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Free Form Quilted Purse

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Category Quilting
Type Accessory
Marie Withrow on

What materials did you use? Fabric scraps, 9" zipper, basic quilting supplies

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What are you most proud of? The bad news is, I messed up the lining. When I opened the clutch at the end I realized I had put one of the linings on the wrong side of the zipper so what I saw was the white thread stitces and raw zipper on one side. The good new is, I cut some more black fabric, folded it over, sewed it on to the zipper from the inside and you have to look pretty hard to see the mistake. I also like the back because I decided not to make both sides the same but to do something a little different. I think using a black background and piecing on some fabirc would also be fun to design.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? For the design on the back, I should havce used a zigzag stitch to protect the fabric which is something I picked up for the stupendous stitching course. I think it will get caught on things in my purse so next time I'lll protect that with stictching.

Marie Withrow on

Marie, Marie. These batik colors and staggered seams are terrific. It's so pretty, if it were candy, I'd eat it.

12/18/2012 Flag

Thank you! One issue I had and am still trying to figure out is.... how to "stitch in the ditch"... my stitches seem to show more than I think they should to look nice. Any suggestions?

12/25/2012 Flag

At the quilt ship I picked up a spool of transparent thread made especially for quilting colorful and dark fabrics. The transparent thread color is called "smoke." I like using it. Have you tried it? Merry Christmas Marie. P.S. see my old Victorian house we're restoring; google: 1893victorianfarmhouse. Leave me a note. I love your work and would enjoy corresponding with you.

12/25/2012 Flag

Thank you - I am now subscribing to your blog about the house - looks amazing. Are you still working on it as I don't see any recent posts. I have also since your post started to use transparent thread for my stitching in the ditch and it works perfectly!!

03/28/2014 Flag