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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!

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This is a little bit of a stretch for me, but I have it on good authority (a mommy with 3 little girls), that these are very popular.  I keep seeing so many ways to recycle old t-shirts and saw these flowers made from hearts some where on the internet. I have been searching for days to find the site and I can't. So if you know who started this… please let me know so I can link to their site and give them credit. Both of my sons wear t-shirts until they are so ripped or stained that I have to sneak in and take them away. I got lucky and happened to find a white t-shirt my son didn't want any more and a red shirt that was way past it's prime. 

I have these two Accuquilt heart dies and knew these would work great!

Here are the dies:

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The top is Heart #10 and bottom is heart #8 small.

I don't think it matters what heart shape you use. The larger heart is 4" across and the bottom one is 3" across. You could easily use the GO heart die as it has 3 sizes. You could also use the #6 heart shape on the Accuquilt site. Just look under applique dies.

 Cut out a bunch of hearts from both sizes from an old t-shirt.

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Lay out the other t-shirt measure up from the bottom the length you want plus 2". Cut off just under the sleeves. Because the t-shirt has a bottom hem, this will be the bottom of the skirt.

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Iron it nice and flat. Turn under the top raw edge 1/4" and then again to 1 1/2".

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Sew close to the inside edge. Leave a space for the elastic. Sew 1/8" along the top edge.

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Measure your child's waist and add 1". Pin a safety pin on one end and
thread through the waist band. I pin the other end to the opening to
keep from losing it. Overlap the ends and sew along the two edges.

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Pull the elastic back inside and sew up the opening.
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And here is the skirt finished.

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These turn out so cute your daughters and granddaughters will be raiding dad and grandpa's closet for more t-shirts!! So watch out!

Ok, on to the the fun part. Making the hearts into roses is a little interesting.. I just twisted the heart and brought the two top rounded parts together kind of like a fortune cookie. 

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 I also took the large heart and just kind of folded upon itself.. get creative. When it looks like a flower to you.. you have it.

Put matching thread into your sewing machine and I just tacked them down in a few places. I have a lock stitch on my Bernina and that's what I used. Lock.. a few stitches and lock again. You could also do this by hand. Don't worry about sewing everything down. Just enough to keep the shape. Lay out a few and see what you think.

 

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You could layer them on top of each other or just do them one at a time. I use both the large and small hearts and sometimes layer them together.

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My Mommy friend came in and said she liked them like this.. so that's how I did it. Get creative! you could also cut some from a green t-shirt and have leaves.

Hope you liked this.. I wish I had granddaughters. I would be making these forever. You can also do this on a plain knit top if you want. Have fun and recycle when you can!

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Hello again, I have been busy working on lots of fun things for you to make with Accuquilt/Accucut Dies. I hope you are saving your pennies for all these cool dies I have been showing you. Today is a new die. It is the Purse Die and you can find it on the Accuquilt site. Here is what the project looks like.

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I have had this die for a long time but could never find directions for it. So, I decided to do you a little favor and show you how to make this wonderful little item.

So, here goes…. first, the die.

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It is a two die set with a handle on the second die. I don't use the handle as this is a clutch.

Supplies:

1/4 yard each for outside and lining fabric

5 1/2" x 2 1/2" scrap for loop

1/2 yard for fusible interfacing. I used Pellon 911ff which is a feather weight interfacing. If your interfacing is too stiff, turning the purse right side out can be difficult.

Optional closure of some kind..velcro, snap… whatever. I didn't use anything for this demo.

Here is my fabric:

IMG_0405 You will need to cut a back and front piece from both fabrics. You will also need two of each from the interfacing.

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Line the back of each fabric with the interfacing and iron it on. Check the directions to make sure you are putting the correct side down on the fabric. If you want a closure, you would put it on the round side of the lining and the small piece with the outside fabric.

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The smaller piece is the front of the purse. Match up both the lining piece and the outside piece, right sides together. Sew along the top straight edge only.

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Open it up and iron the seam flat, then fold it with right sides out. You'll need to do a little maneuvering to iron the seam so the lining doesn't show to the front.

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Next, match up your purse front to the lining back. Linings should be together and the outside fabric facing out.

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Pin in place and sew a 1/8" seam. Clip the seams on the corners.

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 To make a loop to attach a handle later, cut a piece of fabric 5 1/2" x 2 1/2". Fold in half and then fold raw edges to the inside and iron.

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Fold in half again, iron and sew close to the open end.

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Pin  it to main body of clutch just below the front outside piece. The loop should be tucked inside.

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Next put the backing with the outside fabric on top, right side down and pin. Sew with a 1/4" seam allowance.

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See the two red pins? Leave this open to turn after sewing.

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Clip around the curves. Turn everything out and iron. Fold the seams in where you left an opening and pin. You will have to hand sew a blind stitch to close this up.

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You're done! This took me no time at all to make. Imagine how many you could make. Remember, you can cut up to 8 layers at one time. That's 4 clutches. These would be great to sell at a craft show.

Here is the finished project again.

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Stay tuned. In September we will use the same die to make something totally different. I bet you can't guess! See you next week!

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I have been thinking about this project for months now. I had so much fun putting it together. I know you'll like it! I love love crazy patch blocks. It is a wonderful way for spastic minds like mine to wig out and just go! Of course I used my Accuquilt dies. However, I only had two sizes and wanted three. Did you know you can have custom dies made by Accuquilt? Accuquilt had 2 sizes of pumpkins so I called the custom department and told them I wanted one sized in between the two I already had. Stacey was so much help! You tell them what you want, and they send you a picture to approve and a price. You say ok, and in about 6 days you have your new die.

So, here is what I got. The small one is pumpkin die #4 large and the large one is on the Accucut site. It is the jumbo size. The smaller pumpkin is available in a Go die.

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The two on the top are the ones Accuquilt/Accucut have in their catalog. The one on the bottom was the resized one to go in between. It was $60.00 plus tax and shipping. 

I wanted to do this with a crazy patch design. I decided to use a tear away to use as a guide. So I cut out a card stock pattern of each and traced it onto the tear away.

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To be honest, the tear away was not the greatest idea. I should have used either a muslin or paper piecing paper. It was really hard to tear off the "tear away" I wasn't sure I wanted to actually tear it off, thinking it would give the pumpkin stability when I appliqued it on.. Seriously in mad scientist mode, I was not thinking straight. 

But I used it as a guide so I would make sure my crazy patch was the right size and I needed a placement guide for the green stem. 

If you are comfortable with doing crazy patch from your head, you start with a center piece like this. (I'll show you how to do it a different way later for you scaredy cats.)

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Match up another piece to one edge.

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Open it up and press. Pressing is very important all along the way. So keep a small ironing board and iron close by. I got tired of jumping up and down all the time.

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Next piece goes on another edge.

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Keep going until the whole pumpkin area is covered plus some extra. 

If you don't want long pieces of one fabric, you can sew a few together and then sew them along an edge.   

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I first sewed a few pieces together a little off kilter and then trimmed up one side
straight.

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  I sewed a few pieces together to match up with the top stem using some green fabric.

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After the whole piece of the pumpkin is covered, use the die to cut out the pumpkin shape. Make sure to match up the green with the stem on the die.

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I wanted the stems to go in opposite directions on some of the pumpkins so some I cut with right sides down and some with right sides up. Here is one pumpkin all done.

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And here is my little pumpkin family.

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Now how to put them together. I decided on a dark blue batik background to set the orange off.

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I decided it needed something. So got out my oak leaf die and got to work again.

Here is the die.

Maple leaf #2 large. There is a GO die that would work great. This one was from the Accucut site.

You could use any leaf dies you want really!
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I sewed some fabrics together kind of catty wampus and cut with the die cutter.

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I layed every thing out and here is what I got. I added a few more with just the red fabric.

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I'll tear off the tear away… it was a totally bummer. Then iron a fusible interfacing on instead. Iron every thing down and finish it up with some borders.  I'll show you the finished project in a week or two.

Ok, I promised to show you scaredy cats how to do crazy patch in a bit more orderly way. If you have EQ6 you can go to the block library and check out foundation piecing blocks. Look for simple crazy patch patterns and print out onto paper piecing paper. C & T Publishing has 3 great choices as these will work great through your printer.  You can print them out in any size you want. Just set up the block size to be a little larger then the die. Another choice is any crazy patch book that has foundation patterns you can print from the book. You can also find lots of book choices at C&T Publishing to teach you all about crazy quilting. Just a little note… if you click on my C&T links and make a purchase. I get a little commission from them. Just make sure you click my link to get there. Every little bit helps..

Hope this helps get the creative juices flowing!

See you next week! 

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Ok, so you have made all 4 blocks right?  If you just found this and need the rest of the info.. go to 52 weeks of Accuquilt and look for “flowers in the forest” No… well Im working on some kits, so stay tuned.

But as I promised, today is to show you a new way to sew all this together and quilt as you go. Here is the finished top.

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First, some basic instructions:

1. All seams are 1/2″ and you will need a walking foot.

2. What ever you do on the front, you do on the back. Ill call it “top” and “back” for reference. WOF means width of fabric (from salvage to salvage).

3. Batting will always (except for the last border) be cut 1 inch shorter than your fabric.

Ok, lets get started. Here is the fabric I used. Sorry about the dull colors, I”m still camera challenged.IMG_0291 
The two green fabrics are for the back and the blue, black and purple are for the top.

 Fabric needed:

Back fabric for blocks: four 9″ x 9″ blocks , batting: four 8″ x 8″ blocks

Sashing: Top and back fabric, 1/2 yard each,  batting, scraps at least 1 1/2″  wide and up to 24″ long. You will need 2 @ 8″ long, 3 @ around 19″ long, 2 @ 22″ long and 2@ 24″ long. You will probably trim these later,but longer is better. Cut Sashing into four 2 1/2″ wide strips wof from both top and back fabric.

Inner border: top and back fabric, 1/3 yard each cut into four strips 2 1/2″  wide, wof.  Batting, scraps 1 1/2″ wide and up to 30″ long, you will need 4 strips.

Flange: 1/4 yard, cut into 4 11/2″ strips.

Outer border: Top and Back fabric: 1/2 yard, cut 4 strips 4″ wide and wof. Batting, Scraps four strips  3 1/2″ wide and 32″ long. Binding: 1/4 yard, 4 strips 2 1/4″ wide x width of fabric.

Layer your back fabric 9″ square with a 8″ batting square.

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Then lay your quilt block on top. At this point you need to secure it however you want. I use basting spray. Then sew around your applique pieces with what ever stitch you like. I used a blind hem stitch with clear thread. This is your quilting as you are sewing through all 3 layers. Do this with all 4 blocks. FWI, as I said in the first post about this, I used a fabric glue for my applique pieces, not doing that again. It didnt hold down the fabric very well and I missed a few places. I would suggest using a fusible web. Use which ever is your favorite.

Second: Cut from both back and top sashing fabric 2 strips 2 1/2″ wide and 9″ long. Cut from batting scraps 2 strips 1 1/2″ wide and 8″ long. Lay the back fabric right side down, then batting then top sashing fabric.

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 Mark your quilting pattern and using your walking foot, quilt the two pieces. An important note: Your seams will be 1/2″ wide. So I marked 1/2″ from the edges before marking my quilting pattern so I wouldnt sew past it when I sewed everything together.

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This is what they look like from the back after I quilted it.

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Sew this to two of your quilted 9″ blocks to connect them. Match up the right sides of the sashing and block sewing a 1/2″ seam allowance and seams will go to the back of the quilt. Repeat with the other 2 blocks and sashing piece.

Measure your two sections and cut your next 3 strips 2 1/2″ wide per your lengh measurement from both top and back fabrics. Cut batting strips 1 1/2″ wide and 1 ” shorter than your fabric lengths.

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Quilt your sashing strips and sew onto the quilt block sections. Seams go to the back. Repeat this step with the remainding 2 sashing strips.  This is what your quilt should look like from the back.

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 Kind of funky huh…. Anyway, measuring your quilt as you go, repeat steps with your inner border fabric. Strips from both top and back are 2″ wide and measure for length. Cut batting strips 1″ wide and 1″ shorter then fabric strips. I didnt quilt these because they were so narrow. I did sew a basting line on each end to hold them together as I sewed.
Ok, now cut 4 strips from your flange fabric, 1 1/2″ wide and measure two sides of your quilt for length. Fold the strips right sides out and iron. Cut 4 strips from each of your outer border fabrics, 4″ wide. Measure 2 sides of your quilt for length. Cut 2 batting strips same length minus 1″ and 3 1/2″ wide. Layer your batting on the back fabric with one edge matching.

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This is so when you sew your binding on, you will have 3 layers to sew through. It is hard to hand sew binding with only 2 layers of fabric.

Lay the top border fabric next and then on the side where the batting does NOT match, add the flange.

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Pin your flange down and sew a 1/8 seam to keep it in place.  Sew two of your outer borders on. Measure for the last two borders and repeat this step. You are almost done! 

Cut 4 strips of binding fabric, and bind your quilt like usual.

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Next you want to cut all those seams like a typical rag quilt. I use these Fiskars craft snips.

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Start anywhere you want and clip your seams open on each side. Like this:

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Sorry for the raggy looking nails. Im not a high maintence girl and certainly not in the public eye much. Then clip your seams about 1/4″ to 1/8″ inch apart. Make sure you dont cut through your sewing seams.

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Ok, Ok, it looks like I cut past a seam here. It is the basting seam I sewed the flange down with. See the black thread.. that is my actual seam. Do this with all the seams on the back of your quilt.

Then I spray the dickens out of the seams with water and throw it into the dryer with some other wet clothes and let the seams fray.    

Here is the finished project from the back.

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And here it is from the front.

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Now a little note here. I usually would not use this method with a small wall hanging like this. I would do it with a large quilt. But I wanted to show you the technique. I will probably use this again later for a larger project. I hope you enjoyed this. Next week, we work on a larger quilt using only 2 dies.

See you later!

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Accuquilt week 6

Ok, here is the 4th block in our block of the week patterns. I hope you have liked everything so far. Everyone is loving the quilt in the shop so even though my iphone isn't the best camera, the real thing looks great. I have been asked by several customers to make kits, So I'll see what I can do. If you don't have an Accuquilt and are interested, I will try to put a few on Etsy when we are all finished.

Ok, today we are using 5 dies. Here they are:

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Petal Play, Flowers and Leaves #2, Funky Flower #3 (Go Die Available), Squirrel (Accucut site), and Funky Flower #1 

And here is what I did:

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Very simple but they look great together. I used Picasa 3 (available free via Google) as a way to store and manipulate all my picutures and they have this cool application called Collage. Here is a collage of all 4 blocks with the fabric used.

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Not too shabby if I say so myself. I used a black Kona Cotton to lay the blocks on when I took the photos. I like it so much I'm going to use it for sashing.

So, all four blocks are done. I'm working on the finished project. Come back tomorrow and see it all done. A little suprise is in store. I'm doing it as a quilt as I go project. I do it a little different from most and I think you will like it. So come back tomorrow to learn how I finished this all off.   

Want a quick way to go back and see all the Accuquilt posts so far? Look on the right side of my blog and look for "categories". Then click on 52 weeks of Accuquilt. It will start at the beginning of just Accuquilt posts.

And thanks for being here! I'm having so much fun!

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 It is time for the third block in our block of the week. One thing I love about using these dies is I get to be really stingy with my fabric. I can use the littlest piece of fabric. Something like this: Accucut 101

I hate to waste anything. It is amazing how much you can squeeze out of the left over scraps.

It has to be a pretty small piece to get into the kitty bed bag. Oh! You don't know about the kitty beds? I actually stole this idea from someone else and then couldn't find them to give them credit. So….. forgive me big time if it is you. If you know who started this, tell me and I will let the world know it was their idea. I either use an old pillow case or make one from "special" fabric I know I'll never use… "special" meaning OMG why did I buy this… you have some. I know you do. Anyway, I either line a trash can with it or put it on the back of a chair, and throw all my teeny, tiny scraps in it. When it is full, I sew it up and Wah La… a kitty or doggy bed. It is washable and nice and soft. Don't have kitties or doggies? Give them to your local humane society for the adoptees. Here is a picture of my current one. I have it on the back of a chair. It is almost full and my stray kitties that live behind my shop will be thrilled to get a new bed.

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Ok, I get so off track… did I tell you about my ADD!! Oh yeah it runs in my family big time. 

Ok, here are the dies for this week:

Petal Play -sunflower again.. my fav, top right: Flower-Petal, Center, Stem and bottom right is Flowers/Leaves #2

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 And here is the block.

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I used the leaves on "flowers and leaves #2 for the flower petals, stems and little circles. The larger blue circle on the big flower is from flower/petal, center,stem. the green leaves are of course from petal play. 

Only one more to go! See you next week.  
 

 

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