This is the Christmas project that we are doing with quilt group. Another quick and easy project and a good way to use up jeans that still are in good condition. The link to the project is HERE.
They are great little items to have on hand for when you just want to give a little something to someone. Actually, I think I’ll use one for our quilt group gift exchange next week. Maybe make a mini-pin cushion like this one from CrazyMomQuilts or a covered book (google has a ton of tutorials!) to tuck inside.
Although I like both the quilted and non-quilted styles – I think I prefer the quilted style. There is more body to the bag (even though the non-quilted one has batting in it). These bags are a perfect way to use up free motion quilting samples.
Love this little pattern called Mini Bow Tie bag by Quilts Illustrated. I’ve made 4 so far – two in the regular size (which is perfect for my knitting and quilting projects) and then these two mini sized ones (for gifts).
They were made with hand screened fabric from Janet Meyers from South Dakota. Love her fabric.
Remember this? I thought it was boring so I was going to jazz it up? It started with left over fabrics from my Klimt wall hanging. I did some freeform piecing and rather liked the blocks. Decided to pair the yellow with a soft grey and make a yoga blanket – a serenity quilt. Sewed it all together and then realized that it was B-O-R-I-N-G!
Well, here is the progression of what I’ve done to it.
I’m still not 100% satisfied with it. Love the part where I’ve added in the red slashes and like the idea of it being non-semetrical but haven’t quite worked out the non-semetrical design yet.
So, the next thing I tried was to put some of the left over blocks on TOP of the quilt top. My plan was to perhaps machine applique them down in a hap-hazard fashion. Better, but still not feeling the love.
Digging through a box of fabric, I came across this red and yellow batik that had started life as a curtain for one of my nieces. ”Hmmmm…..wonder what this would look like with my serenity quilt”, I pondered. (yes, we’re doing the 3rd person chatter now).
I kinda like it……..
“I wonder what would happen if I chopped up the quilt top? Should I? Shouldn’t I? Why the hell not?” So I did. I sorta folded and lined it up and chop-chop…..it was cut into pieces.
And hung on the design wall.
Then I started inserting the strips of batiks. And sewed the pieces together. Was liking it but it wasn’t quite there yet so I added a couple narrow yellow borders and then some of the original blocks to the side. ”hmmmm…..interesting. I’m liking the non-symetrical look that is happening here”.
But, it’s still not quite right. That wide grey border tones it down too much.
How about a yellow border?
Or, how about a yellow border that has grey and black and maybe more red shooting through it? I think so! Anyway – it’s still on the design wall waiting.
One thing I’ve realized lately is that one of the reasons I do more traditional piecing is that it gives my brain a chance to be creative. Yes, I’m just mindlessly sewing pieces of fabric together (for example on the string quilt I’m working on, or my nine patch blocks) but while doing the mindless piecing, I can be pondering my more creative, organic (LOVE that word to describe my quilting – thanks Mary!) quilt making.
Oh, and I think I’ll rename it ”Serenity MY ASS”. It just seems more ME. I think ultimately, I was inspired by Anna Williams and the Gee’s Bend quilters. I really need to do an Amazon order and get some books to continue my research on these amazing quilters – all I’ve been doing is viewing page after page of their work in google images. I love their style though and want to do more of it.