Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A purse and a whole lot of CQ

The past few weeks my fingers have been addicted to a needle filled with threads and beads. I can't seem to let go of the needle and thread - in fact, I think I just might have one growing from my hands LOL!

Let me see.. yesterday I finally put together a couple of CQ blocks from a RR I was in with the girls from CQI. To date, it has to be the prettiest most girlie girlie item I own - I just love it! Many thanks go out to FFT#9 Group - Darlene, Carolyn, Ellen and Thearica for helping me create this beautiful purse. When I first signed up for the particular RR I sent in my block, I was immediately told that the block was too small to be worked on by 4 ladies so they would be willing to work on two blocks for me - Yahoo! I hurried up, made another block and the result ... a few months later were these two gorgeous blocks. My idea was to make them into a purse. Well, the purse is now put together but it still needs a handle. I'm thinking maybe a gold chain or how about a handle made up of pearls. Anyone have an idea or know of a place I can buy pretty purse handles?

I know it's hard to believe but there are times when I do stray away from Crazy quilting. Last summer, I was invited up to my friend Cindy's summer home in Maine. A group of us girls got together for 3 days of food, fun and sewing. While there I started making a summer purse with the help of a few "sane" quilters. Yesterday, while enjoying a "sew day" with a couple friends, I actually finished that purse! At least now I have a purse for this spring all ready made. Not my usually "Blue" but green! I love it and can't wait to switch out purses for the sunny weather.

Well now that I've got my purse groove on I think I can concentrate more on the purse I am making for the upcoming CQI Purse Contest. I have my blocks made, tons of ideas floating around in my head and now need to sit down and let the fingers do the talking. No pictures to post until after the contest as everything has to stay a secret until after the voting.... wish me luck!


  1. Nicki:

    Both of your purses are gorgeous!!

    Is that the handle that you bought at the thread store here in Murrieta?
    Our FFT #9 group loved working on your fancy peachy purse!!

    Hugs and sloppy kisses,

  2. Just fabulous Nicki! wow.....what wonderful purses. You are so skilled!

  3. Beautiful Nicki. The embellishments on the pink one is just gorgeous. Maureen

  4. I absolutely Love the CQ purse!! Just my favorite color and such beautiful work!! Great purses!

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  6. Looooove it! Wonderful soft colors!
    The only idea that comes to mind for handles is if you did a gathered fabric/lace tube over twill/cording/or chain...wish I was more help!. I just know, whatever you do will be beautiful!

    Be sure to take that bag out and show it off in town!!


    Nicki...I did a funny typo in my other comment, it's deleted!

  7. GORGEOUS! Love them both.
    I started on my CQI bag for the contest too. Hope I can make the deadline!

  8. Lovely Nicki!!! They are both wonderful and the beautiful work on them is to die for....
    cheers - FDS

  9. Both are beautiful! Good luck in the contest!

  10. Nikki, I absolutely loved working on this it turned out gorgeous!! I like your other purse too! Ellen P

  11. Nicki....I just want to add a thought - make more of these!!!

    Last year I sold a number of bags for ladies that wanted something new for the summer events - your bags just say "weddings" and special occasions to me! Ladies would love to have a one-of-a-kind purse. And, wouldn't they be lovely gifts for the same occasions!

    C'mon Nicki....you said the sewing needle is now a part of your hand!


  12. I love all your crazy quilting projects, I have been just starting to get into it myself and you have definetly inspired me to get going on it, the work you are doing on the mermaid blocks is fantastic, I have learned a lot just by looking at your art work. Lots of luck with your new venture.



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