Koi Shell Purse

Shell Purse with Koi Fabric

Last weekend I took a class (that was organized by the Quilting Guild that I belong to, NOTYQ) with Nicole Mallalieu of You Sew Girl.  Nikki is seriously knowledgeable, so I jumped at the opportunity to take her class, without paying much attention to what we were making.  As you can see, we made her Shell Purse, and mine features Koi (Ornamental Carp).  The metal purse frame is stitched to the body of the purse through holes along its length, which are prettied up with seed beads.  Koi Shell Purse, Open

Thinking it would be a great opportunity to use my tiny star buttons, I alternated them with seed beads.  I have had these buttons for years so it felt good to use them, (and I like a touch of whimsy here and there).  I used a contrasting colour for the lining, and when the purse is open, I think it looks like a fish’s mouth.

Overall it was a lovely day, and Nikki was a little impressed with our swift work.  Because we were all very familiar with our machines, and not beginners, (we were all quilters) we all finished within the class.  You can see the other purses on Nikki’s blog.

If you get an opportunity to take a class with Nikki, go for it, that lady knows her stuff!

8 thoughts on “Koi Shell Purse

  1. Love it. I thought exactly the same thing about it looking like a fish with it’s mouth open. I love the little star buttons you used. I would never have thought to do that. It’s a beautiful purse.

  2. Hi,
    Nikki did this class for us in Townsville NQ at the beginning of September. She certainly knows her stuff!! Love your purse, the little star buttons are a stroke of genius!

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