April 20, 2009

Okay - I know it is about time I get back into blogging again. Thanks for the kind and thoughtful queries as to my well being. It is nice to know that I have been missed. When I took a break from blogging life had gotten really crazy with little time for reading my favorite blogs let alone posting on mine. When it looked like things had settled down I thought whew...now maybe I can get back to normal. Yeah right! So here I am after a much longer break then I had imagined!

I have been working on a project that I can't post of photo of yet...let alone talk much about it. My guild has a challenge going on. We are to make a small quilt with two colors and two fabrics. At the first meeting in June we will be taking our quilts to the meeting and the members will vote for their favorite quilt. We can't let anyone in the guild see our quilt prior to the voting because that wouldn't be fair. I can say that I am using a red and a barely off white solid fabric. I am foundation paper piecing each block as there are 105 pieces in each of the 6" blocks. Yep, I think I am crazy at times for doing blocks in this size, but I just love them. There are 43 blocks in this little beauty, but I like the way it is turning out. So, you will just have to wait until June to see a photo of this quilt.

Last Wednesday when I woke up the first thing I thought about was that I didn't have a nice big tote bag to take to the International Quilt Festival show in Chicago that I was going to on Friday. I thought of a pattern that I had and decided to go for it. If I didn't have it finished in time to take to the show at least I had made an effort. I used the Weekender Tote pattern put out by Quiltsillustrated. (Their website is http://www.quiltsillustrated.com/) I had some 1930's reproduction charm squares that were waiting to be used, so that is what I did. Since I had made a bag previously by this same designer it wasn't hard to figure out what I had to do to get this bag made. The part that took the longest was machine quilting the sections, but I used a simple loopy design since the quilting wouldn't be easily seen. I was able to put the finishing touches on it Thursday night just in time to load up my supplies (camera, water, snacks etc.) for the show the next day. The bag worked out great and was easy to throw over my shoulder or just carry.
The vendors at the show of course were wonderful. It was hard to pick and choose what I wanted to buy. There was so much there that caught my eye. It seems like there are more new reproduction fabrics then ever out there to temp me. Of course there were a few that called my name and said they had to go home with me. I found the perfect thread to use for the machine quilting of my red & white quilt, some stencils that I may modify for that quilt, and intriguing patterns. Another neat find that I will post more about on another day is a ruler that allows you to make perfect flying geese patches. The yellow and orange flying geese patches that you see was made with the new ruler. I couldn't wait to see if it really worked. It is called "Mini Fit to be Geese" ruler put out by Open Gate Quilts. There is a bigger flying geese ruler and a square in a square ruler too. Their web site is http://www.opengatesquilts.com/ if you want to check it out. I promise...I will post more about this ruler another time.
It's good to be back in the blogging world!


christine said...

welcome back...love the bag, and I have to think about making one for myself....and your killing me, do you know how far away June is?!?!?!?!

you're going to have me searching through pattern books and trying to weed out all the blocks with less than 105 pieces in them.

I wonder if we passed each other at the show on Friday?

have a great week!

~Bren~ said...

I can't believe you were that close to my house!!! You and Christine both!
That was quite the blogging break! I love the bag. I have that pattern and will need to pull it out and make one. I just love it!
So glad you are back...stay sane enough to keep posting but with those 6 inch blocks, you might just be half way to crazy already!

Linda said...

Glad to see you are back with us, terrific bag, I love her designs, so simple to follow.

Teresa said...

Its good to have you back as well. Nice bag!

Libby said...

Glad to have you back . . . . looks like you made some great purchases at the show.

Sue said...

Welcome back, love the bag! Looks like you had some fun shopping at the show, good for you!

I didn't even know when it was this year, maybe we'll have to figure out a way to plan a meet up there for next year :) I'm only about an hour or so away from where the show is generally held.