Wednesday, March 6, 2013

square bottom tote

     My Fiber Arts Guild, Just Needles, had a purse class recently.  I was using this method for making a square bottom on the tote and a few of the members were not aware of this.  Soooo, I decided to create a little Tute for it...Here it is:

measure from the fold 1/2 the desired width of the bottom plus 1/4"

 measure the same distance from the SEAM line

cut along markings.  It will be a square from the
seam line (not the edge)  to the fold

Now, match the FOLD to the SEAM.  Stitch.  This will create a square bottom. A 1" square will create a 2" wide bottom.  

Stitch with a 1/4" seam...

Finished right side of flat bottom                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Hope this works for ya!!! 

Keep stitchin', Marsha


Wow! been a long time since I posted and this thing has sure changed!!!  I just sent my mug rugs to the UK for the latest Quilting Gallery swap.  I really love these swaps! 
    My friend, Jeanette, and I are getting very excited as our trip to Scotland, Wales, and England approaches. We will be leaving June 6 and returning in July 9!!  What a trip!  I will try to remember to post pics when we get back.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Mini Quilt Swap

    I finally finished the mini quilt for Quilting Gallery "New Beginnings" mini quilt swap.  I started over 6 times!!!  They just wouldn't talk to me.  At first I was being way too literal. Then I found a pattern that worked wonderfully Except when I sewed the rows together---YUK!  I apparantly didn't trim leaving a quarter inch seam all around the blocks.  Hmmm, that won't work...Soooo, begin again!  Another new beginning, huh?!!  Here is the finished product.


back showing the free motion quilting
   The title of New Beginnings somehow threw me off...Don't know why...the pattern I finally chose was from a BOM at Craftsy.  The three stripes in a wave pattern represent the 3 tidal surge waves of Hurricane Katrina that hit the Ms Gulf Coast.  I live about 2 miles from the beach.  The entire coast had a new beginning after this storm. The borders are quilted in a flowing water pattern to symbolize the end of the storm.  The scrappy blocks symbolize what most of us had left...scraps of what was.  But, we put on our big girl/boy britches and started a New Beginning for ourselves!  I am now happy with my choice for this swap.  I hope my partner likes it!  Can't wait to see what I get and from exciting!!
      Till next time---keep stitchin', Marsha

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

pic of the quilt pattern I will be using

Here is the pattern I will be using for the swap.  It's called Scrappy Basket.  Sorry for the quality.  I am still trying to figure out inserting photos.  For this one, I had to copy from a pdf and paste into Paint, then save as a jpeg.  Oh,well.  It's here.  More later on the progress.
     Keep stitchin', Marsha

Quilting Gallery Swap

     I decided to participate in the Quilting Gallery Mini Quilt Swap.  The theme is "new beginnings".  Hmmmm. That opens a whole can of worms!!  But I decided to go with a scrappy flower basket...reminiscent of life....I am going to try to post the progress of this quilt.  I am doing paper piecing aka foundation piecing. I love it!  Have a friend who hyperventilates every time it is mentioned!!  She does, however, enjoy English paper piecing.
    That's all for now...more when there is more progress... Keep stitchin', Marsha

Monday, January 23, 2012

New year

    Settled into the new room...or should I say, been productive in the new room and now its messy so I have to clean it up before I can get started on the next project!  But its fun having so much room.
     I am sooo into Fascinators now.  Made one for my oldest daughter to wear to a Carnival Ball this weekend.  She hasnt seen it yet. Hope its what she was expecting!
Here it is.  Looks festive to me!

I have also been working on baby gifts.  Tried my hand at smocked socks.. Love them!

I better get to work now....see ya later... Keep Stitchin"!   Marsha

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Been busy

   After the craziness of Christmas, I decided to move into my new sewing space.  The room I was using is 10' x 12'. Now it will be an office space.  The new room is 10' x 20'.  After moving in, I can't believe that alll that stuff fit in the other room!  Well, with all this new space, I had better be productive.  Here are some pics....
former sewing room

former sewing room other view

My embroidery hoop collection
Sewing area

ribbon , bows and hot glue area
The new space....Almost done!

cutting and hooping area

sewing area- other view

     I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, Boxing Day, Hannaka or whatever you celebrate at this time of the year!   Until later,  Keep Stitchin'!   Marsha