Did you need to curse a blue streak today, only to open your mouth and find no words coming out? Or if they did, they were unsatisfyingly mild, like “darn” and “heck”? Yeah, sorry about that–Ken and I used up the daily allotment of the really bad four-letter words, trying to wrap our brains (and hands, and needles) around this:


The Mad Monster Party Purse is complete, finally! I found the pattern and fabulous fabrics while visiting Ramona in June. Creston, IA, is graced with a wonderful fabric store, Quilts and Other Notions; it’s packed to the rafters with gorgeous materials in all colors and for all seasons. It wasn’t easy limiting myself to buying fabric for just this one project; if it weren’t for suitcase space restrictions, I might have come out of there with bolts of stuff.

Put together one novice seamstress (“Uh…where does the thread go, again?”) and one experienced seamster who prefers to work off-pattern, and have them whip up a handbag. Sure, no problem! She can read the instructions, he can interpret what she says into something actually possible. She can do the cutting, pinning, and straight seams; he can step in on the trickier parts. And that’s pretty much how it went, if you sprinkle in multiple pin pricks, a few seams ripped out and re-done, two snapped needles, many bent pins, lots of salty language, and several turnings inside-and-out of the entire project.

Not all the accidents were unhappy ones; the fabric at one end matched up to form a lively tête-à-tête:


This useful little pocket wasn’t in the pattern–Ken suggested it, and it turned out great:


All told, a day’s work well spent. I love my little work of art, and it’s only appropriate a Halloween handbag should be thoroughly cursed, right?

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6 Responses to Curses!

  1. MamaLou says:

    Pretty Darned Good for your first project! Sew appropriate that it is a Halloween Project. Cannot tell you how many of those Halloween costumes etc. that have been through my many machines. Sew glad that Ken didn’t scare you to death with this cursed project. Love, MamaLou

  2. CountessZ says:

    That’s just FABULOUS! Can’t wait to see it in person. 🙂

  3. Ramona says:

    Very nice. I know you were going to send a pic to the proprietor of Quilts & Other Notions, did she have any comments?

  4. CAS says:

    Wow, Bearish! That is a beautiful peice, and so apro pos- it is what everyone needs in the run up to Zombie Yule!

  5. J20o says:

    Hi Kaizerin! This is Jane (of Jane and Dewey). CAS showed me your site, and I love your bag. I’ve made several, but never thought of taking photos. I also do fibre wallhangings and have done a few quilts (more like throws). Also so happy to read your review of the Harris books…I’m a Sookie fan (the True Blood series, read those over the span of a long weekend) and with your review I’ll be reading her others. j.

  6. kaizerin says:

    Thank you all for the kind comments. I do love the bag, and will probably make another eventually, once the memory of all the cussyness fades a bit. Especially since I learned so much on the first one; the second should be easier, right? Kinda like having a second child?

    Jane, I’d love to see some of your quilts and other fiber artwork–perhaps a little blogging of your own is in order?

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