Saturday, February 28, 2009

I like Bags

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!
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Monday, February 23, 2009

I finished another Project

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 Won!!!

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

Very Big Bag

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!)