Folded you can see the quilting detail a bit better and the lovely post wash crinkle.
I'm actually really chuffed with this quilt and so hope the parents love it as much too!
Excited by making a whole quilt in less than 24 hours, I decided it was about time I made another framed purse. I had a Fortune Cookie Purse Kit from U-Handbag. At first look you might think it's a bit pricey. However, once you start adding up the cost of the frame, pattern, fabric and sundries, the kits at U-Handbag become a good value way of trying out some of the different purse shapes and you still have the pattern to make more once you've made the one in the kit.
So I got cutting and stitching and had soon whipped up the pouch. Then I grabbed my glue and went to unwrap the frame from the kit. All the frames I've had from U-Handbag come in a little plastic bag, part of which is trapped inside the frame. I went to open the frame to remove the polythene bag and it wouldn't open. The catch didn't seem right...and then it broke off.
Oppsy the catch has broken off of frame.
It had sheared straight off. I was just about to resign myself to an unfinished purse when I remembered that when I bought the kit I bought a back up frame too. Disaster averted! Gluing was a whole different matter. If you've never made a framed purse before I really suggest you don't start off with this particular one. You need about a dozen pairs of hands and it's virtually impossible not to get glue all over the frame. In fact this is the trickiest frame I've had to glue. It's not very big to access all areas and the extra bulk created from the fleece in the pouch makes it tricky to manipulate the fabric. Also the pattern doesn't use the turn through method so the raw edges are visible inside where the hinge meets. And of course I hadn't trimmed back the fleece very well and a bit of it is showing one side. If I do this pattern again I'll still sew it together the same way until it gets to the final stage; when I'll sew most of the way round with right sides together, leaving a turning gap at the top, which I'll then top stitch shut. I was sort of hoping I could use the kit purse as a Christmas present, but I'm not sure it's really up to scratch.
The fabric is by Jesse Jung and came in the kit.
I love the puffy shape of this purse, just not the gluing of it!
The inside - sneakily I'm not showing you the ugly hinge parts.
I have mail to show with you, but I think that can keep for another post - when I may have even more to show you ;-)