Quilted Purse in Blue

I do most of my sewing at night after the kids are in bed.  The last few nights, I’ve been dreading going into the craft room because that room (of all places) has been infested with ants (of all things).  Tiny ants and medium-sized ants with wings (thankfully, not termites) that only start climbing the walls and flying around starting at 8pm.  Crazy, huh?  We had our bug guy, Bob come and spray deep into the ground and into the walls outside that room, but they’ve come back.  Ahem, Bob?

Since crafting is my apple and I can’t go too long without sewing, I braved the bugs and started working on a quilted blue purse, stopping every few minutes to swat an ant off the machine, or squish on that had landed on my leg – not the ideal sewing situation.

I tried a few new things on this one.  I did free motion quilting rather than the straight lines that I’ve done in the past.  I finally got to use my stitch regulator on my machine for a real project.  It was a lot of fun. 

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I used scraps to make the pockets.

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I used my new buttonholer (with memory) to make 4 perfectly identical button holes for the magnetic snap closure.

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And just for fun, I did some large zig zags on the handles.

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This purse is for me.  Why do I need another purse, you ask?  Well, I got a new blue and white shirt and I didn’t have a purse that went with it.  So what does a bagaholic do?  Make a purse to go with the new shirt, of course.                               

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20 thoughts on “Quilted Purse in Blue

  1. Cute purse! I have been wanting to try free motion quilting and a purse seems to be the perfect project to try it on since it is small. I have a quilt all ready to go but I am afraid of ruining it!

  2. Man, Linda you are brave! I would be screaming if I was swatting ants, just nutso after a while! Yes, you really are that skinny…just not that tall! 🙂

    Like the purse, love the circles, I loooove circles…

  3. Sorry about the ants. When I was living in Australia I once came out of the shower to find the bathroom had been swarmed by termites. I mean everywhere… the walls were brown and moving.

    I’ve never been more scared/grossed out in my life. I went back in the shower and screamed. For a long time. Until somebody opened the door from the outside and I bolted out. Naked. In front my house mates.

    Bad, bad time.

    The bag is fabulous as usual. 🙂

  4. Haha! I liked the stretched image (knew it was stretched) but the real you is more attractive. I love the purse and of course you had to have a new one for your new shirt, use whatever excuse you can! I still have sewing machine envy and now it is worse… one day I will have a new machine.

  5. I LOVE your new purse – especially all the fun details, like free motion quilting (Oh, how I wish I had that stitch regulator foot for my machine). Beautiful job (as usual). I hope that you get rid of your bug problem soon (I have a friend who is currently infested with fruit flies).

  6. sorry about all the ants! what a nightmare to have to deal with!

    cute bag. and, yes, a bagaholic makes a bag to match a shirt. it’s a fact of life!

  7. You are beautiful just as you are. You bag is very cute! and we too have been attacked by ants this year. We just can’t seem to get rid of the little pests.

  8. Your bag looks fabulous. Great idea of doing tiny buttonholes for the clasp. I wear jeans all the time too. Love the colors with your outfit.

  9. You got me on the picture……I was thinking, “Man, she looks tall!” I know I told you already, but I think your new purse is great!!!

  10. Love the purse. I’m trying to sew an extra long handle and it buckles and twist. it’s quilted fabric and of course folded 1/2 inch on each long edge. Any suggestions?

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