Once I caught a fish alive,
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten,
Then I let go again.
Why did you let it go?
Because it bit my finger so.
Which finger did it bite?
This little finger on the right.
Hi, Marci from Marci Girl Designs here and I want to start by saying, yes, I know that the second challenge is the bag challenge, not the first, but I couldn't help myself and Rach said we could make anything. When it was time to decide what I was making, I just couldn't move past "bag" so in the end I went with it. Simply put, I thought a Nautical bag would be so cool.
The bag idea really started to take shape when I was looking through old pins on Pinterest and was inspired by this bag found HERE. If you click through, there is a tutorial on how to make that bag, but I didn't use that tutorial at all and just did my own thing based solely on the simple design. I dug through my amazingly large collection of nautical prints and chose a simple blue with white rope, Windham Fabrics, "Catch of the Day" by Pela Studio. I then added a coordinating blue Kona solid and a 100% linen that I had in my stash.
I cut random sized strips for each colorway, and serged the edges of the linen to prevent fraying in the future. I sewed together long strips of each print and in essence created a new "fabric" piece. I drafted my own purse shape, roughly 13" x 17" with rounded bottom corners. I decided on the angle I wanted, and then cut out my pieces based on my drafted pattern. This was actually really difficult for me, and involved a lot more time than I was originally hoping. Those angles get me every time!
Once the front and back chevron pieces were sewn together, I then fused Pellon SF-101 to the backs of each piece for added stability. I then added a 100% cotton batting to the back (creating three layers) and pin basted it. I sewed around the edges, a scant 1/8" to hold all the layers together, which was especially helpful when it came time to construct the bag.
I decided to hand quilt with a lovely dark blue pearl cotton in large chunky stitches on the linen only, 1/4" away from the edges. All of the hand quilting was done while my family was on vacation for a week (ironically at the beach) smack in the middle of this challenge. I then used the rest of our vacation to stress about where this project was headed.
Upon getting home, I quickly went back to work. At first I thought I would raw edge applique something nautical on the bag, but I couldn't figure out what and felt stuck. I'm not sure how the idea came to me, but I remembered I had a book, Scandinavian Stitches by Kajsa Wikman, and in it was this darling project quilt that incorporated a "nautical" poem that was free motion quilted onto the quilt. That project in the book was called the "Once I Caught a Fish Quilt." Hmm, I wondered if there was any way this would work with my design? Well amazingly, it did! It fit just perfectly, so I used a black thread and free motion quilted the poem on the front and back.
One, two, three, four, five,
Once I caught a fish alive,
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten,
Then I let go again.
Why did you let it go?
Because it bit my finger so.
Which finger did it bite?
This little finger on the right.
I was pleasantly pleased how well it turned out and honestly much easier than I expected. I did all of the quilting on my old Project Runway Brother, with a generic free motion quilting foot and regular old Coats and Clark thread. I brought all the thread tails to the back of the "quilt" and tied them all off and trimmed all the threads. Now that the quilting was finished it was time to turn it into a bag!
I made my own (kinda large) piping with the linen fabric, basted it onto the front, and then sewed the front and back together along the sides and bottom. I found a really neat cotton webbing (that I felt looked really nautical and matched amazingly well) and decided for short handles after debating between short and long for quite some time. I basted them to the bag and slipped on one D-ring on each handle before doing so. I used the same blue with white rope fabric print for the lining and finished up the bag. The top of the bag, which looks like I used bias tape to finish, is actually the lining made a tad bit longer than the bag, wrapped around the front creating that look. I top stitched in the ditch around the whole bag, thus holding the lining on the inside and then stitched the handles down to the very top of the bag, creating a nice little channel that the d-rings were seated into.
I knew at this point that the bag needed a little something else, to make it just "pop," but I wasn't sure what. Then i randomly remembered this little kit that came with one of my old issues of Mollie Makes. I pulled out the kit, which I had not made yet, and realized it would be perfect for this bag, though the fabric that came with the kit wasn't perfect for this particular project. So I dug through some red 5" charms that I had, picked 3 that I really liked and used the instructions and some of the kit materials to make this three little fish key-chain. The kit and instructions were included in Mollie Makes Issue 29, and the project was named "Sardine Keyring" by Zoe Patching. Isn't it the cutest! I just love it, and so do my kids, who have now requested I make them a ton of fish (without the strings!) I clipped the key-chain onto the front side d-ring and called the bag complete! What do you think? I just adore it!
Now that my first challenge project was complete, I had the task of photographing it! You see, I live in South Louisiana and honestly there aren't a ton of beaches (or at least pretty ones) anywhere near me. More like swamps and bayous, so I went with it! I loaded up the family, drove to a nearby canoe launch that is adjacent to the Vermillion River and took a ton of photos. Not feeling 100% about the first round, we went exploring and ended up in a State Park in Abbeville, Louisiana, the Palmetto Island State Park. We had never been to this State Park, and were pleasantly surprised by what we found. I finished taking my photos at the boat launch and later at the pond, and then the rest of the day was spent playing with the family. We hiked, played on the playground and the best part, the splash pad, which was awesome and huge by the way.
The day ended at the pond, where I finished my final pictures and right as we were about to leave (the kids had been throwing rocks into the pond,) guess who showed up? A five foot alligator! Yikes, time to go! So I included this final shot to show "proof" of our alligator. If you look to the right of the bag, there is a "line" in the water, there it is, head just out of the water swimming by! No sir, I did not like that, and neither did my kids who were now freaked out! I guess that is just some of the hazards to living in South Louisiana!
It was so fun and challenging participating in the first round of Sewvivor. I really felt like I stretched myself with this project, trying new techniques and trying to think out of the box. I traveled to new places, created a project I was really proud of and am just so honored to have been chosen as a participant in this really cool contest. Now I need your help, 50% of the voting process is done by you guys! So I would really appreciate it if you would click through HERE and vote for my project, which is PROJECT #8. I really want to keep playing and if you liked what I created, please take a moment to go vote for me! Thank you guys for supporting me so much and especially to my blog followers throughout the years, I truly appreciate you all!
Quickly popping in today, on a Sunday to let you know my amazing news (if you haven't already heard!) I made it into the Sewvivor Top 16, you can see my audition piece HERE! Woo hoo! I am beyond thrilled ya'll, like crazy excited! I wanted to blog earlier, but was on vacation for a week smack in the middle of the first challenge, so all of my time has been seriously devoted to vacation, crazy mad sewing and getting ready for school to start next week! Can I say BUSY BUSY! Whew deep breath!
Rach at Family Ever After (the host of Sewvivor,) featured a Getting to Know the 16 Sewvivor Contestants blog post last week and if you get a chance, hop over there and you can read a short biography of yours truly along with the other 15 contestants. Tomorrow is the first challenge reveal, the theme was Nautical, so I'll be back tomorrow with a really long blog post about my first project! I will need all of your help to continue on in this sewing competition, so join me tomorrow for all the details on how to vote and to see my first project! Wish me luck!
A few months ago, I (finally) got a new phone (it had been like 5 years) and with a new phone came the ability to actively participate on Instagram! One of the first things I discovered on Instagram was the fabric shop Quilt Sandwich Fabrics, and they just so happened to be holding a fabric challenge. I was lucky enough to grab a spot and participate! They sent me two fat eighths of Heather Ross's Briar Rose Fabric and I could create anything I wanted just so long as it used both fabrics. I received the two prints that you can plainly see above, so pretty! I just love the grasshoppers hidden amongst the clover!
I knew all along that I wanted to make a pouch, but I stalled on the type of pouch for a while, and then in the end I decided to make one of my own designs. It is a gusset bottomed pouch with a curved top that measures 8" wide x 7" tall x 2.5" wide. It has a pretty little front detail, and is the perfect size to hold a little sewing project or throw in your purse to keep things nice and organized. For the exterior I used only the two prints of Briar Rose that I was sent and decided to add the pretty little lace details to the sides of the front panel detail. After I was finished I decided to add the three buttons, as just a final little fun detail, which also worked really well for holding down the lining on the inside of the pouch. For the interior I used some larger scraps from a Denyse Schmidt print from JoAnn Fabrics.
I have a TON of zippers in my collection, so it wasn't hard to find the perfect fit, a great matching green. I tried a different technique for installing the zipper, and was really pleased with the results. On the right side or end of the zipper I sewed on a tab to cover the end, but on the left side, I chose to sharply fold the zipper into the seam, and I really was pleased with the clean finish of it, no bunching and really smooth, which worked well with my curved top. You can see both ends, above and below.
Below is the back of the pouch, you can see I carried the front details over to the back, but just omitted the buttons. I used Pellon 50, which is a stiffer sew in interfacing for the pouch, which gives it just enough stiffness to totally stand on its own, but keeps it thin and not puffy at all. I love that!
Now comes the part where I need your help. The Briar Rose Challenge features two winners, one will be chosen by the staff at Quilt Sandwich Fabrics, and the other is a people's choice award. So if you have a minute, hop over HERE to vote for your favorite project, it doesn't have to be mine, because honestly there are so many fabulous projects, it is hard to choose which one is the best! But if you want to vote for me, I won't mind! All you have to do is leave a comment on the blog post for your favorite. Hurry though, because voting ends tomorrow!
Thank you Quilt Sandwich Fabrics for the fabric and the challenge it was really fun and I forgot just how much I like making my own designs!
A while ago, maybe a month or so, Threadbias announced a contest designing a quilt pattern using Heather Ross' newest fabric line Briar Rose. I was interested, but then I read that you would have full access to their Quilt Design Tool in order to design the quilt. What? I'm so in! I had been dying to try out the full version, so this was the perfect opportunity.
I played around quite a bit, the program is really easy to use, I read no directions, watched no tutorials, just dove right in. So fun. If I ever get extra funds, I will so subscribe to this tool, it makes designing quilts so easy. After playing around for quite a while, I decided on my final design and you can see it here, below. I titled it Modern Portal and my description of it is as follows, "A simple geometric pattern that showcases the lovely feminine prints in this collection. Each "portal" focuses on the fabric design and can be appreciated on its own accord." I am quite happy with the final design, and truly hope to make this quilt on my own, maybe once I get a little more caught up on those Wips!
Oh and before I forget, the Quilt Design Tool calculates the amount of fabric that it will take to make the quilt that you design. This quilt which measures 60" x 75" will take roughly 4 yards of the white and 1/4 yard of all the other prints. How cool is that?
This is a contest, and voting is open now through Friday. If you are a member of Threadbias, you can vote. I would love for you to vote on mine, but even if you don't, please take a moment to check out the other entries. So many beautiful designs, so hard to pick one favorite for sure! You can go vote HERE, and remember, you have to be logged on, in order to vote.
Thank you to all the sponsors of this contest, it really was fun to play around with great digital prints from Heather Ross and to use the Quilt Design Tool at Threadbias.
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Giveaway is closed! Feel free to comment, but everything after #604 will not be included in the drawing. Thanks to everyone who entered.
It is giveaway time here at Marci Girl Designs! I decided to play along with Sew, Mama, Sew! and host a giveaway in conjunction with their May Giveaway Day! If you are a first time visitor, thanks for stopping by! More importantly though, thanks to my blog followers and regular readers, your daily encouragement, ideas and comments mean so much to me! Awww...enough of the mushy stuff!
On to the giveaway! Here is what is up for grabs:
5 fat quarters of Denyse Schmidt's latest line of fabrics available at JoAnn's Fabric Stores.
1 Louise Pleated Wristlet PDF Pattern by Marci Girl Designs, emailed directly to you.
2 fat quarters of Heather Ross's latest Out of Print line from Spoonflower.
Awesome right? You can't even get those Heather Ross prints anymore, and the Denyse Schmidt prints are rapidly getting very hard to find! Even better, you get an awesome pattern (from my shop) that you can use all these great fabrics to create a super cute clutch for yourself, or an awesome lady in your life!
The Details (How to Enter!) And yes, I will ship internationally!
1. Leave a comment, and in that comment answer this question, "What is your absolute favorite movie of all time?" (1 Entry)
2. If you are currently a blog follower, and have added your little photo to the Google Friend Connect widget to the right, you get an extra entry. If you are a follower through Google Reader (and I know there are quite a few of you out there) just add your photo to the widget and leave a comment that you did so. And if you want to become a brand new follower, just add your photo to that same little widget, and leave me a comment that you are a new follower! (1 Entry for Either of These 3 Options)
You have a total of 2 chances to win! Just leave a separate comment for each. Make sure you fill in the Email spot, so that I have a way to contact you if you win! If I am unable to contact you, I will pick another winner. The giveaway closes on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at midnight. Thursday morning, I will pick a winner via a Random Number Generator, and will send you an email letting you know that you won, and requesting your mailing address! Good luck and thanks so much for visiting!
Once again I decided to participate in Amy's One Thing, One Week Challenge. Well lucky for me, I finished this one up early in the week, and even got the pictures done early! Woo-Hoo! My goal this past week was to finish up the two dozen tooth fairy pillows that were a custom order for a boutique in South Carolina. It is so nice to send these little guys off to other parts of the country for someone else to love! I think their little pink and blue smiles are pretty darn cute, don't you? Thanks again Amy, for this little challenge that gives so many people that little kick in the butt to get stuff done! Now off I go to that next project...
P.S. In response to one of the comments left on this post asking if the pillows have a pocket on the back for a reward for the children, the answer is Yes! All of these pillows have a pocket on the back to safely tuck the little tooth and then the tooth fairy can leave her reward!
Quite a while ago now, I had two customers contact me to create a custom Origami Handbag for them. Have I ever mentioned how much I love doing custom orders? The top bag features Amy Butler's great fabric line "Love" and a solid dark blueish purple, it is totally reversible and oh so cute! The bottom bag features Jessica Levitt's fabric line "Timber." It also is reversible utilizing two of Levitt's fabric, just in opposite positions on the handbag. It is truly a pretty fabric line, and I love the little blue birds on the purple trees. I don't have any of these handbags listed in my shop at the moment, but if you are interest in one, just send me a message (Convo, Twitter, or my contact form on the Odds and Ends Page) and I will be happy to make one for you!
A while back, a customer contacted me about making some custom bags for her, she chose all of the fabrics, and she actually sent me some fabric that she already had, how cool is that! These are the two Uber Large Handbags that I made for her, and I thought they turned out just lovely. The top handbag features Anna Maria Horner's great Home Decor line of fabric (love it) and the bottom handbag features Sandi Henderson's Meadowsweet line of cotton weight quilting fabric. The customer chose to have three fabrics featured on the Sandi Henderson bag (photos below,) and I love how unique it truly turned out. This style handbag is "uber" large (hence the name) and can hold so much stuff, but isn't too big, if you know what I mean!
Interested in a custom order? Just let me know and I will be happy to work with you on whatever design and fabric you would like. I LOVE custom orders!
Thanks so much to all you lovelies for entering my giveaway! I loved reading all of the super sweet comments from all of you! And now for the winner...
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Congratulations Lucky Number 13!
Who said: Happy Etsy-versary. You're doing really well, considering you've been on Etsy for a year! Keep it up!
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Thanks again to everyone who entered and everyone who supported me in my first year of business on Etsy! Stay tuned to my blog for another great year of adventures, giveaways, and some great tutorials!
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