A wee bit of a finish

On a sew day with friends I cut out the pieces for a new quilted purse, and started stitching them together. The idea floated around my head for a while as the quilting of the fat quarters progressed.

Here’s the finished front:

#bernina #brewersewing cork is beautiful

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Here’s the finished back:

Purse done #fronddesignstudios #brewersewing

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What I don’t have a picture of is the little zippered wallet I made to go with it. I like to have a little something to put in my pocket, and take with me when I go into the City.

I loved adding the cork for texture, and character. The cork takes stitching well and has many uses. It’s a bit spendy so adding detail, and creating a unique look works best for me. After getting home I changed the hardware on the adjustable strap.

Once I get through the first Lucy’s Nickles Project this will become either a class or a pattern.

Happy Quilting,




I’m becoming a Lazy Girl

So sometimes I think I’m kinda lazy and while that may have some truth to it. I like taking the simple way out and following directions directions is not quite my thing. So when I got Joan Hawley’s Bendy Bag Pattern a bit of Dreamy Fusible Fleece, Joan’s Iron Finger, and Touch Up Pressing Mitt in the mail to test it out and do a give away i got excited. The book stuff has taken priority over the last few weeks. I needed a bit of a refocus so I made the Bendy Bag today one full one and two about half way.

bendy bag zipper in
Bendy Bag Lazy Girl Designs

Joan’s directions are totally fab. Joan actually presses the steps. I, uh, did not press as much as Joan did. My bag might look better if I actually pressed along the way. Actually I’m quite chuffed with it.

These are great bags for carrying stuff around: a little hand sewing project – think hexies quilters.
Power cords for phones, cameras, tablets, smaller cameras with their battery chargers will fit in here as well.bendy bag next 2 Safety pins for basting quilts. Oh the possibilities are endless. Endless I say.
And since the possibilities are endless I’m hosting a give away!
Included in give away 1: Bendy Bag Pattern; Dreamy Fusible Fleece and 1/4 yard of a SewBatik fabric for the outside of the Bendy Bag.
bendy bag done side 1Give away 2 and 3 another of Joan’s Lazy Girl Patterns.

Please answer, “how has quilting made you bendy?”.

On March 23 I’ll hit the Random Number Generator and choose 3 winners.

Happy Quilting,



UPDATE: Congratulations to #12 – Susan; #5 Rachel Trindle and #7 Din Milem, you are the winners. I’ll be in contact with each one of you for your mailing address.



Quilted Microfiber handbag

A long time ago quilted totes were all in my thought process.  I even approached a book publisher regarding a book, though I never followed through.  I still love to make them, though there’s not as much time between work and other quilting projects I’m working on.

A while back I picked up some microfiber (similar to ultra suede) at work wondering how it would look if it were quilted.  I played around and here’s what I’ve come up with.

What I found with the microfiber is that thin batting is better than anything heavy or with some kind of loft.  When stitching everything and anything to reduce bulk is best even when that means opening seams.  Longer stitches are necessary.

Hand stitching the back of the binding is necessary.  My Bernina had trouble with a couple of the heavier seams (hence the whole opening them).

Microfiber looks very pretty quilted.

Because of the texture its quite soft and I’m hoping this will last a lot longer than my other bags.

Like solids and mottled fabrics this can be all about the quilting and I love that part.  The surface design is really key in my quilting right now.

Remember “Gallimaufry” is available through the

“Generation Jones” myspace page linked here.

The CD is $15 and $2 postage.

If we meet up and you have the CD, I’ll sign it for you.

Happy quilting!