Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Recent Projects

Here are just a few items that I showed last week at a local group meeting:

This is made from scraps that were in my scrap basket.  Literally strings and pieces that I pulled out and just straightened the edge.  None of them ended up being the same width, but it worked.  However, I don't feel like I used nearly enough of them--the box is still full!

I whipped up this spool quilt in a week.  I got motivated and went to town.  It's just been quilted and it's not a good picture, but I'll try to take another when I've got the binding on it.

"The bag" again.  I just loved making this bag.  It's designed to hold your sewing, knitting, or crocheting project.  And it does seem that way when you look at it, or hold it.  It's not the "normal" tote bag.  Made mostly with upholstery fabrics and a little wool.  It was fun.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sue Spargo Victoria Knitting Bag

Almost finished with this bag.  It's a Sue Spargo pattern from 2004 that's been revitalized since she's become more well-known. 

Although I love her creative work, her patterns do sometimes leave a little to be desired.  She says in the pattern that she used mostly wools on this bag, however the only wool used is in the floral applique block.  The rest is upholstery fabrics, which I had on-hand, by the way!  I didn't even buy them together.

I did what I sometimes do, which was to pull out a bunch of fabrics that I think would work well together and then I try to talk myself out of them.  This time I decided to just "do it".  And it worked, as it usually does.

I need to get a bottom board cut for it.  This is another thing about the pattern.  She tells you that you need a 1/4" thick baseboard but the lining/sleeve that is cut for it does not allow for the 1/4" thickness--I needed another 1/2" to allow for the thickness on both sides--and also needed another 1/4" or so just to allow room to slip it in.

Here's a closeup of the wool applique block:

I used little pieces of wool from my left-over box.

I've since added some buttons across the top panel for decoration and interest.  I'll try and take some finished pictures when I've gotten it completely done.  Until then, I love it!