Friday, June 24, 2016

Poolside Tote Swap

Now that the swap is over, I can share the bag I made and the bag I received for the Poolside Tote Swap.
I will admit that I had so much trouble picking out a pattern and fabric for this project. Ultimately I designed a bag I wanted to make. I did find some inspiration with this fun line of fabrics.
Each piece of the panel was quilted separately in a motif that compliments the fabric. I shared the quilting of each piece in a previous blog post.
The bag has a row of pockets on the inside.
Perfect for holding your cell phone or other small things.
I love these long zips on the top of a tote bag. I'm a accidental bag tipper so this has saved me and my stuff more than once.
There is also a big zippered pocket on the outside for those things you need to be able to grab in a hurry.
Even with the creative block, I think this was a great project. I'm also super happy that my partner loves the bag. This was a great swap!
What did I get in the swap? I'm so glad you asked! I received this super, awesome, amazing bag with a paper-pieced masterpiece on the front. That's right. My very own message in a bottle.
That striped binding is just so awesome, too! This was a great swap and I'm so glad I joined in. What will the next one be?

Have you had any fun swaps? I'd love to hear about them.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Charity Quilting Update

Before we went on our camping trip a friend dropped off three quilts for Annapolis Quilts for Kids.
I found some time to get the quilted up.
This one is super-snuggly flannel!
Each of these quilt tops was made by other members of Annapolis Quilts for Kids. They were handed over to another member for binding.

2016 Charity Quilt Count: 21

Monday, June 20, 2016

Shopping in Fibre Space

Sometimes I just need a little retail therapy.
This time I found it at Fibre Space. I so love shopping there. They have so many things that I want. So many great colors, and yarns, and needles, and markers, and bags, and projects, and... well, you get the idea.
I think I overfilled my reusable tote. Not that it matters. I even managed to score this super-fun tote bag.
I picked up more notions. I can always use another needle gauge. I picked up another size 4 circular. This is my favorite needle for knitting shawls. I may need to knit more than one shawl at a time, so I need another needle. I may need another bag, too.
And yarn. This is Yummy 2-ply fingering from Miss Babs. I so love this yarn for shawls. These colors look overly dark in this photo. They really are rather striking in person. These are my selections for a Color Affection shawl. I've been thinking about knitting one up since Sheep & Wool last year. It's time to stop thinking and cast on.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Love is the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild

I'm not going to talk about the tragedy that struck Orlando over the last week. It is all just too painful. What I am going to talk about are the amazing members of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild.
Photo by Orlando MQG
When the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild put out a call for heart blocks in a rainbow of colors I couldn't resist. I started to coordinate as many quilters as I could to get stitching. I sent a message to the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild asking them to join me in making blocks for a quilt to send to Orlando. And wow, did they respond!
I sent the request on June 14th. By the evening of June 15th I had enough promised blocks to make an entire quilt. By the evening of June 16th I had enough promised blocks to make a second quilt. I've left the spreadsheet open for those so inspired and there is plenty of time to make a third, or fourth, before the deadline. I can't wait to see all blocks!

What block am I asking them to make? The 10" heart block by Cluck Cluck Sew. You can find a free tutorial for the block in a multitude of sizes at Cluck Cluck Sew.

Don't Call Me Betsy also has offered up a foundation in three sizes if paper piecing is more your speed.

Want to read more about the project? Check out the Orlando MQG's blog post.

Want to sign up or sign up for you guild or just to send in a few blocks? Check out the information the Modern Quilt Guild's blog.

Lastly, you should totally check out the Baltimore MQG's blog. They are wonderful people and do wonderful things. They are just amazing!