Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hoop Sewing Bags Or Stitching Bags

Last year I made a hoop style sewing bag for a the AQSG Auction.  I wrote about it HERE.

I was very happy it sold at the auction with several bids!
I got several requests for a pattern, and now have it ready.
You can read more and order the digital pattern HERE.

It is a great way to use up some fabrics from your stash.
Two of my antique hoop bags are made with silk fabrics.

You can customize them by adding accessories like pockets, needle holders, handle variations and lid embellishment.  If you have spare macrame or embroidery hoops you are well on your way!

Besides a sewing project they can be used for lingerie bags, embroidery projects and jewelry storage.

Here is a trio we made in pattern testing.

These are a little smaller than the auction bag pictured above.  The pattern includes calculations for using your own hoop size.

These three close with a snap.  I plan to add a button on at least one.  Something large and a bit showy!

You can also see I like a scrappy look so I put the testing kits together with multiple fabrics.

This is one of my antique/vintage bags.

It is made of all one fabric, including the base and lining.

Very delicate rose print fabric.

I've even seen lids with quilt blocks and applique on them.

This is the interior lid of one in the trio - fun to customize!

It holds a few sewing supplies - but could easily be made to hold jewelry pieces or knitting accessories.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you are having a great July.  Ours has been filled with fabulous visits with family and friends.
Happy Stitching,

Monday, July 7, 2014

New Finish and more Grapes

Half Inch Hexagon Charm Quilt
A detail photo of my newest finish!

Hexagon Charm Quilt
1/2" Hexagons
Hand Pieced
Hand Quilted

392 Different Individual Reproduction Fabrics
22" x 28" Finished Size

Truly finished, including hanging sleeve and tag!

I enjoyed making it so much I have a second one well underway.

Charm Quilt 22" x 28
Completed Quilt

22" x 28" w Binding

Striped binding and backing.

The light rounds are also by color.
For example, all of the shirtings next to the black round are black on cream prints.

The outer corner hexagons are deep navy.  They look like purple in my photo.

I outline quilted the upper and lower edges of each hexagon.  I quilted straight lines in the pink border.
The wider final border has a tulip motif in the corner and petals running up the sides.

Because I never get enough of applique grapes - I found another variation to share.  This is a picture from an online auction.
The grapes are one piece of fabric.  Is it a clever repair?  Is the dot print covering worn purple?  Did the original maker place batting circles under the fabric in "grape cluster" position, then quilt around the "grapes"?

Regardless, very clever, and gives the look of seperate circles appliqued close together in a grape cluster.

This is the block in the quilt.  It is actually a side setting triangle.

First glance and it is a cluster of grapes.  A closer look reveals the single piece of fabric.

Have a great week!  I plan to stitch a lot of grapes this week.  How about you?