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12.01.2012

CREATING JOY


Remember the post where I showed you my free motion stitching (FMS) practice a couple weeks back? Well, I had little purses in mind when I did that stitching. They're called Slider purses or Secret Pocket purses because the outside cover lifts up - slides up the handle - to reveal another little purse underneath - or inside - depending on how you want to look at it.


The outside and inside both have pockets...so there are three sections to this little gem when it's all said and done. They're small - about 6 or 7 inches square but each one requires about a yard of fabric to make.


I've put the directions Way away because they're SO hard for me to follow. I just don't do well with instructions. This particular pattern is the worst I've ever used. I simply do the next step in totally blind faith that it will turn into a purse at the end. I've made at least 10 of these in the last few years and that pattern still gets me every time.


But, it's such a cool idea and produces a very useful little bag. Perfect if you travel because it's difficult to lose your passport or money or ticket for the next leg of your flight...etc. And it's small, so it can hang around your neck necklace style...or around your shoulder messenger style.


Every time I make one, I either give it away or sell it and this time is no exception. These three (I'll show you the next two in my next post) are gifts for friends here in Colombia. I sure do wish I'd make one for myself...but I can't stand the thought of all those measurements and bad instructions. At least for a few more months. Then maybe I'll pull it out again.  Cuz I plan on doing a lot of traveling in the next couple years.


Create Your Life,


annie!

Linking to Pink Saturday...since this is SO pink!

32 comments:

  1. Absolutely genius work!...I can see how difficult a pattern would be to follow. Bet you could devise easy instructions for it though, doing it your own way annie!

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    1. Thanks Ann! :) Not if you look too closely...but I'm satisfied enough to give them as gifts. I MIGHT be able to devise an easy way...and will think about that. Good idea...but for now...lots of other projects to work on.

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    1. Your comments always make me smile. Thank you.

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  3. Such an interesting little purse. I've never seen anything like that. Maybe because of those instructions, eh?! What a great use of your free stitching pieces.

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    1. Thanks Annie. I'd seen them one time at an art show...and then a member of my Surface Design Group in Tampa brought instructions to the meeting. She couldn't figure them out, so I told her I'd give it a try. I like the purse so much that even though they're the worst...I'll keep making it.

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  4. I love to make little bags , big bags, all bags , just wish I could make them look like yours! The quilting is beautiful, I would like to make a talisman bag I saw once with patches of different fabric, all sorts of fringe and doo dads and charms, it was a cross body bag and it wasn't big, maybe this small (like the one you show today) it wasn't here I saw it was it???lol, , thats on my list for sure, thank you for shring this today, hope today is a great day for you!

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    1. Me too! It was SUCH an obsession for years...and I've slowed down with them quite a bit...but every now and again...the bag bug bites. The purse you're describing sounds a little like my bohemiannie! bag...except for the handle. If you find it...please send me a link. Thank you Laurie.

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  5. I carry nothing but small bags similar to this. I have not ever seen one made this way. A great idea and wish I had one. I have no talent when it comes to things like that.

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    1. I'd offer to make one for you...but I couldn't even think about pulling that pattern out again for a long time. :) Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  6. How cool is this!!! I love the hot pink and the intricate design is wonderful. You've done a beautiful job with the free-motion stitching. I purchased a special foot to try that on my machine but as yet, I haven't gotten up the courage to use it! I think the little elephant charm is the perfect accent. Beautiful work! Hugs, Terri

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    1. Thanks so much Terri! I hope you'll give it a try...but I understand because I feel the same way about what you do!!!

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  7. I too break out in a cold sweat when it comes to putting something like this together, so hats off to you!

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    1. LOL! Thanks Deborah. My son was trying not to say too much on SKYPE chat this morning about his job (he's in the boonies in Afghanistan) and told me when I kept asking questions, "Mom...put two and two together". I came back with, "You know I'm not good at math". LOL! THAT"S what's wrong with the pattern. Too much math!

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  8. You are a creative lady! What a lovely project. Have a terrific week!

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    1. Well thank you so very much! You have a wonderful week too!

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  9. Written directions DRIVE ME CRAZY too! LOL But if I can watch a video I can do it. These look HARD! Adorable, and a brilliant idea....but still daunting! Good for you for even attempting it because it turned out yummy gorgeous!

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    1. I'm so glad that I'm not the only one. :) This particular pattern is all measurement cutting and abbreviations. And they call the same piece by different names in different places. I think Ann is right. The more I think about it, I'm going to attempt making my own pattern. I figured you'd like this pink purse. :) Thank you.

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  10. If you ever make another one, please create a photo tutorial!

    It is absolutely darling and your quilting just lovely!!!

    I cannot follow complex patterns at all, but show me some photos and I can create on my own!

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    1. Thank you. The more I think about my friend's suggestion to make a pattern...the more appealing it sounds because I really do like this bag. I'll be sure to take and post pictures next time...but it'll be awhile. :)

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  11. Hi, Annie. I've been craving pink lately and your little purse sings to me!
    Of course it's the lovely quilting that makes it perfect. Looking forward to following your quilting adventures and have a happy holiday season with lots of stitching!
    best, nadia

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    1. Thanks a ton Nadia! I was delighted with your flickr photos and looked for your blog and so happy I found one! Thanks for following here. I'm working on a little naive piece today that's just tickling my soul!

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  12. How unique? I've never heard of those before. Very clever.

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  13. Ohhhh, this is so beautiful! You do beautiful work and because it is pink it is even better! ;0)
    Happy Pink Saturday!

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    1. Thank you Holly! I really appreciate your compliment and totally agree about the pink!

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  14. cute bag for cute girls!.
    i have a project for a coin purse, but it's parked until further notice:(

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    1. Thanks Neki. Maybe that's why I've never kept one. They're too cute for me!! HAAha! Will your coin purse be woven?

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  15. this is so very clever!!! Love it for a secret place for extra money and passport when traveling instead of the store bought ones. It's too bad the pattern is so hard to make. I have one like that...it's a twirly skirt that I make for the grand girls and everytime I have to go to You Tube to figure out how to make it. :) How wonderful to hear you lived in Virginia in the country. I wonder if you lived near where I live. Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Thanks so much Lynn! I'm going to re-design the pattern (in a few months) :) and try it again. I can't find this on YouTube - darn it. We lived on the Virginia Peninsula for most of married life but spent a few years in Mecklenburg County and Surry.

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  16. Wow! Art in the form of a purse - for sure! That little purse is soooo beautiful and functional. I love it!

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    1. Thank you, thank you! I WILL make one for myself one of these days!

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