Monday, December 27, 2010

Bug Bags

Bug Bags
Design by Anna Mae Schack
Project Specification
Bag Size: Approximately 8 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Fabric & Batting
  • 1 piece main fabric 10" x 19", 2 pieces 2" x 12" for handles and 2 pieces for pockets 6" x 9"
  • 1 piece lining fabric 10" x 18"
  • Scraps for appliqué designs
  • 2 pieces batting 10" x 19"
Supplies & Tools
  • All-purpose threads to match fabrics
  • Accent beads or buttons for bug eyes
  • Rug yarn or 1/2" cording
  • Small notebook, pencil and magnifying glass
  • 6 1/2" square contact paper
  • Basic sewing and quilting supplies, loop turner or large tapestry needle
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1. Trace appliqué designs onto chosen fabric scraps, adding seam allowance when cutting for hand appliqué.
2. Center appliqué pieces on the upper half of the 10" x 19" main fabric piece.
3. Using matching thread and a small slipstitch, appliqué pieces in place by hand, turning under seam allowance as you stitch. Note: Pieces may be machine-appliquéd.
4. Trace the quilting design given onto the back of the 6 1/2" square of contact paper; cut out. Center on the bottom half of the 10" x 19" main section after peeling off the paper backing.
5. Place both pieces of batting under the appliquéd piece. Pin or baste layers together to hold flat.
6. Quilt on the marked lines on bag bottom. Quilt around the appliqué shapes. Add quilting as needed to accent the design.
7. Choose interesting buttons or beads for bug eyes. To attach beads, add a seed bead after going through the bead hole. Return the needle and thread back through the bead hole to attach.
8. Remove the basting threads when finished with the quilting. Trim batting even with top, if necessary.
9. To make pockets for lining, fold each 6" x 9" pocket piece in half to make 4 1/2" x 6" pieces. Stitch along two short sides. Turn right side out; press. Turn under 1/4" on bottom raw edges; press. Center one pocket on the 10" x 18" lining piece 3" down from each end with folded edge facing top edge of lining.
10. Stitch pockets to lining, leaving top folded edge open. Stitch a line down 1" from the edge of one pocket to make a pencil slot as shown in Figure 1.
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11. To make handles, fold each 2" x 12" strip in half along length with right sides together. Stitch 1/4" from the lengthwise edge.
12. Turn handle strips right side out; press with seam at center back.
13. Cut four 15" strands of rug yarn or a 15" length of 1/2" cording. Thread through fabric tubes with loop turner orlarger needle to fill. Stitch across ends; trim excess filling.
14. Place handle ends on the top of the main bag, loops down and centered with a 2" space between the handles as shown in Figure 2. Stitch 1/4" down to hold in place; repeat for opposite end.
15. Place lining right sides together with main bag. Pin, matching ends to hold. Note: The lining is 1" shorter than the top and will fold within the bag when finished.
16. Stitch across each end with a 1/2" seam. Turn so that the lining section and the main section are each right sides together; match the sides; pin to hold.
17. Stitch one side lengthwise through all layers using a 1/2" seam allowance. Repeat on other side, leaving about a 4" opening at the lining bottom area. Fold the main bag section at each bottom corner to form a triangle as shown in Figure 3. Stitch across the corner about 1" from point to make a box bottom on the bag.
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18. Turn the bag right side out through the opening in the lining. Press lining, turning in the open area seam allowance. Stitch the opening closed by hand or machine.
19. Fold the lining area inside the main section. The lining will be about 1/2" below the main section. Using a machine decorative stitch and matching thread, sew across each handle at the bag top seam line to hold. Press the bag lightly to shape.
20. Place a pencil, notebook and magnifying glass in the lining pockets to finish.
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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all, hope you have a lovely Christmas, and remember that Jesus is the reason for the season.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Look on my flickr photos to see the what I received from Prim Khris for her birthday.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Little Fairy Wren: Woodland Magic

Little Fairy Wren: Woodland Magic

Woodland Magic

Natalie Ross in Stitches has a beautiful new design called Woodland Magic, which features trees (of course) and little owls perched in the trees.  If you want to see it just go to her blog and have a look at it, you will love it too.


Guess what, I won a prize from Khris at  
 I can't wait to see what it is.  If you have a chance pop over there and have a look at her blog.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Why I chose the Fairy Wren for my name.

When we lived at Thagoona, my next door neighbour had a pair of Fairy Wrens which chose her hanging basket to make a nest in.  They did this every year.  They are so tiny, and when you see the tiny little eggs it just reminds you how our wonderful God made even the tiniest life so perfect in every way, equipped with all they need to survive in this world, just as we are.

Petie's Quilt

I realise I haven't posted anything for a while, that is because I have been madly sewing.  My daughter Peta's quilt top is now officially finished.  Now all I have to do is to piece the back, I am using up all the quilt blocks that didn't make the front because they weren't the right size, plus all the bits of material left over hopefully will make a nice quilt back, and I don't have shell out to get a piece of material to fit.  Besides, it will look better as it matches the front.  I am also hand stitching a Quilt Label for it, I hope to have it finished the middle of September so have to get a wriggle on.  Will get my son to take a picture of the completed top.
Bye for now,

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Gifts of Grace

I have completed Block 6 of Gifts of Grace B.O.M., kindly put out by Val Laird on her site (see button on side bar).  I am going to attempt to post them here.  They are not very good, it is the first time I have done anything like this, probably should have used a hoop, but I am quite happy with them regardless.  Hope you like them.

Monday, August 9, 2010

A new day.

I have finished the first border on the Wedding quilt I am making for my daughter.  Now don't get all excited, she has been married for 10 years in September, and has two children.  I started it before she was married, but I was only a newbie and didn't understand what I was doing.  Ten years later, I have a lot figured out, but only with the help of God, He and I did a lot of figuring out, not only the quilt, but my mind, I had a lot of serious stuff going on in there which kept me from doing things.  This year we moved camp to Toogoom, 10 mins north of Hervey Bay and I joined the Craft Group and The Linus Group (which makes quilts for sick kids in hospital), that straightened out my mind a lot, and I also learned a lot about quilts from them also.  This gave me the confidence to have a go again, and in 2 months, I have joined the blocks with 1 inch sashing and have put the 4inch border on.  All there is to do now to finish the top is the next 8inch border, which God willing, I will do tomorrow when I visit my friend.
That is all for now, talk again later.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Still Learning

I am trying to figure out how to add things and make this blog mine.  As I am a little techno challenged it is quite hard, but I will persevere.  I hope I will get some friends who will help me to make it look better.
Bye for now and God bless.

Jesus and the Kingdom of God Bible Study. JesusWalk Bible Study Series

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