Pillows & make-up bag

2 May

Sybil here – – – I’m waiting for my quilting mojo to show up today so in the meantime, I’ll show you the projects I’ve been working on.

Here are a couple scrappy pillows I made for our bed.  Love the colors.  Wish I had more of this fabric.  It might be a Lecien line – I’m not 100% sure.  Karen would know…..she was with me when I bought it at a quilt show 2 1/2 years ago.  🙂  This was also one of my first machine quilting projects – – – I can’t say as I love machine quilting – I’d rather Kay or Carin did it for me.

Next is the make-up bag that I made a couple days ago.  I was doing some blog surfin’ the other day (thanks Kay) and found this gal www.stitchedincolor.com and then found her pattern.  Since I had sold a dress on my made-it site, and the money was in my paypal account (burning a hole in my proverbial pocket), I impulse bought the pattern.  By 3pm that afternoon…..waaaaalaaaaa……finished make-up bag.  It really is a quick and easy project and a great gift idea.  Next time, I’d use a darker fabric as the liner because I think over time I’ll have make-up stains from my brushes.  Also, I’m going to try and find a heavy-ish plastic and use this pattern to make a jewelry bag like my mama made for me a few years back.

My fabrics (a batik and 2 Amy Butler) plus buttons made of pineapple (clever, eh?)

My makeup that needed to fit in the finished project:

Customizing the lining (i.e. the pouch in the upper right hand corner was too small for my compact so I improvised and put a chunk of elastic over the pocket.

Finished and make-up all fits:

Finito!  Rolled up and ready to toss in a drawer!

One last project to share….have you seen the book Japanese Taupe Quilts?  OMG!  I am in love.  The only problem is the only Japanese Taupe fabric I can find over here was $55 per meter.  Yes….you read that correctly.  And a meter is only 4 inches longer than a yard.  Well…..that purchase will have to wait until I’m back in the USA.  In the meantime, I had 2 jelly rolls and a few chunks of fabric from Moda’s French General line and so I’ve started making blocks.  They are a little fiddlie but I’m liking them.  I have 18 blocks finished so far….not sure if I’m going for 35 or 63…..if I’ll do narrow borders between them or not.  The last block I made used 7/8″ strips – I know…..crazy.

ok, I’m out of here.  Time to go work on an Amy Butler bag for the local quilt shop!

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9 Responses to “Pillows & make-up bag”

  1. Karen May 3, 2011 at 6:43 am #

    Love, love, love your projects! We might have to hold a makeup bag project day when you’re here….. wouldn’t that be fun? The pillows are lovely…. not sure what the fabric line is but I’ll start scoping out fabric for you. We might have to do a road trip! And the fiddly blocks…. oh my. Awesome!

    • Sybil May 3, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

      Thanks! And yes…..the makeup bag project is certainly do-able.

  2. Peg May 3, 2011 at 6:54 am #

    Wow -I’m loving your projects too! It’s always fun to see what projects others are working on. Hope all is well with you. Happy sewing!

    • Sybil May 3, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

      Thanks Peg. All is good here. Today I’m switching gears and working on another quilt – an embroidery, applique, piecing project. I’ll post photos later this week.

  3. myolivebranch May 4, 2011 at 6:09 am #

    love it. how big (or small) do your blocks finish? loooks lovely dahlink!

    • Sybil May 4, 2011 at 6:37 am #

      Thanks chicklett. They finish at 9″ so they aren’t teeny tiny but small enough.

  4. Becca Olson May 4, 2011 at 9:00 pm #

    Fun stuff!

  5. Kelly May 7, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    A little birdie told me today at Matt’s graduation that if I got the material she was sure you would make one for me at the retreat. She didn’t think I’d do well at it – but screw the makeup bag, I want a couple of those bed pillows!!! LOL! Lisa and I hopefully will find a casino during the retreat and go fishin! Or else we’ll start drinking our Bud Light 55’s early!

    • Sybil May 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

      ‘gotta love those little birdies!

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