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October 21, 2021
Sandhill Sling and apple adventure from Sew Sunshine

I set off to take a fun pic of this 
Sandhill Sling bag (pattern by noodlehead)
Last weekend my husband decided he wanted to run 18.5 miles near his home town and I needed to spot him. So while waiting for him I climbed a ditch and snapped my bag with the pretty goldenrod. 
I almost lost my bag and or damaged some limbs climbing that ditch. My shot turned out okay but not great and I had to jump up on a steep incline to get it back..ha
It survived and so did I. :)

I stopped at ...

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October 11, 2021
Autumn About Town Sew Along Purse from From My Carolina Home

We need a sew along for Autumn Jubilee, and this year I was inspired by a sew day with friends. We were chatting about things to sew that everyone can use, so while they were here, I got out my graph paper and a pencil. I drew a quick sketch with dimensions, then an idea happened as it often does for something new and different. This handbag will have versatility, be unique in your choices of fabrics from your stash, and useful. Today we’ll get started, and then finish in two weeks.

For our excursions about town in the ...

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April 2, 2021
Just the essentials from Quilt in Progress

Ready to go to the auction!

As I said, I wanted a small crossbody purse to wear to auctions. I didn’t want everything I usually carry in my purse, because it would be too heavy. Thus, the name, Essential. This worked up so well that I may sew some companion zip pouches and crossbody purses to sell.

I was glancing through my stash and this yellow/blue plaid men’s shirt caught my eye. I had thought to remake it into a blouse for me, but I couldn’t resist using it to make this purse.

A messy workspace ...

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February 4, 2021
Portland Tote (tester versions) from Sotak Handmade


Hello everyone!

As promised, I'm back to share the beautiful Portland Totes my super talented pattern testers created. I love how different these bags are, and how well they represent each of the maker's style.

Let's get to it, shall we?

Dorothy @casoncreativedesigns on IG created this beautiful Portland Tote. I love the fabric Dorothy chose as well as the fabulous details she added to her adjustable strap. 

I love this travel inspired bag sewn by the lovely Fani @faninoulika on IG. So sweet, and would definitely make a lovely handbag to be taken on trips.

Next ...

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February 2, 2021
Portland Tote (new pdf pattern) from Sotak Handmade


Hello lovelies,

I have a brand new bag pattern to share with you today! I hope you will like this Portland Tote as much as I do.

This bag design has been on my mind for a very, very long time so a few months ago I finally sewed it up and made a bag for myself (using Merchant and Mills dry oilskin for the exterior) . I've been using this bag every since and I couldn't be happier with it.

With its large front exterior pocket, zipper and slip pockets on the inside, as well as a main ...

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January 3, 2021
New purse from quilt blocks from Quilt in Progress

I finished my new purse, and once I purged the heaviest items from it, I love carrying it.

My old purse was also homemade, just a bucket style with short handles and the top opening left open. Too many times it would fall over and I would lose items. The last time was when I turned in a loaner car when my own car was repaired, then found out later that all my gift cards had fallen out into the back seat. Luckily they were still there, but I realized I wanted a purse with some kind of covering.

I ...

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April 22, 2020
wip woo from Charm About You

I have a few works in progress and finishes to share with you today, so settle and get comfy as this might be a rambling one. There has been a lot of sewing happening and thought I would put (nearly) everything in one blog post to show what I've been up to - there are two more finishes that will feature in separate posts coming very soon!

First up is a finished quilt top - this is the Land of Magic quilt pattern by Kid Giddy The star, crown and castle blocks I pieced sometime ago. I had started the dragon ...

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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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February 10, 2020
Road to California, 2020, Part 2: Shopping! from Gefilte Quilt

Last week, I showed off some of my favorite quilts from Road to California 2020 show. Now let's get to the fun stuff: Shopping! Disclaimer: If you click on these links, I don't make any money. But you might lose money, because this merchandise is (often) thrilling!

If there's one attribute that unites Road to California quilts - whether the top is pieced, appliqued, embroidered, fused, stapled, and/or mutilated - it's this: dazzling, immaculate, professional-grade quilting - the stuff that holds the three layers together.

That's why, every year, I walk out of juried show. and into ...

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January 26, 2020
Crossbody Book Purse inspired by Rachel from Quilt in Progress

My daughter-in-law once told me her preferences for a purse are that it have a long strap for a crossbody position, and that it zips closed. I thought I would try a crossbody as well and came up with the following tutorial.  My wish is that you use it for personal sewing or gifts, fundraisers or group instruction. If you wish to share a photo of one that you’ve made, I’d love to see it! Please don’t sell my idea as your own.

Prepare the book. In choosing a book I look for something decorative on the ...

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