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Friday 1 July 2016

Another UFO off the list!

Several years ago a friend came back from Le Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork with this beautiful bag.

All made with beautiful silks and velvets. My friend very generously allowed me to borrow it (thanks Mad) to make a pattern and you may remember seeing my almost finished bag here when I was unhappy with colour of the handles. They have now been re-dyed and the bag is complete.

I have made it using my own dyed cotton velvets plus some silk furnishing fabric samples which I have had for years and knew would come in handy one day!
The interior is lined with hand dyed silk and has one large pocket.

I have used a sparkly brooch to decorate.

Unfortunately my friend does not remember who she bought the bag from and there is no label inside so I am unable to credit the designer of the bag. If anyone recognises the bag then please do let me know so that I can rectify this.

Another UFO surfaced this afternoon and I got this Mystery Quilt from The Quilters Guild layered up.

It's from a few years back now and we worked on it a row at a time. Hoping to get the machine out over the weekend and make a start on the quilting. Meanwhile my Four Seasons Crazy just needs its binding hemming down and a hanging sleeve - handwork for the evenings while the football is on! - so hopefully that will soon be finished.

I have been playing with a couple of small projects. First of all I saw this gorgeous little dish in a charity shop in UK and at 50p it had to come away with me.

I found some gorgeous Tilda fabric that I had been saving and made myself a new pincushion.

I have see quite a few boxed zippy pouches around and had a go at making one using this tutorial.

Not a bad effort although the corners could have been more symetrical! I shall definitely be making more of these though.

Well I think you must have had enough of my pictures now! Hope you all have a great weekend.


  1. Your bag is sooooo lovely. You did an excellent job. Gorgeous brooch that fits perfectly. Congratulation on this awesome finish. I'm sure you'll be seen all over town with it on your arm. Love the boxed zippy pouch too. Thanks for the link to the tut. I'm heading there now. And NOOOOOOOO!! We never get enough of your beautiful pictures. Have a great weekend too. ;^)

  2. The brooch makes a perfect finishing touch, and that little pincushion is a delight!

  3. So wonderful projects.Great job!

  4. I love the bag, Lin! I must say that I prefer your choice of fabrics :-)
    Great idea for the little dish; I resume you glued the pin cushion in?

  5. Love, love your bag - it is beautiful and the brooch just finishes it off perfectly! You have been inspiring finishing your UFO actually. I got 3 UFO's out of my cupboard and got my husband to help baste 2 last night and will baste another tonight. I hope to be happily sewing them next week. Miss H is home from Uni next week too. Yipee.

  6. Beautiful ufo finish! Love your sweet little dish Tilda make over too xx

  7. Hello Lin,

    Good luck with the quilting. I just love your bag, so unique with your own dyed fabric and personal touches.

    Have a lovely weekend.

    happy days.

  8. You've been very busy. Love your new pincushion and your new bag.

  9. Beautiful bag Lin, congrats on the finish . Your quilt will be lovely too and what a cute idea for a pincushion .

  10. both bags are so beautiful, the velvet looks so lush. great to get a ufo out and closer to completion.
    Love your new little pincushion. It looks gorgeous!
    great work on your little zipper purse too. always get intimidated by the zip!

  11. Oh wow, you have been busy. Your bag is lovely and that shape makes it look like a generous amount of space in it.... happy quilting...

  12. Wow, your bag turned out quite nice and I like the sparkly piece that you added to it! Nice projects all around and it's neat to see what unique bags you are creating. Best wishes on your work on the UFO-I love the bright, cheery colors of the quilt.
    Have a great week,

  13. Gorgeous bag Lin, what very pretty colours and fabrics you have used and the brooch is perfect. Love your little pincushion and the zipper pouch, taking note of the tutorial, thanks for the link.

  14. Oh my Lin what a bag transformation with the colour changed handles, it looks fab and you've been so busy with all the other projects too :D

  15. everything is so beautifully done. The purse is lovely. I like the use of the velvet. I don't see much velvet these days, though I do have two large pieces waiting a special project.

    The row of stars across the quilt top are calling to me. I like that pattern when ever i see it.

    How did you make the pincushion so it looks good through the glass? I have a small glass dish shaped like an apple that would be perfect for this.

  16. Love that pincushion - perfect use of the glass heart! The bag is wonderful, and I'm impressed by your ability to turn another bag into a pattern for this one. Not one of my talents!

  17. Lin, I'm astounded by all of your accomplishments, esp. that beautiful bag! Good job sticking to it until it was exactly what you wanted! XO


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