Friday, May 22, 2009

The FROG project is complete!

Finally I have finished my last project! To begin, this project was a challenge issued by our local quilt guild...Berea Mill Stream Quilt Guild, in Berea, Ohio.

It started out with a piece probably a bit bigger than a fat quarter of fabric which looked like this:

And from that we are asked to create anything we wish as long as we use 2 neon bright colors along with that fabric. Since black and white lead to all colors, it was fairly easy for me to find colors to go with this piece.

So since I saw no need for any quilted project, had just finished a quilt top with black and white fabrics, and there were pieces left over, I decided to go another route.
I made a purse! from a pattern I had downloaded free from the internet, have no idea where, but am willing to share the pattern if you like it, and forged ahead.

Unfortunately the pattern is not very explicit. Although I have been sewing for over 60 years, yes you read that right, 60 years, I was dumbfounded by the pattern. Oh, I got the basics down OK, the front, the sides, the lining features, but as far as putting this little darling together, I was completely lost! Perhaps the sewing part of my brain has gone away to be replaced by the quilting side.

At any rate, I sewed, I ripped, I sewed again, and ripped again...thus the name FROG project! Sometimes I thought I was doing more ripping than sewing!

I think it turned out fine. I was not making a museum quality object, just something for me to use. And it is just that, attractive, and I am told right in style for today!

Judge for yourself and let me know what you think!

Since it was all black and white on the outside, I decided to make the lining very bright. I think it looks like the mouth of a rather angry whale, but it is pretty! There are pockets on each side of the bag, and several on the inside. I should be able to hold all I need for the day in there.

So once I was on a roll, I then made several small clutch purses. I am determined to figure out how those darn zippers go, but for now I think I am back to quilting! At least until I finish all my current projects, which at last count was about 10! I think the handbag world is safe for now!


  1. Your purse turned out cute even tho you were "frogging". Sounds like you had a lot of patience.Can you email me the pattern as I am into making purses for myself these days.

  2. Hi Edwina, I was right - that post was really worth waiting for!! Awesome job and *lovely* purse.

    I am always intimidated by zippers, even though I know how to do them so I bought Joan Hawley's video (Lazy Girl Designs). I've watched her on the Kaye Wood show and I love her bags and the smooth way she has of putting in zippers.

    Can we see pics of your other clutches? (I know, you post a lot and they always want more!! LOL)

    Great project, thanks for sharing it :)

  3. Thank you for sharing your handbag story. Please share the link to the pattern you used! I'm into bags lately myself. Sometimes I need some 'instant gratification' rather than waiting for a quilt to be finished.