Sunday, March 21, 2010

Good excuse

I have a very good excuse as to why I did not post the promised photos yesterday...I left my camera at the bridal shower I attended yesterday!  But that gave me the opportunity when I picked it up to have a private visit with this happy, about-to-be-married woman, my dear friend Tanya...
...who was extremely excited about a Target gift card here.  She was equally excited about the bag I made for her:

This was made all from fabric I had on hand, from a pattern called Market Fresh in the December Quilts and More magazine.  The orange print was from the Katie Jump Rope line, as was the brown print band on the inside.  It's a good sized bag, 20 inches wide by 17 inches deep, with a squared off bottom to hold lots of stuff and outer pockets on both sides .  I put a cookbook in there.

It took 3 1/2 hours to put this together, including cutting the pieces (twice for the bag front/back when I cut the wrong width! Pesky math again).  The instructions for the straps used midweight sew-in interfacing but if I made this again I would definitely use fusible as it was rather tedious to have to pin and hold the interfacing down the middle of the strap before folding over the opposite 1/4" turned edge to the center and sewing. 

My quilt hanger assisted on a bit of a windy day for the completed top shot.  This is Rick Rack Road from the Fall/Winter 2007 Quilt Sampler magazine, which I started some months ago as told here.

A foot peeking out of the bottom and the neighbor's chimney and trees coming out of the top...a fine composer of  photography I am not, but you all know that already! 

This is the floweriest thing I have ever made but I'm really liking the purples, greens, and other soft colors for Spring/summer.  Batting has been purchased and soon this will turn into a quilt!  I was able to get some sewing done late on National Quilting Day, cutting and sewing the Greenpiece BOM pieced blocks that I have been behind on completing for the past two months.  Next month's batch will be here soon and I have yet to get the wool applique blocks started.  But I do have a plan and that's half the battle of beginning!


Quilt Hollow said...

Your quilt top is perfect for Spring! (so crisp and clean looking!!) Enjoy your week!!

Pokey said...

Your purse gift was perfect, and the quilt top is, too! I really like your color choices on both. The soft floral strip is fun and so welcoming to our spring weather.

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

I missed IQD altogther...sigh.

I actually thought the chimney and the foot gave a very artistic and daring edge to your photography. The quilt looks complicated. Kudos on putting it together. It looks lovely!

belinda said...

That's a great purse...especially if it comes with a cookbook..HA!!
I'm with you on the flowery quilt top...I.LIKE.
Fresh....light and cool looking...the zig zag is a perfect pattern!!

Libby said...

I seem to have developed a liking for purples as of late, too . . . . who would've thunk it? *s*

Tanya said...

The Rick Rack Road is a beauty!