Bags of bags and a new award!

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all well and still in the crafty holiday mood ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 quiteย ridiculousย (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 ๐Ÿ˜€

Next, I’ve been nominated for another award.

My friend Yvonne, over at A Wee Bit Randomย has nominated me for this ๐Ÿ™‚

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Thank you very much Yvonne ๐Ÿ™‚

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 meย (just to conform a tiny weeny bit)

I love anything purple ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

I like Brussel sprouts ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜†

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

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 ๐Ÿ˜€

Avis x

Another secret revealed!

Hi everybody ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy birthday to my sister!!

At last I can reveal my sparkly scarf project which I made for my sister’s birthday. A few weeks ago we took my Mum to Harrogate Knitting and Stitching show and my sister admired the sparkly scarves on display at one of the stands. She would have bought one but we quickly realised they were selling the yarn to make them and not the finished articles. Everyone is so busy at this time of year. She knew there would be no time to knit for herself so we walked away.

Then, I had an opportunity ๐Ÿ˜‰ I rushed back to the stall while my Mum and sister were “lost in the crowds” and bought the yarn. To be honest, I didn’t relish the thought of knitting with it as the texture is quite lumpy bumpy. However, it is a lot softer than it looks and it knit up really fast on large needles. I am really pleased with the result.

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It would have looked better modelled on a black outfit…..but I don’t have one ha-ha!

I hope you are all well and still have a little time to craft before the holiday. Lots of you must be holding back secret projects until after Christmas. Looks like it is going to be a very revealing New Year ๐Ÿ˜€ I can’t wait to see what you have all been up to!!

Avis x

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