Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Trolling for Purse Makers


I'm stepping out of my safe zone, big time. It's so easy to stay in my studio and make purses. But now it's time to step it up. I did that last fall when I spoke to the Women's Group in Palos about Sew Powerful. Now? I'm going to the International Quilt Festival at Rosemont to help set up and man the Sew Powerful booth. The purpose? To find and encourage others to make purses.These six purses are the most special ones I've made, knowing that they will be handled and touched. I think it will be fun to meet Jason and Cinnamon Miles, the brains behind Sew Powerful.  And I'm excited about meeting some other purse makers whom I have "met" on Facebook.  Along with these six purses I have 24 more.  These purses, along with purses from some makers in Indiana, will be used to decorate the Sew Powerful booth as we "troll for pursemakers" and tell the Sew Powerful story.
I wouldn't let myself work on a new tote until I finished the purses above. The new tote is the Noodlehead Super Tote (upper left bag). Notice I have a full set of "luggage" made from a fabric crush - it's from the Hello Bear collection by Bonnie Christine, Art Gallery Fabrics.The bottom left bag is my travel bag.  The bottom right is my daily purse.  And the upper right?  All I know is that I like it.  But like the shot cottons I mentioned earler, I am almost at the end of this fabric and finally ready to let it go. 
The wonder of the Internet is that I have some Canadian friends. One of them tipped me off to a block-a-week quiltalong hosted by the Canadian Quilters Association https://canadianquilter.com/quilt-canada-2019/.  Here's what I've made so far. These blocks are 6.5" each, and there will be 52 at the end. I have been using the closest scraps at hand.  No surprise that these scraps have no color.  It's a pleasant change from the purses.

 I finished my polar vortex quilt - these peppered shot cottons and a wool batting were wonderful to sit under and quilt.  The quilting represents 8 weeks of winter evenings.  And now it's waiting for its owner - whoever it may be - to claim it.

I'm taking a break from sewing although I have a lot more to say about current and future projects.  My studio has a closet that needs sorting and organizing.  That's my task for the rest of this month.  But April?  Look out!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Flurry of Spring Activity

These rainbow flaps on 6 purses for Sew Powerful are so dynamic!  Great way to start off March

This pile of 24 SewPowerful purses need 24 notes.  Some of them I have written, but I need to put myself on a schedule and do 2 or 3 a day.  Jason and Cinnamon Miles from Sew Powerful will have a booth at the International Quilt Festival in Rosemont, and I am volunteering each day - March 27 to March 30. (Next to the purses are log cabin blocks...))
This quilt top - for me - is just waiting for the binding to be sewn down.  I'm not sure why I want to do this huge quilt by hand, but I do.  No. 12 thread is perfect for hand-binding.

After working with so much color, I had to find a lovely neutral project.  And I love this one.  The 16 blocks need to be joined and then surrounded by the darker grey. 

These two baby quilts need to be basted and bound.

These two tops need basting, quilting, and binding.

This is my summer hand project.  One of the nine 27" blocks is completed - the remaining 8 need to be marked.

I love these fabrics and am so ready to turn them into a full-size Trip Around the World.

And these 5" blocks on a black background?  Yes, please.