Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Heidi Foldover Clutch & Wristlet #2

I guess it's time for another blog post, huh? Yikes, where did those 2 weeks go?! Especially since I told you previously that I'd made two things and so far I've only shown you one of those... and also because I have another item almost completed that'll be ready to blog about soon.

I guess the reason I'm so slow posting this one is that it was hard to get good photos of, and I'm still not too pleased with these, but they'll have to do. They were taken nearly a month ago, when my alyssum was still blooming so prettily in front of the garage doors, before I had to pull it all out, still blooming, in preparation for our first blizzard of the season. Ahhh... I digress...

Anyway, here it is... another Heidi Foldover Clutch & Wristlet, made in the larger size with a crossbody strap added. I had this one cut out before I sewed the other one, but since this one wasn't destined for Quilt Market, it got preempted. 

The fabric is called Zenith, and it's barkcloth from Jess's In Theory line for Cloud9 Fabrics. I did a bit of print matching, which I find challenging but fun.

This one is different from my previous one not only in size but also in that the back pocket actually opens - ha! It has a surprise of pretty pink inside.

Besides the print matching, I planned the cutout of the pieces around one of the dots... just for fun. Too bad both halves of the magnetic snap couldn't have a dot. Heehee.

I like how it opens wide. The lining is a gold canvas.

The strap and accent pieces are from some bargain pleather that Jess bought ages ago and if you've followed my blog for long you've seen on numerous other things I've made. I still have some left, so you'll likely be seeing it again. It's awesome pleather to work with - I love it!

The strap was like 50 inches long or so, so with 4 rows of stitching the whole length, it was a long road (you can do the math) and I nearly got highway hypnosis!

Jess keeps designing fabric, which is great for me, because I keep getting some of it to sew more things - yay! Her latest is something different - it's babywale corduroy this time. Here are the samples that arrived at my door the day after our blizzard. It's called Spring Quartet, and it's scheduled to be released in March.

I have a project close to completion with one of those prints (if you follow my Instagram at grandma_g415, you know which one). It sews up beautifully, and I can't wait to show you what I'm making!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Essential Wristlet with a Twist

I kept back one more small piece of Jess's new Holding Pattern fabric from the samples I returned to Cloud9 before Quilt Market, because I saw it together with this orange linen, and I just knew was meant to be! Jess had found this tutorial for a little wristlet with an outside pocket and a flap that she thought was cute. Since this was a photo-only tutorial, and the measurements were metric, I decided to simply modify the Dog Under My Desk Essential Wristlet pattern that I've used several times and know works perfectly. This is how it turned out, and I love it (despite orange not being MY favorite color)!

It took some thinking to get the proportions right and things to fit together without the seams being too thick, but it worked. Here's the back, with the two fabrics just seamed together.

It has navy lining.

Under the flap is a pocket...

... which is held closed with a snap. It happened to be the only snap I had in the perfect color - kind of a reddish-orange with a tinge of pink.

That new barkcloth line is scheduled to be released next July (I know... such a long time away!), and that particular print is called Twist of Fate. I had posted pics in the DUMD Facebook group, and without having mentioned its name, someone there commented that this is an "Essential Wristlet with a twist". It certainly is! :)

Speaking of that twist, I considered doing this scallop stitch on the strap. It would've been so perfect! But I decided it was too risky to try and get the scallops lined up just right, so I reluctantly abandoned that idea. I didn't want to take the chance of messing up my strap and have to make it all over again.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Super Moon

Did you see the Super Moon last night? Or even the one in October? I missed October's because it was cloudy, so last night with perfectly clear skies, I was ready. I wasn't sure exactly what time it was going to appear or where, but I took my camera along when I went out to feed cats, and lucky for me that was the perfect time. The perfect place for these shots happened to be from the hog barn where I feed the last ones, too. So here are my favorite shots, in the order I took them, completely unedited. (Click on any to enlarge.)

A little size perspective here:

Look closely on this next one. Below the moon and slightly to the right stood a deer. I didn't even notice it until I was looking at the pics on the computer. You might have to click on the photo to enlarge it to see better.

I managed to catch my neighbor going by on the road, too, on his 4-wheeler.

This last one I took a bit later from our driveway. The moon still looked huge over our neighbor's yard.

I hope you got to see the moon for yourself, since it's been about 70 years since it's been this close to the earth and looked so huge. If not, I hope you enjoyed these photos. Some year I'm going to get a nicer zoom lens for even better pics. Maybe. ;)

I've been sewing again, and I have a couple of new things to show you. So check back later this week.....