Archive for the ‘Totes & Purses’ Category

Just last Saturday I decided to put some of my bags that I have been designing on Etsy.  I put up a Cross Body Purse that I made for myself and liked it so much that I felt it would do well on Etsy.  This bag was my first sale!  I had a lady I play ice hockey let me know she was very interested in a purse, and then just tonight I sold my first purse on Etsy!  Click here for my etsy listing.

Alexander Henry Contigo Blue Cross Body Purse on Etsy through CanaryQuilted

It was so exciting to see that someone in this world likes the same thing I like!  I love this bag, it is light and hangs nicely so that it doesn’t get in the way as you go about your day.  It holds just enough to get around, but you can’t fit the kitchen sink in it!

Cross Body Purse with Grape Juice Batik and feather quilting available on Etsy through CanaryQuilted.

The first purse that I sold she requested a purple batik that I had in my stash, and it turned out very nice.  I used the purple batik (name of the batik is grape juice) on the flap front and lining, and I used the grape juice as the lining of the purse.  I quilted some feathers on the outside to give it some detail.  I used purple thread so that the batik would show, but the quilting gives it some features also.  The black and the purple work very well together.

The Cross Body purse I sold on Etsy was exactly as I listed it.  She wanted the Contigo fabric in Blue, with the sugar skull on the front.  I was soooo excited, I love this fabric, and I love carrying this little purse around.    I have all the fabric cut and I will be assembling this purse and mailing it very soon!

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Recently I came across this free Not-So-Big Messenger Tote tutorial over at SewSweetness.com and thought it would be a great little tote to try out with the faux leather I had purchased a couple of months ago.  I also had the Alexander Henry Contigo fabric that I have been dying to use too! Her tutorial is very easy to read and understand and she links over to a site that shows you how to put a zippered pocket in too.  I used a thicker fusible interfacing and attached it to the AH Contigo fabric and then used metallic, glitter and decorative threads to give the print some sparkle along with some outline and definition.  The thicker interfacing acted like batting and helped give it that quilted look.   I fussy cut two different scenes from the fabric and still have quite a bit of fabric left!  I used fabric from my stash for the inside of the bag. Read the rest here -→

Welcome Ghastlie Fans Ghastlie Fabric Giveaway….Alexander Henry Winner- Grand Prize…. the Lady of the Cloth from Kirie Ghastlies Shape MOTH.blog.. Winner of Canary Quilts Ghastlie Mug Rug is… Jacque from lilypadquilting.blogspot.com. Thanks so much for visiting, and enjoy the rest of the Ghastlie Blog Hop!

 

Behind the scenes we (54) Ghastlie obsessed Stitchers have been rather busy, you could say.

I will be as surprised as all of YOU.  I cannot wait to see what my Sistahs have created.

 Thanks to all our sponsors for this wonderful, creative blog hop!

Alexander Henry Fabrics- lot’s and lot’s of Ghastlie Fabric Colonial Needle -sewing basket  Quilt Taffy $51.12 Gift Certificate. Janes Fabrics -Kona fabrics in PINK -fat quarter bundle Reliable Iron – orange Velocity 50 IHAN ( kelly )- .aurifil threads Coeurdalenegifts- 2 sets of Halloween lights Forth Worth Fabric Studio – gorgeous gift set of Ghasltie fabric Creative Grid -3 Rulers their top 3  Blue FIG-  wheeled bag in PINK Beam N Read and custom Ghastlie Buttons 

Please click on the GHASTLIE tree on the right to see all our bloggers and follow me on facebook, I will update who is blogging each day so you can check out all their GHASTLIE projects!

For the Ghastlie Blog Hop participants the following grand prize October 24 is!!! :

4 Yards of this GHASTLIE Collection from our sponsor  Alexander Henry Fabrics… They are sporting a BRAND NEW look too.! YOU can VIEW these from samples they have posted! http://www.ahfabrics.com/collections/category/101-a-ghastly-night http://www.ahfabrics.com/collections/category/100-ghastly-forest http://www.ahfabrics.com/collections/category/102-a-ghastly-clover http://www.ahfabrics.com/collections/category/98-ghastly-bramble  (shipping cost responsibility of winners, this will be mailed out of the US) ..And now for Ms. Carrie Ghastlies’ Sickness..

I am Ms. Carrie Ghastlie and my Ghastlie sickness started this summer when I saw this fabric at a quilt show.  Unfortunately they did not have any fabric to sell.. so I promptly came home and got on the internet and found the fabric.. and well the rest is a Ghastlie history as you will see.

Here are my GHASTLIE offerings, sew if you can’t find the cure here, then the undead will be welcoming your arrival… SEW enough with the formalities and on with the sickness!  Below are all my projects, the last one is my giveaway!

First up is my Twisted Block Ghastlie Lap Quilt.  I looked through EQ7 for a block I could use to highlight these GHASTLIE figures, and go figure it was the “Twisted” block that worked the best.  This was foundation pieced, the first time I used EQ7, and the first time I have done sashing.

Twisted Block Lap quilt featuring The Ghastlies (click to enlarge)

To even get more GHASTLIE.. This is an AMY Butler Chelsea Tote that I had a pattern for and thought I would check out how GHASTLIE my material looked on the tote.  I ended up making the tote taller than the pattern called for to frame my favorite characters.

A Ghastlie Tote in Mauve Reversible (click to enlarge)

A Ghastlie Tote in Mauve (click to enlarge)

A Ghastlie Tote in Mauve (click to enlarge)

Yes, I have to admit I do have a GHASTLIE sickness.. Next up is a slouch purse that I have made a few times, but since I love the purse and I love the GHASTLIES, it made a purrfect match.  There is a zipper pocket on the outside and pockets on the inside.

The Ghastlies Tote Bag Front with Zipper (click to enlarge)

The Ghastlies Tote Backside (click to enlarge)

Sew now that you all know that I have plenty of ways to Tote my stuff around, what about getting some much needed sleep or I may just look GHASTLIE in the morning.  Yep.. I made a pillowcase (actually two)… to lay my sleepy head down at a retreat when I have stayed up most of the night sewing!

A Ghastlie Pillow Case (click to enlarge)

On these last few project I get show off my GHASTLIE applique, where I get to pluck these GHASTLIE figures off the fabric and put them in their place. This little art quilt is 12″ x 12″, and puts these GHASTLIE knitters in their own little room to knit and gossip on all the GHASLTIE happenings.  I also added charms to the wall as wall pictures, and the wallpaper is also done with a decorative stitch on my machine.  The floor boards were done with free motion quilting.  All applique is raw edge (my favorite).

A Ghastlie Knitting Bee (click to enlarge)

Next in this GHASTLIE sickness is a Crayon Tote that I did for a 3 year old for her birthday.  I appliqued the GHASTLIES onto the pink background, put the pockets on the front for the crayons, and filled it with some crayon books for her birthday.  I added the feathers and fringe onto the bottom just for her(MOM) because they are very girly and love pink!

The Ghastlies Crayon Tote, holds crayons in the front, and coloring books on the inside. (click to enlarge)

Crayon Tote backside. (click to enlarge)

Finally, is a mug rug that I did in honor of The Ghastlie Blog Hop with the little Miss sickly GHASTLIE, and her pictures in the background, with her cat, and that lovely little girl.  I also added a charm as a wall picture to this GHASTLIE mug rug.  All applique is raw edge.

A Ghastlie Sickness Mug Rug (click to enlarge)

THIS IS MY GIVEAWAY!  A Canary Quilts Ghastlie Mug Rug! Please leave me a comment letting me know which project is the most GHASTLIE, and follow me on facebook to keep up with the blog hop and all my postings!  I will post here and on facebook tomorrow morning the randomly chosen winner from all my comments. Winner of Canary Quilts Ghastlie Mug Rug is… Jacque from lilypadquilting.blogspot.com.

Thanks to Mdm Samm and all her helpers over at ‘Sew I Quilt‘ for recognizing this wonderful GHASTLIE problem we all seem to be suffering from, and giving us a forum to show off our sickness! Thank you soo much for visiting and don’t forget to visit all the other blogs in this blog hop over the next ten days!

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I have been very busy with The Ghastlies Blog Hop that I am a part of starting October 24, 2011. Please come back and visit my site on October 24th to see what I have done with all my GHASTLIE fabric!  I will be having a give away prize for everyone who follows me on facebook and leaves a comment! But I have also finished a few projects, which I wanted to show you here.Following is a tote that I showed a young woman how to make.  It was the first time she has ever been at a sewing machine and the first time using an iron.  She came over to my house on two separate nights and I showed her how to cut out the materials, free motion quilt the material and batting and assemble the bag.  She did a very nice job for the very first time at a sewing machine.  I would rate this tote as a medium sewing project.  I also introduced her to Aurifil threads for piecing everything together.  It is a nice strong thread that has no bulk to it.

Alexa’s Tote

The next project was inspired from a drawing my son did of Marty McFly and Doc Brown from the movie Back to the Future.  I used materials from my stash to create this little mug rug. I think that it would have turned out better if I had enlarged the picture and used better quality fabrics, especially the fabric that I used for the skin portions.  This fabric was from the stash table at a retreat and I thought it would work well, but it just didn’t want to behave in such small portions.  It works well as a Mug Rug though and I learned a valuable lesson about fabric.

Marty McFly and Doc Brown from Back to the Future.. Inspired from a drawing my son did.

The following is a Mug Rug I did, that I couldn’t resist doing.  I had the fabrics and it was a nice cool blustery fall day when I created this one.  It is a simple raw edge applique.

Fall Mug Rug

This is a Mug Rug I did because I really wanted to thread sketch the cat.  I think it turned out pretty good except for the background fabric.  Again I used only what was in my stash and I wish I would have had a solid or light color background I could have used.  The bat in the moon turned out pretty cool and it was pretty easy, and the Happy Halloween in the upper left corner was done with 30wt Signature thread.  This was a new variegated thread I bought and really wanted to try it out.  I really liked the way the thread behaved for me, but again it doesn’t show up on this background very good.  It is also used in the stem of the pumpkin.

Happy Halloween Mug Rug

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These are couple of Amy Butler’s Chelsea Totes that I made recently.  I fell in love with Alexander  Henry’s (The Ghastiles and his line of Dia De Los Muertos) fabric.  I’ve started with the fabrics in these totes.   Once I made one of these totes, the second one was really easy to put together.  Check Amy Butler’s website for updated instructions to the pattern.  I believe the the yardage amounts for the interfacing’s are interchanged.

Amy Butler Design Ghastlie Tote

 

 

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