful O rings, is one of my all-time favorites (I'm guessing it's from the 60s or 70s). 
Open view below. The signatures on the lining of my favorite tie, over on the right, say "John Weitz," so I did a Google search for him. It turns out that this ...

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March 1, 2018
zoe handbag parade from Sotak Handmade

Hello lovelies, welcome !!!

Things have been a bit crazy busy around here and I have only now realized I never showed you the gorgeous Zoe handbags my lovely testers made. 

Let's jump right in, shall we?

 (click on the maker's name below the photo to be taken to their IG feed)

♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥

Beautiful bags, aren't they? It's such a delight to see each maker's taste and style reflected in the fabrics they chose. 

You did a fabulous job, ladies. Thank you for your help :)

Wishing you all a happy ...

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February 12, 2018
Best Dog Fabric Ever: I Shoulda Bought 30 Yards from Gefilte Quilt

Here are two of my most adorable creations, one age 19, and the other one born in mid-December: 
(Note DD's winter fashion boots, designed to simulate bare feet.) 
(Just kidding, we're in Southern California, she's barefoot and didn't get frostbite.) A closer look at the purse:
Whatever you're eating. they want:

I encountered this fabric while rifling through the remnant bin at the legendary Britex fabric store in San Francisco a couple of years back. The half-yard was cheap and discounted - I think it was $15 - but they also had yardage, which was much more ...

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February 9, 2018
zoe handbag (new pdf pattern) from Sotak Handmade

Hello friends, welcome!

I'm so happy to be able to show you my newest pattern Zoe Handbag today.

I've had this kind of not too large, not too small handbag on my mind for months and it feels wonderful to be able to finally share it with you all.

This bag finishes at 12'' wide on bottom x 11'' tall x 4'' deep and is a perfect, perfect everyday bag with its roomy interior and four large exterior slip pockets. I've assigned one pocket for my keys, one for my phone, and one for the many packs ...

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December 23, 2017
The tale of 2 purses............... from Better than I deserve!

 Carrie had I idea I should make Rachel a purse out of this calf fabric! Good idea so I ordered the  fabric and as the say the rest is history:)
 I used the moda grunge fabric for the strap and the sides. I think it worked really well.
 I just used fabric from my stash for the lining.
 So if Rachel gets a purse Ellie gets one too or the other way around! Luckily I had some of the same kind of fabric only dogs. I really liked making the purses and thinking about each grand daughter while sewing them ...

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November 26, 2017
Another Secret Project Is Finished from Quilts + Color


I have been using a purse I dearly love but I wished it was bigger. I have just spent 3 days making my own version of it. The construction journey was filled with a lot of ripping out of seams that were wrong. Then I spent the better part of almost 2 days trying to figure out how to do the bottom corners. I tried it on the purse, tried it with paper, tried it with sample fabric pieces, tried it with graph paper. When I finally figured it out I felt pretty stupid. It was so simple.
It was ...

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November 24, 2017
Another Denim & Crochet Purse, made from Freemotion Quilting Practice Pieces from Gefilte Quilt

When it comes to freemotion quilting, practice makes not-so-bad. Never perfect - not me - but certainly more tolerable. No matter how eager I am to start FMQing, the more time I take to practice, the better I will like the results.

The downside is that the practice pieces accumulate in towering snowdrifts, looking something like this:

So here's a project that can upcycle some of them! Especially if you practice on denim! With the holidays coming, it's a fun gift. It's a denim and crochet cross-body purse. I showed one off two weeks ago (here), but this one ...

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November 5, 2017
Wrong Meets Right: Half-Backwards, Reversible Denim Scrap Purse Tutorial from Gefilte Quilt

Here's a crossbody 7" x 9" upcycled denim pouch that can be worn inside-out, or outside-in.  In fact, it's not at all clear to me which way is out!  Let's call this Side A, Orientation 1....
Turn it over to see Side A, Disorientation 1 

Open it up, reach inside, pull out the inside, and here's Side B, chaos...

....and Side B, not so chaotic....

This makes a guaranteed unique gift and even if you don't crochet, you can improvise alternatives. Here's how it happened.

It all started out, as most of my stuff ...

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October 12, 2017
Cross Body Bag for Travel from Needle and Foot

Most of the time, I use a big purse. I carry all sorts of stuff, probably more than I really need to. But that doesn’t work as well when I am traveling.  If I bring a tote bag or backpack on a plane (for a book, iPad, food etc) it becomes cumbersome to also have a purse.

I decided to make a slim, simple cross body bag for these, not-very-frequent, travel days. This way I will have a purse with my wallet and phone in it while I am traveling and it won’t take up tons of room ...

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