A Little Finish

Wine Gift BagEmbroidery Wine Gift Bag - a free pattern from Sulky Threads

With the sun getting lower in the sky, it’s hard to find a spot to take pictures.  I had to go out to the front yard and take one by the gate.

This is a free embroidery pattern from Sulky Threads. You just have to give them your email address to access their free projects. (And I haven’t recieved a ton of email from them!)

Sew – what did I learn while making this project?

  • I learned that it stitched out WAY better with batting and stabilizer than with just stabilizer.  Since I wanted to give the bag more body – I stitched it out again with batting.
  • At the end, the instructions tell you to make a “cat ear,” but neglects to tell you how big to make the ear.  Thankfully, I had made a few bags with boxed bottoms, so I knew what to do.  I sewed mine about 1″ from the corner.  It was perfect.  I also found that tacking the “ear” down one the bag made with batting made it so the bag would not stand on it’s own.  So, I cut it off and it stands very nicely!  However, on the one without batting, it is fine with the cat ear tacked down.
  • The instructions tell you to cut the rope / ribbon/ bias tape in half, but do not tell you how long to cut it in the first place.  I cut the ribbon at 1 yard, and when cut in half, I had (2) 18″ pieces.

Two bags are made, but since we only had one bottle of wine in the house – I only took a picture of one bag.  This used a total of 1 yard of fabric.

Another NEW start?

IMG_2603Oh dear!!!  Yes.  I need a quilt for a Christmas gift.  For awhile I thought Irish Snails was going to be the gift.  And, the more I quilted it, the more I knew that it was not to be.  SEW … I started “4 Patch Charm Quilt” from Tamarack Shack.  A co-worker had made this quilt and I fell in love with it! The pattern calls for 3 charm packs … but I used 24 squares from a layer cake (10″ squares).  I cut them and made my own 5″ charms.  The layer cake was not on the UFO list – because until I saw this pattern, I had NO idea what I would make with the layer cake.  It was bought EONS ago … my cousin, from Ontario, had brought her Dad  to visit a friend and we ended up going out to Hamels and I fell in love with the browns / beiges of the layer cake.  (How long ago was that, Connie?)

I started this quilt yesterday and got all the blocks made.  I’ve started webbing the blocks together … then all I need to do is add the borders, quilt, bind, make a label and call ‘er done!  Easy … should be done in time for Christmas … but ideally, I’d like it done before the weekend so that delivery is easier. BUT, we have company from the interior coming for a couple of nights and have a breakfast date later in the week in Vancouver with friends from Australia (we haven’t seen them for about 23 years!)  And, I work 2 full days this week.  Sew … quilting time will be greatly decreased!

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Summary: 2 UFOs to complete … 1 new start to complete

Good Fortune: Bonnie Hunter Mystery

I have not finished Clue 1 – a few more are done since I took this picture, and I’ve got some of Clue 2 done.  (I’ve decided on teal for red / navy for blue).  I still don’t know what my other colours will be.  Green? Mauve? Grey? Pink?

Bonnie’s Monday Linkup for Clue 2 is HERE.


Irish Snails is still being quilted.  The 4 Patch Charm quilt is next in line, then a UFO baby quilt.

Stash Report

Image result for free smiley facesNEWS FLASH!!!!!  I did not buy any fabric this week!!! Nope, not an inch of fabric!  And neither did my husband! grin grin grin!

  • Fabric Used this week:  1 yards
  • Fabric Used this year:   264.1 yards
  • Fabric Added this Week:    0 
  • Fabric Added this Year:   109.3 yards
  • Net Fabric Used for 2018:  154.8 yards

Happy Quilting!


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  2. It’s always nice to find a pattern that uses fabric that’s been in the stash for a bit. Good luck with your BH mystery patches. How very mysterious to wait till you need the fabrics to decide on the color. Looking forward to seeing what you choose next.

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    • Hi Kate,
      Yes, waiting to decide what my colours will be adds to the mystery! One person suggested purple for clue 3 … so, I went with it … maybe someone will suggest what colour I need next! 🙂
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


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    • Hi Sue,
      Thank you!
      I too, am enjoying everyone’s progress on Good Fortune! It’s always fun to see the different colour variations.
      I’m not obsessed with keeping up, just doing a few as I have the opportunity! It’ll get done eventually!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


  4. Golly, Gail, Dad died four years ago, and that trip was a couple of years before that!! GLad you have six to seven year old fabric too! But I’m impressed you remember when and where you got it….I wouldn’t have a clue where it came from!!

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    • Hi Connie,

      Thanks for “dating” my purchase! I only remember because it was a fun time for me to shop with you and it’s the only batik layer cake that I have ever bought … I think I was just getting “introduced” to batiks!

      Happy Quilting! 🙂


    • LOL, Cynthia!
      I know I didn’t ask … but true quilting friends always give their advise – right? 🙂
      I still haven’t decided … that decision might need to be made on Friday! We’ll see what the next clue is and what I have in my stash!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


  5. Hi Gail! That wine bag turned out so well! The embroidery pattern really fills the front of the bag nicely – I’m guess nothing on the other side? Whoever that is for, they will enjoy it. Your Irish Snails looks great with the little tease you’ve shown us – I see some feathers! Happy Happy Monday to you. ~smile~ Roseanne

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    • Hi Roseanne,
      Thank you!
      For the wine tote, I did cut out fabric for the front and back … and when I put the first bag together (with a satin lining), I realized that I cut out enough fabric for 4 bags, not 2. (the one fabric wraps around and there is a centre seam at the back). Sew .. there may be more bags in the future! 🙂
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


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