Thursday, 22 September 2011

In A Handbag!

Quoted in a loud aristocratic English outraged accent!  Denouement scene from The Importance of Being Earnest by the outrageous Oscar Wilde!  Always loved that bit !

Nothing much to do with the rest of the post but hey why not??

These little purchases wheedled their way into my basket while visiting Lisa
Lam's website  She wrote the book I recently showed you which I am going to use to make a bag with the lovely fabric Lynne kindly gifted my way!

What on earth are these things?

I have here a purse frame - I have to admit I thought English purse as in coin purse when I put it in the basket but no this would be a coin purse suitable for a giant!  It's a purse as in US style ie a handbag!  

A tube of glue that Lisa recommends for using with the purse frame!

A metal strip flex frame - more suited as a coin purse 

And a That Purple Thang! good for pushing, poking, pulling and generally turning things inside out or threading ribbon and elastic through a small space!  Emminently useful I would say and less dangerous than my usual assortment of tools....knitting needles, scissors, pencils etc

So I hope to be making more goodie type things in the near future...

In the meantime I have caught up with the Across the Sea QAL as you can see here...

Here is the quilt back in it's vast whiteness....and below are close ups of my blocks which I think have turned out well but I just feel the whole thing above isn't quite doing it for me!

The weeny one came out blurred in the photo so I will try to get a better shot later if the sun ever gets here....

Here are the two tops side by side and I know which one I prefer.....Maybe a scrappy border will lift the back needs a little something!

I hung them back to back to check out the dimensions and although I didn't put the second border on the front as I ran out of Caribbean I am surprised at how much spare fabric I will need to cut off after quilting these two together...or did I get it wrong?

[Just noticed one thing I got wrong - switched up block 2 and 4 there!  That's the problem with late night piecing!  Looks like I'm taking it apart again anyway!]

A few more things to sort out and catch up with and I will be back on track...until the next swap starts.

Talking of swaps have you seen the Modern Christmas Runner Swap that Susan from Canadian Abroad is running.  Signing up deadline is 2nd October!  Go and have a look ....and join in the fun!  You never know I might be making something for you - though I hope that doesn't put you of!


  1. your quilt and back look fantastic! It has really turned out beautifully. Love the blocks on the back.
    Sounds like a great swap, I did warn you!

  2. The front and back look great - does it matter that the blocks are placed 'wrongly'! I like the back but do agree that it's a little stark at the moment - I think the texture from quilting will be enough to lift it though...Love the look of your handbag/purse making things - can't wait to see what you make!!

  3. P.S. Love the block with the double border!

  4. Just spent an hour catching up on blog reading. Got my backing fabric but haven't started cutting. Must step away from the computer. Your backing looks great!!

  5. I love the simplicity of the back! And I had to chuckle at your description of the purse for a giant! LOL! I can't wait to see the bag you make with it :)

  6. Your quilt is looking great!
    I'm looking forward to seeing your 'purses'! I'd love to make a small coin purse - not as 'giant' as yours!
    I have a 'Purple Thang'- I find it really useful, I use it all the time and it's especially good for stirring my coffee!

  7. I like the contrast of the white back with the darker front! Mine will be something similar. Jxo

  8. Look at that spectacular quilt! I love the little scenes you created :)

  9. I need a purse that size to take all my £2 coins that I save for Malvern each year. If you do some big stitch quilting in bright colours then it will show up on the back and then it won't look so stark. I like it as it is.


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