Friday, January 30, 2015

A Scrap Happy Finish!

Hello! I have a quick post today because I'm getting ready to go out to lunch with some friends. I got the handles on my Scrap Happy Purse! The purse finishes at about 10" wide at the bottom, 12" tall and 5" deep. The handles are long enough to go over the shoulder.

It was kind of a pain in the butt to hand sew these on, especially with some mild pregnancy-related carpal tunnel going on. Several choice words were said but in the end I think they look pretty darn good from the outside!

However, since they were sewn on last, the stitches can be seen on the lining. I'm not super happy about that and for the next one, I'm going to try to attach them to the outside of the purse before I sew in the lining. The only way to "fix" this one would be to deconstruct the purse and that's not going to happen! Hopefully my friend will think like me: that these stitches are just a funky detail added to the lining! In hindsight, if I had realized this was going to happen, I would have chosen a perle cotton that matched the lining.

I'm linking up today to Can I Get a WHOOP WHOOP? and crazy mom quilts' finish it up Friday.

Have a sew crafty weekend!

Jenn

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Scrap Happy Progress

Hello! I am very excited today because my first Scrap Happy purse is almost done! All that's left are the faux leather handles that need to be hand stitched.


I absolutely love this purse! I did a couple things differently from Amanda Jean's pattern. I used by Annie's Soft and Stable that I purchased at my local quilt shop, instead of batting which allows the purse to stand up on its own. This was the first time I've used it and I love it! It was so easy to work with and the final product looks and feels so professional. I also added a third pocket on the inside and used hidden magnetic snaps for the closure. Those were another first for me and they're so much fun! I love that you can make the installation completely invisible. I used this tutorial but used Pellon 809 Decor-Bond instead of Peltex. It worked great!

I also made a bit more progress on my aunt's placemats and anticipate finishing the tops today.

I am linking up today to WiP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.
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So far it has been a good week. I hope you all have a sew crafty day!

Jenn

Monday, January 26, 2015

To Do Week of 1/26/15

Hello! I hope everyone had a sew crafty weekend. I did not get a lot of catch-up done but I did get 3 more Scrap Happy Purse panels almost done. It's just hard to get sewing done on the weekends because that's family time. And that's what it should be.

Looking at last week's to-do list, I really didn't accomplish much. That was mostly because Max was sick Thursday and Friday but also because I was sidetracked on Monday by one of my pattern ideas. My EQ7 software came on Friday and I was able to play enough with it that I felt confident enough to create one of my patterns with it. Now, I just need to get yardage finalized and figure out what fabrics I want to use to create the quilt. But not this week.

I had 5 projects that I wanted to have completed by 1/31. One is done - the apron - but I can say with every confidence that the other 4 will not get done. And that's okay. I gave myself a light load in February. So if I can get 2 more projects finished, or really close to finished, I'll be happy. Here is this week's to-do list:
  1. Finish all the panels for the Scrap Happy Purse and hopefully start constructing the purses.
  2. Finish my aunt's placemats.
  3. Piece December $5 quilt blocks and figure out placement of all 24 blocks.
That's it. But really, that's a lot! I'd love to hear about what you're working on this week.

Have a sew crafty day!

Jenn

Friday, January 23, 2015

Sick child = no finish Friday

Hello everyone. I have certainly not had a sew crafty couple of days. My son has a cold, and almost every time he gets a cold, he ends up wheezing and barking like a seal. :( This time we went from barely a cough to wheezing and barking in almost no time flat. So we had a lot of cartoons and cuddles yesterday and that's the agenda for today as well.

I did get more chain piecing done on my aunt's placemats Wednesday but that's it. I'm hoping to be able to play a little catch-up this weekend.

Yesterday, I got a happy package in the mail. I'm queen of one of my Threadbias bees this month and my first blocks came yesterday. They are gorgeous! And Sue even sent this adorable fat quarter along as well! I can't wait to see what my other hive mates create for me. This quilt is going to be fun! It's the Cosmos Baby Quilt from Vintage Quilt Revival.


I should receive my EQ7 today and I can't wait to start playing around with it! I already downloaded the user manual for it and have been doing a little reading but it will be so much better when I actually have the software loaded on my computer.

I'm linking up today to Can I Get a WHOOP WHOOP? And crazy mom quilts' finish it up Friday.

Have a sew crafty weekend!

Jenn