Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Hand Sewing Holiday

I did spend a little time at the machine but it seems like the majority of it was spent in a chair, needle in hand.  I have a few deadlines I'm trying to make.  First is the parade of quilts for the Star Surround QAL.  I have the quilting done and about 1/4 of the binding sewed on.  Second is the frame of the Halloween Sampler from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery which is about 2/5 of the way done.  And third, is the frame of the Autumn Sampler from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery which is about 4/5 of the way done.

As for machine sewing:

I finally tackled the custom order wallet.  The customer picked this print from an ad on Etsy and when I received it I realized that the scale of the print listed in the ad was WAY off.  I did my best to make it work but I'm sending her pictures today to see what she thinks.

The inside has two envelope pockets, an accordion pocket, a zip pocket and six card slots.  It was my first attempt at doing the zippered pocket using this pattern and the pattern left a lot to be desired.  I had to "jimmy rig" it in a couple of spots due to faulty cutting directions.  But you'd never know unless I told you ;)

Next up on my list was one of the newest patterns I've signed up to test for Sew Sweetness.  She asked for testers for two new patterns last week and I managed to get them both!  I'm waiting on supplies for one but in the meantime I figured I'd get started on the other one.  This is the quilted main exterior panel.  I had originally planned to do a quilt as you go style exterior for this bag but when I saw this cute print at JoAnn's Friday I couldn't resist (and it is for a diaper bag...).  The bag is now only waiting for me to bind the exposed interior seams (ugh, more hand sewing!!!).

And last but definitely not least, a new pouch for ME!  This pouch was made using the Noodlehead tutorial and was inspired by this one over at Missy Mac Creations.  When I left a comment asking where she had come up with her templates she was nice enough to e-mail me the pdf so I could make my own.  I can't decide which I like better, hers or mine.  But I definitely see myself making more of these in the future so THANK YOU Erin for the template and inspiration!!!

Be sure and check back tomorrow to see my first Readers Choice post where I show you a stack of fabric (or scraps) and YOU pick the project I should make with them :)

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  1. I love your birds and all the creative things you made!
    Love from Amsterdam


  2. That birdie pouch is so fun! I love the combination of the colorful birds and the grey background!

  3. Oh wow, the fabric on that wallet really is busy isn't it? LOVE the little birdie pouch!

  4. O you are so creative and that wallet is gorgeous. Those birds on grey is great. Thanks for sharing your projects.

  5. What cute little bags, those little birds are great!

  6. Love. Love. Love. your bird pouch!!

  7. Wow - I love everything you making especially the bird pouch. I wanted to do the Autumn sampler but I am having a difficult time keeping up with the woodland one so I will have to pass right now.

  8. Look at you go! Love, love, LOVE your bird pouch. The brights on the grey really pop. Gorgeous. :)

  9. Love the birds! The grey is so perfect too. And the wallet looks so sharp. Love it.

  10. Again, you are just so talented and creative!!!

  11. What neat projects and those birds are adorable! Thanks for sharing.
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