Friday, May 13, 2016

Happy Birthday to Lee Anna and Linda!

I have two dear friends with May birthdays that take place in the same week! I've known my friend Linda since we were in first grade! Although she is not a quilter, she enjoys crafts. I've written about Linda extensively before, here and here and probably a lot of other places in my blog that I can't remember.

I met my friend Lee Anna who blogs at Not Afraid of Color when we both attended the Houston Quilt Festival in 2014. We had met through blogging and had been email friends for a while and we were excited to finally meet in person.
Yes, it was love at first sight!
Kindred spirits!
We recognized a kindred spirit in each other and we have a lot in common: awesome husbands, adorable dogs, and a fetish for anything shiny. We both love collecting fabric and occasionally using it to make a quilt. Lee Anna is a super-amazing art quilter. I am in awe of her talent. If you're not familiar with her, go check out her blog!

So, two years ago, when we met in Houston, I bought a fat quarter of poodle fabric for her in the vendor mall. But I didn't give it to her because I decided I would make her something with it instead. Fortunately, she didn't know about this, because two years is a LONG time to wait for your birthday gift.
Poodle-icious zipper bags
Complete with poodle-icious zipper pulls.
And when I finally decided what to make for Lee Anna with this super-special, adorable poodle fabric, of course a fat quarter wasn't big enough. But I enjoy a challenge, so despite the fact that the fabric was out of print, I tracked down the fabric designer, emailed her, and bought whatever she had left from her own private collection!

The bags are in the mail right now and hopefully Lee Anna will get her package before she reads this blog! For more information on this pattern and other versions, just click the links. I also did a tutorial, so far the only one I've ever written, on adding zipper tabs, which I forgot to put in Lee Anna's set. Must remember to read my own blog for tips before starting a project!

And of course, there are bags for Linda too.
Step right up! More red and black zipper bags!
Linda's bags feature little dancing people and music notes. Linda met her husband Dave swing dancing (Linda also has an awesome husband and an adorable dog) and Linda has performed for years with a barbershop chorus. It's just coincidence that the two sets of bags coordinate so nicely. Linda's bags also match a Chubby Charmer tote that I made her a couple of years ago.

Thanks for visiting!

Pugs and kisses,


  1. Cute bags. How appropriate to make LeeAnna the poodle bags. They are so cute.

  2. What a sweet friend you are to find fabric that matches her interests! These are pretty bags. Nicely done!

  3. got them today!! ON my BIRthday! amazing, applause applause. I was totally surprised! The perfect zippers, the poodles, the colors, the weeeee little poodle zipper pulls and the inside gifts. So special, like you.

    And now Linda... you and I must meet too one day. Dogs. Dancing... we swing dance too, and cajun and contra and waltz. Lucky us to be friends with Nancy...Love you!

  4. Nancy! I've had you on my brain off and on over the past few weeks, and just have not been the greatest keeper-upper (a tech term uh huh) in QBL...then I saw your comment on Val's Crafted Appliqué post and I thought I NEED to go visit her! How cool is it you met Lee Anna! I love reading about Cole, just as I love hearing about Larry Pug and brothers. You outdid yourself (as my dad would have said) on the bags! Love the pulls.