Fabric Crochet Purse

fabric crochet purse / bag by Carla Barrett

fabric crochet purse / bag by Carla Barrett

I created this fabric crochet purse the other day, it was so easy to make.

Obviously, I still need to add a strap, but I like this purse and the fabric strip fringe detail.

My quilting readers will recognize the batik fabric used for this project.

IMG_9985Here is another view of my purse, minus the purse straps.  I created this bag as a class sample for my Fabric Crochet Class I am teaching in a few weeks at the AU Machine Quilting Festival.  You, too, can learn this fun project if you are planning to be at this show.   🙂

I am now making a larger bag, perhaps a backpack crochet bag.  This time, I am using citrus colors of yellow, orange, dark orange and shade of lime green.  Think lemons, oranges, and limes.  Anyway, I love fabric crochet and can’t wait to teach it.


What are YOU creating?   Take care, Carla

Quilt Batting

I have good news to report.  Joe and I were able to recover my missing batting order.  ( FYI for non-quilters, batting is the middle layer of the quilting process, the part that makes a quilt fluffy.)

The company I ordered it from sent it to the wrong address, which I recounted in a post yesterday.  After class got out,  Joe and I went over to see if the tenant was home and knew what happened to my order.  It went smoother than I thought it would, no pit bull to rip our throats out,  no sign of obvious meth activity.

The tenant did talk about opening the box and oops, he lost my invoice.  I have to doublecheck whether I am missing one package of black batt, he mumbled something about opening it and keeping him warm at night.  My large roll, which stands about 5 feet high and weighs 40 lbs., was a bit worse for wear with the plastic torn off at the top.  All in all, I am happy to recover as much as I did.  I will call the batting company and if my order is short, they will have to send me free replacement package.

Life is good.  I have my batting.


Next month, I am gearing up to teach some more classes at my local quilt store, High Sierra Quilters.  I will be teaching my “Quilt Whisperer” class, which is a class on how to “read” a quilt and what design to quilt.  It is open to all quilters, even for people who send their quilts out to be quilted.

I also will be teaching my fabric crochet purse class.  I have a free tutorial for this project in my Free Tutorial section, but it is fun to teach this class in person.  Here are 2  samples:



Another class will be on the technique I used on my Tropical Poppy quilt.  This will be a therapeutic quilt class, we will take a large print fabric and slash away, then re-attach.  Easy quilt project, but very rewarding!  This quilt won “Viewer’s Choice” in the Gold Bug Quilter’s Show about 2 months ago:



That’s all from frosty California!  Yes, it is cold here and we even received snow in the Foothills.   Hugs, Carla

Fabric Crochet Purse and things I like…

Happy Wednesday to you!! I’m quilting in the studio today, but I thought I would mention I am teaching a fabric crochet purse class tomorrow at my favorite quilt store. Here are a few pictures of purse samples I have made before:

I enjoy teaching this class, so I am looking forward to it!!

I also decided to share some displays in my home that I enjoy looking at each day. Here they are in random order:

My display cabinet:

You can see just a taste of several of my collections: vintage scales and cameras, more chickens and my sand collection.

These flowers smell so good,very cinnamon.

Last up, a sneak peek at my studio desk…

Enjoy your day!! Hugs, Carla

Crochet Purse class

Had a fun class yesterday teaching my crochet purse. My class description touted this as an EASY project for beginners. Yes, it is THAT easy- LOL! Anyhow, I told the gals I would put pictures of the purse, front and back profile, on my blog to help them refer to until we meet again next week.

Front: front-purse.jpg


eyelet detail:eyelet-detail.jpg

In next week’s class we will finish their project.  I will be sure to bring my camera so I may take pictures of each person’s purse- with their permission, of course.  Anyway, they were a fun group and I appreciated that they signed up for my class.

Other news: Watch for pictures of the finished inchie project, and my fiber swap, fiber charm swap, and trades.  Also for an update of Rex the Wonderhound, who has the uncanny ability to find every stray foxtail there is.  He might be undergoing surgery this morning, so I’ll keep you posted on that.

Hugs, Carla

A Few AFF Purchases

While at ArtFiberFest, I was fortunate to add to my collection of art from artists I admire. They have a vendor night where many of the teachers and attendees may sell their art. Here are just a few favorite items.

The following items were purchased from Alma Stoller. By the way, did I mention how nice and talented she was?:

alma-bird.jpg and almabeads.jpg

Next was a beautiful rug hooked heart wallhanging from Mary Stanley. Mary is a wonderful teacher and a very kind person:


Another favorite artist of mine is Syd McCutcheon. I was fortunate to get one of her scissor maiden dolls:


I was also lucky to purchase her AFF doll made for the gallery. Here is a sneak peek, but you can get a better view of this delightful doll on her blog post. It is a very appropriate purchase for the season.


Today, I am off teaching my fabric crochet autumn purse at the local quilt shop. Remember this?


Enjoy your day! Hugs, Carla