Welcome to everyone, new readers and regular ones.
Many months ago Bernie of Needle & Foot emailed me asking if I'd like to be the November Blogger Bundle chooser-upper. Pinch me? I was and am excited and so honoured that she asked me! It's another one of those things I've seen other bloggers do; the first one was Alyssa at Pile o' Fabric, and I thought, wow, I want to be her one day...well, I guess that day is today!
Without further ado, here are the fabrics I put together. It was such a fun process.
Of course you would!
From left to right, starting with the yellow print they are:
Boho Meadow by Bethan Janine for Dashwood Fabric
PBT Elements, Textured Plaid in Blue for P&B Textiles
Cinese Mystery from Virtuosa by bari j for Art Gallery Fabrics
Theatre Resonance from Virtuosa by bari j for Art Gallery Fabrics
Bear Essentials 3 in Violet for P&B Textiles
Textured Solid in Sand from Wonder by Carrie Bloomston for Windham Fabrics
The bundle is on sale Nov. 7-9 in Bernie's shop, Needle & Foot Fine Fabrics for 20% off the fat quarter or half yard bundle.
What I love about this bundle, and I hope you've noticed, is the flow; that pieces in each fabric connect to others. See the tiny hits of violet in the yellow? The hits of yellow in the centre one by bari j? (Love her designs btw, have several from previous collections.) The violet that appears in the diamonds and flows into the P&B Textiles print?
Okay on to my project. My first thought was I wanted to make a small sit-upon quilt for teaching yoga, but when the fabrics arrived, I realized my plan needed more than a fat quarter of background! (smacks head)
Not to worry; this is what I go through each month (and I love it) with Island Batik, is figuring out what to make, and trying to decide because I have so many ideas and 'wannamakes'!
Well, if you picked up the foreshadowing hint in my first sentence, you'll know I decided upon making a bag, reworking one I designed about 11 years ago after I made a 9x9" quilted lunchbag from Quilts 'n More 2006. I based this teacher book bag, 16x20".on that little lunch bag. As you can see from the photo below, I used it so much I wore nearly right through the hand handles. The shoulder strap is still going strong!
|Since I retired from teaching, I've used this a few times for my yoga stuff when I teach.|
Here's my re-created bag!
Here's the reverse side:
Here's the bag bottom:
So quilting. Somewhere I saw a pantograph (sorry can't recall whose blog) that was a wiggly serpentine line that did huge spirals. I thought, 'I think I can FMQ that!' and decided to give it a whirl on this bag. I loaded the front and back panels onto Avril, using a leftover Warm 'n Natural piece and IKEA muslin. I had a dusty-mauve 28 wt Aurifil thread I was dying to try, and so loaded it. It quilted beautifully.
I used a variegated creams and greys Aurifil to quilt the feathers and to do the meander in the yellow side panel.
I had to do my signature (ha!) FMQ initials to show this is my bag!
Here are the threads I used with a better look at the snazzy handles:
Want a peek inside? I didn't have enough to make a lining unless I did a patchwork lining...but I had a half yard sitting in my Island Batik box from the Basics Bundle, and it was perfect!
One last look!
I started writing a pattern for it, so I'll let you know when I publish it. I'd hoped to have the Playtime Plus pattern release coincide with this post, but it didn't quite happen, (so close!).
Pattern: Original design
Size: 16 X 20
Fabric: November Blogger Bundle at Needle & Foot (see links above)
Batting: Warm 'n Natural scraps
Quilted: on Avril; 18 668 stitches
Threads: pieced on Bernina with Gütermann cotton 50 wt; quilted with Aurifil variegated 4060 50 wt; Aurifil 2525 28 wt; and Sulky Blendables 733-4022 30 wt.
Now some important details!
To read Bernie's blog post, and to enter for the giveaway she's is hosting, go here.
To purchase your own November Blogger Bundle, fat quarters or half yards, go here. Remember it's on sale beginning today and running through Friday, Nov. 9.
The Blogger Bundle giveaway I am hosting is for Canadian addresses only; you'll enter through the Rafflecopter widget below. Followers of mine get an extra entry. For a third entry, head over to Bernie's blog Needle & Foot, where you will find links to following her on Instagram, FaceBook or her blog! If you aren't familiar with Bernie, spend a little time checking out her blog; I promise you you won't be disappointed. She is a caring blogger, and it shows in the causes she has supported and taught us all about. One I supported this year is A Doll Like Me; another current cause is Mercy-ful Quilts. Any bit of compassion and care without boundaries is much-needed in our world.
Update: I got up this morning, re-read this, and thought, this isn't fair; I have lots of overseas readers, many of whom I count among dear friends, and hope to meet up with one day...so for you dear friends not in Canada, but perhaps in Ireland, England, France, Brazil, New Zealand, Australia, where several of my dear friends do live, then please enter as well! Your prize will be my two most expensive patterns in my Craftsy shop, and another of your choosing, for a total of three!
The giveaway runs from Nov. 7 through midnight EST Nov. 10. Winners will be notified by email and announced here on the blog as well. Due to the high volume of comments during a giveaway, I won't be responding personally, but rest assured I will read each one!
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