Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Working on some purses.

I know I said I would post yesterday, but I got started working on a purse, and just couldn't quit. LOL I am sure you all were on the edge of your seats waiting to see my updated sweet potato pictures. Right? LOL So without further delay, here is what the sweet potatoes looked like on Saturday. You can just barely see the root system on this one, but it has a good one which I am assuming is why I am getting such great slips. The other one is not doing well at all. I have already broken off about 6 slips and have them in water. I noticed this morning that some of them have little roots starting. This is one month after starting them in water.
Here is a closeup. Sorry it is kind of blurry, but I think the leaves are pretty.Ok, enough about the sweet potatoes. LOL Yesterday, I decided to try one of my new patterns. A new pattern is always harder until that first one is made. This took me pretty much all day. I picked out 4 coordinating fat quarters and went to work. I think it turned out pretty cute.

This purse was made different than any I have made, so it took quite a bit of reading the directions to figure it all out. In fact, I read one section of the directions about 10 times till I figured out what they were telling me to do. This is the inside. The camera flash washed the color out. It is dark red/black. It has 2 pockets sewn on the inside.It would have looked better with a black zipper, but all I had was this navy blue, so I used what I had. (grin) Here is the top of it zipped closed. It looks lopsided in the photo, but it isn't. Photographer, I am not. LOLIf I make any more of these, I will change some things. There were several places in this pattern that I know it can be done easier. (grin) It has one pocket on the front. The pocket is deeper than it looks from this angle. Again, the photograher's fault. Well, what do you think? It called for quilted fabric, but since I didn't have any, I quilted it myself on the machine. I used a piece of quilting fleece on the back and quilted either 1 inch or 1 1/4 inch squares on it. (I can't remember right off hand.) I used my little quilting helper thingy. (Sorry, don't know what it is called, but it fastens to the foot holder and runs along the line of stitching you have just done so that you have even rows of stitching.) I sewed all the vertical lines first, then came back and sewed all the horizontal lines. I am sure this is much more than you wanted to know. Sorry.Today I have cut out another bag. I call this a hobo bag, not sure what the official name is. I want to get it sewed together, but also want to work on the beagle quilt. I sure wish I didn't have to sleep. I also have not done any hand quilting in a week. Can you believe it? I really need to get back to that, but I am also having fun making purses and bags. LOL Here is what I am working on. I put a couple of scraps of the fabric around the picture on the pattern front. The outside of the bag will be the blue with daisies and the lining will be the blue/white checked.
I think I will try to get the beagle quilt ready to applique the little dogs around it. I can work on the bag while K is home, but I want his quilt to be a surprise. So I need to get off here and get to work. Everyone have a wonderful day. Thank you for visiting and please come again.


4 comments:

Fruit of her hands said...

Winona~ Thanks for the sweet potatoe update I was holding my breath for it ya know!! ANd I know exactly what little quilting thingy you are talking about isn't that it's official name??? I love the bags and the fabric choices. I plan on making the pansy embroidery part of a bag I am making but have never done that before so will see what I can do.
Have a great time working on the beagle quilt or the bag ...
Blessings,Joann

Fruit of her hands said...

Oh my gosh I spelled potato wrong, please excuse that previous spelling..I do know how to spell really I do....
Blessings,Joann

~Bren~ said...

Did you hear Rocco (on Loser) say that the sweet potatoe is the healthiest of ALL the vegetables? I better learn to like them, eh?
Your purse is beautiful. I started basting the elongated hexagons...I am hooked already. I will need to MAKE myself put them down!!!

~Bren~ said...

And look...I spelled potato wrong just like Joann did!

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