Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Tote Swap, Charity Quilt and Bee Blocks

I've been working away - starting new projects.  When my secret partner was assigned for our SBAMQG tote swap I couldn't have been more thrilled.  Julia is a big Heather Ross and also said she liked Echino - both of which I adore as well.  It was pretty obvious who I made my tote for the minute I pulled it out of the bag that I didn't even pretend it wasn't for her.
Not sure why I haven't learned to adjust layout for the portion that is hidden on the bottom and sides.  The aqua is barely visible and the washy shaped stitching on the grey just peaks out.  I was please with the decision to use the same fabric on the edge of each side so that when the front and second-front were sewn the merged together. 
The tote is reversible but I forgot to turn it inside out and take a picture of the sunglass flipped out.  During our last secret swap, Julia made my pillow seen here.
This time I received my secret swap from Tina aka: Little Blue Cottage. A big gorgeous tote made with Anna Maria Horner velveteen and detailed with lush trim. I LOVE IT and it's so me.
Progress on my Tweet Tweet Twist feels good.  The silent auction is still weeks away and I'm ready to spray.  I'm using the most perfect shade of green flannel for the back.
It wasn't until I was looking at the photo from Show and Tell that I noticed the left twist is attached upside down.  I considered leaving it but have since rotated it around to the create originally intended pink star shape like the right hand side. Binding will be in pink to blend the sides out.

My Bee blocks for F+F2 February were fun to make using a new to me process and freezer paper and Linda's tutorial.  The  second one is my favorite and I got a little better at the machine applique stitch as I went along. Can't wait to see them all together. Last year Linda's F+F quilt was spectacular.  
I've had 21 years to make my nephew his birthday quilt and it looks like I might be tardy on this one.  Still a week away but... we will see. I'm please with the colors and fabric pull. 
Linking up to WIP Wednesday with guest blogger Claire at Sewing over Pins who has a fun photo shoot reminiscent of this windy QuiltCon picture that Anne took of me.  Also inking up to Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict because although I don't have quilt I've got a tote and my blocks and they count, right?!.
Finished: 2
Secret Tote Swap MQG  
Blocks for F+F2 February (2) 

Progress: 2
Tweet Tweet Twist Charity Quilt (3/22)
21st B'day quilt : scrappy Jigsaw in Batiks (by 3/13 - likely late)

To Do: 3 
Swap for After Sewing Summit (table runner by 3/11-3/27)
Blocks for F+F2 March (blue & orange scrappy sprout 2) 
Blocks for MoStash March  (scrappy string X block 2) 

Dropped:
Pantone Challenge (by 3/8)

9 comments:

  1. Your tote was so awesome!! And definitely screamed Julia! I can't wait for our next swap!

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  2. Very cool totes! And what interesting bee blocks! Love the windy pic too!

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  3. Those totes are great and it looks like each of you got something that suits perfectly! And hopefully I'll be able to share some fun progress shots including those circle blocks soon... they're all awesome! (and I love my bonus HR and Kaffe, thank you!!)

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  4. Yes, your tote and your blocks count and they're both awesome!! Whoop whoop!!

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  5. I love the use of the heather ross fabrics in your tote blocks. Great!!!

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  6. karen, you are a butt kicker! we are in the process of getting our guild a little more organized...starting another bee again in april...but your swaps always make me jealous, you guys are awesome!

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  7. I would love to see the back of that white quilt that's blowing in the wind.

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    1. Linda: You can see the finished quilt in the post from the same photo shoot. The white is actually the back of the QuiltCon Charity quilt made with blocks from a number of MQG chapters as a result of a challenge.
      http://www.sbamodernquiltguild.com/arriving-in-austin-the-finished-quilt/

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