Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Harry Potter Purse

My IN girl's husband's niece is into Harry Potter.  My IN girl asked me if I could make her niece a Harry Potter purse.  I used the same method I used when making the bags for my daughters and sister-in-law.  

I found this Harry Potter fabric at Joanne Fabrics.  I don't believe the black with stars and swirls were part of it, but it did look kind of magical. 

This will be the inside of the bag.  I ironed it on a piece of Bosal Double Sided Adhesive Foam. 
Check out the Bosal website.
For the starting place, I used a good picture of Harry doing his thing.  Then cut parts from the fabric and stitched right sides together then pressed over. I tried to get one of each character that was on the fabric.
Strips of the fabric completed the bag.  Notice some are upside down, this was done purposely, so when I folded the bag, they would be right side up.
I quilted around the characters and made swirls in the gray areas.
The back of the bag.  After stitching up the sides, I folded the lining over the top to complete the edge.
The front of the bag.
Making the strap for the bag.  Sewed a long tube. Attached a string with a safety pin.
Crunched up the tube onto a piece of conduit that my husband had cut for me for turning tubes right side out. I use the hook (also made by my husband from a hanger) to pull the safety pin/string through the conduit.
Pulled the fabric tube through the conduit, the tube is now right side out.  Ironed Flat and attached to the bag.
This is the inside of the bag.  I should have used black thread.  Live and Learn.

I added a magnetic clasp to the bag.

Covered up the the clasp attachment on the inside of the bag.

Squared off the corners.  
I don't have any pictures of the finished product, not sure why, but I believe I might have been rushed to complete. 

IN Girl's niece loves the bag she received in 2016, and I saw her with it just last month still carrying it around.  Now I just have to figure out what to do with the red Harry Potter fabric. 

Check out these bags I made previously:
1. IN Girl's Star War Bag
2. FL Girl's 
3. Sister-In-Law's Last Minute Gift


When ever I go to the store I am always looking for deals on fabric and thread.  Here are a few I got last year.  

Hancock Fabrics went out of business and I found all this great black and white fabric.  Over $170 worth for less than $50, and they required us to purchase two yards of any material we wanted.

I stood in line for 2 hours to purchase this (my husband had to leave the store), because one day I will make a black and white quilt.
The manager had to check the price on this.
Five plus yards for two cents a yard, and it's black and white.

This was a little more expensive, I believe $1.00 a yard.  It will go perfect as a backing for the bandana quilt I plan to make....some day.
Hope you enjoyed this post, will be posting another baby quilt shortly.
Happy Reading! 


Friday, July 7, 2017

An Old Quilt For A New Little Boy

Between finishing up the 2015 Row By Row Experience quilts for my daughters, I have done several other projects.  Some small, some not so small.  I am still trying to finish the 20 year old quilts as well.  

This project was for my niece, she was expecting a baby boy in December 2016. He was born in November, the day after Thanksgiving.  What a blessing he is to my niece.  Check out this quilt that I started 20 some years ago (I know).  

I found this fabric in a tote that has been moved from a house, two apartments, another house and two more apartments. The two squares were already sewn together. Some of the material looked like men's shirt material and I'm not sure where all this fabric came from.  Blues, greens, stripes, grays, and a few yellows.  Perfect for a little boy. 

I didn't really have a backing in mind, however I found this baby blue fabric with small white dots.  Perfect for a boy.
Decided to make this simple.  I made 4 squares out of the two squares that I had, then stitched them together.  A plain simple quilt. 

Oops, I can see some squares did not line up properly.  A lot of these squares were not square at all, but I don't think it detracted from the quilt. 
Using the same technique I used to layer the 2015 Row By Row Quilt.  (This little quilt was actually done first using this method.)  The only problem I had was one side I could not clamp to the table (upper right hand side) due to size, so had to make sure I pulled that tight when putting in the pins.

Used some of the backing for the border.
I did an all over stitch, and some swirls.

I was quite happy with the results, and my niece loves it.
The label.  He was not born yet and I wanted her to have it when he was, so his date of birth is not included, only the year.

My grand nephew Christian.  What a happy little guy he is.

Happy Reading! 


Monday, July 3, 2017

Finishing the 2015 Row by Row Experience

Well here we are, the end of the 2015 Row By Row Experience.  I really enjoyed doing each panel.  I have always loved to do applique, so this was a fun project for me to do.  I just took one panel at a time so it was not overwhelming. 

Check out the finished quilts.  I needed to get FL Girls done quickly so it could be mailed and she would receive it before Christmas, so lets start with hers.   

FL Girl ~ All Things Florida

I used a lot of pins in basting these quilts.  I ran out and had to go to the store to get some more, plus I had 400 or so already ordered.  I must have about a 1000 pins now.
I found a tutorial on line on how to layer a quilt and baste it.  I tried layering another quilt on my bed, but I could not keep both sides smooth.  This method worked well for me.   Above is the backing, wrong side up, clipped to my cutting table.
Next is the batting, and re-clipped catching both batting and backing.
Last is the top of the quilt.  I staggered the rows when I assembled the quilt top.

These binder clips worked well on my table. 
Starting to quilt.  The sandy beach boarder I made pebbles, and the blue fabric between the rows I did kind of a wavy all over stitch.
 Below are some of the finished panels after quilting.  Each panel was a challenge to quilt.

One of my favorites, I like the swirls of sand.

I followed the seaweed background and the sand waves.

Oops, for got to flip the pictured, but you get the idea of the quilting.

These were taken before I hid all the thread ends.

This was fun to follow the seaweed in the background.

I have to add my logo, though this one looks like the stitching is off a bit.

For the label on the back, I typed each row up with where we received the pattern.  Then used an iron on transfer.  It took me quite awhile to get the labels printed correctly.  Did a decorative stitch around the label, then attached to the back of the quilt

On the binding I did a decorative stitch to attach it.  Can you see sparkles on the blue front?  This fabric also looked like water and was hard to iron because of the sparkles it had.
FL girl's finished quilt.  My husband had to stand on a step stool for me to get it all in. 

IN Girl ~ A Mixture of Indiana and Florida

IN girl's quilt has some of the same Florida rows, however she also has some I received in Indiana.  
Before laying the layers on the cutting table, I had to find the center of the table. Then folded each layer to find the center.  X marks the spot where the center went.  As I finished pinning one section, it was easy to move the whole quilt to pin another section. 
A lot of pinning went into these two quilts. 
It was very relaxing to do though, but my thoughts were 'I've got to take all these pins out'. 

More pebbles on the sandy beach.
My machine has a stitch regulator.  The black knob is a magnet which holds the stitch regulator under the quilt.  As I was moving the quilt around, I looked over and this was where the magnet had landed. 
Well this doesn't look good.  Stop and remove a bunch of stitches.
Always good to check the back once in a while.
I loved how this one came out, the starfish was kind of puffed up in the center as I only quilted around it.
Why add a design when I had all those clouds to work with.

With the stitch regulator it keeps the stitches even.  It is much easier to do this when doing all over quilting, it is too hard to use when trying to free motion quilt because of all the stop and turning of the quilt.

The quilted seaweed can be seen better here. 

I really like this framed ship.

Label for IN girl's quilt.
Used another decorative stitch for the binding.  I believe this is a smocking stitch. Doesn't look like the stitching will come out anytime soon.
Again My husband standing on a step stool so I can get the whole quilt in.

I hope you enjoyed the 2015 Row By Row Experience, I certainly did. I would like to thank all the shops who put so much effort into the patterns, making it not only easy to follow but also enjoyable. 

A bonus for me, both girls loved their quilts.  
I will be back soon with some other projects I worked on as well in 2016 and some for 2017.

Happy Reading! 


If you are new to my blog, check out the other posts in this series:

1. Row, row, row your boat

2. Sailing Away

3. Just Ducky 

4. Sunset Views

5. Alligators ~ Beware

6. Manatee Heaven

7. Flowers, Flowers, Flowers 

8. Let’s Go To The Beach

9.   Sailing Away 2

10. Covered Bridge 

11. Colorful Fishing

12. Florida Sunset 

13. La Mer  

14. Layers of the Sea