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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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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!

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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.

This is what the back should look like now.IMG_0277 

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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