My Granddaughter Kayla lives in Michigan , I received a surprise request from her a couple weeks ago .
She asked me if i could make her some pencil bags because the plastic ones always tear easy.
I told her I was sure I could and asked how many did she want .....she said as many as I can make LOL.
So far I have made 3 of each color .
They were pretty simple to figure out, the hard part was making the holes for the binders
On the blue I use the little plastic rings we use on pot holders, but I did not have enough.... so I tried using the machine for the rings with the fine zigzag stitch, it did not look as good as I like , I will be on the look out for some large eyelets , hopefully they will work better.
Back in Nov. while at Mom's we ended up with freeze warnings, so we covered many plants and lots of these didn't really need it, but I wanted to cut some just in case.
These were in a vase on her table for the rest of my visit, they lasted so long .
.By the way the ones outside were still looking great after the freeze.
When I went to Mom's in Nov. she had asked me to help her with these .
So we spent one morning working with them, then I used a blanket stitch design from my Janome 6500 machine all around each one .
We pinned 20 blocks, but only stitched 12, we are waiting till I go back to finish the other 8, in the mean time she is doing the heads and antenna's of the butterfly's.
When we have it all together with batting and backing, I am sure Mom will want to hand quilt it .
While I was at Mom's in Nov. I made all these simple handbags for Christmas gifts for all the girls in my family. I did not have a pattern I just took what I had left of a Fat Quarter added some batting and backing in rectangle shape , I folded in half sewed 2 side seams and then on the bottom I pinched it and made another seam to get the flat look .
Then I cut 3 more strips, one extra wide for a cuff and 2 same size for straps ,cut 2 small squares for extra pockets and bingo, simple hand bag .
This one is done with 4 patch squares and 4 in. squares
and is larger than the first one.
These 2 are smaller and all of them are machine quilted ,
some of them I made crochet flowers with a button on them .
These were made from left over patches of quilts .
The next 2 are lots smaller for little girls .
My sister Rexa asked for 3 .
This one I made the flower you saw on another post ,
I like it on the bag but it does not have to stay there,I have yet to find out if she likes it .
I made this one for my sister Tina's Granddaughter ,it matches the quilt Mom made.All of the larger bags have a heavy peice of cardboard on bottom for better shape ,the little ones still need the cardboard.
Several times when we went to Mom's we would see a blue bird land on the car mirror's, Mom had said that is the only time she see's them. So Tina decided to come up with a plan , ,she had several small mirrors at home, then went to town and came back with the round ones.
Then while Rexa and I was making the cushions for the swing Tina made these ,One for Mom , with the red, one for herself and one for me, mine is the smallest .
When Tina brought the round ones they came with a part to hang them with, at first she was going to hang it on the tree ,then we decided it would be better if the bird had a place to land to look in the mirror, so Tina took one home with her to show Gary and this is what he came up with , the wood platform !! He burned the wood to make it look like this ,so he made 2 and Mom's is now hanging on the tree right where she can see it from the porch swing.
Mom loves it ,hopefully the bluebird will too.
I may not put mine outside ,I have it laying on a table with a quilt top for now.
Before my sister Rexa and I went to Mom's for her birthday we had to go to Joanne's for fabric .Our sister Tina wanted to make Mom a new cushion for the porch swing..
So Friday morning we started the cushions , the flower and the green is what we brought at Joanne's and of course it was pretty expensive , so glad Rexa had a coupon !!
We was going to buy the 4 or 5 in thick foam but it was more than our pocketbook could handle ! So we went to Walmart and brought the foam that you can put on your bed .
Well it still was not thick enough folded, so we used the old flat ones in between the foam and it was then thick enough to be comfortable.The blue flower and green was only one yard. Tina wanted to add blue Jean to it, that is why there are so many colors , the plain dark and light blue,tan and brown is all blue jean pants fabric . Mom loves it !
The last picture is close up of that real expensive fabric ...we just had to have it !!
Tomorrow I will show what Tina made .