Monday, May 26, 2008

Latest Quilted Purse

This is the purse I made for the quilted purse swap on Fabric in Altered Art.. I received a packet of 7 fat quarters from, my fav online fabric shop, and wondered what I would do with all of the purple fabric. It was time to start my quilted purse so I decided that I would challenge myself to use those 7 fat quarters. I did add a few other scraps of fabric on top of the main pieces but the outside, lining and straps are all made from the fat quarters. I had received a quilted purse from Debi Minter that gave me the inspiration for my purse. She had used a piece of decorator type fabric and then stitched fabric scraps all over it. I created the pieces for the outside of the bag by sewing two FQs together and then cutting them to create the front and back. The lining is created pretty much the same way except one side of the lining is more of a print, the other is more of a solid. After creating the front and back pieces I cut rectangles, squares and triangles from some of the other FQs that were left along with other purple scraps I had. It was a really fun a creative project! I have everything together to make another one in the near future. I will be posting the directions from start to finish along with a supply list and pictures for anyone that wants to make one of these purses. If you would like to join us just let me know. Please e-mail me at the address in the upper left hand corner of the blog. If you just leave a comment make sure your e-mail address is included in your comment.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Learn to make a Quilted Purse/Tote

Sometime in the next 2 weeks the members of Fabric in Altered Art is going to begin a new project. We are going to learn to make a quilted purse or tote. I have made a few in the last few months and I could not believe how simple they are to make. And I don't quilt! I can't even free motion quilt. Don't know why but I just can't get it. Thanks to a fellow member of Fabric in Altered Art, I found a very simple and colorful way to quilt a piece of fabric. I am going to write out the directions for a purse or tote that you can make simple changes to. I will add a few illustrations and make it as simple as possible. You will be able to change the shape and size of the bag very easily. You can add pockets or leave them off. Short handles or long. We will use one simple set of instructions and I am guessing we will all end up with totally different bags. I think you will be amazed at how simple it is. You know those totes that seem to have those perfect squared off bottoms and you wonder how that happens. It's soooooo simple. My daughter was really impressed until the turned the bag wrong side out and showed her how to do it.

If you would like to join us contact me at and I will send you and invite to the group.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Goodie Bag Challenge Wall Hangling

My gosh! It's been a while. Time to get this thing rolling again. I have been creating, just not posting. I will try to get back on track. This is a wall hanging I made using the items that were sent to me by Debi for a Goodie Bag Challenge on Fabric in Altered Art. She sent me some wonderful batiks and the great DJ Pettitt fabric image. I had to find a way to make the image work with the batiks since it had the coral color in it and nothing else did. I found a batik that had turquoise and coral so that helped some. I finally remembered the color washes that I had bought a few months ago to try out on fabric. I used a dark red one , red pepper I believe, and it did the trick. It added a touch of the coral color in several spots on the batiks. Some areas took the color wash better than others but it was perfect since I just wanted a little here and there. I laid it all out on a piece of black felt and quilted everything down. All in all I was happy with the final project. I hope Debi enjoys it!