Monday, August 31, 2009

Last finishes for August :)

The gingerbread trim on these bags was a gift from a friend of mine (hi, Cat!) - I spotted it in my fabric basket the other day and decided to use it in some zipper bags - I think they worked out very well! They went into my gift box for Christmas - I meant it months ago when I said everyone was getting a zipper bag for Christmas, LOL!

I have one more picture to post - I'm mailing the project tonight so I'll post a picture when the recipient receives it. I hope she likes it - I'm always so nervous!

My oldest son gave me a pair of shorts a few days ago that needed a button sewn on - I decided to work on them today - when I picked up the shorts I could hear paper crinkling in a pocket. I pulled out the paper and found ... $15!! As I'm pretty sure the lad wasn't paying me for my services, I left a message on his cellphone that I had found some of his money :D Finished shorts + $15 should put a smile on his face! ;)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I bought two patterns today!

I was out shopping with a friend - we went to a delightful little quilt store in Stouffville, Ontario, and I spotted a couple of patterns I just *had* to have :D

Abbey Bag by Abbey Lane Quilts (it's a pincushion/thread catcher combo)

- and -

Fruit Salad Pincushions by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. :)

Monday, August 24, 2009

A few photos ...

Here are a few zipper bags I've finished in the last little while ... some are gifts, most are donation items. You can see by some of the designs that I was using up bits and pieces and scraps of fabric!

A few days ago I decided to make a "set" of items for a specific purpose - I won't reveal the details yet - if the "set" works out I'll mail it and will post information after the recipient receives it :D Sometimes my projects either don't get finished (more than a few times on that one, lol) or don't work out as well as I had hoped, so I ditch them. Hopefully that won't happen this time!

Here are the first two pieces in the set ... these are boxy bags from the Patchy Apple website :) I did mine a little bit differently - I did some quick meander quilting to affix the batting to the lining, then pretty much followed her directions. What an EASY bag to make!! I should have stuffed it with plastic bags to show off the boxy shape - I'll probably do that when and if I get the entire set finished ;)
Sherry - remember I asked you about a specific date recently? This "set" has something to do with that date :D But shhhhhhhhhhhhh, just in case :D

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Susan Branch - I think I love you :)

A friend dropped by my house yesterday and gave me some adorable fabric scraps. I love scraps. There's *something* about ragtag bits and pieces left over from projects - special little morsels of pretty - love 'em! Some of the scraps were from a fabric designed by Susan Branch - I haven't been able to find a picture online of a the specific print, but there's a partial picture here, somewhat obscured by the charm pack wrapper. What fun fabric! I need to find a metre or two - I really like it :) I decided that the fabric needed to be showcased, but only had very skinny pieces - so of course - I made zipper bags :D The bags are lined with the same red print as I used in the middle of the piecing - the back of the bag is the same red print. Thanks Nancy, for the scraps!!!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Fruita$$es - I think she liked them :D

I recently made *someone* these fruity lady zipper bags - they were a birthday gift, and the recipient received them yesterday. I think she liked them :D I'm not going to say who it was that received them because I didn't ask permission to post her email, so she can remain incognito - and fruitassed - should she so desire :D (Sorry, person to whom I sent the bags - your email made my day, and I have to post it :D)

Woohoooo -- got a pkg today -- and at the risk of getting smited/smoted/smote/smot ~~~~~~~~ I OPENED it EARLY!!!!!!!! They are SWWWWWWWWEEEEEEEEEET!! FRUITASSES!!! I GOT FRUITASSES for my bday PMSL!!!!!!! LoLoL -- can't wait to use and show THESE off -- MUCHOS GRACIOUS!!!!!!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Got an ouchie?

Here's a prototype first aid bag I made this morning - it's pretty cute! It measures 7 1/2" tall x 7 1/2" wide (at the top), 5" wide (at the bottom) and 2 1/2" deep. I still need to make the zipper pull to finish it :D

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

#@$()*&)@#$(*&$#)@ !!!

Dessert is ready!!! *rolls eyes* :D

Chocolates, shopping and beasties :D

I whipped up a trio of zipper bags today (birthday gift for a friend) - these are all lined with the pink gingham that I used for the zipper pull on 2 of the bags. I wish I could remember where I got that fabric - it's much nicer than the thin crappy gingham that my local fabric store sells - it's a nice medium weight and sews like a dream! I'm quickly running out of it, so I use it sparingly :D

Here are the goodies I purchased at Joanns when hubby and I went Stateside a week ago ... it was a last minute trip and it turns out that the sale they were having at that time, was pretty damn crappy (that's twice in a row we've gone down during a shitty sale!) - because it was last minute I didn't even have any coupons - next time I check the sales flyer BEFORE we decide to go! :D

And here's a photo of some beasties that my son took yesterday @ Reptilia, when he and his girlfriend went to visit. This was the only picture I could bear to look at - they seemed to have liked the snakes an awful lot --- PASS!!!

Edited to add a correction: OOPS! The two ribbons (flamingo and flowers) in the shopping photo were from a wonderful seller on ebay - ribbongeek! :) Excellent prices, excellent service (I ordered the flamingo ribbon and they included the floral ribbon as a bonus - NICE!!) and reasonable shipping to Canada - 5* sellers in my book :)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

It's hot upstairs but cooler in the basement ...

so I'm enjoying spending time down there with my sewing machine :D A few weeks ago I made a boxy bag for a friend, and today I made the zipper bag to match - hubby will deliver the set tomorrow (her husband works with my husband). They spend a lot of time at their trailer on the French River so I hope she can use the bags :)

I also finished this UFO cage quilt - I think a girl kitty will be happy to stretch out on it :D

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Meat and potatoes and veg and dessert - oh my!

Here's a set of hotpads I started a while ago (probably 6 months!) - I decided to get off the pot today and finish them :D They measure 8.5" square, and were made with the Canadian Fabricland no-name version of InsulBright :D This set makes me chuckle because of the fabrics I chose for the backings (pics 2 & 3), LOL. Yes, I'm easily entertained :D

A few finishes ...

The bibs and shelter quilt (24 x 26) were finished in June but I forgot to take pictures of them. The sealife zipper bag (7x8) is my first finish of August - it's lined with the same batik that the pull tab is made from :)


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