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Purse made with special quilting design.

Postby Squash Blossom » Aug 31, 2007 11:40 am

I handraised an American robin earlier this year and decided to make a purse out of some kind of fabric that would remind me of Rocky. I found this fabric on Ebay for practically nothing - it is part of a 50-state birds set sold for quilting...you'd have 50 different designs if you did a whole state birds quilt using fabrics by this particular artist.

The fabric was a lightweight cotton but I interfaced everything using fusible fleece, then I machine quilted around each bird.

I think I've had more fun with this purse than anything I've ever made. Notice the robin's head peeking up out of the front pocket! :wink:
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Postby wishiwere » Aug 31, 2007 12:02 pm

Way too cute! I nearly bought some of that, b/c I thought it would make a neat quilt, then didn't :(

Love the purse! Very :cool: Too bad you couldn't have banded your little guy, to see if he returns to produce more next year! I always wonder about that :D
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Postby VThosta/daylilylover » Aug 31, 2007 4:57 pm

Ah ha! Now I know who you are!! I've been admiring your posts of lovely bags!
This latest one is such a pretty material and so well-pieced together. It's just great how you've gotten the patterns to match!
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Postby Squash Blossom » Aug 31, 2007 5:55 pm

VThosta/daylilylover wrote:Ah ha! Now I know who you are!! I've been admiring your posts of lovely bags!
This latest one is such a pretty material and so well-pieced together. It's just great how you've gotten the patterns to match!


Thanks! Making shoulder bags and purses has kinda' become my hobby. I used to make custom costumes for dogs (mostly Chinese pugs) then I got into purses and now I think I'm addicted!

I donate the majority of my purses to pug rescue fundraisers and am always on the lookout for dog designed fabric. I'm working on something now that has nearly driven me over the edge - a tapestry with the weirdest repeat I have ever had to deal with. I used this fabric before and while I love the finished product, I had sworn-off on the fabric but it was another one I found with all the scraps and remnants the other day.
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Postby wishiwere » Sep 01, 2007 12:11 am

8-) How about if you used 3 of them, 2 on top, one on the bottom type of pattern to make a heart shaped purse? Just a thought anyway :D
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Postby Squash Blossom » Sep 01, 2007 9:11 am

wishiwere wrote:8-) How about if you used 3 of them, 2 on top, one on the bottom type of pattern to make a heart shaped purse? Just a thought anyway :D


I've recently been experimenting with some new ideas mainly because I'm kinda' weary of making the same basic style so often. What everyone who has ever seen my purses says they really like is there are seven pockets inside everyone I make, including special pockets for a pen or two and a tube of lipstick. :wink: I made my first purse because I have been purse-organization challenged all my life and the pockets made all the difference in the world, as do the soft, comfortable handles. I even interface the handles with fusible fleece.

I've started doing a little handpainting on purses - nothing major though, and I made several fusing (with heavyduty Stitch Witchery) disassembled silk flowers onto finished purses and that was pretty.

I'm trying to make most of my Christmas presents this year but it's fixing to become a challenge. By Thanksgiving anything I don't have finished won't get finished. :wink:

I don't use a pattern but I'm almost sure there is a cute heart-shaped purse pattern in one of the major pattern books. Wouldn't that be cute for February? Now, see what you've done...yet another idea to think about!! :D I'd be a happy camper if I had enough time to do everything I want to do...and the older I get the faster time flies and the less I get accomplished. :wink:

I might try your idea though. You're saying have two pugs on top and one on the bottom, kinda' using the floral part to form a heart. That would really be a wonderful way to use some of the remnants I have of this fabric.

I was told this was originally an expensive upholstery fabric but the repeat was so crazy that there was too much waste to use it on furniture...and there is. The repeat is just wacky...and while I enjoy the challenge of matching repeats, this one is Excedrin Headache #1!!

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Postby VThosta/daylilylover » Sep 01, 2007 11:49 am

That pattern is just too cute. You could also try a trapazoidal shape with the top being the smaller base!
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