Monday, August 11, 2014

A busy few days

I love winter especially for the fact that with cooler weather it is much easier to sit and sew, something I find a tad difficult when perspiring profusely.
I haven't wasted these cooler days; the sewing machine has been whirring busily.
A little mug rug where I could practise my Paper Piecing.  I find mug rugs excellent to improve skills as they are not big enough to completely ruin, and are small enough to finish relatively quickly which adds to confidence.
The Mug rug was for a swap, and of course I added a small extra ... a little Christmas tree decoration.
Recently I had my attention drawn to instructions for a purse based on the cover of a book.  This captured my imagination, and while the 'readable' part of the book had to be cut out, I have kept it ... fortunately this book came with an extra cardboard cover. 
At first the instructions appeared difficult, but as so often happens if one starts at the beginning and follows the instructions to the end all is well.
Yes, there were moments when I wondered what to do next, but with the use of glue several times meant I had time to sit and think the instructions through while the glue dried.  Over all I am pleased with the result ... in fact I have eyed up another book to lose its middle!
The book is sitting on a small Snowball quilt that didn't take very long at all to construct.


Nanna Chel said...

What an unusual purse, Shirley. Lovely work as usual.

Karen's Korner said...

What an interesting concept for a purse. Well done on your paper piecing. Somehow my first attempts did not turn out as well as yours.

Liz said...

Wow! I have seen those purses,you have done a great job!