|Wow! This bag really handled the trip cross country. I love it.|
Sunday, December 29, 2013
After I made my first 'house' block at the retreat in November, I made a house block with the "Challenge Fabric" for the quilt show next August. I decide, after I finished it, that there was too much blue and it needed a tree perhaps. My friend, Mary F., said, "It is easy to do. You just remove this section and replace it with a piece that has a tree!" Well, I have risen to the challenge and made my first tree piece of piecing. However, it was a fat little tree and I did not want to cut off either side of it, so I used it to make another experimental bag. I did actually make another tree that I did piece onto the challenge block.
I finished my "You had me at Merlot" tote bag! It was a test. I love piecing new designs and having fun with colorful fabrics, but instead of making a whole quilt from a new block I tried, I just make another tote bag. I should check my records to see just how many tote bags I have made over the years. One side of the bag is the house block from Collaborative Quilting, the other is a strip I pieced using the techniques in 15 Minutes of Play. I showed my husband my finished bag last night, and he took it and held it and asked if it was his. What I love about him is that he seems to like every single thing that I sew. Every quilt, bag, and even curtains! He always asks who am I making this for? He does not understand that sometime I am just making something and it is for no one in particular. I love to experiment. So, I do some experimenting between quilt projects. It keeps me enthused.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
You know that "Fifteen Minutes of Play" book/concept? Well, I love it, but 15 minutes is hardly enough time to begin. But I do love to play. I have made four more of those bright, blinding house blocks. What fun! Meanwhile, I have decide to use the first one as part of a tote bag. I am just beginning to make it a little larger; 'growing it' with some black fabric that will really make it stand out. Here is what I have so far. I just put 1 1/2 " strips around the block and trimmed it square. I think I will use the gray/pink/orange floral as the main fabric for the bag, so I will add some of that next.