Sunday, March 12, 2017

March Projects from the Brown Baggers

Lots of great finished quilts and tops at our March Sunday meeting of my Brown Bagger quilt group.

Joanne S. had three finished quilts to share.
Kaffe Fassett prints against an orange background. This is a birthday block quilt.
Another birthday block quilt in red, white and blue. Junior Brown Bagger Emma is an experienced quilt holder.
A stunning Double Wedding Ring in Kaffe Fassett prints with a lively polka dot background.
Joannie finished the binding on one of her t-shirt quilts (she's made four in total as a memorial for a friend's son).
Joannie's original design with lots of flying geese sashing.
Sandie had a quilt made from left over scraps deemed too large for the pet pillows as well as the rainbow quilt top that came to her in a dream.
One woman's trash is a quilt for Sandie! Sandie thinks this quilt looks like the view from an airplane and I agree!
Sandie's amazing techni-color Dream Quilt!
Marion finished a baby quilt top.
There are lots of fun novelty prints in this baby quilt.
Lynne finished this gorgeous Jewel Box quilt top. This quilt is made from Lynne's stash and has everything in it from batiks, to Kaffe Fasset prints, to animal prints to Asian fabrics. It is just stunning.
Here's a close-up.
Pat brought her finished top, her Grand Illusion Quilt, a Bonnie Hunter mystery from a few years ago. She also sent me a picture of her finished yoga bag for daughter Allison. I love the fabric!
Pat's color pallette is soft and pretty.
A new yoga bag for daughter Allison!
Kim G. made another Frieda quilt for a special 5-year old friend.
The little girl's favorite colors are purple and orange. I think that Kim nailed it!
I got my Star Quilt back from Kim P. who machine quilted it, so I should have a finished project to share with you soon...

Thanks for visiting!

Pugs and kisses,
Nancy

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Tales from the Cutting Table

On Saturday I finished Ben's quilt. In celebration, on Sunday I spent a few hours in my Quilting Studio and I cut out three new projects. You can never have too many projects!

These two bundles have been living underneath the plexiglas extension table for my sewing machine so they've been taunting me while I worked on other things that had deadlines. I picked up several of the purple fat quarters at Tuesday Morning (a domestics store, kind of like a mini Marshalls) and added a few more purples from my stash to make my own fabric medley. I won the blue and green fat quarters at our holiday swap in 2015. After I cut them out, I saw that they are Horizon by Kate Spain. Marion has used Kate Spain fabrics in several of her projects. We don't see them often at our local quilt stores.
After taking this photo, I changed my mind, so I'm making the Weekender Tote with the purples, and the San Clemente bag with the blues and greens. I've made both of these patterns before. You can see my previous Weekender Tote here (you'll need to scroll down).
I write labels on sticky notes and attach them to each of my pattern pieces that I cut out from the different fabrics. This way, when I pick up my project again, I'll know what all the pieces are for.
Best of all, neither of these projects is on any kind of deadline nor are they promised to anyone, so I can work on them at my leisure.

The third project is going to be a Yellow Brick Road quilt made out of cat fabrics for my cousin Joel's little girl. Angie will turn 5 in June so she needs a big girl quilt for her birthday. Below are a few of the cat fabrics that I cut for her quilt. I decided not to stress and used a wide variety of cartoon cats and realistic cat fabrics. I figured, the more, the better.



Angie's favorite color is red. There isn't much red in any of the cat fabrics, so a few days later I decided to go back and cut some red fabrics to add to her quilt. That will help give her quilt some pop! Some of these fabrics came from my deep, dark stash, and are probably close to 20 years old. Vintage chic!
An old friend once said that "all reds go together." It will be fun to see what they look like in Angie's quilt. And these fabrics are very happy to have left the depths of my sewing room closet!
Thanks for visiting!

Pugs and kisses,
Nancy