Category Archives: Bag Making

WIP Wednesday – 4/22/2015

Front of bag for project #1 of Sew Practical

Front of bag for project #1 of Sew Practical

Here’s what I’m working on this week: project #1 from the book Sew Practical.  I was able to get the boxes done for the hand embroidery part so I’ll be working on the next steps over the weekend.  If I do this again, I would like to make the boxes in a different color.  The white disappears on this fabric.  In the meantime I think I’ll work on Clue #4 of Scrapitude or quilt the border of Month by Month.  I’m not sure.  We’ll see what I feel like when I get home from work tonight. 🙂

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~Wish I was quilting…


Stash Report – Week 16, 2015

Pouch  Class project for the  Weaving Fabric workshop with Jennifer Rapacki 4/12/2015

Class project for the
Weaving Fabric workshop with Jennifer Rapacki

I used a little bit of the stash to make this pouch at the Weaving Fabric workshop with Jennifer Rapacki.  The workshop was done through the SFVQA guild.  I love how it turned out.  I think I may make more of these since I love how it came out.  I’ll have to add zippers and Aurifil 12W thread and Pellon Easy knit interfacing to my “whenever-I-get-a-chance-to-buy” list.

Used this week: .5 yards
Used year to Date: -26.25 yards
Added this week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 35.75 yards
Net Added for 2015: 9 yards

In addition to counting fabric in and out of my stash I want to start watching how much I spend on my quilty life.  At this point, my only goal is to track it to see what the numbers look like.  So this last week I bought the workshop kit for the above mentioned workshop and I paid my fee for the next guild workshop.  I’m super excited about that one because it will be with Annie Smith.  If you listen to quilty podcast, she is The Annie Smith with the Quilting Stash Podcast.  When I started listening to podcasts, she had already stopped posting regularly.  But I was subscribed to her podcast just in case and every once in awhile she would post something out of the blue.  A week or so ago, she came back and it looks like she plans to post more regularly again.  Honestly, I do not even know what the workshop is about.  I just want to meet a quilty podcaster that I listen to ;0   If I had the time I’d trek over to San Francisco to meet with Pam and Jaye  next week as mentioned in Pam’s Hip To Be A Square podcast but I don’t have the time right now so I will have to wait for another opportunity.    🙁

Spent this week: $45
Spent Year to date (beg 4/12/15): $45

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~Have a quilty week!



Saturday musings


All right quilters!  Doing the first project in this book has been on my to do list for a few months now.  I’ve finally gotten the urge to actually do it.  Maybe it’s because I’m between quilty projects – Moon Glow’s month 12 is complete and I’m not planning (I just don’t feel like it!) piecing the rows together just yet.  I really want to get clue #3 for Scrapitude but I want to take a little break from piecing.  Or maybe it’s because I made this cute bag last week.


Pouch  Class project for the  Weaving Fabric workshop with Jennifer Rapacki 4/12/2015

Class project for the
Weaving Fabric workshop with Jennifer Rapacki

I’m starting to get a little arsenal of cute little bags/pouches.  I think this one is my favorite but takes all day to make.  Of course, the more I do I will get better and faster.  And the thread used above is Aurifil 12W!  Wooh – that is some thick thread!  I love how it pops off the fabric though.

I’ve got the fabric cut for the first project of Sew Practical.  I’ll be running errands and spending some time with a friend so I will probably not get a whole lot done today.  But it’s ready for me now. I can pick it up and do a little bit here and there until it’s done.

Have you ever worked with Linen?  This is my first time and it’s very slippery.  I bought some linen at Road2CA last January and it seemed thicker and I loved the feeling of it.  For this first project I didn’t have yards of it so I went online and bought “natural linen”.  I do not know if that is different than the linen from Moda’s line but it definitely feels different.  This natural linen is difficult to cut a straight line through because it slips all over the place under my ruler.  So – none of the pieces I cut, is exactly the right size.  I hope I can manipulate it enough so that this doesn’t matter when I get to the point of sewing everything together. 🙂

Happy quilting, my friends!



Manic Monday – 3/16/2015

I wasn’t able to do any quilting yesterday.  Hopefully that changes this week.  I have Moon Glow laid out on my cutting table ready to piece together.  I hope I can find a few minutes here and there this week and piece a bit at a time.


Moon Glow Month 12 ready for tomorrow's sew time 3/14/15

Moon Glow
Month 12
ready for tomorrow’s sew time


Check out more finished BOMs at 

For Design Wall Monday…

Tell It To The Stars Designing the back 3/5/15

Tell It To The Stars
Designing the back

My design wall is still the back of Tell It To The Stars.

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Have a great week!


Manic Monday – 3/2/2015

I must have done too much on Saturday because I woke up Sunday morning with the worse back pain.  It was cold (for LA at least) and overcast.  Later in the afternoon it started raining.  I whine because I didn’t quilt on Bailey.  The new mid arm is set up in the garage and it’s ready for me to quilt on with Month by Month actually in the frame.  But my quilt mojo was not with me today.  I wanted to do something.  But my top three projects were in various degrees of “I can’t do anything right now”.. Scrapitude is waiting on the next clue. Tell It To The Stars is done and is in queue for quilting.  Month by Month is in the quilt frame.  So – I was in a mood.  I could go to the next WIP – Moon Glow – but I’m not ready to do that.  I think I want Month by Month to actually be finished before I put a new project on my Work on NOW list. So I worked on the Bucket Bag for the Basic Bag Making Class on Craftsy that has been on my list for the last couple of months.  I convinced my daughter to work on it with me and she actually did .. until she got tired and I finished it up for her.  But she got to pick her fabric.  Cut (she’s 13 so she can cut), press, and sew.  But now I’ve got two bags to show for it.  And at 1.5 yards each, that’s 3 yards used! woohoo!  I’m getting closer and closer to the black.

Melanie's Bucket Bag 3/1/15

Melanie’s Bucket Bag

Kayla's Bucket Bag 3/1/2015

Kayla’s Bucket Bag


Can I still post on BOMs Away?  I don’t know but here’s another pic of Month by Month on the quilt frame.  And that can be an update on my BOM project –

Month by Month on the mid arm 2/28/2015

Month by Month on the mid arm


Check out more finished BOMs at 

For Design Wall Monday…

Design Wall 3/2/2015

Design Wall

My design wall is empty.  That’s what happens after  two tops are finished.  I am thinking of piecing the left over fabric from Tell It To The Stars and using it as a back.  I plan to watch Creative Quilt Backs on Craftsy for inspiration.  That will probably go up on the design wall next.  Afterwards, the plan is to take Moon Glow out of hiding and put the finished blocks on the design wall.

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Have a great week!



It’s almost over!

Today is the last day of my workshops at PIQF.  I have been enjoying myself so much.  But with every class comes another UFO or set of things I want to remember to do.  🙁  I’ve got some pictures on Instagram so  be sure to follow me  – thousandneedles – to see what I was able to take pictures of.

On Wednesday night I attended the pre-show and got the lay of the land.  I looked at all the show quilts and got inspired, laughed, and was in awe at how beautiful or creative many were.  I actually met some guild-mates and joined them.  Another perk of being in a guild!  — running into quilters I know at the show and being able to have lunch with them and shop and check out the quilts.  I didn’t buy anything this first night.  I wasn’t sure what I wanted.  I came into the show with the intention to spend money but with some guidelines –

Guideline #1 – NO MORE KITS!  I have tons (not just a ton but tons) of kits that I intend to complete.  The one exception I had to this was a corduroy quilt.  I saw one at the Long Beach show but by the time I saw it, I had already hit my budget for the show and could not get the corduroy quilt kit.  At home months later when my quilting budget cleared up, I tried to find it online but I couldn’t remember the shop it was from (and I couldn’t find the card that I took from the booth.)

Guideline #2 – NO FABRIC!  It’s nice having a stash but I want to focus on buying fabric specific to a project.  I plan to keep a stash on hand for those small projects I jump into to learn something or practice something but for the most part I’ll only buy fabric for specific projects. (At least, I’ll try.  I can’t seem to help myself with grab bags!!!)

So with those two things I’m limited to tools and books and whatever else I can find.  Although once PIQF got started on Thursday I’ve just been too busy to shop!  As I said in a previous post, I signed up for a ton of classes to concentrate learning techniques rather than going shopping.  I signed up for 4 classes and a lecture.

Thursday – First Class – Sue Nickel’s Machine Quilting Essentials

Bernina provided machines for the class and I got to play with a Bernina 710.  I absolutely loved it.  If my own Bernina 330 wasn’t just a little over a year old I would seriously consider plunking down a huge chunk of change for this baby or even the 750.  My hubby always tells me that I’m such an easy sell! 🙂    But that has nothing to do with the class.  Sue was awesome!  By the end of the class I was quilting feathers on a practice sampler and while the first few were somewhat wobbly, I was getting better and better.  The next step is to start practice free motion quilting on my Bernina.  I’m going to make a few practice sandwiches and practice every week with a different design.  Of all my classes, I liked this class because I learned a technique and didn’t add another UFO to my ever-growing UFO list.  Just another to do item. 🙂

Thursday evening – Second Class – Jean Brown’s Hawaiian Quilt Making

This was my favorite quilting class at PIQF.  I signed up for the class because I like the look of Hawaiian Quilts and wanted to learn the technique.  However I wasn’t super excited about taking the class.  It was Jean’s last class as she is retiring now.  So I’m really happy I signed up and took this class.  I was thinking of taking it next year or some other time but decided to just do it now.  Thank goodness, I bit the bullet and took the class now.  Jean basically hand applique’s the entire thing and then hand quilts it.  I do not know if it can be machine appliqued and/or machine quilted.  I’m sure it could be done but I’m more experienced with hand applique and I’m almost done with my current hand quilt so I may just end up adding a Hawaiian quilt to hand quilt in front of the TV.  Jean has a tool that she calls Aunt Becky that she uses and makes the most perfect stitches.  I’m hoping that once I get the hang of it it will increase my hand quilting speed.

Friday – Third Class – Linda Ballard’s Dancing with the Stars

This is the class I had a hard time getting my fabric together last week. This is what I started with –

The dark is in the middle somewhat and is primarily a chocolate brown with light blue.  The complementary is above that and is primarily light blue with a chocolate brown motif.  Then my mediums are the various purples arranged around.  The ones that are cut are ready and I have two more I need to iron and cut.  Those are more dark than I wanted but will have to suffice.  I need one more purple and I hope I can find more in my stash.


I added 1 more purple strip and I went with plain white for the light.

Linda's finished Dancinc with the Stars.  It's kind of hard to see the detail but you can see the overall circle affect.

Linda’s finished Dancing with the Stars. It’s kind of hard to see the detail but you can see the overall circle affect.

I was able to make 2 of the stars and 1 one of the snow balls.

Dancing with the Stars  Block A

Dancing with the Stars
Block A

Dancing With the Stars 2-Block A and Snowball

Dancing With the Stars
2-Block A and Snowball

So now I have another UFO! 🙂

The great thing about taking classes with teachers who have been doing it for years is that they have so many tricks to share.  I learned a great cutting trick to speed up the cutting process as well as a trick to sewing 4 patches and a few others.  The tricks were the best thing I learned in this class.  I can pretty much figure out how to make the quilt if I really wanted to just by looking at it and breaking it down.  I think a lot of quilters can after a few quilts under their belts.  However the tricks she teaches is really what the class is about and worth paying for! I’m not going to tell you the tricks because you should take her class!  It’s worth it!  However I got tired in this class much earlier than the Thursday classes.  On Thursday I was up at 4am to get some work stuff done and then headed over to my first class beginning at 9am.  The Hawaiian quilt making class didn’t end until 9pm so by the time I got home unpacked and readied my stuff for Friday it was probably 11pm by the time I got to bed.  So by late afternoon in Linda’s class – I was pooped out!  And I still had a lecture to attend with Sue Nickels.  Well – I was really tired and didn’t think I would make it.  Plus I wanted to spend some time shopping.  I shopped a little on Thursday between Sue and Jean’s classes but I felt rushed and there were a TON of people.  So while I got stuff, I didn’t get everything I wanted.  So I gave away my ticket to Sue Nickels’ lecture and went shopping!  I bought a lot of stuff and I’ll post about everything I bought later.  But the highlight of my evening was that I FOUND my corduroy quilt kit!  It was the same shop and I’ve even been in the shop.  I can’t remember it exactly but it’s in Southern CA and part of the annual quilt run I participated in last year (2012).  I’ll post pictures another time.  It’s still dark here (6:15am PST) so I can’t take a picture of it now… 🙂  Do you know where I can buy good corduroy fabric?  These are really pretty and bright so while it is corduroy, it’s not dark and heavy as the corduroy I remember.

I’ve got one more class today at 9am – Kellie Rushing’s Fab Feathers Messenger Bag.  Materials are in class for a fee and we will play with Bernina’s 780!  I plan on checking out the vendors one last time before I leave and that’s it for me!  The show continues on until tomorrow but unless I’m not able to get something today that I absolutely want I do not plan on going back.  I really do not know what more I want to get but – you never know!  I’ll walk through it one or two times and something may catch my fancy.  🙂

– happy to be at the show!


Stash Report – 10/6/13

I’ve been out of sorts lately.  It’s the first week of the quarter and that is usually pretty busy for me.  But this isn’t just any quarter, this is 4th quarter.  So while the first week has been normal as always, we have to get everything up to speed quicker, faster, sooner because in a matter of weeks, everyone will be clamoring about end of year stuff.  All of our >70 YOs will need their Required Minimum Distributions and there will be some serious tax planning conversations and with every conversation, a series of reports and analysis need to be done.  THEN – whatever is decided will need to be implemented before year end.  If you have a financial advisor, please be conscious of their administrative staff.  If they send you something PLEASE do not wait until 12/31 to return the documents.  I would love to have 12/31 off and if I’ve got any pending client documents out that I’m waiting on, I can’t.  Every year someone always waits until the last minute and I’m sitting at my desk until 5pm trying to get all the documents in on time.  It’s a pain – It’s exciting and busy and two days are never alike.  I complain but I enjoy it.

And every year in the middle of 4th quarter is the holidays (are the holidays?)… Between my birthday in a couple of weeks, Halloween, Thanksgiving, my mother’s birthday, Christmas and my dad’s birthday – I just get so overwhelmed.  My quilt life suffers and unfortunately if I do not quilt I do not have much to blog about.  It’ll be the same stuff over and over again – I’m still hand quilting the hand quilt, I’m still applique-ing Raining Cats and Dogs, I’m still  – blah blah blah.  No finishes and that means no yardage out.  But I am happy to say that I will keep buying fabric because if I cannot quilt I can at least buy fabric!  🙂

Despite life and all the responsibilities one has, I will make every effort to at least post something regularly.  But if you notice a bit of lag… like this last week… please hang in there!

Anyway, this week I’m working on a secret project.  I can’t post pictures but I’m almost done with the top.  I’ve pretty much stopped working on anything else but that since I’ve got a rapidly approaching deadline on that one.  And I’m not as quick on the sewing machine as others are.  Oh well – once it is done and packaged off, I will definitely post pictures and talk at length about it.  I did get a drawstring bag completed.  This is from Bag Making Basics on I actually started it a few weeks ago and just didn’t get it done because the drawstring part of it was just beyond what I was capable of at that moment.  Then I had the mini Retreat with my Guild.  I wouldn’t even have finished it if it wasn’t for the fact that I JUST WANTED TO FINISH SOMETHING! So it’s done and it’s cute.  I’ll make a few more because I didn’t like the drawstring part of it and I may have an easier way to do it with one of the tools I have on hand. I’ll try it out and let you know if it works or not.  Then I’ll make the bucket bag and see how that goes.  I’m getting into bag making and I’m using these classes as a starting off point.  The next class has a little tote and a zipper pouch.  Both of these classes are FREE!  and that’s the best price ever.  I’ve got a couple of bag patterns I bought a few guild meetings ago that I want to try out but I’m not comfortable with bag making and zippers, etc. so I’m hoping that once I’ve taken these two classes and made a few I’ll feel better about jumping into the patterns I have.

1st Drawstring Bag

1st Drawstring Bag

So I used 1/2 yard this week.  Nothing added so that’s GREAT!

Stash count: **I started counting 5/23/13…

Used this week: 1/2 yards
Used year to Date: 27.5 yards
Added this Weeks: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 148.75 yards
Net Added for 2013: 121.25 yards

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