Square Drawstring Bag by Gourmet Quilter

I won this pattern by Susan Claire (Gourmet quilter) and fabric in a raffle drawing at a quilt retreat that we went to last year.  I found the pattern in my UFO box earlier this week and decided to make the bag.  Sometimes I need to do a small project after completing big projects.  The pattern requires 5 six inch squares of fabric of assorted colors and a 30″ piece of cord which is cut in half.  There is a video tutorial on how to make this bag (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmEJsMhP14o).  I decided to use the video tutorial since I started this project at night.  Not sure I would read all the directions correctly late in the day.  The tutorial was great – I would recommend using it.  This was a fun little bag to make.   I made 6 bags that I can have ready to give as little gifts.  I think they look super cute.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

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Floral Sketch (Daisy) embroidery design and MahJongg

After making the Ethnic Bird embroidery designs, I wanted to test out my larger hoop so I stitched out a Floral Sketch design (Daisy) by Hatched in Africa.  I didn’t want to use white fabric for my background so I started looking through my color boxes of fabric.  I found a piece of coral fabric  to use with navy thread.  I love how the embroidery stitched out with this color combination.  Well, now I needed a project for the floral embroidery design.  Can’t have embroidery designs laying around.  I have enough UFOs laying around. After Mary and I started playing the MahJongg game with some neighbors, she found some MahJongg fabric to buy online.  I made 4 zipper pouches to give away to friends.  I still had some MahJongg fabric leftover so I made a zipper bag for us to take to MahJongg games.  I used the floral embroidery for the front of the bag and added a zipper – the leftover MahJongg fabric was put on the back of the bag.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Kindle storage cases with Nepal fabric.

imageMy daughter in law visited her family in Nepal this fall.  She brought back some fabric from Nepal. I made 2 cases for Kindles using some of the fabric.  Since I was giving her a Kindle for Christmas, I decided to make her a fabric case to store her Kindle.  I had to make the pattern twice because the first case was too small for her Kindle. imageI added embellishments to the outside.  With the Nepal fabric, there were some scraps of fabric with embroidery (flowers and gold leaves). So I cut out the flowers and leaves that I wanted to use and top stitched them with black thread.  The 2 Kindle cases could also be used for small purses too.  There is also an inside pocket.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Another folded star potholder

imageLast month I made 2 folded star potholders – square shape.  I made those potholders larger so that I could use them as a trivet.  I wanted to try making the same pattern using a circle design and bias strip binding.  I used the same technique to make star shapes on the potholder.  It is important to have enough contrast between your 4 colors so that you can see the star design. Then I made a card stock template of a circle (about 7.5″ diameter).  I trace the shape on the potholder and then sewed on that line.  imageNext I put together the layers to quilt (backing, insul-brite, and star design).  I quilted through the star points and then trimmed the circle.  I made bias binding – 2″ wide strips.  After stitching the binding on one side, I hand-stitched the binding to the back of the potholder.  This is a great pattern for using fabric scraps from your stash.   Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Folded star potholders

image       I was looking on the internet for holiday gift ideas and found this tutorial to make a folded star potholder.  I decided to make my potholders square rather than round like the tutorial.  I also made mine a little larger so that I could use it as trivet on my counter for hot dishes and pots.  Using contrasting fabric is important so that you can see the folded star design.    image I had so much fun making the star design that I decided to make a second one for my college roommate from Australia that is visiting later this month.  I wanted to make her something small that would fit in her luggage.  I hope that she likes it.  It will be fun to see her – I haven’t seen her in about 22 years.      imageMary found a fabric print at a quilt show with the names of Australian cities which I used for the back of the potholder.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Sari dress fabric for a zippered pouch

image   My daughter in law from Nepal gave me a sari dress and some extra fabric with trim that coordinated with the sari dress.  I decided to use the extra fabric from the sari to make a birthday gift for my daughter in law.   Using quilt as you go technique, I pieced the front of the pouch using the embroidery trim as the focus fabric.  image I like to use black and white fabric with red so that’s what I used for the lining.  I stabilized the sari fabric with shape flex (fusible interfacing) before starting the project.  Mailed the gift and received a call that my daughter in law liked the birthday gift.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Row by Row license plate zippered pouch

imageAre you wondering what to do with all the license plates that you are collecting?  You can make a small zippered pouch to showcase the license plate.  A fun gift idea for your quilting friends!  I made a 9″ x 9″ pouch and also used some of the license plate fabric. image     You start with a 9″ x  20″ lining fabric and fusible fleece.  Or you can make smaller bags or larger bags.  After attaching the focus front bag fabric to the lining, you can quilt the fabric so you have one piece.  Cut 2 pieces from your large quilted strip. My pieces were 9″ x 9″.  Add your zipper and stitch the sides and bottom.  Super easy bag to make.  Have fun sewing and quilting.   Donna