My husband thinks I have too many handbags. I haven’t of course but that seems to be his perception. Bless him, he once bought me a very expensive handbag for Christmas and actually thought that I would never need to buy another. It doesn’t work like that though does it? Actually I have many, many more shoes than handbags and what with my lifestyle these days, wear hardly any of them, certainly not on a regular basis, as the ones I prefer have heels and, for practical purposes, I wear flats, boots and wellies more than anything else.
A quilt with a handbag design seemed appropriate and I finally finished hand quilting this one the other day, found a suitable binding locally and, voila.
This is a design from a book called More Layer Cake, Jelly Roll and Charm Quilts by Pam and Nicky Lintott which aims to help you use the pre-cut fabric packs that look so tempting but you are not quite sure what to do with after buying. Or is that just me? This quilt is made using a Layer Cake which consists of 42 x 10 inch squares of fabric. The pack I used here is from Basic Grey for Moda and the design is ‘Little Black Dress’. Here is a single block and it consists of four pieces of fabric cut to different sizes plus an appliquéd bag ‘handle’ to complete the handbag shape.
I used ‘big stitch’ quilting for this as it seemed to suit the design and, if I’m honest, all my hand quilting appears to come out as a big stitch anyway 🙂 I echo quilted the inner seams of each bag and around the handle. It works on the front but not so well on the back as I’ve used a plain fabric and all my stitches are very obvious which is not necessarily a good thing. Hence the lack of rear view photography. Also, it probably isn’t quilted heavily enough but it will only be used as a throw, or even a wall hanging in my workroom, so it won’t get enough rough treatment to shift the batting. Unless the dogs take a fancy to it of course. I used a variegated perle cotton for the quilting which is why, if you zoomed in and wondered, the colour of the stitches varies between white, grey and black.
Here it is , in its entirety with, not a plain black border – that’s just the dark wood of the cupboard I’ve hung it up against – but a black and off- white binding with musical notes on it. It was the only fabric I could find locally which would do for the binding but, even though there is nothing to do with music anywhere else on the quilt, I think it works anyway.
Here’s the obligatory ‘sofa shot’ and, this time, I waited until the dogs were out in the garden although, actually, Flo would have coordinated with this very well being black and white.
Having made two ‘greyish’ quilts my next project is much brighter. It is from the same book and is called ‘Friendship Braids’. I’m using a Moda Jelly Roll this time in a design called ‘Gypsy Girl’. Again, I will be going great guns until I get to the quilting part and then I will be in a quandary again. Still, that won’t be quite yet.
to be continued…………