Thursday, August 30, 2018

A DrEAmi Finish! Coffee Koozie

Hi everyone,

Thank you all for the lovely comments on my last post, I really appreciate them!

Today is all about my Coffee Koozie! This is my DrEAmi (Drop Everything and Make It) project which I will be linking to Sandra's DrEAMi party! And as it is a finish I will also be linking to Crazy Mom Quilts on Friday for Finish it up Friday.

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But first of all, just to let you know, I'm still working on my CV bag (Camper Van)

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..... oooh! I nearly forgot to say, I am making this from a tutorial “Just a little Purse” which I found on Pinterest from SewMamaSew, but, like you do, I am changing a few things slightly as I'm making it.

One of those changes being the lining. "Don't do this at home!" as they used to say on some programme on TV ..... was it Blue Peter? well, maybe not! But anyway, I put my front and back together, stitched them, bound the edges and then decided I had to quilt the inside as well as the back of the bag .....

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it wasn't easy! I had to have one hand inside the bag to make sure the stitches didn't go through to the back (front actually!).

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I decided to quilt the inside because the lining sagged
once the bag was turned through.
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I only quilted the middle, it didn't really
need quilting all over.
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..... but I got totally distracted when I visited Patty's blog and saw her Coffee Koozie! Patty has a link to the tutorial! (Mind, if you go to visit her right now, don't forget to come back!) 

Anyway, I couldn't resist making one, could I?! 

Well it all started with the idea that the squares could be "leaders and enders" while I stitched my CV bag .....

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Edited 31.08.18:  Adding the binding: 
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I was really happy with the finish of the binding,
bit hard to see maybe, but it's gone really well.

but, once I got as far as stitching the blocks together this was where my Coffee Koozie  became my DrEAmi project which I just had to carry on and finish!

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Made using the "Quilt as you go" method (see it on the tutorial).

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Everything went swimmingly ..... until I started "top stitching" .....

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Disaster struck big time!

I machine stitched all the way round but wasn't happy with the way the stitching looked and had to pull all the stitches out, which was tricky because when my machine had hit the joining seams they had gone from size 4 to 0 .... it was almost impossible to get that lovely pink thread undone.

Anyway, I eventually finished the Coffee Koozie, replacing the machine top stitching with hand stitching.

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Don't you just love that apple green lining ..... ?

Soooo ...... this does mean my poor CV bag is still waiting to be FFO (Fully finished off)!

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Oh, and this is my latest little cross stitch kit ..... just started. More about the details next time. 

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and no doubt you can tell ..... I can't decide which method to use to keep my place!

 Anyway, you can see I still have plenty of stitching to amuse me!

Hope you are all keeping well! I'm off to try to catch up on visiting all you guys now!

See you soon!!!

Barbara xxx

Linking to: Sandra's DrEAMi party
and            Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday

P.S. Sorry guys, that header is a bit big, I'll try to find something smaller next time!


Magpie's Mumblings said...

What an amazing sunflower photo - and the wee bee enjoys it too! So many interesting things to read about in this post - your coffee koozie is pretty and fun to read about quilting the innards of your bag after the fact (something I would definitely do!).

Sandra Walker said...

You'll have to link up another DrEAMi! for the September post, or email me back and I'll link it up for you, as I have the power (cue the choir lol) to open the linky and insert your link, and then quick close it again, ha! I've made a couple of these coffee koozies, and have a request from daughter #2 for one, FQS pattern, yes? They sew up quick!

Kim said...

All that stitching will keep you out of mischief, Barbara. =) Isn't your coffee cup a well dressed one! Your coffee koozie is cute. You are a wee bit clever machine quilting a purse when it is all stitched together. I don't think I would be game to attempt that.

Pamela said...

The CV bag is adorable!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

You are being very stitcherly. I made that up and I like the sound of it, don't you, lol. I like your projects and I gotta tell you I LOVE that little house/flower fabric in the Koozie.
Have a great weekend.
xx, Carol

Mii Stitch said...

Well that is a seriously posh looking coffee cup!! :) Great work!

Bethan said...

What a lovely project - I can see why you wanted to drop everything and finish it off! I like the lining, and am also enjoying the button you have used with it too x

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

Your coffee koozie is a fun project and your quilting on that bag looks great. I don't know how you managed to do that once it was made already, let alone so neatly! I wonder what your new stitching will be?

handmade by amalia said...

You've been busy, dear Barbara, I love the Coffee Koozie and the CV in progress. I'm so glad to be here, I've missed you my friend.

Justine said...

I'm in awe of your stitching talents!

Sheryl said...

What a great project Barbara, just love your Coffee Koozie

Astrids dragon said...

Nice progress on your bag, and I love the koozie! I wish I had the patience to sew.

Mia said...

I always love your creations, Barbara. I am sure that your bag will be gorgeous. I love the coffee koozie. Kisses, my friend.

rosey175 said...

How on earth did you quilt a bag that was already in a bag shape?! And retain a needle-free hand in the process! The bag will be so fun and the little coffee cozie actually matches it quite well. Such a stitching ensemble!

Brigitte said...

This coffee coozie looks gorgeous, you finished it perfectly. And I love the bag that you started. You were doing a great job quilting it, I'm not sure if I could do it just as nicely.

Anonymous said...

Hi Barb wow I love your coffee koosie ,you have done lots of beautiful work,well done my friend xx

Clare-Aimetu said...

I love your coffee cup holder, I am not a quilter but might try this as I struggle with the hot take away cups due to my MS, it would be fab to keep in my handbag, mmmmmm I feel a project coming on!

FlashinScissors said...

I’m pleased it interested you. Do have a go. You don’t need to be a quilter to make this, I’m sure you will do fine! I found the tutorial video most helpful.

Just a thought or two: be sure your squares are true squares; keep your seams straight and the same size throughout. Oh, and as they say ..... measure twice and cut once. 😉 with careful placing of the pattern you can get away with only ten squares (they say twelve), although I was pleased with the teeny pieces at either end of the holder that twelve pieces make!

Do show us all on your blog when you’ve finished!

Barbara xx

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I love the Dreami acronym! Great mug cosie too.

Mary said...

Great coffee cozy but I'm truly impressed that you quilted a bag that was already made! The camper bag stitch is adorable! Just became a new follower. Mary@stitchingfriendsforever

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

Love the cup cozy! Louts of other lovely stuff too - you’ve been busy!!

Julie said...

The coffee Koozie is really good.
Loving the camper van pocket too.

Faith... said...

Your Kozzie turned out great! And even if you had to finish it with hand stitching, it is finished and that is what counts! Now to go over and see what DrEAmi is all about. :)