Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Quilts to bags

I have always loved making things. When we were little, my sister and I made my Mom a tablecloth, napkins and napkins rings for Mother's Day. We used cardboard tubes and covered them with red tissue paper and mod podge for the napkin rings. Since then, I have made cards, scarves, cowls, necklaces,, pj pants and journals-among many others. Recently I have tried to scale down on crafts, and have gotten rid of a lot of the supplies I have  so I don't take too much time away from making quilts. But I still enjoy making bags and purses of all kinds. I have made them out of men's ties, burlap coffee bean bags, linen, canvas and strips of silk. Last week I had a brainstorm as I thought of how I could make a cover for my new sewing machine- I used an old quilt. We'll, not old, just a quilt I was willing to give up. I have several quilts that measure 3'x4' and when cut in half are just the right size to cover a sewing machine. But as I turned it upside down, it makes a perfect bag! And I am on my way with this new idea-I have cut up several old quilts and they are making terrific bags-I should really save 2 for my sewing machines!

I still have straps to add-I'll post picture when they are done!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Small to Big

This is one of my small ColorForm quilts that are 8 x 10". Now I am going big with this series. The sewing line has become more important-not as straight! I just love the big shapes! I am trying to fill my design wall with them-(I am trying not to wish for a bigger wall)
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