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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Oh, Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree, How Lovely will your Tree Skirt Be

Right after Christmas last year, I started a new tree skirt. I finished what seemed like a zillion 5-inch squares (Ok, only 50 of them), then put them in a bag and forgot about them until yesterday.

I pulled out the bag and decided that I needed to get it done soon since I want to use it this year. So I have been sewing a bit the past couple of days and I finally have all the 5-inch blocks sewn into 15-inch squares.
Now I just have to decide how to arrange them, then sew all of the blocks together and the top will be done! Whooooooo hooooooooo! Of course, I still must make the quilt sandwich and then hand quilt it. That is why I must get started on this. It will take a long time to quilt it. I am not even going to attempt to machine quilt. I am tired or ruining everything by my sorry machine quilting.

Everything was going fast and smooth until I started sewing the 15-inch blocks together. After the first row, I discovered this:
Oh no! I forgot to sew one of the pieces on this 5-inch block and did not even realize it. Now I have to pick out 30 inches of 1.5-inch stitches!!! And then another 15 inches (3 sides)) to replace this block. That's enough to knock my enthusiasm back a few weeks.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Shaggy Bags

I have been busy designing and sewing these shaggy denim bags. This is my favorite.


They are so much fun to make.



I found a model for this one:

It goes nicely with his outfit.

I made a haul at Joanne's last Friday.
My next project plan is to make a bag from those animal prints and black denim.
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