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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Double Duty Bag

I've had the pattern for the Double Duty Bag from Sew Baby for quite a while. When I saw this Alexander Henry cotton canvas fabric at my local fabric store I immediately knew it would be perfect for this bag. This bag is so easy to make and is completely reversible! It has 6 pockets and is very roomy without being too large. I have someone in mind for this one but I will definitely make one for myself.

Pockets out.

Pockets in.

I LOVE this makes me smile. Here's something else that makes me smile. Miss L doing her part while I blog.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Midwest Modern Potholders

I finally got some of Amy Butler's fabric from her new Midwest Modern collection. I really didn't have a project in mind but I really wanted to make something. A small project would be perfect. I decided on the potholders in the Amy Butler In Stitches book. The directions call for the individual pieces to be quilted. I quilted the first one then got lazy. I'm sorry I did because I like the look and feel of the quilted potholder better. They are cheery and bright and almost make me feel like cooking...almost.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Sewing With Beads

A shop carrying yarn and beads opened close to my job about 3 years ago. I like yarn and beads! One of the owners does amazing things with sead beads, beading needle and beading thread. We sat down one day and she showed me how to do the circular peyote stitch. It really is like sewing with beads. I was hooked. I bought some Swarovski ravolis, Swarovski bicone crystals and some matching seed beads. After I made a few, she showed me how to sew them together using a flat even count peyote stitch to make a bracelet. Here it is.