Monday, May 25, 2015

Au Revoir Mes Amis

Good Bye?  Where am I going? Where have I been?

Let's start with where have I been.  I have been in my studio sewing my little heart out.  I'm working on a hush hush project, so I can't share.  I'm not even sure when I can share, but if you love Curvalicious , you will be very interested.  I promise to let you know as soon as I can. 

In the meantime, I have been getting ready for a trip to France.  Oh I can't wait.  It's to celebrate my 40th wedding anniversary.  I don't know how life rushes past, but it does somehow.  So I'm going with my best friend and my son and DIL on a river cruise. The first item in my carry on is my hand stitching and then I loaded a couple of books onto my ipad for the flight. I'm ready! 
I promise to post photos, lots of them.

In the meantime, I had an idea in my brain and some free time, while the clothes were in the washer, so this is what I made:
 It's a wine carrier that I used Curvalicious to create.  If  you live in the PA/NJ/DE area, the shore/beach is the place to be during Memorial Day, the unofficial beginning of summer. 
So I chose this cool beachy print, called Barnegat Bay, that I bought last summer. 
The batting is insulated to keep drinks cold.

Here's a quick tutorial.
 To start with, you will need:
                    * Fabric for the applique (4"x 20") with fusible on the back
                    * Fabric for the background (6" x 20")
                    * Fabric for the lining (6" x 20")
                    * Fabric for the handle  (4" x 20")
                    * Fusible fleece (2" x 20")
                    * Insulbrite  (6" x 20")

The first step is to cut out the Curvalicious applique.  After applying the fusible web, remove the paper and fold the 4" strip in half, fusible web side out.
Place one edge of the ruler on the fold and cut out with a 28mm rotary cutter.
Center the applique on the background fabric. 
 Press in place, following the directions for the fusible web.
Stitch using a blanket stitch.
Add 3 fusible circles using the ruler for placement and stitch in place. 

Place the fabric on top of the Insulbrite(an insulated batting) and quilt.
Fold in half, right sides together and stitch each side from the fold up with a 1/4" seam allowance.
Form a gusset on each side by aligning the seam line with the center bottom line.
Stitch across 3/4" from the tip.
  Turn right side out.
Here you can see the gusset.
Create the lining from the 6" x 20" blue fabric.
Fold the lining in half, right sides together.
Stitch with a 1/4" seam allowance and sew the gusset the same way as for the outside.

 Use the 4" x 20" piece of fabric and fusible fleece to make the handle.

Lay the fleece down the center of the wrong side of the fabric, fusible side down.
Using a hot iron and steam, iron the fabric over the fleece so that it meets in the middle.
Then fold it in half again. 

Stitch along the edges and down the middle.

Place one side of the handle over the seam on the right side.
Repeat for the other side.

Cut a slit 4" long along the bottom edge of the lining.
Slip the lining onto the wine carrier right sides together, matching the seams.

Stitch around the top edge with 1/4" seam allowance.  
You will need to use the free arm of your sewing machine and a walking foot.

Turn the bag right sides out using the slit in the lining.
Stitch the opening in the lining closed.
Push the lining into the bag and stitch along the top edge, a scant 1/4" from the edge, through both the bag and the lining.
And it's done!
Use it to transport wine to a party, 
or to carry and keep your water cold.
It's a keeper- and what a great hostess gift.


  1. Your trip sounds wonderful, I have seen the river trips in commercials and they look like a fun way to travel in Europe.
    We celebrate our 40th this year, but not sure if we will do anything this year, still hard to get back to any sort of normal.
    Happy Anniversary!


  2. Happy Anniversary and wishing you a joy filled trio! Thanks for the tutorial . The carrier looks great and looks like something we could make for our guild show. Come visit our quilt show in July! Lewes Delaware is a great summer destination &you are is the beginning of summer now. Show info at ....

  3. Very cool and so original! Also works to hold water bottles while walking!

  4. Great tutorial - thanks for sharing!! Happy Anniversary, and have a WONDERful time. Can't wait to see the pix!

  5. Very cute! Perfect to take to a picnic.
    Happy Anniversary to you and Don!


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