Swap blocks are done for both May and June for my Bee Balm block exchange group. Here are my four for Melina. They are not sewn together, just put up next to each other on the board for the picture. I won't cut them apart before I mail them so she can decide how she wants to use them. This was fast and easy once I cut me a 6 1/2" circle template. (I am the world's worst at cutting out circles free hand. Just ask my mom and friend Liz) I really like the way these look and may have to make me a black and white bull's-eye quilt. I can't wait to see how she uses all these blocks in her quilt. Whether she keeps them whole or chops them up. Also, how she incorporates the red fabric she posted that she wants to use.
Here is my block for Elisa. She sent an EQ pic of the block and the background was all blue. Without any other instructions, I made it before we got the posting to use any color scraps for the background and not just blue. I pulled several blues out and once I cut them the correct size - and also figured out how to make the corner blocks - this block went together really, really fast. I wasn't sure about taking it apart and "fixing" the corner where the dark fabrics all came together, but decided that was part of the charm of scrappiness. Those are three different fabrics in that dark corner and it would all have to stay just like that. Elisa sent us the pink/magenta fabric pre-cut and the center block. I am curious if everyone got the same colors or if she sent out a mixture of fabrics. This is a large block 18" finished.
I can't wait to see what everyone else has lined up for us to make the rest of this year. I can't decide what I want to do when it's my turn, but I have until October to make up my mind since my month is November. Do I have everyone make seasonal blocks or something entirely generic since I may not get them all back until the new year? And then definitely won't get it finished in time for Christmas. Decisions, decisions.
I have also been working on a new bag to house all my sewing machine supplies. I had previously made an ugly yellow bag that I was trying new techniques out on and for some reason, have never replaced that bag. I carry it around and surprise, surprise, get compliments on it all the time. (did I mention that it is ugly?) Anyway, I wanted to make a wider, shorter bag this time, but had problems figuring out how to attach my zipper portion. It is off to the right about a 1/2" and I DO NOT want to take it apart and fix that problem. I am not completely happy with the bag and now I don't even want to use it for my sewing supplies. I think it's too pretty for that usage. I quilted the lining of this bag to give it some extra sturdiness and had to take out two pleats on each side to make the opening a little wider. You are probably yelling, "where is the bag?" "post a picture of the bag so we can see what you are talking about". Okay, here is the bag:
I had two pieces of this snowman flannel laying around the room and decided to make something with it. These are leftover pieces after making some wonderful, comfy pillow cases that I use all the time in the winter. I love my flannel pillow cases. Anyway, I had two pieces of fabric and I decided they needed to be used up. So, I came up with this bag for one of the pieces. This piece was about 14 X 19 and I wanted the opening to be smaller, so I put in four pleats in the top. I took out two pleats on either side of the middle on each side and just left the double pleat in the middle. That was done after it was all put together except for the zipper part. Which also meant that I had to re-do my zipper. I have the first zipper ready to go for the next bag, though. (you can see the ugly yellow bag in the background. It is made from 70's fabric that wasn't going to be used for anything and since I hadn't planned on keeping the bag - just trying out a technique I was making up - I thought it would all end up in the trash. Not being used for the past 10 years or so)
I love the lining fabric. It was from a dress I made about 20+ years ago. When I decided that it was too pastelly and looked babyish I cut it up and put it in my stash where it has resided until now. I had to piece this inside section because I only used the bodice parts (lining and front and back pieces) to make it. I am saving the skirt portion since it is in larger sections for another project. I really do love this fabric. Just look at the finished edge of this bag on the inside!! It has binding around the top edge because I couldn't figure out how to attach the zipper piece and make it a finished edge on the inside so I bound the top edge first. A lot of work has gone into this bag and it's sad that I am not completely happy with it. Oh, well, it was a learning experience. I may put a strap on it next to be able to carry it easier. Love the purple zipper that was picked up in a box of goodies from an estate sale years ago.