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I took at great class from Carol Anne Waugh called Stitch and Slash, to create fabric from my stash.  I'm sharing some photos of my experiments.

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  "Kindle Purse", a zippered purse with cross body straps.  I've nearly worn it out.  



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The brilliance of Stitch and Slash:
1) Stack 4 or 5 layers of fabrics.  Any order you like.

2) Free Motion Stitch areas in the stack, to create circles, teardrops, streaks, triangles, whatever you like. 

3) Last step is to cut away fabrics to reveal colors from different layers, and then pick at the raw edges to texture.  Any fabric will do, but I was especially impressed  with coarse weave fabrics.  Denim would be fabulous.

4) If you cut through too many layers, just add another layer to the bottom of the stack!

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This tote I called, "Raindrops Keep Falling on my Tote".

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Experimenting is fun.  The orange course weave wanted to fray beautifully, and the Batik was there just to put in a personal appearance.

I used gold lame' to make the raindrops on the finished rectangle landscape. 

After the experimenting of stitching, slashing, and fraying was done, then I constructed the tote. 

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Detail of the texture you can make with with Stitch and Slash.

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Stitch and Slash will be an important feature in the purses I'm building for next year's shows. 

It was fun making these and I hope you'll try your hand at them.  Perhaps you'll tell me what machines you'd use to sew through the 4-5 layers. 

I  sewed these two (in 2012) on my old stand-by, a 1980s Kenmore because it had a darning foot to do the acrobats of free motion quilting.    I'm not so good at free motion quilting, but--Stitch and Slash is a forgiving technique. 

Please tell me about your experiences doing free motion quilting on your older machines? 

Can you do free motion quilting without a darning foot on a really old machine . . . if you are very careful??? 

What kinds of darning feet were used back in the day?  I'd like to learn more about it.

Wonder how my Singer 201, or Necchi c.1949 would handle all the layers?  Which machines in your herd would you suggest?


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Very neat technique, Linda. I predict they'll sell very well!
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Nice bags Mrs. D. I haven’t used this technique yet. Appreciate seeing your work.

For free motion quilting, I use my Singer 15-91. It’s the only machine I have sitting in a cabinet and is dedicated for just this purpose. I ffind it very forgiving for fmq with different threads. I’m not sure if Singer 15 are generally like this or I got lucky with my machine. Attached a pic of a bag I made a couple months ago on the 15-91. The yellow thread in the feather is a “hand quilting” thread so I think 40 weight thread. I’m enjoying the use of polyester variegated thread for the quilting. I’ve used both denim and size 16 top stitching needles and they’re both about the same for me.

The generic hopping foot (eBay purchase) works well. I own a few of these. I prefer the open toe darning foot over the closed toe. Gives you a bit more visibility. Third foot from left is from my Elna SU. I like this one too. I did try fmq without any foot and just used a darning spring. Didn’t do well so well with that. It’s something I’ll try again when I have more time.

I’ve also used my Singer 301, 403 and Elna Su. There’s a separate darning foot for the 301 and 403 but those are difficult to find. The Elna su feeddogs don’t drop. You can use a cover plate, but the amount of space beneath the darning foot is diminished. Same issue with the 403 where you raise the throat plate. The 301s bobbin is too small for fmq large pieces. The 15-91 is hands down my fav machine for fmq.

I don’t have the 201 or Necchi so I can’t speak from experience. But I’ve seen videos of people fmq-ing with the 201. If that was in my herd, I would gravitate towards that.


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Mrs. D -- what a cool technique.  I might have to try some free motion darning/quilting, just to see how difficult it is.  I'll get to add it to my growing list of sewing non-skills.  ;-)

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What a neat technique! I've done some stack n' whack in the quilting field but never tried something like this. Thanks so much for the photos and explanation. I've certainly got plenty of fabrics to try this out. I have to agree with WI Lori. Better make a lot of these because people are going to want them as they are very unique.
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Fast Little Purses:

Working Title - Fruit Slices.  Padded, zippered, wristlet purses with a padded phone pocket inside, and . . . a hidden interior pocket also. 

The fabric is indoor/outdoor fabric.  Padding is leftover quilt batting. 

I like to make fun beaded zipper pulls.  The more beads I added--the pulls started to look like stick people.  I make my buttons out of polymer clay, baked in my oven.

By the way, padding up these little purses gives them shape, and durability.  Batting actually supports the zipper area with the constant "zip, zip,zip".  They are fun to zip!  I used double strand nylon black thread 36 wt. to string 6/0 glass beads.  

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This is my double pocket design.  You can see the hidden slip pocket at the bottom with button marker; holds folded receipts that you don't want swimming around in your purse.  I use the same padded pocket design in my soft travel totes; a hidden pocket big enough to hide a passport.

The inside construction is not fancy, but it is fast.   Let me know if you'd like to see a photo tutorial how I make these.




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Love these colorful, cheerful little purses! A tutorial on the construction would be wonderful. You have already shared so many of your tips and tricks and I THANK YOU for all of them.

The only purses I have right now are all leather...not easy to clean/disinfect after a shopping trip. I think I'll be making some cloth purses for myself here in the near future so they can go right in the wash with my masks and clothes when I get home. Always liked the cloth purses posted here and now I have the incentive to make some!



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Yes a tutorial would be appreciated...thanks Linda
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You do make neat projects...I should say "unique."  I have yet to make my first purse.  Some day, perhaps!  Now that the weather has become more spring-like, the outdoor work has been calling my name.  Hauled a lot of branches to a burn pit yesterday, finished scooping up piles of gravel that become displaced with snow moving in winter so that we don't hit all those stones with the lawn mower.  Started digging weeds out of the strawberry bed, and the list goes on.  I got in a slump with making face masks, had to get away from that, and went on to a "fast" quilt project for a twin size bed.  Hmm, we'll see if I get it done quickly with all the other projects.  I know your purses will be a hit when you get back to the shows.  Thanks for sharing!
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Fabulous purses and pouches, Mrs. D! You have an eye for color and your projects are always so unique!

Pabry, love your FMQ feathers on your purse! I really enjoy doing feathers but need to do more to kick my skills up a notch. Especially if I were to use contrasting thread! I too FMQ with my 15's - mostly my 15-30 treadle. 

Mavis, I so understand spring chores! I am just getting to where I can think about tackling more involved projects like my husband's quilt.

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