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Hi All, Here is a fun fast project I found on All People Quilt.com  They call it the Reversible Purse and I love love them! I have been making them all different ways and here is a fast one perfect for that new outfit or gift.

Just a note before you get started. I have changed the shipping on my fabric website. All fabric sales ship free from now on! I’m trying to go to college and am using this site to earn money so I can go full time! Thanks in advance for your support.

First download the pattern from their website. Again here is the link….

Reversible Purse

I have made it the published size here. Other purses I have enlarged the pattern. So go crazy and do some cool creative things with it.

You will have to piece the pattern together with tape.  (Note: I ironed a fusible nonwoven interfacing to the lining fabric to give it a little body before I cut it out.) Follow the directions on their site for putting it together. However, stop after you pull it write side out through the handles. Follow the directions for sewing up the sides. But don’t sew up the bottom. Turn the purse right side out with the outside of the purse facing out.

Make sure the side seams are now in the front in the middle.

Ok now for the big red flower.

I used these dies.

They came from the Accucut site originally. So here are the Accucut numbers and then I’ll give you the Accuquilt numbers.

Accucut site:

1. Flower, Petal, Center, Stem Item # f1438

2. Circles-Penny Rug Item # CR622 (circle used is 2 1/4″)

3. Round Flower Set Item # Q1311

4. Rose Sampler Item # R1362LC (note: this is no longer on the site.)

Accuquilt site:

1. Studio Flower Petals (large) Item # 50432

2. Studio Circles Item # 50637 ( use the 2″ size)

3. Studio Round Flower Item # 50155

4. Studio Rose Sampler Item # 50190

Ok, here are the dies.

I only used the stem on this.

To find these you will have to type in the name of the item number in search. Some of these could not be found under the category listings.

Ok, Iron fusible interfacing to your fabrics. You will need just scraps for the green stems and leaves and yellow center. A large scrap of red will do for petals.

Cut out 12 flower petals, two leaves, one center and one stem. Peal off the backing and lay out your flower. Iron with a hot iron.

Now to applique the flower on. I used a small blanket stitch in black thread.

You will have to pull away the other layers and bunch everything up into your sewing machine. Make sure you are only sewing through the top flower layer.

Here is a closeup of the blanket stitching.

Now on to a pocket. The pattern does not have a pocket on it. But I wanted one. I have made bunches of these and I always stress over the waste. I found a perfect way to use the cutaway waste. Check this out.

When you cut the purse out, you have these rounded sections left over.

I just kept throwing them in my scrap basket and stressing over what I was going to do with them later. Then I decided they would make cute pockets. They are double layered so would be perfect. Open one up like this.

Ok so I’m being nutso OCD here. But I think it makes a great pocket shape. So fold it right sides in and sew around all sides leaving a little opening for turning.  Perfect size for a cell phone and keys.. don’t you think?

Top stitch across the straight edge.. that is the top of the pocket.

Pin it on  your purse where you want it.

I also marked a line from the middle (top to bottom) for another seam. That way the pocket had a little divide in it. I just used my cell phone for measurement to make sure it would fit.

Turn your purse back out so the right sides are in and sew up the bottom according to the directions.  Turn it right sides out and top stitch around the opening on both sides.  Done!

Here is a really easy project for your summer table. I designed it in EQ7 and used their book EQ6 Applique Drawing to learn how. Last I looked the book was on sale.

Here are my fabrics:

I did replace the bright blue on the end for a lighter blue because the blue showed through the yellow petals too much.

Here are the dies I used.

The first one is called “quilters leaves” and the circle is a 4 1/2″ die.

Here is the basic block:

the center is 6 1/2″ and of course Accuquilt has that in a die. The blue and green squares and pastel strips are done with the 2 1/2″ strip cutter.

Sashing I had to cut.. 1 1/2″ wide and the outer border is cut 3 1/2″ wide.

Here is what I did with the circles and quilters leaves:

I used 5 of each color leaves and some of my favorite Kaffe Fasset fabric.

Everything had Wonder Under ironed on. So I just ironed it down and did a  blind hem stitch to hold it all together.

Here is the finished project.

 

Hope you like it… until next time!

Get Quilting!

This is just a little peek at a project I’m doing for some friends. I’m not doing a tutorial here because I’m planning on selling these on Etsy. But I thought I would at least show them to you for inspiration.

Here are the dies I used.

One is the layering oval die. I used the second to the smallest die and the number 7 small heart die.

I used fusible interfacing with a stabilizer on the back and appliqued with a triple blanket stitch from my Bernina.

Here is the picture again.. hope this gets the creative juices going for you!

I don’t give Electric Quilt enough credit for all that I use them. I use my EQ7 in almost every quilt project I do. Here is a small project I put together for a class I’m teaching locally.

Stitch and flip log cabin

It was an easy project! However, I learned how to put the flower into the block using this book from Electric Quilt. The book is called EQ6 Applique Drawing. The book is on sale right now for 50% off. The lessons are easy step by step.. even I could do them!

Enjoy!

Ok, I know this has taken a realllly long time to get back to it. But I’m back with my Accuquilt projects for you.

So lets begin!

Drunkards Path Die

So I’m looking at this die and wondering what else I could do with it besides a quilt. The pie shapes kept standing out to me so I cut up some fabrics and played around and this is what I came up with. These are little pincushions. Great for gifts or sell them at the local craft fair.

I thought they were  kinda cute. So go get some scraps and I’ll show you what to do.

Fabric Scraps

I used 4 different fabrics for this one. I have also used 3 fabrics. Like the second pincushion in the picture.

Cut out two wedges of each fabric.

Lay them out like this and sew two together. Repeat with the other two.

And then sew the two halves together to make a circle. Repeat with the other 4 wedges so you have two circles.

Put right sides together and match up the little points and seams. Oh, and I pressed my seams open.

Leave a little space open for stuffing later. I use red pins to make where not to sew.

Now sew everything up using a 1/4″ seam. After sewing, turn everything right side out.

Time to stuff this little sucker… I used the cheap Poly batting. But you can use lots of other nicer things. You could experiment with walnut shells or possibly even course sand. I just used batting to make it fast and easy. Stuff it as full as possible and hand stitch up the opening.

You will need a matching floss and a needle with a large eye for the next part. You’ll need quite a bit of floss or you may even have to thread your needle more than once. Tie a knot at the end of the floss and poke the needle through the center of the pincushion to the center of the other side. Then go around again to the bottom and thread it through again matching the thread up at a seam. Keep going around at the seams.

After you have gone around the seams, go around in between the seams.

Repeat on all 4 fabrics and tie it off. Find a cute button for the top, ( I also used a small button for the bottom.) and sew it to hide your stitches in the center. There, a cute easy pincushion perfect for using up those scraps laying around.

Enjoy!

Bummer, what now?

I was making this quilt for a class I’m going to teach. Of course after the top was all done and I spread it out…. I found this!

Big Boo Boo!

 

See the arrows? See the positions of the yellow ovals? They are ironed down with Wonder Under and sewed down with tiny little stitches with clear thread.

Here is a bigger picture.

I was consistent at least. I did a whole row the same at the bottom.

So what now? Do I just say “I meant to do that!” Any of my readers have a suggestion that doesn’t require tearing the 3 ovals off.

I could just kick myself.

Bummer!

Fabric Glue Sticks

I have used glue sticks before for my sewing projects. But I never really used it correctly. It never stuck right away, I had to wait until it dried and I’m a pretty impatient person. I was watching a show on The Quilt Show.com with Dale Flemming on Circles, Curves and Chocolate (show number 704 season 7). Boy does this lady know how to use a glue stick!

Here are a few different ones on the market. I have a few others around that I use.. I don’t think it matters much. Just find one that works for you.

So the key? The iron is your friend!

First apply the glue to your fabric. I’m doing a rework of my Fancy Picnic Fan Quilt for a quilt class I’m teaching. The fans on the outside edges kept flapping around.  (I got tired of getting stuck with the pins). So out comes the glue stick.

Apply Glue to Back of Fabric

After that, stick it down firmly and iron it. The iron helps the glue dry and work into both fabrics.

Iron with a hot iron

I learned something here… cameras are for right handed people. I had to do this left handed. Pretty spiffy camera handling if I do say so myself.

So, get out those glue sticks and rock on!

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