STITCH LINES...... Ramblings on life as a quilter, stitcher, traveler, gardener and lover of books, cats and fine chocolate....

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A "Finish" Feels Good...

It's high time I showed you something I've been working on, lest you think I'm doing nothing but sitting here eating bonbons.. lol  I must admit I haven't been as productive this winter as I had hoped to be, but I have been working away on a few things. I have stitched 3 more of my stitched and beaded Santas- I needed two more for my recent Giveaway as I had gifted a few over Christmas. When you have a Giveaway and you've offered "winner's choice", you have to have all choices on hand in case the winner picks the very one you are without (which would be just my luck!) I have one more hat to finish and I will have all five designs "in stock" again. I did promise my friend Sandi a complete set as thanks for her hosting me in Florida. She'll be "home" in late spring, so I now have that taken care of...Whew!

I finished up a totebag last week too. I recently taught this class at our local quilt shop, the Christmas Crab Quiltery. The Twister Totebag was designed by my buddy Sue Robertson; she wanted to come up with another use for several rulers/templates she had purchased. She taught it for our Guild a few years ago. When shop owner JoAnne saw my bag, she asked if I would teach it and I told her "It's not mine to teach". But Sue didn't wish to teach it again and gave me her permission and blessing. I made up my own notes/instructions with a few small changes and off we went.
It is made using the Lil' Twister template and Sue Pelland's Leaves Galore ruler (both are available for purchase at JoAnne's shop). I like to  have a project under construction in stages to show during the class, as many people are visual learners. How many bags does one person need, especially of the same design? I told JoAnne if she chose fabrics she liked I would make her a bag. So this is it, now completed after the class held a few weeks ago. We do have several more people who would like to do this totebag, but we need a few more to fill the class, so if you are in this local area and are interested, please get in touch with JoAnne and give her your name. The
bag is a good size (approx. 16" wide by 17" tall), has optional inner pockets, optional magnetic closure, is quickly machine quilted and is do-able in a 1 day class! Large buttons and bead dangles can be added for embellishment, if desired, as I did on mine which you can see here. Straps can be purchased commercially or made. I made the straps for both bags - on mine I covered purchased strapping with fabric and top-stitched the edges, and on JoAnne's bag I made the straps with fusible batting and fabric, and again top-stitched with my edge-stitch foot (LOVE that foot!) So there you go - a finished project. That always feels good - another one crossed off the proverbial list!
I am finishing up a new Miniature as well. It should be ready to "unveil" in another few days. The top is finished but it calls for some embroidery - with a single strand of floss, so that gives you a hint as to the size. We're talkin' small here folks! I'll show it soon...
Are you happily working on a project today?

Peace.
Linda

"Nothing can be done except little by little." ~ Charles Baudelaire

12 comments:

Farm Gate Creations said...

I love your bag it is just stunning.

Pamela Gordon said...

Linda, this bag is gorgeous. I love the colours and design. You've been busy creating and that is good. :) We got home last night. I have a head cold and sinus infection but I feel fine. Busy settling in at home today, not really creating. :)

Anonymous said...

The color choices are so beautiful! I am looking forward to making my own. Lucy

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I like the colours and the bag looks big and roomy - just my kind!

Jeanna said...

Love the bag Linda. Knowing how you LOVE to wear jewelry and bling...I have no doubt that your personal bag would be glitzy (in a sophisticated kind of way) too!

I wish I lived closer...or you could "winter" here and I would take your class. (Maybe I should get Sandi to jump on the bandwagon next time I see her)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I grab a tote bag every time I leave the house! They come in so handy for shopping or taking things to the park. Love the pretty colors in this one! I finished my bear today...finally! Now I can't wait to start something new! Hugs!

Karen said...

Love it! Great choice of fabrics; that bag will draw lots of attention!

Karen said...

PS What # foot on your Bernina is the edge stitch foot you mention?

Sheila said...

Your tote is just gorgeous , wow , ,love the style and if I were closer I would sign up. I am anxious to see the minature after seeing your lovely minis last night at our meeting , impressive for sure !

Chris said...

Hi Linda, greetings from Northern Ontario. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

Country Gal said...

Love the colours . Great job ! Looks nice roomy ! Thanks for sharing ! Have a good day !

JennyPennyPoppy said...

A gorgeous bag!!

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