Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Purses and a Quilt

I have been in the purse sewing mode, first a purse for a friend. I really like the aqua-brown combination and she will, too.

Then another sample for the quilt shop. I am planning to teach a purse a month this fall. This one will be the second month of the fall class schedule. It takes a bit of time and has a bit of harder construction, so I am hoping the new sewers will take the first class and gain some experience.

The pattern is Bridget Bag and has 4 sizes available. I made the smaller tote size. I think I will make the purse size also, to show the size variations and to try some different construction techniques. I think this could be a cute diaper bag, too.

Now a proud mom moment, Meredith finished her quilt. This pattern is Candy Blossoms, a nice lap size pattern. Isn't it such a cute quilt? Meredith did an amazing job. I did the cutting and she did all the piecing and arranging of fabric, plus she picked out all the fabrics. The flowers are machine appliqued with a zig-zag stitch and she sewed yo-yo's for the fabric centers. It is on display in my friend's quilt shop right now. We will quilt it in the fall.

I have to tell you a funny story about this one. Last night we were outside swimming and hubby asked if anyone wanted to play basketball. Meredith said she could not, she had a date. Boy, did his head spin around and he exclaimed "What?!!!" She responded, "with Mom, we are finishing my quilt."

Side note:

I want to thank all of you who commented on my July 19th post, it was so nice to read those and it does so much for my spirit. I am doing better and working through a few things. It will be fine. Thank you, friends.


  1. Lovely photos - you have arranged the bags (which are cute in themselves) so nicely with the backgrounds. Even the cows in the second photo wanted a closer look :)

    M's quilt is great. She has done a fantastic job.

  2. Your bags are adorable, Lori - love them! and the quilt top is gorgeous!

    I hope you are feeling better. *hugs*

  3. Oh, I love that top bag...it's so cute! Meredith did a great job on her quilt, too. What a great young sewer! I don't think I would have tackled a quilt at that age.

    Best wishes and ((hugs)).

  4. The aqua bag is my favorite! I love it.

    Meredith's quilt is so cute! My Lu is hankering to start sewing. I should start her on a project like this!

  5. Love the photo of Meredith and the quilt. Must show this to A. as evidence that there are teens who sew of their own volition.

  6. wish i lived close enough to take your bag class. i really need/want to make some bags.

    congrats to meredith on the quilt. it is adorable. loved the "date" comment. :)


  7. Both purses are great! Meredith's quilt is fantastic! She did an amazing job!

  8. Those bags are very cute. Your daughter's quilt is wonderful! I would be proud too. :)

  9. Love the purses and what a great job Meredith did on her quilt too. So bright and cheerful. I like her fabrics better than the ones on the pattern front.

    Hope you are feeling better.

  10. My congratulations to Meredith for a wonderful job!

    And another cute tote!

  11. I love, love, love that quilt! So fun! Wonderful job, Meredith!

  12. WOW, that quilt is gorgeous!!!! Great job Meredith!!! Love your purses too Lori, they are fantastic!