Friday, November 13, 2009

A matching set!

I whipped this chequebook cover up in a couple of hours today and I'm really pleased with how it turned out! I took the measurements off the ugly fake suede one I got free from the bank and just designed it as I went. I sewed a nice decorative stitch down the middle of the outside to make it fold more easily. The tote bag that it matches was made a couple of months ago and I had just enough batik fabric leftover from it.

When I finished it I thought it looked a bit plain but then I remembered that I had bought these decorative metal corner pieces years ago and had never used them. I have no idea what I originally bought them for but they just add the perfect finishing touch.

I just need to go shopping now so I can show it off! Sew'n'tell Friday is such good motivation. Check out the other finishes over here at Amy's or just click the button on the right sidebar

The only other sewing related activity I did was cutting up some scraps to send to 8 lovely ladies that I've met through the Old Red Barn Quilt along. We are doing a scrap swap so we can make a quilt like this one. I love scrappy quilts so I didn't think twice about taking part. Sorting out my scraps made me re-think what I have in my stash and I had a good sort out and totally reorganised my fabrics. I ended up throwing out 5 supermarket sized bags full of ugly or poor quality fabrics that were taking up valuable room in my sewing attic. I seem to be in a real spring cleaning mood this week as I also re-organised my linen cupboard this morning.

19 comments:

Anne at Film and Thread said...

That turned out really well! The decorative metal corners add a nice touch. Did you have to stitch them on?

Diane said...

Nice job on the check book cover. I saw a couple the other day and put that on my 'to-do-someday' list.

Dee said...

Wow...this is so smart and chic! The corners really add a touch of elegance and the inside is so organized!

The string quilt will be a fun one to make! Best of luck with that one!

Thanks for such a fun and fabulous Friday Finish!

Lesly (aka Shadrach Meshach and Abednego) said...

What a great wallet - love the finishing hardware on the corners!

ktquilts said...

Love it!!!
Blessings,
KT

SueWis said...

Beautiful job on the checkbook cover. The corners really make it unique!

Sara said...

The checkbook cover is really pretty. I am tempted to make a couple of those as Christmas presents...

Susan said...

Oh, I like both pieces, they're beautiful, Catherine! The metal corners add just the right touch, too.

Hey, I'm a lovely lady. *snork* I can't wait to get my hands on some of those scraps! I hope mine arrive soon at your house.

Organizing and purging are a good thing, makes you feel more inspired, I think. So I can't wait to see what you make next.

Heather said...

Sweet! What a great idea! Those decorative corners were definitely meant for this project. Love the tote bag, too. ;o)

Have fun making your scrappy quilt!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Beautiful! I love it.

KQuiltyBee said...

Great tote bag--I love the pattern!

Ariane said...

The bag set you made is so nice. I love it!!

Leslie said...

what a beautiful set...so fun to have matching

Pokey said...

You did a great job on the purse and checkbook, wow. I like your fabric stacks, too. Have fun!

Nina... said...

What a beautiful fabric. Now it will be much more fun to write checks!! Great idea.

Rene' said...

Your tote bag and checkbook cover are great. You did a great job in creating the pattern from the bank's freebie. Love the metal corners. I also like your label on the inside. Did you stitch that or have them made? Thanks for sharing.

Sew It Up! said...

This is a great way to be coordinated and fashionable with out having to spend tons of money. Very cute!

Kate said...

This set is so great. I love it! I've never made a handbag or anything like this. Maybe I should add something new like this to my next year new project list.....hmmm now you've got me inspired!!

Sandy in Buenos Aires said...

The set is really gorgeous !!! I LOVE the bag and the fabric !!! And the cheque book seems so useful !!! You just have to use it now...to buy more fabric !! LOL

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