Gently getting into WIPs

I have just a few WIPs, one of which is the Quilt Workout applique special, but I’m not sure if I’m quite ready for that size project yet. For the time being, I decided to work on the Blanche barrel bags (larger size) by Swoon Patterns that I cut out for Christmas fairs and didn’t finish. Well, two of them out of four because I need some more premade piping. I made the mistake of glue basting the zipper in when I took them with me to work on at Addie’s (pattern says you can do this, but I don’t recommend it folks!), so I had to unpick the topstitch – which I didn’t like anyway – and wash the top edge.

Here they are all finished!

Two more to go!

I think I’ll offer it as a class in the summer (one of my motivations to get it done), because I think people can be a little cautious of working with rivets and leather/vinyl and this will show how easy it is! I’m keeping the yellow one because it had a small accident with a pair of sharp scissors. I also prefer the flowery one’s shape, so that will be the store sample and eventually go into my Etsy shop when I reopen it.

I also started and finished this little wallet…

It’s the Wisteria Wallet by Blue Calla Patterns. I’m not sure I like the size and style just yet because it’s basically a pouch with card slots on the outside but I’m trying it out for a few days. I’m also probably going to make a Pearl wallet and decide which one I like best to keep for myself.

By the way I finished a quilt about 2 weeks ago but I haven’t got round to good photos yet…. Soon!

P.S. Sorry if I’ve not responded to a comment on my last couple of posts – WordPress wasn’t sending them through to my email again but I think we are back now.


  1. Dee
    Posted May 1, 2017 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    Love the bags, especially the yellow one the fabric is fab ?

  2. Posted May 1, 2017 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    LOVE the purses!! Wish I lived closer – I’d like to take the class.
    I’m not a big fan of the wallet – I don’t like the idea of my cards being “exposed” like that. The fabrics are cute though! The Pearl Wallet would be my choice.

  3. Indianna
    Posted May 2, 2017 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Love the yellow bag. I’ve the slimline wallet pattern by Carla that I quite like … Still have to make one though!

  4. Tomomi McElwee
    Posted May 4, 2017 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    I like that yellow bag! I have won a bag pattern and meant to make it since but the pattern contains so many pages and templates and made me bit hesitant… Will see!

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