Sunday, April 17, 2011

New Billfold

This is the billfold or checkbook holder that I made with the Texture Magic fabric. I used temtex for the stiffener and that was just not perfect. It makes the wallet too thick in the area of the credit card holders. The pattern designer suggested a product called decor bond 809 that I will use for the next one. If you look carefully, you can see a place for your checkbook on the bottom half and a place for money on the top half. There is plenty of space for credit cards and even a pen holder. This is fairly easy to make and goes together quickly. The Overbrook Quilt Connection is going to have a class for this--watch for the class schedule.

Saturday I was a co-hostess on the Crusin' Kansas bus trip that went to four great quilt shops. Thirty-two of us had breakfast, loaded the bus at 8:30, and headed out to Needle in a Haystack at Severy. We shopped for an hour in this great shop that had lots of help and lovely fabrics. Then we picked up our lunch and headed to Charlotte's Sew Natural in Newton. Charlotte has a great variety of batiks and new florals. Then it was on the Prairie Pieces in Emporia. Another hour of shopping with lots of variety and fun. On to Quilting Bits & Pieces in Eudora for supper with homemade pie and more shopping. Back to Overbrook Quilt Connection by 8:15 for our last chance at buying fabric. Dee and I shared some fun techniques with the bus along the way. The textured billfold or checkbook holder was a hit. All the Texture Magic along the route was purchased. Everyone had a great time making new stitching friends and finding treasures along the way.

Friday, April 8, 2011

New Project

This is the first step of my project. The first photo is the fabric with Texture Magic on the back and I have stitched a grid on the fabric. I used my embroidery machine to stitch the grid and could have completed the task much faster by using a decorative stitch on the machine. But that did include digitizing the grid which I now have. The I thoroughly steamed the texture magic to complete the shinking process. The fabric shirks approximately 30% in all direction. If you make the photos larger, you can see the details much better. I used a metallic teal thread in the bobbin to give the glitz. I am going to make a lovely wallet from this beginning. I hope to get it finished tomorrow.