Lola

Sweet Lola you are my new favourite!  This little bag is such a cute but classy addition to my ever growing Swoon Pattern collection.  She sits so elegantly on the arm.  It’s a very easy sew and quick to make, I’m not usually a ‘make a bag in a evening’ girl, cutting out, interfacing and prepping is usually all I manage in one go, but with this bag I did it all including the vinyl zipper pull!  

I love how Lola looks with vinyl accents, they really made this Star Wars BB-8 fabric pop.     

   
Lola is the perfect accompaniment to my Sophia beach bag, another Swoon pattern, which is going to be my new carry on when flying. Lola will fit easily underneath the plane seat.  I made a little adjustment to this one and added a couple of D rings to the side so I can attach a cross body strap.   

Indulgence

It’s been a little while since I last blogged, there just never seems to be enough time to do everything I want to, someone once said to me a busy person will always be busy and I guess that’s true of me, I find new things to do even when I’ve got a stack of other things on the go! I have found time to do a little sewing and been busy making a few of the Swoon pattern bags. So forgive me whilst I indulge myself in my creations and show you what I’ve been making.

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Swooning around

At the beginning of the year I discovered the world of Swoon, a world where I can indulge myself in as many handbags as I like, a world where colour, pattern and fabric is limitless. Yes, I’m talking about Swoon patterns the fabulous handbag patterns by Alicia Wietholder .

IMG_1658-0.JPGI’ve used tablecloth material which just screamed handbags at me, vinyl and some fabulous fabric from Walmart, of all places, which I picked up on my holiday in Florida.

IMG_1816.JPG These are all the Ethel, a fabulous pattern that is free!

IMG_1833.JPG My favourite though has to be the Evelyn, I made the market tote version which is big enough to hold my laptop, zipped pouch with mains cables and headset , my bionic gear bag mobile office and most importantly my lunch!

IMG_1870-2.JPG I predict many more bags in my future!

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A little globetrotting update

Well I did exactly what I said I would do and dived straight in there and started free motion quilting without practising first! Gulp! shudder!

I didn’t sew over my fingers but did have a few choice words said when there were just a few tension problems on the back of the quilt. I persevered and did a lot of ripping but the end result was worth it!

It’s not perfect but it’s my first fully quilted project and I love it!

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Heavily addictive Bionic Gear Bag

I was looking for a new sewing project when I saw a post on the facebook page Quilt a long with Pat Sloan of a roll and zip up kit bag. It looked just the thing for a take anywhere mobile office or sewing station.

I had found my next project: the Bionic Gear Bag, a pattern by Ripstitcher. Little did I know just how addictive this pattern is! I am now on my way to making a second

My first attempt at the pattern, which comes with the most amazingly detailed instructions which makes it really easy to follow, was made using Jennifer Paganelli’s Jenny Eliza fabric which is an exclusive range for Joanns.IMG_1538-0.JPGI’m now considering making several more of these for Christmas presents, it’s such a versatile pattern, my husband wants one for all his electrical bits and pieces and I’m thinking a slightly longer one would be great for my friend who’s into knitting and crochet. Then there’s the one in Oilcloth for a make up bag and hey presto you unzip to reveal your dressing table when away from home! The possibilities are endless.

Globetrotting

I’ve not been blogging much of late but I have been busy sewing! Thanks to the wonderful Pat Sloan I have been globetrotting around the world (metaphorically speaking) and taking part in Pat’s mystery online quilt BOM, which I now know stands for Block Of the Month!

With a new block issued each month and representing a different city in the world, I especially loved London, Pat taught those of us new to quilting how to construct the blocks and we in turn were in awe of the wonderful works created by the experienced quilters in the group.

I certainly learnt a great deal, not least the importance of fabric pattern! There I was fairly smug with myself for having chosen some wonderful colours that all went together I hadn’t given pattern a second thought. That is until I saw how some of my block designs disappeared into one another as the patterns fought side by side!

I resisted the urge to rip it all apart and reconstruct, instead decided to carry on as originally planned and then in years to come it will remind me (hopefully) of how far I have developed as a quilter. Quilter! dare I call myself a quilter at this early stage!

I’m now plucking up the courage to actually quilt it, I have a free motion quilt foot for my sewing machine which I have never used and really should practice first and watch some you tube videos but somehow I think I will more than likely just dive straight in!

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Lucky Girl Cushion

It’s been a while since I last blogged, everyday life, family and work has taken up a lot of my time recently with little spare for sewing, although I did manage to finish one of my UFO’s (unfinished object) a round cushion using the wonderful fabric from Jennifer Paganelli’s Lucky Girl line.

20140418-085245.jpgIt started off as a perfect circle but ended up slightly flower shaped!

It was the first time I have used piping cord and attaching to a circle of fabric was not easy. Learnt a few lessons, like you really need to use the right foot on your sewing machine, I believe, having read up on a few blogs after I had finished, that a zipper foot is the way to do it!

I was also given a really good tip from the lovely Jennifer Paganelli herself who said cut a circle of material then appliqué the segments on top, that way you get perfect points!
Instead I did it the hard way by taking the Quilters approach and sewed together each segment individually much like a patch work quilt hence the button, which isn’t just for decoration but hides a magnitude of not so perfect points!

20140418-083757.jpgThe button is another lesson to be learnt, I really should have sewed it right through to the other side as it then gives that plush pushed in look in the middle of the cushion, needless to say mine looks like it’s stuck on top!

That said I still love it and it’s really comfortable. It brings some lovely colour to my garden furniture, all we need now is the sunshine.

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