Thursday, September 24, 2020

It's In the Bag Blog Hop with Island Batik and ByAnnie.com

Hello!  Welcome to my day for the Island Batik and ByAnnie.com It's in the Bag blog hop. This is the bag I made.  It's the Out and About Knapsack.  Isn't it adorable?

Disclaimer:  The products used in this project were given to me by Island Batik and industry partners.
For this month's Island Batik Ambassador challenge, each one of the ambassador's picked a ByAnnie.com bag pattern that we wanted to make.  I've been wanting to make the Out and About bag for a while, so I knew right away which one to choose.

The fabric for our bags was chosen for us and everything was sent bundled together in our Ambassador box as a kit.

The fabrics for my bag are part of the new Urbanization collection by Island Batik.  Aren't they fabby?  I love the purples and blues together.

I'll admit I was a little intimidated when I first looked the pattern over.  It's 16 pages long!  But, the instructions are given in well written steps with little check boxes for each step.  Checking the boxes as I went along helped me to feel like I was accomplishing something during every sewing session.  There is also a sheet of squares to copy and cut out to mark all of your pattern pieces.  I copied my squares onto a sticky paper which made it so easy to mark and remark my pieces as I sewed along.


I used this new spool of purple Aurifil thread and Schmetz needles to sew my project.  It matches the fabrics perfectly.  

This bag has a multitude of pockets.  Some have zippers and some have fold over elastic binding (the blue stuff in this photo).  I watched the add on videos for the Out and About bag on the ByAnnie.com site before sewing each step of my bag.  They were so helpful.  

Sunrise is my newest quilting buddy.  He really enjoyed making this bag.  The inside layer between the outer fabric and the lining fabric is made from Soft and Stable.  This stuff is awesome!  It gives the bag amazing stability and body.

Another essential notion for making the Out and About bag is Clover Wonder Clips.  You could use pins, but the clips were super helpful for holding multiple layers of fabric together.

Here's a photo of the back of the bag sewn together, padded straps, carry handle, and all.

Sunrise got tired and enjoyed using it for a nap. Cuteness alert!

At this point, the bag is almost finished.  The straps are clipped together to keep them away from the final seams.

The Out and About bag is complete!  Front view.

Back view.

The front compartment inside.  See the mesh pocket and the fold over elastic pockets?

I sewed the optional hidden pocket in between the front and back compartments.  It's the perfect size for my phone or keys.

The inside of the large compartment features another full length zipper pocket with a two compartment mesh pocket in front of it.

The opposite side of the large compartment features a big mesh pocket.

Inside the large compartment. There's so many pockets!  Ultra organization.  I love that.

The straps are adjustable for a custom fit.

Side view.

                               All dressed up with a feather boa.  Ready to go Out and About!

Be sure to hop on over the the Island Batik Blog to enter a fabric bundle giveaway and for links to all the ambassador blogs on the hop.

Be creative ~ Sew something beautiful today.

Jennifer Thomas


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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

It's in the Bag Blog Hop Week Three


It's week three of the Island Batik and ByAnnie.com It's in the Bag blog hop. Have you been following along?  I'm drooling over all the lovely bags and new fabrics sewn by my fellow ambassadors.  I want to make them all, don't you?

Tomorrow will be my day on the hop.  I can't wait to show you my bag.  Trail Mix was ultra helpful, holding my fabric safely on my sewing desk.


 Head over to the Island Batik Blog and register for a giveaway of these Urbanization and Nouveau Soul fabric bundles.  I made my bag with Urbanization and I'm also creating my October project with these fabrics.  They are amazing.  

Also, be sure to visit today's Ambassadors on the blog hop to see what they made:
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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Macaws Quilt Top Finish

My previous Macaws sewing session ended right about here
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This photo shows the blue Macaw right before I made my mistake and sewed him to the perch early.
That's when I decided to take a sewing break.

When I was ready to get back to this project, I got my seam ripper out right away.

My mistake was skipping sewing the block Z's to the upper and lower right hand corners of the block.  These give the bird a nice shape.

Now my Macaws quilt top is complete and ready to quilt.  It's hanging on my design wall until quilting inspiration strikes.  How would you quilt it?

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Have you been following the Island Batik and ByAnnie.com It's in the Bag blog hop?  My day is coming up this week, on Thursday.  I can't wait to show you the bag I made with the new Island Batik Urbanization fabric line.  Island Batik will be giving away a fabric bundle of Urbanization and a bundle of Nouveau Soul on their blog this week!  Be sure to enter at their blog, Island Batik Blog

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

New in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of 09-16-2020

                                              Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Cross Stitch

Rocky Mountain Wild Flowers is an outstanding cross stitch pattern leaflet, by Graphique Needle Arts, Ltd. This book is filled with techniques, tips, and twelve wild flower patterns to stitch.

This leaflet is softcover, in fair condition. Color photos on cover and back. Black and white cross stitch charts inside. Some yellow age spots and a spot on the front cover where something has been crossed out in ink (see photos), but all designs are in stitchable condition. 13 pages. Vintage 1979.

This book includes a basic how-to cross stitch chapter, designer information, and charts to stitch 12 different wildflower designs. Flowers included are: Wood Violet, Larkspur, Scarlet Gilla, Pasque Flower, Harebells, Bull Thistle, Fairy Slipper, Salisify, Wild Geranium, Red Columbine, Blue Flax, and Blue Columbine.


A Little Country Cross Stitch Book, Kount on Kappie, Janice Baldwin. This cross stitch booklet features 50 different designs. All designs are shown in full color. The color charts are written for DMC or SB embroidery floss. Instructions are included.

28 pages. Vintage 1985. Softcover booklet. Used, but good condition.

Hummel Designs in Counted Cross Stitch Book, Designs by Gloria and Pat, Paragon Needlecraft. This cross stitch booklet features 16 different designs. All designs are shown in full color. The color charts are written for DMC embroidery floss. Instructions are included.

22 pages. Vintage 1980. Softcover booklet. Used, but fair condition. Note: A name is handwritten in ink on the inside of the front cover, some stains from age. All charts are usable.

Lord Help Me and Whatsoever Things Cross Stitch Leaflet, by Sara Murray. This cross stitch leaflet features two different projects. All designs are shown in full color. The color charts are written for DMC embroidery floss. Instructions are included.

4 pages. Copyright 1981. Softcover leaflet. Used, but fair condition. Note: Some handwritten notes in ink.

Cross Stitch Treasures Book, by Barbara and Cheryl, Book 4. This cross stitch booklet features 14 different designs. All designs are shown in full color. The color charts are written for DMC embroidery floss. Instructions are included.

22 pages. Vintage 1980. Softcover booklet. Used, but good condition. Note: A name is handwritten in ink on the inside of the front cover.
The Octopus Garden Quilt Pattern sews a 40" x 45" finished size quilt, perfect for a wall hanging or a throw. This pattern is sewn using Laura Heine's collage method.

Stitch up this fabulous design for your next gift, or home decor project. This beautiful quilt is perfect for any room of your home. Add a little zip of color and pattern to any area with the Octopus Garden quilt pattern.

The Rock the Boat Quilt Pattern sews a 74" x 86" finished size quilt, perfect for a Twin Size bed or a throw. This pattern is sewn using quick and easy strip piecing methods. This pattern includes full color step by step diagrams.

Rock the Boat is fast, fun, and easy to sew. Rotary cutting, straight piecing.

Stitch up this fabulous design for your next gift, or home decor project. This beautiful quilt is perfect for any room of your home. Add a little zip of color and pattern play to any area with the Rock the Boat quilt pattern.

The Home by the Sea Quilt Pattern sews a 32" x 39" finished size quilt, perfect for a wall hanging or baby quilt. The tree blocks, lighthouse blocks, and part of the house block are constructed using a quick and easy paper piecing method. The remainder of the quilt is sewn using familiar rotary cutting and straight piecing directions. This pattern includes full color step by step diagrams.

Divine yellow stars parade across the top of this quilt and the mix of houses, trees, ships, and a lighthouse evoke a happy feeling.

Stitch up this bright and colorful quilt quickly for your next gift, baby quilt, or home decor project. This small sized quilt is perfect for any room of your home. Add a little zip of color to any area with the Home by the Sea quilt pattern.

The Starberry Harvest Quilt Pattern sews a 64" x 80" finished size quilt, perfect for a twin size bed or cuddly couch throw. This pattern is sewn using simple rotary cutting and straight piecing. This pattern includes full color step by step diagrams.

The Starberry Harvest pattern features dazzling stars and crossing blocks in a variety of blues, greens, and purples. This pattern is great for scrap quilts and stash busting.

Stitch up this fabulous design for your next gift, or home decor project. This beautiful quilt is perfect for any room of your home. Add a little zip of color and fun to any area with the Starberry Harvest quilt pattern.

Pebbles Cross Stitch Book, by Rose Anne Hobbs, for Busy Hands Needlework. This cross stitch booklet features 16 different designs. All designs are shown in full color. The color charts are written for DMC embroidery floss. Instructions are included.

22 pages. Vintage 1980. Softcover booklet. Used, but good condition.

Lord's Prayer Cross Stitch Leaflet, by Creations by Christine. This cross stitch leaflet features one designs, shown in full color. The color charts are written for DMC embroidery floss. Instructions are included.

4 pages. Vintage 1978. Softcover leaflet. Used, but fair condition.

101 Warm Fuzzies Book 1 Cross Stitch Book, by Holly DeFount, for Leisure Arts. This cross stitch booklet features 101 different designs. All designs are shown in full color. The color charts are written for DMC and Anchor embroidery floss. Instructions are included.

21 pages. Vintage 1993. Softcover booklet. Used, but good condition.

                                                            Love 'N Tulips Cross Stitch
Love 'N Tulips Cross Stitch Leaflet, by Diane Kramer, The Need'l Love Company. This cross stitch leaflet features four different designs. All designs are shown in full color. The color charts are written for DMC embroidery floss and MPR beads. Instructions are included.

4 pages. Vintage 1985. Softcover leaflet. Used, but good condition. *Note: The initials D.P. are handwritten on the front cover.

                                                          Count on Hoops Cross Stitch
Count On Hoops Cross Stitch Leaflet, by Pat Waters. This cross stitch leaflet features nine different designs. All designs are shown in full color. The color charts are written for DMC embroidery floss. Instructions are included.

4 pages. Vintage 1984. Softcover leaflet. Used, but fair condition. *Note: A name is handwritten on the front cover and one of the charts has some notations in pen

                                                               Promises Cross Stitch
Promises Cross Stitch Leaflet, by Harriett Tew. This cross stitch leaflet features two different projects. All designs are shown in full color. The color charts are written for DMC embroidery floss. Instructions are included.

4 pages. Vintage 1981. Softcover leaflet. Used, but good condition.

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