A basket & a bearclaw

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A month ago, Irene and I went for a lovely day out sewing at Somerset Patchwork and its time to go again!  Now normally when I go out sewing locally or use my car I put all my sewing kit in one of my rattan baskets.

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Some of my baskets

The one I use mostly is something like what I imagine Little Red Riding Hood would have.

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Off to Grandma's basket

But when travelling on the train it’s really not the go, so last time I threw all my sewing in a plastic shopping bag, not a nice one, a scruffy, flimsy one at the last minute before I shot down to the railway station to catch the train and when Irene picked me up at the other end she was appalled that I had my lovely applique in it!

So knowing this Sunday was fast approaching and I was again contemplating how I would transport all my sewing stuff since I’m quite certain I don’t want to use any of my baskets I started to look online for a pattern to whip up a quick little sewing bag/pouch/etc.

After spending maybe 20 minutes searching and not finding any patterns I fancied, I went off blog browsing and this is what I found.  The Fat Quarter Sewing Bag by Meredithe at pomegranate and chintz.  I found two fat 1/4s of Japanese fabric left over from a quilt I made for some and off I went.  I followed the pattern for the outside but decided to change to pockets etc to suit what I needed.

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Sewing some cotton holders

I put a bit of thought into what I might want and having a place to slot in 4 or 5 cottons was a requirement.  After thinking about how I might do that I decided to put them at the bottom so the bottom of the bag would support them.

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The inside all ready to go.

I decided to make the centre loop just a smidgen larger to hold my basting glue.  The pockets above hold a tube of needles and two thimbles, one for normal sewing and one for binding as well as slightly larger pocket for a tape measure.

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I hope I thought of everything!

As you can see there’s room for a little ruler, a little cutter, a scissors, as well as two large pockets that fit my purse and phone.

And here’s the finished product

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Already for tomorrow, oops nothing to sew!

And I’ve almost finished sewing up my Bearclaw quilt. It’s further along than this photo shows. I’ll post an update on it later in the week.

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Almost all together.

and I finally updated some of my other pages, not a lot just a little. I’ve updated all the header images, all except the dodgy one on this page and a little bit of info about me and I really will get around to taking some photos of Finished quilts etc.



Oops! I accidentally started a new quilt

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I don’t know how it happened really, but yesterday I started a new quilt I had no intention of making yet!  When I’m working at my computer I always have a scrapbook or graph pad next to me so I can doodle or sketch ideas as they pop in my head.  Sometimes I look at previous ideas which makes me jump up and go over to my fabrics.  I’m wholly at the mercy of both the doodle and my fabric.

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About 5-6 years ago I had a thing for those style of blocks as you can see

The plain red fabric I’m using I’ve had for maybe 17 years.  It’s very stiff, just like when you pick up a really old piece of Marcus Bros or Concord fabric out of your stash.  I had about a metre and a half left from an earlier project and have really designed the quilt around what I could cut from it.  I had to be able to get the setting squares and claws out of it.

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20 blocks done in one night! Only 28 left to go.

I’m one of those unfortunates that doesn’t have EQ anything so I draft up patterns the old-fashioned way, or use Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop and then utilise various online calculators to help me such as:

Quilt Yardage Calculator – http://vrya.net/quilt/classic.php

and another is from

Quilters Paradise – http://www.quiltersparadiseesc.com/Calculators.php

The quilt will be on point as you can see, and I’ve decide it will be 7 x 7.  I really didn’t need another half done project cluttering up my studio/office.  Now if only the weather would cool down again I could get it finished.  Today was 35C with a hot northerly wind which where we live is bushfire weather.  I’m really envying those of you in the northern hemisphere right now.  Here’s looking forward to Tuesday.