I can't believe it, this is my 100th post. Where has time gone. I feel like I just started doing this. Meeting all of you great people. I must celebrate. Maybe by the end of this blog I will have dreamt up a give away.
I have signed up for the May Small Projects group with Amanda Jean at http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/ I am off to a good start. It was easy, I picked the smallest items on my list so I could see the list shrinking before my very eyes.
I have 3 pouches/purses on my list so when I saw the Strippy Pouch made by Freda at http://imperamagna.blogspot.com/2012/05/its-all-betty-lous-fault.html#comment-form with a link to the tutorial I knew I’d have to make at least one of them from that design. The tutorial was great when I took the time to read it. It’s been a bad week for my allergies. My eyes itch all the time so I am not reading instructions fully. I picked up all of the measurements correctly, thankfully. And on Tuesday night I cut out all of the pieces necessary to make the pouch as pictured and one without the strippy effect. I even put the front and back of the outsides together and made the straps before I called it a night.
Wednesday I did the tailoring requested by my neighbor. 1st thing officially off of the list.
Last night I went back to the Pouches. Generally I don’t make boxed bottoms the way the tutorial did. It looked easier so I thought I’d give it a try. See the red lines on the upper right corner and on the upper left corner. Well that’s where I wasn’t paying attention and with a RED Pigma pen I marked the wrong corners for the boxed BOTTOM. Things went better for awhile until it was time to sew the corners for the boxed bottom before tuning inside out. I scrolled past that step. Minor, I know but a pain none the less. End result is great except for the red lines on the back. 2nd thing officially off of the list.
I apparently didn’t have enough pain for the evening so I went to work on the second pouch. Error number 1, do you see the strip of fabric in the picture in front of the pouch?
Can you guess what it is? You are correct , it is the strap that I forgot to attach. DUH. Error number 2 was just plain stupid. This is about my millionth pouch so far this year. I sewed seams for the outside and inside and sewed the corners just beautifully. I went to turn it right side out and found that I never opened the zipper, not only didn’t open it I sewed the pull on the outside of the seam so I couldn’t even cheat it open. Had to rip open the seam, the same seam that I could have put the strap in if I had realized it was sitting on the table laughing at me. I did put a pocket in this one and am quite happy with it.
At this point I’m not sure what direction I want to go, mark it off my list as completed or rip open the lining and the side seam and insert it. I guess it will depend on how itchy my eyes are over the weekend.
Well tonight I want to get started on binding the Swoon quilt. I think that may be my biggest project of the month. I’d like to at least get the machine part done by Sunday night. Then I can park it on the dining room table and work on it in between things as time permits. 5 minutes here and 5 minutes there add up.
How’s your list moving along???????
My 100th Posting Give Away
Ok so I have decided how to celebrate. I will make yet another pouch, with pocket and strap and will put a surprise inside. If you want in just let me know if you have a favorite color combo. If I have it in my stash I'll do it. If not I'll come up with something. I will pick a winner on Wednesday, May 9. I will ship internationally so everyone can play.
Thanks for visiting. Selina