A Cute Bag by WonderWoman. It has a zipper and a deep curved pocket on both sides of the bag. The middle section is deep, has two interior pockets, and a snap closure. The strap is substantial and adjustable. I made the almost fatal error of putting both D-ring straps on the same side of the bag. Bu I stepped away from the bag for 24 hours and figured out a work-around. I also didn't take into account the directionality of the outer zippers, but it's ok. This is indeed an aptly-named pattern, and I'll do another one of these.
Grids and Grommets by Indygo Junction. I bought this pattern last year at QuiltCon. What appeals to me most is the grid pattern of the fabric. The installation of the grommets was a bit tricky, perhaps because I went rogue on the directions. Instead of a double layer of fleece batting, I used Soft and Stable, and it worked brilliantly. The bag stands on its own nicely.
Purse Palooza 2014. Sara Lawson is the organizer and host of this purse blow-out. On October 15 I'll be blogging about the RunAround Bag by LazyGirl Designs. Here's the link to the pattern.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Monday, August 4, 2014
four of them two months ago. And now four more are complete. That dinner party for 16 will just have to wait a few more weeks. This particular set of four are my Debbie Bookman Memorial Placemats - she was the one to turn me on to the fabric in the center of these mats and may have even given me this fabric. Deb is moving to Florida where she will be a part of their Modern Quilt scene! And speaking of guildsters current CMQG president Sarah S has been particularly tender with me in the past few weeks. She gave me a new bag pattern - "A Cute Bag" by Wonder Woman Quilts. And I cannot wait to start this bag. However, I do have projects with a deadline. I have been critical of bloggers who say they can't post what they are working on. And here I go: I can't post what I am working on for a few more months. But work is going on.
Friday, July 25, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Even I know enough by now to do a bit a practice before starting anything. And I am intrigued by the application of Japanese Sashiko to quilting. So much so that I am taking a class about this topic in Austin next February at QuiltCon 2015. So I made a 49th block, batted and backed it, and am experimenting with thread and embroidery needles. I like the primitive look of my stitches. The batting for the sample and big quilt is wool (which I love), so there will be a wonderful lofty and airy look to this quilt. The white thread blends in the best, but I do love how the red and black thread look. This sampler will allow me to figure out what is best for this big quilt.
Sara Lawson put out a new line of quilting fabrics, two of which have been issued in a knit. I fell in love with this one and bought three yards. So I spent time with pattern books and bought several patterns, which you'll see strewn about in the pictures below. So what did I think? that I would whip up an outfit for my father's funeral?
Saturday, June 28, 2014
The International Quilt Festival was in Chicago last weekend. They invited my Chicago Modern Quilt Guild along with the Naperville Modern Quilt Guild to participate in a Modern in the City challenge. I was so impressed with what my fellow guildsters did and want to give you an opportunity to see these amazing pieces. So, sit back...
I was called away from IQF with a situation regarding my father, who is at the end stages of his life. He has been a musician and piano tuner, and I thought this piece entitled "Tuning Fork #11" by Heather Pregger of Texas was appropriately the last picture I took that afternoon:
|City Links by Sarah Shulman|
|Where the Heart Is by Nicole Weldon|
|Bright Lights by Amy Strunkmeyer|
|Picasso in Piecing by Judy Tucker|
|Six Corners: Milwaukee Damen & North by Jennifer Benoit Bryan|
|Chicago (by train) by Erin Davis|
|Somewhere in the City by Laura Hartrich|
|View Below by M A Cramer|
|Windows by Eileen O'Regan|
|Bean in the City by Shannon Dangerfield|
|Two Cities: One Heart by Peta Minerof-Bartos|
|City Block by Ruth Hild, Naperville IL|
|Rush Hour by Anita Marsh, Oswego, IL|
|Tuning Fork #11 by Heather Pregger, Texas|
|I was pretty pleased to have "City Spokes" in such fabulous company|
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Reversible Box Tote by veryshannon.com. It's deep, it stands alone (especially with Soft and Stable in it), and is perfect for keeping my new car - Tuxedo Black 2013 Ford C-Max - organized.
Monday, June 9, 2014
Molly Market Totes. A day with a friend (who is 40 years younger than I. Whatever...) plus a completed project? Who can ask for anything more...