“Free Your Mind” purse

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This fabric has been screaming to me in my sewing room.

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I love color.  I love bold.  And I don’t own a black purse.

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This is the larger version of the Companion Carpet Bag pattern by Mrs. H.  The purse frame is from Emmaline Bags.

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I think I could carry camping supplies in here.  Like I would go camping!

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The sparkle vinyl bottom will protect against cooties.  Because purses are prone to catching cooties.

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It’s a purse! It’s a tote! It’s two-in-one!

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Multi-tasking in purse form.  This is the Betsy Bag, from the pattern by Betsy LaHonta.

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The amazing tan fabric that looks like leather?  It is actually a paper product called Kraft-tex.

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It can be washed and dried, cut and sewn.

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The top of the bag can be tucked in so it behaves like a purse.

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Then pop that out and move the handles and voila!  It’s a tote.

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There are drawstrings so I can keep all my birds from flying away.

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I just happened to have (not kidding) two hot pink cord locks in my collection.

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The lining has ukuleles all over.

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Added bonus – I got to use lots of shiny hardware!

Tank heaven for leetul gulls

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It’s a girl!

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This precious fabric is the Little Red Riding Hood collection from Riley Blake.

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The big bad wolf and grandmother’s cottage are also adorably represented.

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And, of course, the mushrooms?

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Guess the name of the new little niece…

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The pattern is free on the Moda Bakeshop website  http://www.modabakeshop.com/2014/04/charm-party-baby-quilt-bonus-pillow.html

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After making the HSTs for the quilt, I ended up with smaller leftover HSTs.

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They became this little dolly quilt.  When Ava has a little baby, the baby can have a blanky like hers!

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I chose this fun Hawaiian print for the backing.

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I actually quilted this one myself!

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That purse with the singing skeleton

DSCN1534I like to call this dude the Frito Bandito.  Or the ai-yi-yi-yi guy.

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DSCN1547 The pattern is the Companion Carpet Bag by Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H ( http://www.mrs-h.com )

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Fibs & Fables woven into dreams

DSCN1455Sometimes it seems like a stack of fabric is burning a hole in your fabric collection.  Like you just have to use it, and use it now.

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I had this bundle of Fibs & Fables fabric by Anna Maria Horner.  Dying to use it, I was in between other quilting projects.

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I pulled a book off my shelf, Tula Pink’s Quilts from the House of Tula Pink.  

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I picked the Dream Weaver pattern.

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The solid is Essex yarn-dyed linen.  This is one of my new favorite “solids” to use in my quilts.

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I love the denim-y look of the Essex.  In my world, everything goes with denim.

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The quilting was done by Lea Ingram here on Kauai.  I love the vertical rope-like look in the sashing.

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Tippy the panther has claimed his spot at the foot of the bed.  No close-ups of the cat hair today.

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Westminster Floral Show

My happy Kaffe Fassett inspired quilt

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Quilted and bound – two of the best words in the quilting world!

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It takes some courage, or some liquid courage, to cut into a stash of fabrics from Kaffe Fassett, Brandon Mably and Philip Jacobs.

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When I finally committed to the cut, I was all in.  And boy was it worth it.

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The pattern is Shine from the October 2015 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting.  It was designed by Jane Davidson of quiltjane.com

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This was quilted by Lea Ingram here on Kauai.

 

 

Mark Twain is in the house again!

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I probably should be more careful about folding Mark.  But look at that detail in his hair!

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I scanned the signature and stitched it out on my Destiny.  What a great sewing machine.

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The woodgrain in the fence makes you just want to run out and whitewash it!

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This amazing quilting was done by Deonn Stott, a true artisan.

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Every detail comes alive with her great vision.

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The paddlewheel blocks were quilted to look like, well, paddlewheels on a river boat.

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I embroidered a different quote on the quilt, one that felt more like “me.”

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