Friday, February 15, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day . . . a bit late

And here she is to wish each and every one of you a Happy Belated Valentine's Day:

Happy Valentine's Day Flickr Friends

(You have to smile, don't you???)  That was the whole point!

Well, I heard from Lady #35 that her quilt made it to her and I was going to show you, but dummy me forgot to add it to my Flickr account, so we'll just have to wait until next time.  Hopefully, Lady #34 will make it where she belongs by then and then I can show you both ladies together.

In the meantime, I have been continuing to practice my zipper skills.  I showed you a few pouches last time, but I have made some more.  First is this one that I made out of some 4" star blocks I made a few years ago and never knew what I was going to do with them:

Star Pouch Front

The back is identical to the front....well, not completely identical, but has 4 stars with hand quilting.....you get the picture, I'm sure.  Inside, I just put a plain black dot on white to sort of coordinate.  It turned out a bit big at 7 1/2" square

Lining of Star Pouch

Did you check out the zipper pull?  I bought some cheap beads from my local bead store to jazz it up a bit.  I really like the look.

Then I made this one after I bought a fat eighth bunch and split it with a friend.  I knew the prints would be perfect for a clutch.  'Course after it was done, I had to go to Michaels to find the perfect charm to use as a zipper pull for that one too.

"Pouch of the Day"

The only one bad thing about splitting a fat eighth bunch is that you don't have enough of one fabric to make a complete lining:

Note the two different lining fabrics.

Actually, I liked it so much that I made a few more:

I've been busy!  lol

And then today, I had to see how that pattern would look in something else:

Another "Bella Clutch"

This time I did have enough of something to coordinate with the outside fabrics though so I could make a complete lining with pockets:

The insides

(I think I could do that pattern in my sleep now!!!  Seriously!!!)  I did make 3 more pouches in different styles, but I am waiting for a package from a friend in Norway to finish them.  She found me some awesome beads in really neat colors....so stay tuned!  I also ordered 20 zippers today from an Etsy shop.  I might have to start giving pouches away the way I'm going!  Good thing I got two more "Lady" orders yesterday so I can work on something productive.  lol

Have a good weekend, my friends, and stay warm.  It's been colder than blue blazes here with snow still on the ground.  Spring can't come fast enough for me!!  You too????  At least the sun is out today!

Until next time.....................






25 comments:

Ana Maria said...

Oh! Carol.... I know that with all that snow is good to stay inside but - Your days have 48 hours??
I must find that pattern and make one for me and if I get the "bug" some for my friends, too!

Terri Stegmiller said...

Love that little clutch! Where can I find the pattern?

Ellyn said...

your clutches and pouches are so cute. here's my question..... do you make your own labels or order them somewhere? I need some too... (with my blog name, LOL not yours)

Maria said...

Lovely Valentine Lady...
Sew many gorgeous pouches too.

Noela said...

Wow, Love all your pouches and your Valentine lady and yes she did make me laugh. Hugs......

Susan said...

Love Miss Valentine - great going with all your pouches - and a lovely touch to add something to the zip!

Janet said...

You make absolutely the cutest stuff!! I love all your bright colors. I always smile reading your blog.

Annie said...

Your creativity is always so fun! And one never knows what will strike you to mass produce. LOL Love how you surprise us always!

Sandra Coleman Clarke said...

Love your pouches!!! So cute and the Valentine Quilt is as cute as cute can be. Makes you want to lick that sucker!

Lisa E said...

Everything you make is so fun. What pattern did you use for your pouches?

Sonia said...

awesome job! :)

Dianne said...

You crack me up!! but hey if you are going to make one pouch why not make a whole whack of them?!!!
Love your valentine girl she made me guffaw!! So sorry about the weather there, we had shirtsleeve weather today, the spring bulbs are up and crocus are blooming. Wishing you the same sort of weather soon!!!

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Karen said...

Oh, my dear ARTIST friend, you have been so busy! I am simply amazed at all you manage to do...and do so well! I love all the Ladies but I especially love the cupcake lady. As a teacher who is 'known' as the Butterfly Lady at my school, I can relate to your friend the Cupcake Lady! I can just imagine the portrait hanging in her classroom making everyone smile. I am so glad that you are getting so many orders for these special portraits. I had to laugh that you are now on to making another 'batch' of something: clutches and purses and pouches. They are gorgeous and I think that you will be soon selling those, too. Personally, zippers have always intimidated me. They are on my list to tackle next summer. Your little one-eyed monster is darling. He'd look really cute on little boy's shirts and baby onsies. I can't get over that you make so many of them for these swaps! I used lace from you on a baby daygown recently. Thank you, again, from the bottom of my heart!

sheila 77 said...

Oh, these little bags! and the zipper pulls, ditto, especially the one with the matching beads. I actually prefer the lining made with two different fabrics, it adds extra fun to the bag And the last pink bag...yes! I expect putting in a zipper is easy????? or maybe not? and I don't suppose you would like to do us a tutorial? or maybe not?
These are all just beautiful, Carol.

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Lappedamen said...

Both the pouche and clutches are gorgeus. I had to smile to the Miss Valentine, so cute.

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Bonnie said...

Love the pouches. Is the pattern yours or is it available somewhere? I would like to try my hand at them.

Elaine said...

i love the triplet pouches! does the 5 have special meaning? miss ya!

Lisa E said...

Carol told me that the clutches were based on this free tutorial:
http://www.cloverandviolet.com/2013/01/the-bella-clutch-free-pattern.html

Rettabug said...

I'm just getting around to checking up on you, after company from Chicago & a 1st Holy Communion! Whew!

Your pouches are absolutely adorable, Carol!!! Each one has your wacky personality built into it somehow, someway. Well done, my friend!

Stay Warm Hugs,
Rett

Kathy said...

Your pouches are absolutely adorable!!!! Did you use a pattern? Also, I notice your labels -- I LIKE those! Can you share with me where you get them. I have been looking for labels.

Thanks!

Karin said...

WOW I JUST LOVE THEM ALL!!!!! Found you on flickr and just stumbled on your blog. amazing great colorful happy works!!

Nancy said...

Carol, I love everything you make! Your flair for color and combining pattern is superb. Everything is bright and cheery, just lights up my day. I don't often comment, more of a "lurker". I realized today, you give so much of yourself, I need to thank you for the joy you bring, so thank you!