I’ve got two projects to share with you today. The first one I made for my mother-in-laws basket party for her mission group at church. After much debate I decided to make my basket coffee and tea themed. I’ve been wanting to use a Moda fat quarter bundle that I picked up in July so this gave me the perfect excuse. Almost all of the fabric used is from the Java collection by Deb Strain. I love, love, love this collection! I also picked up a mini twist-up tool back in August at a quilt shop in Delaware. The combination of tool and fabric gave me the perfect excuse to make a small wall hanging. The final quilt measured about 13″ by 15″ and has a rod pocket on the back for easy hanging. Here’s a few photos, let me know what you think.
As a side note- the basket itself is one that I found for $2.99 at the Goodwill. A little bit of hot glue, ribbon and several buttons dressed it up quite nicely.
Now for my other project- it was entirely for me! I’ve decided that I love making purses. I came across a pattern for one that I thought was okay but figured with a little bit of tweaking, I’d like it a lot more. One of the reasons that I’m using patterns right now (before I come up with my own) is so that I can learn new techniques. So for this purse, I changed the angles of the front pockets, added in a border at the top of the purse and instead of using a cardboard bottom, used a plastic one. The first two changes were completely based on looks. The last change was simply based on the fact that I was afraid the cardboard wouldn’t be durable and if I ever had to wash the purse, I was screwed with cardboard! I picked up the main fabric at Jo-Ann’s when we first got it in over the summer. I didn’t know what I would use if for but it was so pretty that I had to add it to my stash. The brown and pink fabrics for the pockets as well as the black lining were fabrics that had been in my stash for who knows how long! I found the buttons when I raided my mason jars. Something that you can’t see in the picture (because I didn’t take one of the inside) is that there are several pockets on the interior. The entire purse is lined with a fusible fleece- even all of the pockets. This gives a little bit more stability. So once again, let me know what you think.
I’m thinking that one of my next posts will be a couple of organization tips for those of us obsessed with fabric and paper. And please let me know if there’s anything you’re interested in having me post.