A West Virginia State Patchwork Purse

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West Virginia Patchwork Purse

West Virginia Patchwork Purse

West Virginia Patchwork Purse

West Virginia Patchwork Purse

West Virginia Patchwork Purse

West Virginia Patchwork Purse

West Virginia Patchwork Purse

West Virginia Patchwork Purse

West Virginia Patchwork Purse

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Upcycled Tablecloth Clutch Purses

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Upcycled Tablecloth Clutch Purses

Upcycled Tablecloth Clutch Purses

Upcycled Tablecloth Clutch Purses

Upcycled Tablecloth Clutch Purses

Upcycled Tablecloth Clutch Purses

Upcycled Tablecloth Clutch Purses

Upcycled Tablecloth Clutch Purses

I found a vintage linen tablecloth at a local antique shop and used it to make clutch purses in blue for my sister in law, pink for her Mom and her soon-to-be Mother in law.  I’m not sure when the tablecloth was made, but from researching the embroidery style, it may be from the 1950s.  It felt cruel to cut up something beautiful that some unknown person spent time making, but I decided they wanted their work to be loved and used, above all else.  The bride loves them, and they’ll be quite loved on her big day!  Maybe they’ll even be passed on to a few future brides down the road.

sarahsigres

A Quilted Bible Cover

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Quilted Bible Cover

This was made in the usual “book cover” style, with the outer cover starting out about a half inch larger than the book all the way around.

Quilted Bible Cover

And it was quilted super fast on my speed demon “new” Singer 301.  (I’m in love!)

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Colors were inspired by my highlighters.

Quilted Bible Cover

sarahsigres

Freezing Bubbles

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Frozen Bubbles

It was -14° F at my house this morning, so naturally I went out on the porch to blow bubbles.  Bubbles don’t pop when it’s that cold, they either land and deflate or shatter in the air.

Frozen Bubbles

Frozen Bubbles

Frozen Bubbles

Oddly enough, I also finished my “On the Bubble” quilt.  (Tutorial can be found here.)

On the Bubble Quilt

On the Bubble Quilt

Stay warm, my friends!

sarahsigres

On the Bubble Quilt Tutorial

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On the Bubble Quilt Tutorial Title

Making an On the Bubble quilt is a lot of fun because you get to combine solids and scrappiness all in one visually interesting quilt.  I named it “On the Bubble” because of the appliqued circles, but also because the placement of the color values of the squares builds an illusion of a curve where none exists.  I made mine with shades of gray, but you could easily convert this to an ombre selection of fabrics, or for a different look you could switch the solids and prints to have a layer of solid bubbles floating over colorful scrappy squares.  This will make a lap sized quilt about 67.5″ square.

I purchased a yard each of Robert Kaufman’s Kona cotton solids as listed below.  Beside them I’ll list the number of five inch squares you’ll need of each:

  1.  White  13
  2.  Silver  24
  3.  Shadow  28
  4.  Medium Gray  36
  5.  Coal  44
  6.  Charcoal  52
  7. Pepper  28

You’ll also need 225 circles cut from various scraps.

On the Bubble Quilt: Cutting Circles and Squares

I used a 2.75″ diameter circle template.  I’ve made a circle template and a placement template that you can download and print on cardstock: On The Bubble Templates from CoopCrafts_20150206_0001.  I traced 225 circles onto the paper side of Heat n Bond Light.  (Numbering the circles as you trace will help you keep track.)  Then roughly cut them out, leaving a little space around the edge of each circle.  Follow package directions to attach the circles to the back side of your fabric scraps, then trim carefully around each circle.  You can use the placement template provided (cut out the center square) to help you center the circles, or if you have one, you can add washi tape to your five inch square ruler as I did below.  Then, following package directions, attach the circles to your squares.

On the Bubble Quilt: Circle Placement

The next step is to stitch around your circles.  If you want to keep your edges neat and free from fraying, use a zigzag stitch that encloses the edge of the circle.  For my quilt, I’ve used a vintage hand crank machine that only makes straight stitches (and doesn’t stitch in reverse), so the edges of my circles will lift over time to give ruffly, textural interest.  For whichever method you choose, I recommend this trick to keep your applique from unraveling.  If using straight stitches, complete about three rounds, as seen below.  Try not to stitch over the edges if you’re going to let them ravel, but let the circles “drift” a bit as you sew, kind of like the first few rounds of a Spirograph drawing.

On the Bubble Quilt: Detail of Top Stitching

The backs will look like this, with the thread ends neatly tied:

On the Bubble Quilt: Back of Stitching

Once all your circles have been appliqued, it’s time to lay out your squares.  Here’s the fancy grid I used, direct from my sketchbook, with the color numbers from above to help with placement.

On the Bubble Quilt Layout Guide

It may help to start in one corner.  Once you approach the middle, it’ll be easier to see and follow the pattern.

On the Bubble Quilt: Laying Out the Blocks

Mine looked like this, with a couple squares needing to be remade because my hand crank machine gets grouchy as her bobbin runs low.

On the Bubble Quilt in Progress

Begin stitching your rows together, taking time to admire your favorite fabrics as you go.  This was a gift from a friend and I love it!

On the Bubble Quilt in Progress

And although it’s not even quilted yet, I’m sharing the tutorial because several Instagram friends are eager to start bubble quilts of their own.

On the Bubble Quilt Top A

On the Bubble Quilt Top B

If you make one, I’d love to see it!

On the Bubble Quilt

sarahsigres