Bags of bags and a new award!

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all well and still in the crafty holiday mood πŸ™‚

I’ve been making a bag to use up the rest of the plain charms that I’d put away for a rainy day in my fabric stash. I haven’t made a bag before. I suppose it was only a matter of time….

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For now, there is a pin where the wooden toggle closure will go. The body of the bag is quilted with variegated thread and there are patch pockets in the patchwork lining. The whole thing is a stash-buster!

Here is the back view.

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Then, it occurred to me that I’d had a whole lot of fun making this bag. Soooo…….I made another πŸ™‚ This time using the blue patches from a predominantly pink charm pack. I’m not keen on blue with pink so I stashed the blue ones. I’ve added a few squares of other coordinating fabrics to make up the numbers.

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Once again, I’ve put a pin where the big button will go. The main part is quilted with pale blue King Tut thread. Here is the back.

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Then……….I got totebagitis…….or some other disease which made me want to do another bag. This is quiteΒ ridiculousΒ (you’ll find out why below).

Next, a purple and blue “quilt as you go” style bag.

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And the reverse.

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So, there you go. That’s what I’ve been up to πŸ˜€

Next, I’ve been nominated for another award.

My friend Yvonne, over at A Wee Bit RandomΒ has nominated me for this πŸ™‚

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Thank you very much Yvonne πŸ™‚

A Wee Bit Random is a relatively new blog that contains something for everyone. Go and take a look! There are lots of rules of acceptance as usual……but, you know me……I like to break with tradition. I won’t be nominating other bloggers as I know and understand how some of you prefer not to get involved. However, I will provide links to some of my favourites and if the blog writers wish to take the award, they can. That way, everyone is happy (I hope).

A few random things about meΒ (just to conform a tiny weeny bit)

I love anything purple πŸ™‚

My favourite place to have a holiday is in Scotland, the more remote, the better.

I hate hats!! When I was a child, my Mum used to knit me hats of all colours and designs. For every outfit, there was a matching hat. I used to be dressed immaculately, with a hat, and sent off to school every day. At the top of the street, just around the corner, I would remove the hat and put it in my bag, whatever the weather. On my way home, the ritual was reversed. I still won’t wear a hat. My Mum is now in her 80’s and she still has no idea about this, so no telling πŸ˜‰

I like Brussel sprouts πŸ™‚

I never make New Year resolutions.

I don’t have a handbag. I don’t remember ever having a handbag and have no need for one. I believe most people have no idea what is in their handbag. Now you know why me making bags is ridiculous πŸ˜†

Now for a few links of reeeeeealy good blogs in alphabetical order.Β 

Basildon Kitchens

Bending Pins

Claire in France

Creative Pixie

Gun in Sweden

Made by Patch

Nero’s Post and Patch

Quilt Obsession

Red Headed Stitcher

Skalabara

Treadle Music

Enjoy! Bye for now! Quilting calls πŸ˜€

Avis x

The first secret is on its way out…..

Hi everybody,

I hope you have all had some time to craft this weekend πŸ™‚

One of my secret projects, which has been developing in my head for many months (since this post), is finally on the drawing board.

For a change I will throw away my rotary cutter, rulers and all the trappings that come with piecing patchwork to try my hand at being a little more creative, perhaps….with fabric, Bondaweb, embroidery threads, beads and my dear old 1980s Toyota machine which allows me to experiment with zig-zag stitches πŸ˜†

I started with some semi-tessellating fishes.

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Then added a few extra critters and a frame.

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And finally, went a bit over the top with weeds πŸ™‚

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So that is the plan! The secret project is finally under way or Under the Sea πŸ˜‰ I’ll keep you posted with my progress. In the meantime if you have any tips or ideas for my project, I’m all ears.

What have you all been up to? If the answer is “Not much” then take a trip over to to the Blogger’s Quilt Festival where you can nominate your favourite quilts. I am on my way over there now!

Enjoy what is left of the weekend πŸ™‚

Avis x

LATEST ADDITION:

One of my lovely readers, Witchylin, has sent me a photo of a felted bag that she has made. Sew clever πŸ˜‰ I love it πŸ˜€ If my design turns out as good as her bag, I’ll be well chuffed!!

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