Saturday, July 30, 2011

Making a purse organizer/wallet

I have been looking at purse organizers. This looks cool:

Unfortunately, I have a small purse and these wouldn’t fit. I was browsing the internet looking at different purse organizers and of course I looked at tutorials on blogs and youtube also. I actually considered shopping for a larger purse so that I could buy or make an organizer.

Thinking about it I decided that I would keep my small purse and make something that works for me at this time. The problems I identified were: losing my small black phone in my purse, my work badge taking up a lot of space, and not being able to see my dollar bills. This Spring I accidently tipped someone $100 bill when I meant to leave a $1 and I didn’t realize it until hours later. On a spiritual level I think that person was meant to have extra money coming in, but I still need to be able to see my money in the dark environs of my bag. I had a small plastic envelope that I put in my purse so I could see my cash, but that was getting frayed and worn.

I also had some stiff fusible interfacing (from years ago making fabric bowls).  I fused fabric to the interfacing, made a couple pockets on the back for my phone and some cards and trimmed the vinyl, added binding by machine.  It is actually a little long for the interior of my purse, but the slight curve makes it easier to retrieve my phone.
This isn't fancy but it will do for now and I will see about purchasing or making a more elaborate organizer when I finally get a bigger purse

Thursday, July 28, 2011


I am working on putting my hexagon quilt together. I wanted to quilt on the longarm, but I have a couple tops I need to get borders on first. I think it has been 6 weeks since I have done much with the longarm, and boy do I feel rusty.

I put some practice scraps on the frame and worked on a flower motif. Usually the quilting looks much better than my sketching but it isn’t there yet. Fun to be quilting again, though.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Fabrics for Bee Mystery Quilt Selected

I was on the road again last week.  It was very hot and humid in Washington DC.  I came home and did very a novel, sewed on my hexi quilt, relaxed.

I did pick out my fabrics for the mystery quilt my bee is doing, though I didn't do any sewing on it.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Hexigon Quilt

After all my travels (3 back to back trips 23 days, followed by a full week at work) it felt good to have a quiet weekend. I didn’t get as much done as I hoped, but I made headway. One of the downsides to all the travel – I had instructions for the first step of a mystery quilt our bee is doing, but I couldn’t find them. So I tried a new little hexagon quilt, and then I found the instructions. Well next weekend I will put together the mystery segment one.

Missouri Star Quilt Company had a youtube video of this ruler and I thought I would try it.

I also ordered a jellyroll of Kona pastels. I don’t usually work with solids but I like how this is coming along and I hope I can do some cool quilting on it.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I have been travelling with my grandchildren

I spent one week out of town for work, and then went on a two week vacation with 4 of my grandchildren, my son, and daughter-in-law.

We went to Smokey Mountains National Park, Virginia Beach, Niagra Falls and then spent 5 days at Moosehead lake in Maine.  Lots of fun!