A Quilted Passion Birthday Giveaway!

Hi All! I’m so excited!  Today A Quilted Passion is 2 yrs old! Who would’ve guessed I’d still be blogging 2 years later? Definitely not me! But I am, and it’s all because of you…my wonderful readers/followers and fellow quilters/bloggers! Thank you!  
As we all know, when there’s a birthday, gifts are sure to follow.  So to celebrate my blog turning 2 yrs old…and hopefully attract a few more followers, I’m doing a giveaway!  
When I was deciding what to give away, my eldest son suggested a purse.  I recently made a couple of purses which he thought were super cool. So that’s what I did! I made a purse for the give away! Thanks Justin! For the idea and for helping w/the fabric choices!

And here it is.  A 2-Way Purse made by yours truly(me)!

The purse does come w/a  few other goodies too!  A 3″ Drunkard’s Path Pattern and Template, a Spinning Hexagon pattern and template, 3 spools of Connecting Threads Essential Cotton Thread(my fave!) in Fuchsia, Jade and Lemon, AND a 5 pk of Schmetz Universal needles!
For your chance to win this awesome 2-Way Purse and goodies, follow me via Google Friend Connect (“My Peeps”), Bloglovin’ or Instagram (all are in the sidebar to the right, underneath my pic –> –> –>) and leave a comment on this post telling me how you are following.  If you are already a follower, leave a comment on this post telling me how you follow and the name of your favorite purse/bag pattern or tutorial. That’s it!

The lucky winner will be randomly chosen using True Random Number Generator on Friday September 4, 2015 @ 9p AZ-MST and announced in a blog post on Saturday, September 5, 2015.  Thank you all for your encouragement and support!

A Thread for Life
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.  We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Cor 4:7-9
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So I Made A Purse…

I was admiring a fellow quilter’s purse at Kids Camp a few weeks ago.  Of course she’d made it herself. (Am I the only quilter who doesn’t carry a self-made purse?) Anyway, I became obsessed…like I often do, and kept touching it and saying how awesome it was…even after she’d offered to send me the pattern! I’m a bit much some times.  
Anyway, this is her awesome purse! It’s a pattern she or a friend had previously purchased which she made modifications to.
I decided the first one I made would be for my sis. I went to my stash and chose this gorgeous Australian print and coordinating color for the lining. 
And this is what happened!

I used an ultra firm fusible stabilizer on the purse body and décor-bond (firm) on the lining.  I didn’t much like my experience w/the ultra firm stabilizer though…but I got ‘er done!

There’s a deep pocket on one side and a more shallow one on the other.  These,  like the inside pockets can be customized to your needs (the possibilities are endless) but I’m quite fond of them just the way they are.

And then, there’s the inside!  This purse doesn’t look all that big from the outside…so I was pleasantly surprised w/how roomy it really is inside! I threw a few of my things inside for the pic, but could’ve added a lot more!

The strap is what pulls the wooden handles together to close the purse. It can be doubled to wear as a shoulder purse or used as a long single strap and worn cross body (if made long enough). I made this one 56″ long so it definitely can be worn cross body.  Therefore, I’m calling it the 2-Way Purse!

Here is my sis modeling it both ways.

And then…I made another one! This one is mine!  I love wood and liked the idea of seeing more of the wooden handles, so I changed the loops that holds them. I’m calling this one a 3-Way purse because it can also be used as a large clutch!  I didn’t want to fuss w/the ultra firm stabilizer so I used décor-bond (firm) for both lining and purse body.  I also used the same fabric for the lining but did something different on the pockets. And speaking of pockets, I inadvertently lined both the pocket fronts and backings w/décor-bond. but didn’t realize it until it was too late…so my pockets are a little stiff. =)

 Here it is before I got the wooden handles

Here’s a pic of the inside pockets.

And here I am modeling the 3-Ways to carry it!

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time,  Happy Quilting/Sewing and God Bless!

A Thread for Life
We are not rich by what we posses, but by which we can do without. – Immanuel Kant
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