Hello Everyone! I hope you are having a nice weekend. It’s been a quiet one here and I’ve been able to get some quilting in, but we are planning on going to a local car show later today!
My friend Lydia and I planned (and did) start a new cross stitch project together on her birthday last week. I thought it would be nice to have a new project bag to go with it, so I made one for each of us. I wanted to use the same fabric in both, but didn’t have enough of the dot print that I really wanted to use, so they are slightly different.
This is Lydia’s bag with the fall dots. I believe it’s a very old Sandy Gervais fabric.
This is my bag, using the tan fabric. I’m not sure what it is because I didn’t have the selvage info, but another older one from my collection.
We started Cinnamon Stars by Plum Street Samplers and I made pumpkins on the bag because there is a row of them in front of the house (and because they were easier to make than stars!)
The fabric I used for the back and binding have little cinnamon colored stars on it.
I need to get back to some bag making for my Etsy shop. I have fabrics pulled together, but just haven’t found the time to make them. I really want to get a few of my larger quilts quilted before I make them.
Speaking of quilting…
I started quilting one of the rainbow quilts this week. This one is made from my collection of Moda fabrics. I decided I wanted to quilt straight lines, and then I’ll add something between the lines in the white sections. I haven’t decided what that something is yet, but hopefully I’ll have it figured out when I finish the lines.
I knew that I could not sew a straight line with my walking foot without marking every white patch. So, I decided to use the free motion ruler foot on my Pfaff QE 4.0 and the Handi Quilter Handi Versa Tool ruler. This ruler has a cut out so the ruler foot fits into it and it’s the perfect length so I can quilt across the open space. I then stitch in the ditch across the color patches. You can see that in the top picture, the lines are pretty straight. I’ll be quilting the straight lines for a few days. After quilting on the other side of the color patches, I’ll quilt through the middle of them. It’s been nice to get back to some free motion quilting in the past few weeks.
I expect most of this week will be focused on my quilting and maybe a little reorganization of some of my quilt projects. I’ll let you know how that turns out next week. Until then, I hope you have a great week and thanks for stopping by.