Similar to the handbag I made in the previous post, this one was made of leftover strips from a quilt one of my friends was making. The colours are more muted to suit the taste of the recipient.
Friday, April 25, 2014
In the meantime, as well as trying to finish my two challenge quilts for the retreat, I have been making gifts for a few friends. The red and black handbag below is about the simplest handbag anyone could make. I call it a stitch and flip handbag. I started sewing by stretching the wide red strip across each corner and pinning it down. From there, it's just stitch and flip on the wadding. No gussets, it's just sewn across the corners on the inside at the bottom to give it a bit of shape. There are no special catches, just a pretty button and a bit of cord. Inside are a couple of pockets for phone and keys. A couple of different sized Suffolk puffs provide the decorations. I'll post a similar one I made at Xmas in Georgia. They look very different but are basically the same style.
For 2014 we are all making children's quilts. These quilts will be donated to a local Sydney charity which helps families in crisis. The quilts will be displayed at the retreat and prizes awarded to the best. St Ives quilters have generously organised people and businesses to donate prizes. It's always fun marvelling at the beautiful creative sewing that retreat members do.
I'm doing two quilts. One is a traditional scrap quilt (above). I used a lot of leftover scraps of novelty and children's fabrics to make this "eye spy" quilt for children to have fun with. I have made the quilt top for a second one and now have to quilt and bind it. Hope I finish it in time!
Saturday, April 19, 2014
I don't usually give my grandchildren eggs and lollies for Easter because they get heaps from their parents and others. This year I sewed something for the two older boys. Felix needed a new library bag. I made him a monster one in when he was in Kinder and he's still using it. When I asked him what he wanted on it he said he wanted a guitar. Very cool indeed. Fortunately I also had some black fabric with musical notes on it. I know he'll love this.