Saturday, February 28, 2009
I really like bags. I like to make them, and I use them all the time. I cut the fabric for this bag last summer, and had it set aside to finish. I have it on my unfinished projects list in my sewing room. I also was procrastinating some quilting. So, I finished this.
I sewed this bag to take to Quilt Guild each month. In January, I had a lot of things to take to guild, and I forgot my mystery step I had worked so hard on. So, Kristi, my friend, suggested I make a bag for quilt guild. So, here it is. I have already put some items in it for guild - money refund for a retreat participant, block jack blocks, and my name tag. Now, as I finish things, they go right in the bag and it will be all ready for guild day!
Monday, February 23, 2009
This time, it is an embroidery block. This pumpkin pattern was given to me by my good friend, Pam, over a year ago. However, once I got started, it took me about a month to do. I just would stitch on it while waiting for dinner to cook, or while watching tv with my husband. I used beads on the vine, instead of french knots. I really like to do that, it adds dimension and interest to the block. I should have beaded the center of the sunflowers, but I forgot about doing that until I was almost done with the whole block.
Now, I am working on some baby blankets (gifts), and I am really enjoying them. I should get them basted and ready to quilt tomorrow at our sewing day.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I talked before about the block jack in my guild. I made one block of an Irish chain, shown above. I took it to guild meeting today and my name was drawn for the blocks. I was so excited, I whooped in delight. Now, I get to make a quilt out of the 38 blocks I won. I love these and hope they will go together without too much difficulty. I'm sure I won't get them done this week, but perhaps by fall I can get it together.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
I made this very big bag! My daughter says that bags are not intended to be this big. However, I take my mat and rulers regularly to a quilting group and find it difficult to carry my 24x36 inch mat. So, I took some orphan blocks, sewed them together with some leftover denim, and quilted it. Then I lined it and added straps. There are even pockets inside for my cutter and scissors. My rulers fit in here, and I actually have put my projects in here, too!
I made this without purchasing anything extra, so I was especially proud of that. (By the way, this handsome young man is my son...Isn't he cute!)