A Tote for Tuesday

Last week, I let my friend talk me into buying a pattern and fabric for a tote bag. The pattern is
The “Lucille” Bag by Abbey Lane Quilts. I really do not need another bag, but I loved the fabric. I chose the fabric that Marti originally had chosen for herself. We decided it looked like me…and she found a gorgeous linen fabric with owls.
We met on Sunday to work on our bags. Marti is a perfectionist, as seen in her precise cutting and seams. I have made many tote bags, but this one was a bit different and difficult for me. It has pleats, which I have never done. It also calls for the sides to be gathered before adding some ties. I made a mistake by not adding pockets to the lining. Also, now that I have a key-less car, I really need a loop inside so that I can attach the car remote. I will try to add a clip somehow.
It was fun to make this together.

Today, I mailed off the pillowcases for my grandchildren. For some reason, I forgot to take a photo of the Incredible 2 pillowcases. I made a unicorn pillowcase for my granddaughter.

Block #21~ May 25

Most smiles are started by another smile.
Frank A. Clark

This past Monday, I couldn’t resist buying this adorable sheet metal patio sculpture.
Franny Frog
The slightest breeze or passing movement results in Franny’s head nodding a sweet hello.
Every time I pass by Franny, I find myself smiling.
I had to enter Franny into my fabric quilt journal.

Block 21~May 25th
Friendly Franny

Background: The floral print was purchased a few months ago at Mesquite Bean; the backing is some green with white polka dot fabric that I had in my stash.
Technique: I drew Franny onto Steam-Lite 2 and made an applique. I outlined stitched in black. The FMQ is based on the floral print design of the background fabric.
Embellishment: Buttons for eyes; embroidery stitched smile

Fabric Thursday

After being cooped up for two weeks, I ventured out with one of my Meemaw friends.
We hit two quilt shops, Mesquite Bean and Las Colchas. We squeezed in a lunch in between shops.
I found some Grunge fabric that I have been wanting.

Then, I let myself be talked into getting a pattern for a bag. My friend and I plan to make the same purse this Sunday. I really do not need another bag, but I found some linen fabric that convinced me. She chose a fabric with owls.

The pattern is by The “Lucille” Bag by Abbey Lane Quilts.

This is my stitch meditation for today:

It is great to be back on my feet again.
Of course, I had to spend this day shopping for fabric!


World Turtle Day

On Monday, I couldn’t resist the face of this sheet metal frog, whom I named Franny.
So, I brought her home.

Today, I went out to get groceries. As I passed through the lawn section, I saw this precious turtle.
It just so happens to be World Turtle Day…for real. So, of course, Flortoise came home with me.

Flortoise told me that she would make a cute stitch meditation…so I made one.

I am enjoying creating little stitch meditations.  These are some of the traveling meditations I have stitched so far.

Green Monday

This afternoon, I spent time looking through the book, Modern Blocks, Favorite Designers compiled by Suzanne Woods.

As much as possible, I would like to make these blocks using my stash. I have about two bins of fabric shop quality fabric. I found a block designed by Yvonne Malone, called Checkered Fields. It just so happened that I had similar colored fabric, so I made this block today.

It has been a green kind of day. I found this adorable frog that was too cute to pass up.
It has been a happy and green Monday.
Hope you had a great day.

Another Project…Yay!

Every project has challenges, and every project has its rewards.
Stephen Schwartz

After days of not being able to work in my studio, I am now back to working on different projects.
My friend had given me a copy of Modern Blocks, a book of designer blocks compiled by Susanne Woods. She found it at Half Price Books for a good price.

Our plan is to make these blocks together, when we meet for craft day. Since I am still not going out just yet, we are working on two blocks on our own. We will meet later to continue this fun project. She also has a friend in Florida who is making these blocks along with us.

The designs in this book have great texture and color. The blocks are all unique…and they encourage more creativity and uniqueness with your own interpretation of the block.

The block I made today is Boxed Up ,by Angela Yasten. Her fabric color choice included a green word print fabric with two different texture gray fabrics. I had a brown/gray word fabric in my stash, along with two different gray textured fabrics.

I am  still trying to find the right combination of fabric for a block called Birdsong, by Rachel Roxburgh.

Fall Quilt Along-Block 1

Autumn is my favorite season, so I decided to join the Fall Into a QAL by Partners in Design.
During the coming hot summer days, I will be able to have some Autumn Moments as I make these blocks. The first block is an adorable hedgehog designed by Vanda of Quilt in Piece.
Last year, I purchased autumn fabrics to make various projects. I had enough pieces to make this first block. I enjoyed making this cute little creature. My hedgehog is named Hojas Hermosas…Beautiful Leaf.
A big thank you to Abbie !

The designers are:
Abbie of Sparkle On!
April of JANDA Bend Quilts
Bobbi  of Snowy Days Quilting
Jennifer of The Inquiring Quilter
Karen of Tu-Na Quilts, Travel and Eats
Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing
Sandra of Sandra Healy Designs
Sandy of Sandy Star Designs
Sherry of Powered by Quilting
Vanda of Quilt in Piece

Block # 20, May 18

My plans for Mother’s Day were changed since I was not able to travel. However, I was able to speak with all three of my sons. Block #20, Joy of My Heart, is inspired by my sons. They have and always will be the Joy of My Heart.

Block #20
Joy of My Heart

Background: Turquoise linen memo, black cotton with filigree design
Technique: FMQ, wool felt hearts, buttons

Meemaw Trip

Last week, my Meemaw friends and I drove to Camp Verde,Texas. We had a delightful lunch and dessert at the General Store. It was a breezy, sunny spring day.
After walking the grounds, we drove to Comfort, Texas. The chickens in the video were absolutely beautiful. I got a picture of a Longhorn, but he bowed his head just as I took the photo. We visited the Tinsmith’s Wife Shop. It has gorgeous yarns. Walking through this store made me want to take up knitting. The Treue Der Union Monument is in Comfort. This monument is in honor of German settlers who were established here. They were against the Civil War. They were followed and killed on their way to Mexico during the Civil War. One of the fathers of the slain settlers went to retrieve the bodies and had them buried in Comfort.
We also visited a very quaint little public library.