Friday, August 24, 2018

Meet Peggy

My dear friend and neighbor of 32 years had a special birthday this month. We don't usually exchange gifts but since this is a milestone birthday for her I wanted to make her something special. 
I started by creating a purse for her using cork and a print from my Outback Wife stash. I made The Hampton Handbag by UpStyle Designs. This is my third time making a version of this pattern. It's always a pleasure to create using a well drafted pattern with clear and correct instructions.

My only complaint of the bag is that it is really small, but it is a good bag to use for special occasion when you don't have to carry everything but the kitchen sink in it!

I tested the Hidden Aganda Quilt by Angela Pingel earlier this summer and decided to gift the finished quilt to Peggy, too. I combined two favorite fabric Outback Wife and a lot of my Anna Maria Horner collections; added in some solids and ended up with a very dramatic quilt. 
I must admit, at first, that it just was not pleasing to my eye. But after working with it and quilting it I ended up loving the final outcome.
The drape is so nice on this quilt because the Outback Wife fabric is bark cloth. It is a heavier weight and gives a beautiful texture to the quilt.

Keeping it all in the family, I backed the quilt with another Anna Maria Horner print and quilted it with an easy meander stitch. I am still having issues with my new Juki machine. The thread must have broken 50 times when I was quilting this piece, causing the machine to need to be rethreaded EVERY. SINGLE. TIME! UGH, Can you hear my frustration? No one seems to know how to help me with this problem.

This asterick print by Lizzie House is the perfect shade of plum, which tied in all the pinks and blues in just the right way.

The finished quilt after laundering measures 53" x 67".

Peggy seems quite happy with her gifts and even wore her purse to church the next day.

Happy Birthday, Peggy!
We Love You!


Robby said...

The purse and the quilt are both gorgeous. Happy birthday, indeed!

Debbie said...

How lovely! I love it when handmade gifts are so appreciated. Bummed for you tho with all that breaking thread!! I would be screaming! ;-(

Boyledover said...

The bag is beautiful and the quilt is gorgeous! Im having the EXACT same problem with my Juki. I'm using Sulky Blendables on a cone. I think i may need to experiment more with other threads but i bought this kind on the recommendation of a friend with the same machine. Insanely frustrating

Susan Snooks said...

I’m so glad you fell in love with your Hidden Agenda quilt! It’s gorgeous! And of course the bag is just perfect too! I’m sorry to hear that your Juki was not playing nicely. Do you think it had to do with the different types of fabric- the texture of the bark cloth compared to the smoother cotton?

Unknown said...

Well happy birthday to Peggy, I love the quilt and I LOVE !! the handbag. Such beautiful and creative work.