Monday, October 19, 2015

CQJP 2014 October Purse Completed!

Some of you may remember the We Support You Blog Hop I participated in way back in January.

For that blog hop, I made a quilt, a change purse and attempted to make a sew-in-frame purse for a dear person in our life that was battling cancer.

The purse I tried to make was my first attempt at making a pattern for a beautiful heart clasp frame I purchased from

I accidentally sewed the top together with a 3/8-inch seam instead of a 1/4-inch seam, making the purse too small to fit the frame.

Fear of failure kept this project on the shelf until this weekend. I dreaded it still may not fit the frame - even after a date with my seam ripper. Luckily, it did fit! 


This was a learning experience though. Next time, I would angle the bottom out more. Boxing the bottom brought it in further than I hoped, so the frame appears to stick out a bit at the hinges. I do hope the recipient likes it anyway!

I just love Riley Blake Designs Think Pink fabric line.

Here, you can see a tiny bit of the pocket I added inside the purse. The stitches holding the frame in place are mostly hidden. I am trying to perfect that skill.

I found a silver chain and clasps to attach it to the purse in the jewelry section at Jo-Ann Fabric. 

This was my October block for the Crazy Quilt Journal Project (CQJP) 2014. My goal with CQJP 2014 was to make 12 purses using the blocks for each month of the challenge. One more is now complete and marked off of my mental To Do List!

I believe the sign ups for CQJP 2016 will begin in November. The challenge is to complete one crazy quilt block a month (the block must be a minimum 8-inch square size this year.) The idea is to assemble them into a quilt at the end of the year to "promote the art of crazy quilting".  I plan to finally finish up my CQJP 2014 projects so I feel comfortable participating in CQJP 2016.  If you want to see some more eye candy being created this year, take a look through the CQJP 2015 blog.

Today, I am joining the Monday Stitchery Link Party at Super Mom - No Cape! I do hope you will pop over to see the free embroidery pattern and to see the lovely work others have shared this week. If you have done any hand embroidery and have a blog, feel free to link up and join the fun!

Thank you for stopping by!


Pamela said...

Very cute! I made one very small purse last year with a sew in frame. I recently saw one at a craft festival that had beads at each stitch in the sew in frame. I want to try that. I'm sure the person you give this to will love it!

Katie said...

That's just too cute!! Congrats on the finish!! I think it looks perfect.

Createology said...

Such a wonderful purse and I can tell you made it with love and healing energy for the recipient. That old "fear of failure" has been kicked to the curb! Creative Purse Bliss...

Christine Barnsley said...

What a fabulous job you did with the purse Renee! I love it and I am sure your friend will love it! The fabrics you have chosen are so pretty and very relevant! Have a good week! Christine x

Brigitte said...

Oh my, she is such a lucky person to receive this wonderful purse. She will love it!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

2016!! Not stressing here, lol. Gosh I think this purse turned out great. I love the fabric on the back too. Very nice.
xx, Carol

Gina said...

Cute, I have a purse kit in my to do box but I'm not sure whether I'll tackle it or not yet

Justine said...

Beautiful work Renee, well done for going back to it! I'm sure your friend will love and appreciate it.

Anonymous said...

What a cute little purse, so beautifully stitched. I'm so glad you decided to redo it. It's definitely worth letting its light shine!

Queeniepatch said...

What a pretty clasp! What a pretty purse to go with it! What a lucky friend!

KimM said...

Oh, Renee! What a wonderful finish - the recipient will be thoroughly delighted to receive your little purse.
P.S. I LOVE my Halloween one - guess what I'm carrying around with me and using this month?

FlashinScissors said...

I'm sure your friend will love this purse, Renee, it's absolutely gorgeous ! Really made with love... All those details! Such excellent work! One can be too critical of ones own work!
Barbara xx

Anthea said...

The purse is so pretty Renee, well done! And you've done the frame so well... although it looks tricky to me!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

You should be very proud of your purse - it looks perfect. I have yet to master the mysteries of purse frames, so perhaps seeing this will give me courage.

Sheryl S. said...

Beautiful purse, pretty work