Another Towne Purse

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I thought this pattern was so cute so picked it up at the Lancaster Quilt
Show a couple weeks ago.  It went together easily, although after doing it
once, I think I could cut down some assembly time.  I made it from fabrics
on hand!  You can see it in "My Public Shoebox" on Webshots.

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Alice in PA
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Alice wrote:
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Very  pretty, Alice. They are contagious you know. When my middle DD saw
mine she asked for one for her birthday. Since that event doesn't come
around until the fall I have lots of time to decide on the fabric I want
to use.
Juno

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My DIL hinted strongly that she'd like one too!

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Very nice!

-Irene


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Alice:  I really liked the pattern...and your use of fabrics that you
already had on hand ,,it all went together so great as if you had bought
them just to make this 'purse"...thanks for sharing the picture with
us...Judy from Oklahoma/now in alabama...
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I love it!  I bought a similar pattern and have been dying to make some. Now
that I think about it DMIL has a birthday soon.
Is the fabric already quilted or did you quilt it?  Cute fabrics.

Kirsten



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I quilted it....that process took almost as long as putting the purse
together!  I did cross-hatches on the main purse body, stippled the pocket
and striped the pocket flap!

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Kirsten,
You can use prequilted fabric if you want. It would save time. The fun
of quilting is that you do it how ever you want. When I did mine, I did
lines that curved slightly back and forth. Kind of wandered a little
down each line. It suited the fabric well because that was  all
swirls.You can also do some free motion. Just let it go where ever. It
took me about an hour to quilt. I can't say how long the entire project
took because I broke it down in little pieces and worked on it over
several days. I also found it easier to put iron on facing on the  front
pocket. It gave a little more stability there.
Juno

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My Designer SE has all sorts of cool quilting stitches so I would like to
try that (when I finish with all the birthday parties in May). I assume you
quilt the fabric and then cut out due to shrinkage issues.

Kirsten



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Kirsten Sollie wrote:
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Actually I pre-washed my fabric and cut to size. Then quilted. I believe
that the directions just say to cut and quilt. As with most purse it's
unlike your going to be throwing it in the wash frequently, if that's
your concern. If it's that the quilting itself will cause shrinkage then
quilt first then cut.
Since Doreen has done more of these than anyone ,I suggest you check
with her.
HTH
Juno

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I prewashed my fabric...I always do that before I add it to my stash.  I
just did what the directions said.....quilted a piece larger than what was
needed, and then cut out the front and back panels to the correct
measurements.  It's a good way to use up "stash" and small pieces of batting
that are too good to throw out!  I also used fusable interfacing for a
little more stability.  I could not find the Bag-E-Bottoms that were called
for to stiffen the bottom, so I covered a double layer of plastic canvas
with the fabric that matched the inside of the bag. I'll have to check out
some of the other styles available.

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I think Kirsten's shrinkage question probably was related to how much
the quilting would take up.  The instructions do say to quilt first and
then cut, although my experience has been that the quilting, either
straight line or meandering, doesn't shrink the pieces much.

To tell you how I know this is to *sigh* reveal my O/C streak.  Because
it worries me that some of the stitches could eventually work out after
cutting across the quilting lines, I use my Chacoliner to mark off 11" x
15" on the right side of the fabric and only quilt within those lines,
then tie off the threads on the batting side.  Actually this probably is
completely unnecessary as far as the stitching coming undone, since with
Lazy Girl's construction method the cut edges are sewn across twice;
however, doing this also lets me trim away the batting right next to the
seams, cutting down on bulk...anyway, after doing the quilting my pieces
have still measured almost exactly 11" x 15" within the chalked lines.

Doreen in Alabama

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Doreen wrote:

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O/C???  Sounds perfectly rational to me.  ;-)

Beverly




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BEI Design wrote:
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So both you are I are either perfectly rational...or [at least a little]
O/C.  :)

Either way, puts me in good company!

Doreen in Alabama

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Me, too!  ;-)

Beverly



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BEI Design wrote:
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Really!  And sewing is a PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE venue to express one's
obsessive-compulsive personality.

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"Melinda Meahan - take out TRASH to reply"
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Right...for further evidence, see my threads about sewing a
dancer's kilt.  ;-}

Beverly



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Another beautiful purse!  Okay, you all have talked me into doing some, so I
guess it's about time to order the pattern and start now for Christmas
gifts. There will have to 7, if I do one for everyone.  Of course, that
includes, the 8YO DGD, who will surely want one her Mom's, DDIL.
Emily



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They really turn out nice...not nearly as costly as the Vera Bradley's.

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Alice in PA
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Alice,

That's so neat...happy fabric!  It's such a versatile pattern...I think
a hundred of us could make a Towne Purse and they would all be unique.

Doreen in Alabama

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