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