Sometimes having an assistant can make quilting a little difficult. Thank goodness he is cute!
I’ve been working with the 30 fat quarters of Lark by Amy Butler, that I won in February from Pat Sloan’s Valentine Giveaway. See that little earbud set….that will be going along with me this weekend so I can watch some videos when I have high-speed internet!
I have to admit that I was so excited to win this great bundle of fabric but when I got it I had no idea of what to make. I don’t usually go for big prints and to me I couldn’t see how they all coordinated……so they sat in my stash. Well I decided I needed a bigger tote bag for this weekend so I pulled out this bundle and started cutting.
I wanted to use only fabric from my stash. I had a fat quarter of solid Indigo Quilter’s Candy that I had bought from Connecting Threads last year so I cut it into strips and added it between the blocks. Of course I didn’t have enough…..now what to do??
Digging further in my stash I found a turquoise that is at least 15 years old but matched perfectly so I made a piece of fabric. The funny thing was, the more I worked on it the more I liked the combination of prints!!
Still working with my stash I pulled out a piece of solid red…..another really old piece and used it for the back. Feeling it I am sure this is actually Palencia which is a blend of polyester and cotton that I used as lining in clothes many years ago….we just won’t tell anybody about the polyester!
I did some fast free motion quilting on my 15-91 Singer sewing machine using Warm & Natural batting.
I love the way it looks! Contemporary and modern fabric here I come!
While we Builder Bob was grilling dinner I brought it out on the deck to figure out how I wanted to straps. I didn’t use a pattern for this………..just the idea in my head so who knows how it will turn out!
Wow am I long winded!! I’ll have to wait till my next post to show you what the tote looks like…..believe me I’ll be able to fit lots of goodies in it this weekend when I go to the Missouri Star Quilt Co. grand opening!
Here is the finished the Lark tote bag!
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A free pattern! Wouldn’t this be neat in a cabin!
The free pattern for the Wild in Northwoods 28″ x 28″ wall hanging is available from AccuQuilt. Just click on the link which will take you to the page and also a video about the Wild in Northwoods quilt. There you can click the button which says Add to Downloads and then go to your account page to download it. AccuQuilt is also offering free embroidery designs for the Northwoods Medley dies which will be great if you have an embroidery machine!