Monday, May 23, 2016

Eve Handbag

I recently tested a handbag from a new designer, Liz Schaffner of Moments. Liz is fairly new to designing bags, but she isn't new to making them. Liz has tested bags for years for a lot of online bag designers and she always added a little special touch to the bags she tested, such as a beautiful machine embroidered design on her faux leather bag. Liz is the queen of using faux leather too! Now Liz has branched out and is designing her own bags. As she mentions in her pattern, she just needs a little extra money to buy her some coffee, lol!

Eve is a great handbag that is versatile because you can add things that you like for your own bag. Such as, do you want your Eve to have a zippered closure or a flap? Do you want your flap to close with a magnetic snap or a turn lock? Inside there is a zippered pocket that you can add a nice trim to or not and slip pockets that can be divided how you want. Since Liz uses a lot of faux leather, the instructions are geared for using faux leather, but you can certainly use cottons (like I did) and some of the other testers did also. Some of the testers even made more than one Eve! I guess they wanted an Eve with a flap and one with a zipper closure too. To see all the wonderful Eve Bags go here.

To purchase the Eve pattern go to Liz's Craftsy store.

Here is my Eve in plaid and Paris print fabric:
I chose to do the flap with a turn lock closure.


Backside of Eve.

Lots of inside pockets.
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Janome Memory Craft 3500 for Sale

I am selling my Janome Memory Craft 3500 Sewing Machine. It's in excellent condition! I have used it very little over the past year and I need the space as I already have other sewing machines and a serger.
Practically brand new. Gently used and well cared for machine.

The hard cover case slips over the machine and you use the machine handle to carry the machine.

The machine, hard cover case, power cord, foot pedal and instruction book.

Comes with all these presser feet and 4 bobbins.

Under the presser feet tray is storage for the tools. All these come with the Janome.

This machine has the basic stitches and some fancy stitches too. 


This machine will sew through thick layers of fabric with ease. I folded a blue jean fabric so there were 8 layers and it easily sewed through the 8 layers and I didn't even have a blue jean needle in my machine (I had a universal #14 needle).








Janome MC3500 50 Stitch Sewing Machine LCD, 50 Memory, Auto Lock, 4x1Step BHs, NeedleUpDown, SpeedLimit, Threader, AutoDeclutch, 7-Piece Feed, HardCase

The MC3500 gives you computerized Janome sewing with 50 pre-programmed stitches, including 4 different fully automatic buttonholes. Create your own custom stitch settings that the MC 3500 can "memorize," in combinations of up to 50 selections.


§                            50 stitches, including 4 buttonholes 
§                            LCD screen 
§                            Auto-declutch bobbin winder 
§                            Reverse stitch button 
§                            Auto-lock key and up/down needle position key 
§                            Manual stitch width and length keys 
§                            Convenient one-hand thread cutter 
§                            Built-in needle threader 
§                            Quick foot conversion 
§                            7-piece feed dog 
§                            One-touch hook cover plate 
§                            Magnetic type horizontal full rotary hook 
§                            Convertible free arm for circular sewing 
§                            Extension table for Freearm and Accessory Storage 
§                            Fully automatic sensor buttonhole 
§                            Convenient carrying handle 
§                            Plastic hard cover 
§                            Bright halogen lamp 
§                            Four step pressure dial


Included Accessories
# Blind Hem Foot G
# Cording Foot H
# Over-edge Foot C
# Satin Stitch Foot F
# Automatic Buttonhole Foot R
# Zigzag Foot A
# Zipper Foot E
# Hemmer Foot 2mm D
# Lint Brush
# Seam Ripper
# Spool Holder (L, S)
# Spool Stand
# Additional Spool Pin
# Spool Pin Felt
# Quilting Bar
# Bobbins (4)
# Instruction Manual
# Hard Cover

Message Screen
The LCD screen indicates your chosen stitch number, the stitch pattern, the correct foot to be used, and the thread tension. Adjustment of the stitch width or length is also shown on the screen.

Memory and Clear Keys
Most patterns can be memorized in combinations of up to 50 selections.

Manual Stitch Width and Length Keys
Stitch width can be adjusted manually up to 7mm and stitch length can be adjusted up to 5mm.


Built in Needle Threader
Provides easy needle threading and less strain on your eyes.


If you are interested in purchasing this machine, please email me. I am asking $350.00 + $50.00 shipping (or free local pick up). Thank you for looking.
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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Leaning Doors Knit Poncho

I knit this poncho last year, called Leaning Doors Poncho, by Cathy Montoya. I liked the knit pattern when I saw this pattern on Ravelry. It's a free pattern. I still haven't sewn the shoulder part in place. It's essentially a rectangle and you need to sew a little at the shoulder to turn it into a poncho. I have it pinned in place, but when I try it on, I am not sure if I like it. Maybe it's too short? I have it pulled forward in the photo. I better finish it and see.


I used a soft yarn with a bit of a fuzzy halo to it.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Blue Knit Shrug

I knit this shrug more than a year ago. I ran out of the yarn when it was almost finished. I tried it on and it looked awful and I didn't like the fit. So it sat and sat for over a year. I finally decided to frog it (technical knitting term for rip-it, rip-it, lol)! I am now using the yarn to knit a wrap that will pop over my head like a sweater, but will look like a cape or shawl. I think I will like that better (I hope so)! Once I am done knitting and blocking the wrap I will post it.
Doesn't look so bad on my dress form. But I am a lot larger in the bust.

I ripped out everything, except the part across the back, which is like a ribbed scarf (rectangle). If I need that yarn too, I will rip it apart, but for now I will use it as a scarf. The last several yards I had to substitute a different blue yarn, but now it's all ripped out anyhow.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Thimbleweed Quilters Outdoor Quilt Show

Yesterday I spent the day at the Thimbleweed Quilters Outdoor Quilt Show. The winds blew a bit and we had a few drops of rain, but it turned out to be a perfect day for a quilt show. It wasn't too hot or cold. We even had some entertainment with 3 women playing harps, which sounded lovely. Thanks to Tara for playing her harp and inviting her 2 friends to accompany her. There were so many beautiful quilts on display in all patterns, colors and sizes. Please head over to my Flickr album to see the entire show. Here are just a few of my favorites:


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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Koi Fish Quilted Dresser Topper

My husband requested that I make him a topper for his dresser. He wanted something Asian looking and simple. I found this piece of Koi Fish fabric and added some patchwork squares to the sides. I quilted it and added the binding and it now resides on top of his dresser.

I quilted the koi fish with bubbles (or pebbles).


A simple square patchwork side border and diagonal quilting through the squares.

Here it is on top of his dresser.

The colors work nicely with this old dresser.

I used an Asian fabric on the back too.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Another Bloom Block Done

Another Bloom block is finished. I love this one with the little heart petals!


Southwest Decoratives had all their fat quarters on sale for Cinco de Mayo last Thursday. Only $2 per fat quarter! I bought 5 fat quarters, so I was good! Of course I only bought batiks! Aren't they pretty?
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