Friday, February 25, 2011

February Strut Your Stuff Is Here!

Yep, four days til the end of the month, you have until midnight on the 28th to link up and show off a Christmas gift you made for 2011 to be entered in the draw.  Remember our gift this month is this gorgeous mug rug made by the wonderful Caroll at Attic Window Quilt Shop, and the darling fat quarters donated by the awesome Chris, owner of the shop.

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I finished my gift tonight, a make-up bag for my aunt using the tutorial from Up The Rainbow Creek.

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Please forgive the yellow pics, it was dark out and I'm too lazy to re-do the pics.

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My fingers are NOT as nimble as they used to be!  I tried it using my own method, which failed miserably, and ended up following the directions exactly.  The only problem I had was the flap - you have to insert it between the outer bag and lining, and I couldn't get it lined up right on both sides.  In the end, I basted it to the lining, then stitched it together.  That worked great, but I still missed some of the lining during the topstitching, and had to do another line of stitching.  The gorgeous fabric [which doesn't show well due to the yellowy nighttime pic] was from the lovely Cyndi.   Thanks hon, my aunt is going to love it!

It feels really, really good to have made my aunt something, every year I want to make her stuff and I run out of time.  Have you finished your gift yet?  You can either link up to this post where you show off your gift on your blog, or you can email me a pic of the gift you made if you don't have a blog or don't want to post the pic.  You can also upload to the flickr group - oh the gorgeous pics there!!!

If you upload your pic to the flickr group because you don't want it seen on your blog, please let me know.

So get your pictures in before midnight on the 28th, I'll do the give-away on March first - good luck and happy sewing!

45 comments:

Ian said...

oh this is so beautiful my friend! Even with the yellow light you can still tell what an awesome gift you have made :)
*hugs* Heather x

Val said...

It is a beautiful bag. I love the fabric.

Nellie put the kettle on said...

What a great little bag. I really need to get my act into gear and start thinking of pressies for christmas. Alot of my husbands family arn't terribly crafty so have never thought of making gifts. But as I look around at other blogs there are so many ideas that even they may like.

Wendy said...

Allie, it's stunning! It looks perfect and the fabric is gorgeous. I'll be linking up these month - I've done really well!

Joanne Lendaro said...

LOVE IT!! Great little bag Allie! I also worry about getting those little snaps and things to line up too. Usually end up using velcro even if I don't like it...

Val said...

Wow. Love it. I have got to get busy, after I go to work this morning, and then come home and make mints & sausage balls for a shower, then get ready for the funeral home....Whew!!!!!

Sandra :) said...

That's a beautiful make-up bag - I may try that tutorial as well!

West Michigan Quilter said...

What a gorgeous bag. You did a fantastic job. Love that fabric. Thanks for the link. I'm going to try that one.

Talin's Corner said...

Oh, I love your makeup bag. i know you said that the pictures are a bit yellow, but it's pretty even so. There are not too many makeup bags with a foldover/button (usually zippers). It looks great and I think your aunt will love it.

My February project is a chicken pin cushion (put it in Mr. Linky) which I made for a good friend.

Cathy said...

I love the makeup bag you made. The color is yummy. I finished a Christmas gift and linked it up. Hope you didn't get too much snow. Hugs

Flamingo K (aka Karen Schurr) said...

What a lovely bag and a terrific gift for your Aunt. She certainly will be thrilled.

Kim D. said...

Your bag is adorable! I hope I can finish a project before the deadline.

Jan said...

Oh, that turned out well,
Allie. The fabric really makes it. Your aunt will be thrilled.

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Your bag is too cute - your aunt is going to love it!!

Linda said...

Bag is just gorgeous! Love it!!

Anne said...

You are a clever lady, as all others have said, the bag is positively delightful. Well done! I was going to join in your Christmas once a month gift thing, but so far this year is not behaving itself so think I'll just wait until another year and this time around just do as I am able
:0)

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Your bag is just so lovely Allie, your Aunt will be thrilled....I will have to try and get something made, I think I have lost a few days this month...

Lisa said...

That is a pretty bag, thanks for the link to the tutorial. What a clever Mr Linky you have - it remembered me from last month when I went add my link!!!

Mama Spark said...

Great job Allie!! You are keeping everyone inspired!

Shelley said...

Allie, I love that little bag. I have not made one with a flap. I will have to try that. also, I liked my gift for the month on here and I goofed....so, number 4 needs to be deleted....#5 is to the current month. Sorry .............

Cheryll said...

Now I have another idea for a gift for another friend... so thanks for posting your finish! Yippee.. I knew this group was a great idea! Thanks for hosting it! :)

Lyn said...

Hello Allie, gorgeous bag you have made for your Aunt....I have linked my Christmas Gift for this month Allie...hugs lyn

Martha said...

Love the little makeup bag, Allie -- the fabric is gorgeous, and the cute button just tops it all off perfectly.

I love the Christmas Club -- I'm feeling so good about the things I managed to complete, and I'm going to be feeling even better in November!

Lydia's Garden said...

Nice job on the costmetic bag for you Auntie :) I checked out the tutorial link and really like the simplicity of the design and the velcro closure as opposed to a zipper :) Not that I really mind zippers, but the design lends itself well to use for other purposes without one :) Thanks for the link and did I mention I really the fabric? :)
Carmen in AK

VivJM said...

What a pretty little bag, your auntie will love it!

soggibottom said...

This looks perfect to me Allie... :-) x x x
Don't work too hard or you will get told off :-) :-) :-) x x x

BubzRugz said...

Great little bag ....
Have a lovely weekend...
Hugz

teresa said...

I love the bag you made. Looks like you and I had the same problem with our photos LOL!!! This night time sewing plays havoc on the camera!
Great idea making your Christmas presents so early!

Fleurette@ Fleur's place said...

A perfectly gorgeous bag Allie!
I have linked my finishes - yay I have 2 items to add to my Christmas box.

Aimee said...

Love the clutch, Allie! We really were on the same track with this one! I love yours...it would be hard not to carry it now! :) I finally linked mine-- nothing like the last minute!

Carrie P. said...

Oh, that makeup bag is beautiful. Even though it doesn't show the true color I really like the print.

Cheryl said...

Love that bag Allie! What a great gift that is going to be. I am so grateful for your Christmas Club and helping us to be ready for next Christmas.

em's scrapbag said...

Cute little bag. And I'm going to be so envious of you at Christmas when you are all ready and I"m not.

Mama Pea said...

Looking good!

John'aLee said...

Allie, that make up kit is just adorable! I'm gettin' jealous...seeing you getting so ready for Christmas 2011~~

Maricarmen said...

Thanks for your visit and your lovely words...
Thanks for your patience, because my english is really awful.
Thank because you are now one of my followers It´s a pleasure and an honor...

Michelle May said...

What a fabulous bag girlfriend!!
xx, shell

unfinishedquilts said...

Still loving this idea! So glad I had the day off today so I could wrap up a few projects that were just sitting on the table.

Also would like to add, Chris has a beautiful shop, love going there! It is on my way to work and often I get 'busted' being late for work just hanging out there!lol

clare's craftroom said...

It is so lovely and you didn't say which Aunt it was for , love Auntie Clare , lol !!

Val said...

I made it!! It is not midnight yet!!! Yay for me!!!! Thanks Allie for the encouragement and fun!

shez said...

Great bag Allie love the fabric.
cheers sheryl

Barb said...

I love your mug rugs and make up bag, you are right about the fabric, it is still gorgeous.

Shasta said...

That is a great makeup bag. Wonderful prize, although I have been slack yet again this month. I will catch up hopefully eventually.

Ivory Spring said...

What a beautiful gift, Allie! You did great!!

CJ said...

LOVE the bag you made but can't figure out which fabric it is. It looks familiar but...

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