Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Duel Personality Bag and A Giveway

The " Is It a Diaper Bag or Is It a Travel Bag? " Giveaway !

The Nappy Bag Pattern   pattern available at Sewing Pattens by Mrs H

One thing  (oh, and I admit there are alot !)  that I can't refuse, is the opportunity to  test a new pattern by the talented designer, Samantha,  of  At Home With Mrs H blog.

Samantha,  or Mrs H,  is expecting a little baby soon, and decided to design her own diaper bag.   (They call them Nappy bags, in Wales where she lives.)  Since I won't be expecting any babies (that was 24 yrs ago!) ,  I made my Nappy  bag with just a few minor changes. This will be perfect for me when I am traveling. 

My Nappy Bag - 
The Nappy Bag        in Joel Dewberry' s Bungalow fabrics

Pattern:  The Nappy Bag      by Sewing Patterns by Mrs H
Bag Dimensions:      18 " wide x 10 " high x 5 " deep

Fabrics:   Joel Dewberry   Bungalow-  Dahlia Grass ,Chevron Lavendar & Hive Pink
               Quilters Linen Print Pink
Long Strap : Adjustable, over- the- body with swivel clips (optional)
Bag Top Zipper:      22 " long
Pockets:      outer front  - magnetic snap closure for the flap
                  outer back -   optional velcro closure, with hidden zipper pocket inside
                  outer side pockets -  2  - elastic- edged
                  inner lining zippered pocket
                  inner large slip pocket and divided slip pocket on other side
                  inner bottle holders(elastic)- optional

Stablizer:   I used Annies Soft and Stable.  It is a pleasure to use... lightweight , flexible and  easy to sew!

My adaptations to make this a travel bag:

I didn't add elastic to the top of the lining pockets, or on the outer side pockets.

Top View     see the outer back pocket and the hidden  zippered pocket !

The outer front pocket easily holds a tablet.
 Notice the  stylish flap that closes by a magnetic snap

Back outer pocket with my cell phone


The outer side pockets -  holding my cell phone in an otter case

Now for the giveaway:   Who would like to win this Nappy bag Pattern? 
Simply leave me a comment-   tell me how you would use this bag if you made it ?
      Drawing open until Friday August 29 at 11 PM EST.

If you you'd like to get the pattern or any other pattern ...Samantha, of 
At Home With Mrs H,  is generously offering all my readers a 10% discount on any purchase from her store, patterns & hardware...just use the code
 ATHOMEWITHMRSH10 for the discount!

I'm off to my sewing room!
Whiskers wanted me to tell you how she'd use the Nappy Bag-

There's another use for the bag.... travel  kitty bed

Linked up at-    And Sew We Craft Together @  And Sew We Craft  and
                       TGIFF  @ Devoted Quilter    and

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Patchique Blocks 18 and 109

Patchique Blocks 18 and 109

I actually made these Patchique Blocks awhile ago, but have been too busy to share them with you.  Progress on the blocks has been going well, and  Amanda has assured us that the end "is in sight"....  ( We aren't making every block in the book... there are 125 of them.)

Sewing these patchwork and applique' blocks
 with Amanda, The Patchsmith

Patchique' Block # 18:   Kawari kasuri taikaku ( which means Kasuri diagonal variation)

Block # 18  Kasuri diagonal variation from the book

And this is my Block #18:    

#18   Kawari kasuri taikaku     Susie's Sunroom

I enjoyed making this block.  Amanda kindly pointed out that this block is very similar to block #17  ....  with the center block showing some variation.  

Block # 17  Kasuri diagonal    Susie's Sunroom

Patchique' Block # 109:  Asa no hana  (morning flower)

#109  from the book   by Susan Briscoe

Block #109  Morning Flower     by  Susie's Sunroom
This block whipped up into shape easily, after I followed The Patchsmith's directions, using fusible applique'.   This is one of my favorite applique' blocks so far.

What do my Patchique' blocks  look like so far?

My Patchique' blocks     as of August 2014  

I'm off to my sewing room!
Linking up at:   Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

August Block Talking

August Block Talk

I finally had time to work on making some blocks.  
                                     Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt blocks:

See all of my blocks progress:
 FWSQ (on blog -under the heading)
and  Fllickr Group  where you can add your FWSQ blocks

Block #23  Country Farm:

FWSQ Block #23  Country Farm                   Susie's Sunroom

I fell in love with this sweet little block!  And , I had to mark a "  LOVE!"  in the book on this page!

Then, since I loved this fabric combination so much, I used them again on block #24.

FWSQ #24 Country Path:

FWSQ block #24  Country Path        Susie's Sunroom

These will make nice additions to my growing pile of Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt blocks!
                                       My   Flickr albumn
Next block:   Block #3  Spinning in the Rain BoM     with Sew Lux Fabric
Spinning in the Rain BoM  at Sew Lux Fabric
This is such fun to make a different pinwheel block , each month, in these Color Me Happy   by V & Co. fabrics (Moda fabrics).  I love this fabric line!

Block #3 August   Spinning in the Rain   Susie's Sunroom
I love the navy colors with the gray, in this block.

Here are the  three blocks so far....
Blocks # 1 #2 #3   and their mini's  
... and of course, with their mini-me blocks!!  

Thanks for stopping by to look over my latest blocks.  

I'm off to my sewing room!