Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Hodgepodge Patchwork -- Cell Phone Purses

This Winter for Project Quilting I created a table topper for my dinning room table made from only 2 colors. I made it look like a gum wrapper chain.  I had some extra scraps and I pieced them together. I quilted it at the same time that I quilted the table topper.

I had no idea what I would make with it.  It was too small for a place mat.  It could be used as a rectangular hot pad.

It measured 10 inches wide by 13 inches long. Well, last week I taught a tote bag class in my home. I got out all my quilted pieces.  I needed to demonstrate how I add the binding on the sides.  If I cut it in half.  5 inches by 13 inches long, I could make a cell phone purse or two!

5 inches wide fit nicely around my phone. I wanted a flap on the top of it.  I will share the free instructions for the cell phone purse at the end of this post.  For this purse, I added the flap and velcro. If you sew, I think you can see from the photos, how I bound the flap and attached the velcro. But the free instructions will help you with the binding and the strap.  See this photo for the flap and the strap attachment.

See how the flap securely folds over to hold in the cell phone.

It is easy to open and pull out also.

The back of my cell phone purse.

I made the strap long enough to go over my head and arm for traveling or for just wearing it as a large quilted necklace.

Yes, I made two!

The back sides of the purses.

Free instructions for making a cell phone purse - Click Here.

Post about the Gum Wrapper Table Topper - Click Here. More free instructions.

Post about the Quilted Tote Bag -- Click Here.

Available in a PDF Downloadable Pattern on

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In this post, I share free instructions and on how to turn a small quilt into a quilted tote bag. Lots of photos!

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Getting Up Close with My Quilting

Paisley Swirl Quilting softens the straight lines of the blocks.

My customer chose a red brick thread. Blends in beautifully.

A cream muslin backing fabric really shows off the paisley swirls.

A full view sideways ...

and a full view lengthwise.

The paisley swirls really make the pinwheels spin!

Enjoy your day!


Friday, June 7, 2013

Another Quilt for My "Grand Baby to Be"!

Choosing the thread colors for the thread painting.

Instead of stitching straight lines, I stitch wiggle lines for the details and the outlining of each applique. Gives them all a nice texture.

I stitched/thread painted on each applique piece.

You can see the stitching on the backside where I stitched/thread painted.

It's a wall hanging for the baby's room, so I made a sleeve for hanging it.

 I pieced the binding with three blue fabrics. That way I am using up the scraps!

I stitched on the binding with an embroidery stitch.

This is the backside, so you can't read it. I stitched across the bottom "Made with Love by Grandma Marcia 2013" with a lavender thread.

I rolled it up, so it is ready to pack in my bag when we go to see the new baby.  I have sent the other three quilts already.

Click Here for the post about making this baby quilt.

Click Here for the post about the Star Quilt that Great Grandma (my Mom) and I made for the new "Baby to Be".

These are the other two quilts I sent for the "Baby to Be". They both have the blue minkee backing fabric.

Click Here for the post about the one on the bottom. I will share about the top one sometime soon.

I ordered the applique blocks pre made from Marsye's Quilt Blocks.  They are already ironed on to the blocks.

 I requested an assortment of different cream backgrounds and light/soft colors to go with my vintage look fabrics.  I love them!

Here are the links to Marsye's Quilt Blocks

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She is on a new adventure in the craft world!






I am ordering more applique blocks to make a girl baby quilt next for a friend's "Grand Baby to Be". 

If you hop over and buy them, please tell her Marcia sent you!

You know I always share stuff I love!  I love her applique quilt blocks!


Thursday, June 6, 2013

A Pillowcase Made with Money Fabric

I am not sharing the pattern for making pillowcases, as there are a million out there!  Just Google it.

I stitched french seams.  I love pillowcases with no raw edges on the seams.

It really makes it look nice and neat on the inside.

I did not stitch the line straight for the top stitching on the hem, so I stitched it again and again and again.  Just wiggle lined the top stitching.  Makes for an interesting edge!

I made it for my nephew as part of his graduation gift.

It's folded up and ready to go!

Enjoy your day!