Felted Handbag… Mom Would Be Proud


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All done. My last finish for June.

My mother’s old black wool coat is now my new felted handbag.

From this…

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To this…

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She is probably looking down on me now, smiling… and hopefully saying Job Well Done. πŸ˜€


You can read more about this project here.

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/recycle-9-from-wool-coat-to-felted-handbag/


Linking to…

http://conniekresin.blogspot.com/2012/07/linky-party-tuesday.html

http://sewhappygeek.co.uk/index.php/2012/07/02/manic-monday-linky-party-41/

Quilting Done.. My Machine Felted Work Of Art


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I like how this turned out.

My first machine felted work of art. I kind of felt like I was a painter. Beginning with a solid piece of dark wine wool felt. And adding roving, yarn, ribbon wherever I wanted to place it. The felt leaves were added afterwards. They kind of flop. But that is the look I wanted. It is kind of messy looking on the right, but hey, it’s my first. πŸ™‚

I quilted it with 3-D in mind. Going around and around the petals and centers of the petals. And outlined around the flowers. Then I stippled the borders.

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I was undecided on what fabric to use for the binding. Then remembered this fabric with trees that I just bought. I was saving it for something else but guess I can buy more if I need too.

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This is how the back looks. I used the blue linen, same as the borders. You can see the quilting better from the back. It measures 26″ by 28″. Perfect as a wall hanging.

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I have tons of ideas swirling around in my head. One, I want to start on right away. But need to make a trip to the fabric store. I need ivory or cream wool felt for the background. Probably will go tomorrow. And then I need to go to the Janome place. I broke two of the felting needles. 😦

I hope I get better at it as I go. Practice, practice.


Linking to…

http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2012/06/can-i-get-whoop-whoop-ive-got-my-work.html

Recycle #9: From Wool Coat To Felted Handbag


When my dear mother passed away last year one month before her 90th birthday, I got all of her coats. All of them. Furs, leather, cloth and wool. She LOVED nice things and loved to dress up.

For now, they are stored in a closet and I enjoy opening the closet doors to look, touch and admire them. No decisions have been made yet. On what I will do with them. Except for two wool coats. One black and one burgundy. From the wear and tear, it was obvious those two were her favorites. Her Go-To-Coats.

At first, I had them in a pile to donate. They still have a few years of wear left. Then I thought why not recycle them. Yes!! That is what I would do.

So.. I started with the black coat.

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I removed all buttons and started ripping open the seams taken care not to cut into the leather around the shoulders.

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I harvested the largest pieces I could. This is one of them.

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And got started machine felting.

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This is how it looks now.

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Sides tucked in so I can see how it will look when sewn. One of my mom’s vintage brooches sits in the center. Hmmm. I may have found a use for one of her many rhinestone jewelry pieces.

I have enough cut wool to make several handbags and clutches. Recycling is fun and GREEN.

What have you recycled lately?

Machine Felting: Petals And Leaves At Play…


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Introducing my Janome Xpression Felting Machine. Oh, you have seen it before. Several times. But this time you get a bonus. You get to see what I MADE with it!!

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It has been so long that I don’t even remember when I bought it. I am thinking about five years ago. Worth every penny I paid.

I finally cracked open the manual. Read the few pages of instruction. Mostly the manual told me about the tools that came with the Felting Machine. I didn’t see them the two times I took the machine out of the box to photograph it. Ah. Inside the removable arm thingy. 5 needle cartridge, a single needle cartridge, 3 extra needles, two screwdrivers and a cleaning brush. Plus a one hole felting plate. All there. Thank goodness!!

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Even a DVD came with it. I watched it twice and got started.

Machine felting is so easy. A baby could do it. Within less than a minute I was going at top speed. It is all done by pushing whatever I pile on top down into the fabric on the bottom. Preferably wool felt, denim, something sturdy as the base fabric.

I made this first.

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This is the back. Even pretty and usable from this side. I think I will make it into a necklace.

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It was too easy. So I decided I had enough practice. And started on a larger piece. No clue where I was going with it. I was thinking, clean slate, just start laying pieces.

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I had plenty to chose from. Felt from my macrame projects.

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Yarn from my stash.

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These came from Salvation Army’s Thrift Store. 25 cents each. What a deal steal!!

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And roving. Which I bought a couple years ago.

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Immediately after starting and taking the first photograph, I knew I should have selected a different base color. Oh well. I tried to brighten it up by adding white and bright colors.

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I just kept adding stuff.

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See my leaves. They are just halfway pushed into the felt. I gave them a tug to see if they would pull out. Nope. They are in there tight.

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For border #1 I used avocado wool felt. For border #2, I used this linen/linen look fabric I got from Salvation Army’s Thrift shop.

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Now I have to decide how to finish off the back.

I am sorry it took me so long to try machine felting. My lost. Just think what I could have accomplished by now. Clean up is a breeze. Open the trap door. Remove the lint collected.

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I have loads of ideas. Embellished fronts for handbags. More wall hangings. Baskets. And somehow I will incorporate felting into my quilting.

I guess I won’t be needing this.

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LOL!! No since mailing this off now. Janome has since switched out this model for something else. It is a good thing, too, that it works just as it is supposed to. πŸ˜€


Guess what? Another project comes off the MAY To-Do list. (I will keep plugging along until they are all finished.)


Linking to…

http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2012/06/can-i-get-whoop-whoop-ive-got-my-work.html

Patriotic Mug Rug… Is Finished!!


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That didn’t take long. I spent a couple hours making this mug rug today. The longest part was cutting the squares and after sewing them, trimming to exactly 3 1/2″. Even with my 3 1/2″ square little ruler and revolving cutting mat, it still took time and patience to get the squares cut right. I don’t do “points” well, hate flying geese, or whatever they are called. Only because I can’t seem to get the points lined up nicely. So I carefully trimmed the squares.

I think I did OK with these. May even give “on point” another try.

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I wanted to make a beverage cozy to go with the mug rug but ran out of time. Maybe I will put it on my To-Make list for later. It is one of those small projects I keep meaning to try.

This is what I used as inspiration to design my mug rug. Mine is more like a placemat. A little larger than the usual mug rug.

http://quilterscache.com/G/GloryinScrapsBlock.html

Starting with the large star half triangle in the upper left corner and two rows in diagonally. Then I just did the reverse coming down to the bottom right corner. I liked the original design and plan to make a few blocks per the pattern.

This is the back. Plain and simple.

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Hope my Swap Partner likes her Patriotic Mug Rug. I added a little something extra to make up for my tardy mailing. πŸ˜€


Linking to…

http://www.sew-much-ado.com/2012/07/we-did-it-wednesday.html

Three Ticks For My Denim Quilt


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Tick #1: My first time working with denim on a quilt. Oh, what a Hard Head I have!!

Tick #2: Counts as one of my SS Holiday Table Mats.

Tick #3: I get to cross it off my MAY To Do list.


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Before deciding to use denim as the backing for my picnic blanket/table topper, I did my research. I wanted to see what pros and cons other quilters had to say about sewing with denim. Most information available was about rag quilts. But they did say new quilters might be intimidated, don’t use batting, would be heavy to manage.

Here’s where my Hard Head got even harder and told me I could do this. I had plans for loops, swirls, even stippling.

I practiced beforehand. On paper to get a feel. And on my sewing machine. The practice ones were so-so. (That should have been my clue.)

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Here I am, ready to free motion quilt.

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Well, the experts were right about two things. I should have left out the batting. No doubt quilting would have been easier. No matter what I tried, the loops and swirls bunched up into a bird’s nest in the back. Tried different types of thread. Different tension settings. Nothing worked. I ended up quilting straight lines. And it was HEAVY!! I used a folding chair on both sides of me to hold the weight. But INTIMIDATED!! Nope. I will try anything. Once. πŸ˜€

I took my quilt for a drive. Here it is keeping my Jeep warm. πŸ˜€

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These shots were taken at my city’s Recreation Park. I saw people sneaking glances at me but they didn’t ask what I was doing. I had planned to tell them I was a newspaper photographer. LOL!!

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It measures 47″ by 51″. Here’s how I made it.

  • 4″ squares
  • Disappearing 9 patch blocks
  • 6″ navy polka dot borders
  • 3 1/2″ red polka dot bias binding

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I really love it.


My next project also uses red, white and blue fabrics. I got all of these on sale at JoAnn’s.

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I signed up for a Patriotic Mug Rug Swap in my quilt group. Mail out date was yesterday. Guess I had better get started. Mine will be a day late. πŸ˜€


My charity pillowcase project is still going strong. Batch #4, 12 pillowcases, is finished. I added them to 12 others and mailed off two dozen.

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I am just thrilled to pieces working on these. I get to use up fabrics just sitting. Fabrics I bought when I was first building my stash and still hadn’t decided what to do with. Sort of purging the stacks. Feels good.

I also collected up dental supplies accumulated over the last few years.

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Hubby and I both go to the dentist four times a year and a lot of dental supplies start to collect in those cute Toothy Smiley bags. Only so many toothbrushes and dental floss can a person use. I am donating these to the charity center too. I had intended to donate small tubes of toothpaste from our dentist. Had a boatload of them. Did you know toothpaste has an expiration date? I didn’t. Thank goodness I checked. They had all expired so I trashed them.

Well… got to go. Need to work on my Day Late Patriotic Mug Rug.

What are your plans for the 4th of July?


Linking to…

http://sewhappygeek.co.uk/index.php/2012/07/02/manic-monday-linky-party-41/

http://www.sew-much-ado.com/2012/06/we-did-it-wednesday_26.html

http://conniekresin.blogspot.com/2012/06/linky-party-tueday-20.html

Pillowcases: Batch 4 Ready For French Seams


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I worked on these charity pillowcases last night. 12 of them.

All ready for French Seams.

I have a few favorites. Especially this fabric with the colorful doggie bones. I used it as the band for three pillowcases.

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They should all be finished sometime today. I want to get them packed and ready to mail either tomorrow or Monday.


What else am I working on? One of my UFO’s.

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It is basted with quilting spray and pins. Ready to quilt.

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This is the backing fabric.

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I am thinking big loopy daisies. Or some sort of loops and swirls. I think I will use blue denim thread in the bobbin and cream for the top. Will do a practice swatch first to see if the blue thread pulls up to the top.

I have plans for this quilted tablecloth/picnic blanket. Two family outings in July. And then I will display it on my dining room table most of the summer. And I just thought of something. I get to count it as one of my SS Holiday table mats. Yay!!

Well, back to the assembly line. The French seams are calling!! Hope you have great plans for this weekend. Do something fun!!

How To Add A Zipper To A Pouch… Donna Style


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Zippered pouches are the rage right now and tutorials are popping up all over the net. After trying a few with so-so results, I decided to figure out my own way of adding a zipper. I love how the above pouch turned out, so I thought I would share my process with you.

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My tutorial doesn’t instruct how to make a pouch. It BEGINS at the “add a zipper” stage. You will have already created and sewn the pouch front and back, plus the lining front and back. You can make your pouch any size. The process is the same.

Preparation: You will need a zipper and two fabric squares.

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Cut two 3″ fabric squares.

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Take one of the squares and fold up one end at 3/4″.

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Fold up again. And again. Finger press. When unfolded, you should have three creases. Leave unfolded.

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Now fold one flap to the center. Do same with other flap. Fold two sides together. Press flat.

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For a finished look, stitch along the long side where the folded edges meet. Stitch the other side.

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Repeat the above steps for the 2nd fabric square.

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Measuring and Alignment

Select a zipper that is from two to 3″ longer than the length (left to right) of the pouch. Lay the zipper flat near the top edge of the pouch. Center it across the pouch top edge.Β  Pin (or mark with chalk) where the pouch edges align with the centered zipper.

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Move zipper tab to open the zipper. Sew across zipper teeth on both left and right where you marked it. (If zipper has metal teeth, hand walk foot over the zipper to prevent needle breakage.) Reinforce stitching.

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Sewing Fabric Tabs To Zipper

Place fabric tabs about 1/2″ to 3/4″ from the left and right pouch edges.Β  Important: They will NOT be sewn into the side seams.

Begin stitching down the fabric tabs to the zipper. Both top and bottom. Both sides. Don’t stretch and pull on the tabs. Leave a tiny bit of wiggle room. I like to be able to insert my fingernail under the tab.

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At this stage, zipper has not yet been sewn to pouch. It is positioned near the top of the pouch for illustration purposes. So you can see how the stitched ends align with the pouch edges. Zipper is sewn to pouch in the next steps.

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Pinning Zipper to Pouch Front and Lining Front

Arrange pouch pieces and lining pieces how they will be sewn.

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Now, sandwich zipper between pouch front and lining front. Right sides together. Zipper facing down (and opened). See photo.

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Repeat for Pouch Back and Lining Back.

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Topstitching gives pouch a finished look. Do it now while the pouch is flat.

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Sewing Side Seams and Bottom (Insert strap before sewing up sides.)

Very carefully, begin sewing side seams, mindful of the zipper fabric tabs. DO NOT CATCH THEM IN THE SEAMS. Slowly sew over the zipper teeth. (If zipper has metal teeth, hand walk foot over the zipper to prevent needle breakage.) Reinforce by stitching over the teeth once more.

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Turn pouch inside out to check and make sure all is right. Are you happy with your work? If yes, trim zipper excess.

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Finish off bottom as you normally would.

And done!! Enjoy!!

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If you try this, let me know how your zipper turned out. Thanks!!


Linking to…

http://allthingsfee.blogspot.com/2012/06/calling-all-crafters-65th-edition.html

http://www.sewcando.com/2012/06/craftastic-monday-linky-winner.html

http://sewhappygeek.co.uk/index.php/manic-monday/

http://what-about.co/june-22-2012-show-friday-blog-hop/

Inspiration From A Coffee Mug…


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Another one bites the dust… I get to cross this off the MAY To-Do List. But first let me tell you about it.

I found this cute mug at the Salvation Army Thrift Store last year. In fact, they had two exactly alike. I got them both. I knew I would make something just wasn’t sure what. On and off, I auditioned fabrics. Nothing quite matched perfectly.

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I think I changed out the fabrics three different times. Never did find the exact shade of peach. I even took the mug with me to JoAnn’s.

So.. I decided matchy, matchy is OK for your wardrobe but not necessary for quilting. Can’t pigeonhole my quilting into Matchy Matchy. Stifles my creativity. Anything goes with quilting.

Here’s my Anything Goes. Two pincushions. (Only one was on my To-Do List.) A mug rug and a zippered pouch.

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I still have one block left to decide what to make with it. And about a handful of scraps.

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I am having a blast working with zippers. Each time the result “on the ends” is different. I keep experimenting, trying to get a polished look. I will get there. I will keep trying.

The pouch is long and wide enough for lots of sewing supplies. It has a pocket with a divider down the center, making two pockets.

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More photos…

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I have learned so much in 1 1/2 years of quilting. I am now using less thread due to discovering Leaders and Enders. When I first read about L and E, I thought what the heck are they talking about. So I did a Google search, read about it, and thought, hmmm, that’s a great idea. Now I try to have something ready to stitch up next to my sewing machine. No sense wasting thread if you don’t have to. Chain sewing.

Here I am working on two projects. L and E.

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My red/white/blue quilt. Which BTW is now back to a table mat. A tablecloth. I can probably still use it as a picnic blanket if I want. The borders are sewn.

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Next, I have to sandwich it and get it ready to quilt. And that baby is going to be coming off the MAY To-Do List soon!! πŸ˜€

Wait until you see all the new quilt books I bought. Yummy!!


Linking to…

http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2012/06/can-i-get-whoop-whoop-babies-are.html

http://sewhappygeek.co.uk/index.php/manic-monday/

FNSI: My New Clutch… Cats, The Musical


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I joined in with the fun at Friday Night Sew In over at Handmade by Heidi. They always have something fun going on. Great projects. Great prizes. My pillowcase project was inspired by one of the FNSI projects.

For today’s sew in, I completed one project.

My new fun handbag. A clutch. I am calling it Cats, The Musical.

I had pieced together the front from scraps.

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I blogged about it months ago but it sat and sat and sat. Finally a couple days ago, I decided to work on it. I finished it today.

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No zipper for this one. Just snaps. One snap on the inside and one on the outside flap. I am working on a second little clutch like this but it will be slightly different.

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I worked a bit on this.

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The plan was to make one long table runner and cut up the rest into smaller placemats. But now I have decided to make a picnic blanket. I have lots of blue denim so I am going to try that. Will be nice and sturdy on the back and should be able to hold up in the grass and dirt. But first I have to decide whether I want a blue denim sashing going down the center. I will work on it tomorrow.

Also these are in the works…

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One is quilted and ready to become a zippered pouch. And one (orange/turquoise) has been pieced (all from scraps) and ready to be quilted. Not sure what I will make. Probably a large handbag. I was auditioning white fabric with it today. Yuck!! I just don’t “do” white fabric well. I will have to see what else I can use for borders. The photo in the back is a little clutch I am working on. Doing a tutorial for it.

Well, that does it for what I worked on today for Friday Night Sew In.

But before I go, I want to show you what came in today’s mail. I won this HUGE box of selvage scraps on eBay. 2500 strips. 6″ by 2″. Wow!!

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Most with the selvage manufacturer’s markings. Many designer fabrics. I so wanted to dig through the box and play with the strips. But I resisted. I wanted to continue working on my UFO’s and not be tempted. I’ll go through the box in a few days. For sure I will blog about them. Aren’t you seeing lots of projects!!

This came today too. Lucy’s Crab Shack charm pack.

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After flipping through the squares, I had to quickly put them away. I so wanted to pull out a few and get started. But again I resisted. Another day. A whole day of looking and thinking. Just me and Lucy!! Can’t wait.

Hope you are having a great weekend doing something you love. πŸ˜€


Go here to check out Heidi’s site.

http://www.handmadebyheidi.blogspot.com/2012/06/june-friday-night-sew-in-signup.html


Linking to…

http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2012/06/can-i-get-whoop-whoop-babies-are.html

http://conniekresin.blogspot.com/p/linky-party-tuesdays.html