Work in Progress Wednesday - Lovely Gathered Purse

I've taken a little break from my "deadline" sewing. Well...at least the deadlines I have set for myself- 
Finishing my Anna Blouse Pattern (release in January!) 
and the last block in my Vintage Block Quilt Along.
As well as a few blocks for the Cocorico Bee.

This little number - I'm calling it the "Lovely  Gathered Purse" has been in my sketch book for ages and when I found this fabric I knew I had to make it.
The zippers are a perfect match to the metallic dot print.
The fabrics are from Daiwabo and I love the simplicity and modern feel of the fabrics.
The colors are perfect for winter outfits in such pretty metallics,
 and cool wintry shades of silver, gray and blue.
I found the fabric at my local Pacific Fabrics.  It is also available online too!

This bag is a nice medium size at 11" tall x 11 wide at the top,
 and I just cut out a larger "shopper" version today!

I love the inside zipper pocket and it is so easy to install!



Friday Favorites and a little peek of Vintage Block #12!

With the invent of Instagram, I visit Flickr less and less.  Today I decided to head on over to Flickr and discovered that they have redesigned the site.  I like it so much better!  I even found a group of wonderful projects to share with you!  All the photo credits are listed above.

My focus lately has been to finish projects and clean up my sewing space.
I have finished the last block in the Vintage Block Quilt Along and look forward to sharing it soon!



Patchwork Patterns 318 & Cotton + Steel Winner!

I am so excited to announce that Allison Sews is the winner 

with the winning entry #42!

She is a member of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild and a super sweet gal who makes amazing quilts and quilty items  : )

She said:

"These are both so cute! Wish you were coming to retreat this weekend, I'll miss you :(
Handsewing is not for me but you know I love me some paper piecing!"

I was bummed to miss our annual retreat this past weekend - maybe next year!

Thanks everyone for participating.  Look for another give-away soon in celebration of my contribution to the book "Mollie Makes Patchwork and Quilting"!



*Patchwork Patterns 318 Blog Hop and Give Away*

I'm so happy you stopped by my blog for the Patchwork Patterns 318 Blog Hop!  Patchwork Patterns 318 is a Japanese sewing book by Kumiko Fujita.  It has recently been published by World Book Media for the first time in English!

The book is written for hand sewing but can be easily adapted to sewing on your machine using foundation paper piecing or freezer paper piecing.

I decided to make a few projects from the "Girls Night Out" section of the book.  The patterns are adorable and the perfect designs for embellishing some very practical items.
I couldn't resist making a make-up bag - perfect for the lipstick and nail polish block!

The fabrics used for the lipstick and nail polish are Cotton + Steel Mustang Collection.  The large floral is a cotton canvas designed is Ruby Star Polka dot in Pink by Melody Miller.  The background dot is Essential dots in Pink from Moda.

 The lipstick and nail polish block were enlarged to 4".  The patterns in the book are approximately
2 3/8" and are not reversed for paper piecing, so I scanned the image and used Adobe Illustrator to enlarge and reverse the image.  I added a seam to make the piecing a bit easier and numbered each section.   If you don't have Illustrator you can use Photoshop Elements as well.  Kerry has a great tutorial for sizing the blocks which you can find here.

The next project is a shoe/project bag. (Shhh.... don't tell anyone but I had an almost identical pair of pink kitten heels I wore in the early 80's : )

The shoe is made with Cotton + Steel Mustang, the bottom and top border are
 Ruby Star Polka dot in Pink by Melody Miller.  The background fabric is Essex Yarn Dyed Linen from Robert Kaufmann.

I enlarged the pattern to 8" - large enough to adorn a roomy bag - perfect for a shoe bag or project bag.  I am currently using this one for a knitting project.  It is a roomy 13" x 16"  - so it will fit a pair of long knitting needles or your favorite pink high heels : )

Now for the fun part!!!  I will be giving away one copy of Patchwork Patterns 318 compliments of World Book Media and a FQ set of Mustang from Cotton + Steel from Fat Quarter Shop!  Don't forget to take a peek at the New Cotton + Steel line at Fat Quarter Shop.

Please leave a comment below sharing whether or not you have tried foundation paper piecing.  If you have tried,  what did you make?
Give away is open to USA and International commenters.  Comments will be open until Friday 9:00 p.m Pacific Standard Time.

And.... be sure to check out the other projects on the blog hop - they are wonderful!

Good Luck!


318 Patchwork Patterns Blog Hop 

October 2oth Kerry Green from http://verykerryberry.blogspot.com 
*Project: House Mini Wall Hanging & Freezer Paper Piecing Tutorial with Y seams
      October 22nd  Penny Layman from http://sewtakeahike.typepad.com
*   Project: Gardening apron with blocks from Vegetables collection
      October 24th Angela Pingel from http://cuttopieces.blogspot.com
*   Project: Wall hanging or bunting from Halloween collection
     October 27th Amy Sinibaldi from http://nanacompany.typepad.com
*   Project: Tote bag with appliqué blocks
      October 29th Amber Carrillo from http://oneshabbychick.typepad.com
*   Project: Blocks from Christmas collection
      October 31st Latifah Saafir from www.thequiltengineer.com
*   Project: Baby blanket from At the Circus collection
      November 3rd Charise Randell from http://charisecreates.blogspot.com
*   Project: Make up kit and shoe bag from Girls’ Night Out collection
      November 7th Amy Friend from http://duringquiettime.com
*   Project: Table runner with blocks from Fruits collection
      November 5th Leila from http://wheretheorchidsgrow.blogspot.com
*   Project: Tea Cozy from Tea Time Collection
      November 12th Caroline from www.sewcanshe.com
*   Project: Tote or pouch with appliqué block
      November 10th Faith Jones from www.freshlemonquilts.com
*   Project: Mini quilt from Vehicle Collection
      November 14th Rashida Coleman-Hale fromhttp://iheartlinen.typepad.com



Work in Progress Wednesday

Fall is in full swing here and the leaves are turning beautiful shades of yellow and orange  : ) 
                            The knitting bug never fails to bite me this time of year!  

couldn't resist trying the pattern you see above which I found in Mollie Makes issue 44.  The cowl is from the book "Scarves and Cowls" and I immediately ordered the book.  All the projects are adorable and I can't wait to finish this one so I can begin another!

The log cabin block on the left was made for a friend and of course I got the log cabin sewing bug, too!  

The little cottage in the center of the log cabin block is from my Mini Cottage pattern.

Which inspired me to start another project.  The blocks shown above are the beginning of yet another quilt - yikes : )  I love the scrappy look and seeing the pattern emerge.

My projects for the Patchwork Patterns 318 blog hop are well underway.  I can't wait to share them with you on November 3rd!



Citrus Pouch on the Liberty of London Craft Blog!

I absolutely love Liberty fabrics!  The colors, quality, drape - they are divine.  My inspiration for the latest project I designed for the Liberty Craft Blog came from a paper piecing pattern. I thought the Citrus wedges would make an adorable pouch! 

You can find the pattern and instruction on the Liberty Craft Blog.
At 10" x 5 1/4" it is the perfect size to use as a pencil pouch, make-up bag or to carry a small, portable sewing project.

Happy Sewing.