Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday wrap-up ~ a finish and a question

Hello all!  My kiddos are officially finished another year of school so we're busy getting used to the new routine and all of this togetherness!  It's all good though.  :)

One more non-quilting finish this week, sticking with the bag theme!  Kimberly recommended the Pocket Clutch by Michelle Patterns as a good one to try (and Kimberly is pretty much the expert on Michelle Patterns!), and I still had enough fabric leftover from my Pleated Wristlet, so I went for it. 


This was an easy design to put together, I think the most time consuming part is cutting out the pieces!  A challenge when one is used to using a rotary cutter for everything.  :)  What?  I have to use scissors?  If anyone makes this pattern, the one thing I will strongly recommend is to use a walking foot on your machine, especially for the last few steps when there are a whole bunch of layers to sew through.  It helped immensely!


This little clutch is big enough to hold a bit of money, some cards, maybe some keys, depending how big your key ring is, and would probably fit a cell phone but what do I know as I don't have one!  I don't think I would put coins in it as they'd probably get lost - I don't think they would fall out if the clutch was closed, but without a zip section I don't think I would risk it. 


On a different note, I received the above charm pack (56 - 5" charm squares) from Jenelle's recent aqua/orange/gray mystery charm swap.  Isn't it pretty?  (photo is Jenelle's, used with permission)  I want to actually do something with these charms.  So I'm asking all of you - what would you do with these?  Do you have any favourite charm-friendly tutorials/patterns?  Quilts or otherwise.  I'd love your input!

Have a wonderful weekend!




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14 comments:

Toni said...

Cute clutch! I really like the plum lining against the mustard-y outer fabric. I'm sure you'll get lots of ideas for those charms, but the first thing that came to mind was a tutorial that was suggested for last year's 100 Quilts for Kids. It might have been from Made by Rae, but I'm sure if you look around at Swim, Bike, Quilt you can find a link for it. Vague enough for you?

LesQuilts said...

try Moda Bakeshop site, you can search by fabric size to find a great pattern!
Maybe add a neutral, use it for sashing, contrast, say in Pinwheel blocks?
Look for some of the modern blocks, with half=square triangle blocks, one side the neutral, the other side the charm square, some really cute looking quilts!
good luck, Leslie

Kimberly said...

LOVE IT! And I rotary cut ALL of my pattern pieces, ALL the time! I rotary cut the interfacing, fuse it to the cotton and rotary cut the cotton... slick and fast! Can't wait to see what else you make!

Sew Festive said...

I can't believe you don't have a cell phone! Good for you :)

I have no thoughts about the charms, I was just so shocked about your admission lol.

Katie said...

Another great bag! I really like the shape of this one.
I just got a whoooooole bunch of charms from tow rainbow swaps. I cut them into 2.5" squares and am making a rainbow strippy quilt. For three colours of charms, I might do some kind of trip around the world thing?

Kim said...

So happy you shared this! That is just what I am looking for! My daughter wants a new wallet!!! Super cute

Jess said...

Wow, you're on fire lately Heather! Awesome clutch, and t hose charms are gorgeous! I've just signed up for the Indian summer one - very excited!

Katie B. said...

Love your little clutch!
Maybe you could sew up your charms into a rectangle of patchwork, and then offset them in a solid frame (like your postage stamp quilt!). Or I really like the mini whirligigs pattern from Thimble Blossoms.

sewfrench.com said...

Charms are the hardest to use, I think. But those are fabulous ones! How about a granny square quilt? Cute billfold!

Kirsten N said...

Love your little clutch purse. Granny squares are a great idea! I also like the Sparkle Plenty pattern from Stephanie at Loft creations - you would need 72 coloured charms squares.

Debbie said...

Oh the clutch is darling! Super cute! I just emailed you a link to my quilt like the one Toni is mentioning...the zakka quilt would also be great with charm squares too. Personally I have a stack I love to bring out when I do bee blocks of other small projects...like my mini x quilt...

Poppyprint said...

Your clutch is fantastic and I love that charm set! What gorgeous colours and prints. Looks like you've had lots of great suggestions already. I'll be putting together a charm project at retreat tomorrow, but I have to keep it hush hush until July...tute coming soon!

Maria said...

Hi Heather, I'm your newest follower. Just wanted to stop by and tell you how much I've enjoyed looking around your blog for the last few hours. LOLL Your quilts are beautiful. So glad I found your blog.

Becky said...

Very nice! I love it!!