visiting the French General shop

My trip to rhe USA has so far been busy, full of movement and colours and neck-turning moments. We look like the typical tourists, heads looking up, laden sown with cameras and maps- but who cares!
In Los Angeles we visited the French General shop. Such beautiful things to look at-
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Apart from the actual fabrics, there were lovely little haberdashery items..
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Vintage linens…
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Paper crafts
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Needless to say, we spent a but of time there!
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for the jet plane…

We will be leaving on our USA trip on Monday, and I’m all packed (nearly) and ready to go(almost). I thought I’d show you a couple of little things I made for my trip to inject a little colour into the proceedings.
A week or two ago I showed you this little sewing bag, which I’ll be taking with my sewing supplies- I can’t go anywhere without taking something to do, idle hands and all that…
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My suitcase is a pretty standard colour of charcoal, so to be able to pick it out of the sea of bags on the luggage carousel I also made a luggage tag.
This was from a pattern found online, here. Once I made one up, I thought it needed pepping up a bit though, so I made some changes to it in size and shape. This was the original:
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The ‘fabric’ I decided to use on the next one was actually some of the made-up fabric I’ve been putting together recently from lots of random colourful scraps..
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I used a cardboard template to get the shape I wanted,
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and cut out the fabric and batting and adjusted the piece of plastic which goes on the front to form a little pocket.
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The pieces are all sewn together then turned out, and top-stitched all around, inserting a loop at the top.
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I used some ribbon for the loop, and a little piece of Kaffe Fassett ribbon as the trim on the plastic (which frays very easily so get it sewn quickly!)
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These were really quick to make, and so cute!
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And, I also made this travel wallet for my tickets and passport etc. This was from a pattern by Natalie Bird in the July Homespun magazine, which just by chance I happened to find when looking back through it the other day.
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For the main part of the wallet I used some hand-dyed fabric I bought from Ali George, the dark print on the quilted pocket is a V & A special reproduction fabric, and some Tim Holz travel document-themed fabric was used for the inside lining.
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The original pattern did have a little applique picture on the front, but I left that off and just included the back-stitched text labels. Also another quick make and the pattern was easy to follow.
Hope you all have a lovely week, and keep on the lookout for some photos I’ll post on here ….

mini quilt swap

This little mini quilt is finished.

Karen Mundt

Karen Mundt


I showed it in its earlier stages here.
It was made with half-square triangles of warm and cool colours, using Kaffe Fassett fabrics like these:
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The small blocks were placed alternating to form an offset diamond pattern.
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I decided to quilt it with straight-line stitching along the warm colour ‘stripes’, emphasising the diamond shapes, and leaving the cooler sections unquilted.
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I used a pink and white spot for the backing and bound it with a hot pink solid.
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So that’s finished and now ready to send to my Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap partner and hope that she likes it!
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This time next week I will be on my way to the USA with a group of friends. We will be going to the Houston International Quilt Festival which was the prime motivator for the trip, but also visiting a few other places on the way. I’ll try and post some photos on here, because I’m sure it’s going to be the best time ever!
Today though a little colour in your day, fresh from our garden:
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