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Update 1/01/2009: Scroll to the bottom for pics of NEW purses I have made recently.

Presently I don’t have any new purses made from this pattern, but Jill wanted to see some purses so I am posting pics of purses that I have made for my own personal use. I will be posting pics of new purses as I get them made.

My favorite purse - front view

back view

bottom view

hanging on a chair to show the shoulder strap length. I can make them any length.

front view of black and yellow purse

side view

bottom view

inside view - very roomy - can have up to 4 pockets

view with my hand in front pocket to show how roomy it is

black and yellow purse hanging on a chair

This purse pattern is called Scrappy Sak. It can be made from any combination of fabrics. I make my purses from 100% cotton so they can be washed in the washing machine. All fabrics are pre-washed so they won’t shrink any more. The strap length can be short or long. I prefer long personally because I like to shop hands-free. The shoulder length strap is long enough to cross over my body so it doesn’t keep falling off my shoulder like some purses do. I can adjust the length according to the person’s preference, some women prefer the short handle and it is no problem to make it to their specifications.

The outside of this purse can have up to 4 pockets in 3 different sizes. The inside can have up to 4 pockets. I find that this purse “grows”, the fuller it gets, the bigger it gets. It is amazing how much it can hold. There is also a small version of this purse called the Fat Quarter Friend. It does not hold nearly as much but is a very cute purse. Here is a pic of one I made recently:

Fat Quarter Friend*

Fat Quarter Friend*

Side view of Fat Quarter Friend

Side view of Fat Quarter Friend

I also make a purse that I designed called Itty Bitty Purse. Here is a pic of one of these tiny guys. I use one of these all the time to hold my drivers license, credit cards, some cash, and my cell phone. If I am running a short errand I grab this instead of a big purse. If I am travelling I put the Itty Bitty Purse inside my big purse. That way I can leave the big purse in the car when I run in for a potty break or to shop somewhere. The strap is long enough to cross over my body so I can shop hands-free. And it is very light weight. I love it.

close-up of front closure

close-up of front closure

close up of back of Itty Bitty Purse

close up of back of Itty Bitty Purse

So there are the purses I currently have patterns for. I am open to using different patterns but I don’t do zippers, just so you know. My sewing machine does not have a zipper foot. Besides I don’t like to do zippers. Maybe someday I will advance to zippers, but not yet. For now it’s velcro, snaps, or magnetic closures.

New Purse Pics posted 1/01/09:

Cherry purse

Cherry purse

cherry purse bottom

cherry purse bottom

Jillian's purse

Jillian's purse

Jillian's purse - view of the inside

Jillian's purse - view of the inside

Jillian's purse - view of the bottom

Jillian's purse - view of the bottom

Kim's purse (Jillian's cousin)

Kim's purse (Jillian's cousin)

bottom view of Kim's purse

bottom view of Kim's purse

view of the inside of Kim's purse

view of the inside of Kim's purse

Corie's diaper bag

Corie's diaper bag

side view of Corie's diaper bag

side view of Corie's diaper bag

Inside view of diaper bag

Inside view of diaper bag

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Follow this link to see the pictures of our quilt show this past weekend.  Quilters at Heart Quilt Guild

Enjoy!

Happy Quilting!

Darlajune

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I just took some pics of the items I will put in the quilt show this weekend.

The first picture is a Bargello Flag, next a close-up of the same flag.

Third, a pieced hearts wall-hanging, then a close-up of the same wallhanging.

Next is a landscape wallhanging titled “Land of Lincoln” with 3 close-ups of the detail

Five pics of an embroidered quilt (embroidered and pieced by my mother – quilted by me, my kids, and sister quilters)

This “Sunbonnet Sue” quilt was pieced and quilted by my grandmother c.1950

You have seen this quilt many times – it is my latest project “Stars and Stripes Forever”

Well, that’s it! I can’t wait til the weekend for the quilt show. Hope the weather cooperates.

Happy Quilting!

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It’s Finished!

I’m finished quilting and binding the quilt. Here are some pics:

So now I can work on getting my other entries ready for the quilt show this weekend. I will post pics later.

Happy quilting!

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I am still quilting, just not posting lately. I have been looking in on some of my favorite quilt blogs though. I love seeing your projects. Here is what I am still working on:

Stars and Stripes Forever

I need to have this ready to show by Sept 12th

Here is my Roxanne thimble…..best thimble I have ever used:

Gotta get busy….Happy Quilting!

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Well, it was a perfect day to be outdoors today. Our quilt guild, Quilters at Heart, had a quilt frame set up under the shade trees at Postville Courthouse for their annual 1800’s Craft Fair. We were working on a quilt obtained at an auction by one of our members. It is a hand-pieced Grandmother’s Flower Garden. We don’t know who made it or how old it is. Maybe one of you quilt bloggers can date it by looking at the picture I took. If any of you has an idea please leave a comment or email me at darlayow@gmail.com.

Grandmother's Flower Garden

Grandmothers Flower Garden

Our quilt frame was set up near some of the musicians. (You can see the quilters in the distance behind the banjo-players hat) It was hard to sit still. The music was lively and I wanted to do a jig! (If only….)

A little boy stirs a bubbling pot of apple butter over an open fire. M-m-m-m.

There were rug weavers, one with a loom, one with an old wagon wheel!

An old treadle sewing machine, and a teepee with a fire burning inside.

A blacksmith was busy with his wares. And, as you can see, Abe Lincoln stopped by to watch. Actually, the real Abe Lincoln frequented the Postville Courthouse because he was a lawyer for the 8th Circuit here. He rode here on horseback to try cases.

A wood-carver stopped his work so I could snap his picture.

In the picture above a woman is spinning yarn. Below a man proudly shows his hand-dyed yarns; the dyes are all from natural products cooked over an open fire. One of the cauldrons had cedar brewing for a brown hue. Those yarns were a feast for the eyes.

Such a lovely display of herbs and vinegars. The herb lady graciously let me take her picture. She holds up a bowl of fragrant herbs.

I can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon! The smells and sounds, the happy children, and QUILTING! It just doesn’t get any better. 🙂

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I have been busy handquilting

I am handquilting the quilt top I just finished.

I hope to have it done in time for the 2008 Railsplitter Festival in September. I have also been working on that 10+ yr old quilt I started hand-piecing a loooong time ago. It is a Jacob’s Ladder. I machine-pieced the remaining 32 blocks for a total of 42 blocks.

I took 4 blocks and arranged them 3 different ways:

More later

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