Thursday, October 29, 2009

Some purses and pot holders

I apologize to everyone trying to read this first half of my blog. This green does not work at all! I will probably just stick with black. If I knew how to change the color after it is already typed I would, but I am too lazy to type it all over again. Luckily the first couple of paragraphs was just me rambling anyway. LOL  

It is another rainy, dreary day here in northwest Missouri. I really believe this month will go on the record as the wettest October. It sometimes rains or drizzles for 2 or 3 days in a row. I don't think we have had more than 3 days in a row all month without some sort of precipitation. I was sure hoping for some nice sunny days before winter sets in completely. I still have hope. I don't think we have had our normal warm spell after frost.

I have been kind of bummed out lately, so Kevin suggested I take some time off of quilting. You know I am not feeling good when even the thought of quilting doesn't pick me up. LOL   So I have basically just vegetated in front of the tv for the past week. I have only done about 3 hours worth of hand quilting this week. That is pretty unheard of for me, but I am getting the urge to quilt again.

I made a couple more purses last week. I decided to change them around and make them easier for me to work on. Took that zipper out and put a little fabric hook on. All I have left to do is sew a button on and these are done. This first one is done in pinks and greens. Here is the front. You can see the green front pocket.

Here is the back of it.

The inside has 2 pockets in the lining. I really don't miss the zipper at all and it was much easier to sew without it.

This purse was made from yellow and blue fabrics. I love, love that blue polka dot fabric, but sadly I have almost used all of mine. I will have to see if I can find some more. Here is the front with the pocket.

Here is the back. Isn't this butterfly fabric adorable?

 Here are the pockets.

These were fun to make. I machine quilted the fronts and backs. I also machine quilted these potholders. I just used my chalk pencil to draw a big 'X' from corners to catty corners. Then I used my walking foot to sew on those lines. I used the little bar thing that hooks onto my walking foot to sew even 1" lines all one way, then turned and sewed the other way. These were just mindless fun. Here are all of them together. These were made from a book given to me for my birthday from a dear friend. What do you think, Teresa? I haven't tried any of the hard patterns yet. LOL  The book is called, '101 Fun-to-Quilt Pot Holders' by Trice Boerens. It is a good book.

I took pictures of two of them at a time so you could see them a little better. I used 2 layers of cotton batting and a layer of Insul-Bright in the middles of them.

There are 2 potholders here, but I just left them stacked since they are just alike. I took some chicken fabric, sandwiched and quilted. I think they turned out cute.  Kind of looks like they are behind wire. LOL I usually hand sew binding on the back of quilts, but I just used my machine to sew them down on the back of these potholders. They don't look quite as nice, but sure went on quicker.

Tomorrow is grocery day, so I will be out in the crowds. I hope I don't run into anyone who is sick. So far we have avoided sickness during this nasty, cold, and dreary month. I would like to keep it that way. I need to get my grocery list made. I used to enjoy grocery shopping, but anymore, it is just a chore to be done. I think when everything in the store started costing more, it just kind of killed my enthusiasm. (grin) I hope you all have a good day. Thank you for visiting my blog. Hmmm, it seems that I started this blog in green print, but somewhere along the line it went back to black. Oh well. I have it done. That is what matters. LOL


Kristie said...

You have been a busy lady! Love the bags and pot holders! I thought about making some potholders for Christmas gifts.

Jenny said...

LOVE that pink and green bag Winona!

Cathy said...

Hi Winona,
I just love reading your blog. It's so fun seeing all your handmade things. Of course, I have several of your things in my home.
I love you my dear friend,

Beth said...

I made many many pot holders last year as Christmas presents. However, they were not nearly as pretty as yours but I did my best and I thoroughly had a wonderful time doing them! (I took them to work and during "down time" I hand quilted them...lots of fun!)
Thanks for the pictures!

Farm Chick Paula said...

Okay, you know I just squealed over the chicken potholders, Winona! *LOL*
I LOVE LOVE LOVE those bags!! Especially the blue one with butterflies... but both of them are wonderful. You did a great job on those.
Hope you're feeling better... maybe it's just the rainy day blues... I've had those a lot this year too!

Myra said...

Hey Winona! Great bags! Wonderful potholders!!! You've been a busy lady in the sewing room! Good for you! 8-)
Happy stitchings!

Myra said...

To "Edit" the color of your green font:
Go to edit the post, highlight your green font, then look for the "T" with the little color box attached to it. Click on it and a color box will pop down. Pick the color you want to change that green to, click, done! Easy peasy... 8-)

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