Monday, May 23, 2011

Directions for NY purse

I guess this purse is a winner. I have gotten so many emails, etc about it. Some want the entire set of directions, so here goes:The top fabric for the purse requires 36" X 15" and the lining requires the same. I used a light-weight batting cut the same measurements. Using a 1/4" seam, sew the three together placing top and lining right sides together, with batting on the bottom, leaving a 6" side open for flipping and turning right side out. Hand sew the opening together.
To get the shape of the top of the purse, make 3" folds toward the center at each corner, pin, and fold the tops down at least 3". Tack all of this in place. Velcro may be used for closing at the top.
Free motion quilt only the back side of the purse.
Before sewing the side seams together, cut an 8" X 15" piece of fabric for inside pockets. Fold raw seams in 1/4" and fold again, to finish the seams. Sew this piece to the back side of the purse. Stitch vertical lines for cell phone pocket, etc.
Make ruffle: Using two fat quarters (one main fabric and one for lining) folded together. Cut four 2 1/2" strips across width of fabrics. Sew 4 strips of main fabric together. Press seams. repeat for lining fabric. Sew the two long strips together along each side using 1/4" seam. To turn the ruffle inside out, use a stiff yard stick and starting on one open end, start pulling the inside of the ruffle out by pulling the outside down over the yard stick.
Once this is done, sew a gathering stitch along one edge of the strip and gather gently....not tightly.
Begin in the center of the purse with a "rose shape" in the center. Stitch this down through the layers to hold it firmly while you work the ruffle around and around to the outside edge of the purse. Pin end under the ruffle. Pin about every 3" to hold the circular shape. Tack ruffle about every 3" with a matching thread.
Hand sew the top triangular sides of the purse together with "blind stitches."
Ribbon may be added for a handle and a decoration. Voila you have an adorable purse.

Monday, May 16, 2011

New York purse

Fun time making this purse. It is a quickie for sure!
Directions in the Crossroads Chronicle and the Highlander right now. It will be in the Ponte Vedra Recorder in June.
Necessary pictures are here for you seeing purse at different stages of construction.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Hoop cover construction

Directions for making a "hoop cover" for your quilting hoop to aid in quilting the borders. Once you have quilted to the outer edge of your quilt, it becomes difficult to quilt the borders in a hoop, as there is nothing to make the border stay taut. I used to use one of Mr. Whoozy's handkerchiefs attached by pins to the outer edge of the quilt. This gave the quilt something to fit into the hoop, completely.
Then one day, a dear friend of mine, named Sissy, came over with a "cover" that she had made for my 14" quilting hoop. She used prequilted fabric that is very soft, yet very sturdy. Here are her directions:
You will need 1/4 yd. prequilted fabric;they make this un unbleached muslin.; 1 pkg. double fold wide bias tape (a 3 yd. pckg is enough for two hoop covers.; and a nice 3" piece of Velcro; freezer paper to make pattern.
Lay the inside ring of the hoop down on freezer paper and trace around the shape, stopping about 2/3 of the way up from the top. This will allow two-thirds of the quilt to be inside of the hoop. Cut out the paper pattern.

Lay the paper pattern onto two layers of prequilted fabric and cut out including a 1/4" seam allowance.
Cut a 1" X 18 joining strip of the fabric for a 14" hoop.
Fold this strip into quarters and mark with a dash on outer edges. Then do the same with the curved pieces. Right sides together, pin the joining strip to the edge of one curved piece, matching dashes. Straight stitch, zigzag or serge together using the 1/4" seam.
Pin the other side of the joining strip to the other curved piece, matching dashes, then stitch. Press seam allowance toward strip and then topstitch.
Bind the bottom edge of the cover with a bias strip or bias tape.
Sew the Velcro approximately 1 1/2" up from the bottom edge. This allows the quilt to be slipped inside of this cover later.
The cover is finished now, so slide it on the inner hoop ring and fasten the hooked tape to lock it in place. Pin with large safety pins the edge of your quilt layers to the straight edge of the cover. Slide the outer hoop on and tighten.
Quilt to your heart's content!
Again, THANKS SISSY, you have added many years to my quilting life!

Sunday, May 1, 2011


I always think of those SOS calls they used during WWII, etc. in movies: May Day! May Day! I guess perhaps that they still use that for emergency calls........hopefully, I hope I never EVER find out!
It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood! Friends of many many years are arriving from Texas in about an hour, and I am so excited! We go back a long long time, and love to talk over "old times." That is what aging is all about! It is o.k. to talk about them for a little spell, but not to dwell on that. Today is more important!
And, today, I am so blessed to have lovely stitchery friends and even family members who are "stitcherers." I am going to start sharing all of my quilts that I have made down through the years, with you! I shall start with some of the very first ones, and then get up to the more recent ones. It will be fun doing this, as I have not seen some of them in quite some time. They have been on beds throughout the house, under a coverlet, keeping them unwrinkled and safe from dust and too much light. That is so important.
Folding quilts ia not a good idea. That makes permanent creases in them. Therefore, if you have a bed that is not in use, layer the quilts on them as high as you wish. Most of my beds look like the "Princess and the Pea." ha.
Before I start that project, I shall show you one of my favorites. It is a wall hanging that I made from a photoghraph that I took in Keukenhof Gardens in Amsterdam. It was on April 21st, the day that the tulips all blossomed out. It is truly heaven on earth.
I made the wall hanging after I got home from there. The windmill fabric that you see was purchased at a quilt show in The Hague, Netherlands, that same year.