Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Beginnings

The New Year always reminds me of the first day of school.  New beginnings, fresh new notebooks, pencils, boxes of crayons, a new classroom and often for me a new school.  We moved 36 times as I was growing up and this lead to a great many new beginnings.  
I recently took an online Crazy Quilting class and this lead me to joining the "2015 Crazy Quilt Journal Project".  Each month through the year an 8" block is to be completed and embellished.  This is a learning opportunity and a chance to challenge your skills.  The projects are not graded but shared with the group for review and comment.
I wanted a project that would keep me involved, I have trouble with quickly losing interest and having yet another project end up in the UFO pile.  I also wanted to work on something that was useful...how many Crazy Quilt blocks does 1 girl need...I have no place to hang a wallhanging...so I had to put on my thinking cap.
I have recently seen beautiful Crazy Quilt bags, purses, and cell phone holders.  Pat Winter and  Annamaria have several on their blogs and Facebook pages.  So these, will be my focus and with several weddings coming up they will make nice gifts.

This first step is order a metal purse frame...you can find them on etsy, ebay and other purse making/crazy quilting supply websites. 
 After the frame arrives you draft a pattern using the frame as a guide.  I found several "pins" on Pinterest about creating a pattern for the purse.
Here is my pattern, I have cut the pattern out and kept the paper surrounding it...this will serve as a frame so to speak to help me decide which area of the 12" block I want to embellish.
 Here is the front :
And this will be the back:  
The pattern piece then is replaced  and a faint pencil line is drawn around it to help me confine my stitching. 
Edited to add:In the comments below MA suggests running a basting line of stitches instead of the pencil line.  This is an excellent suggestion...when I finish the purse the basting stitches will be a guide for my machine stitching.  

 Next comes the fun of gathering your threads and embellishments.  The fabrics are white and the purse frame is copper. I found a piece of antique silk ribbon for color inspiration.
I love the colors and they blend nicely with the frame.  Threads, laces, ribbons and lace motifs all were added to the pile.
I won't use them all but they are here for inspiration.
So cheers to another new beginning!  

Several bloggers choose a special word each year to serve a source of focus.  I gave it some thought and really nothing came to mind other than contentment.  Finding pleasure in the activities you choose to spend your time on, whether for a greater good, or to enrich your own soul. Take your time, enjoy the process, we are not in a race for the finish line, allow contentment to fill your heart.

Love to all,
Deb 


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