Saturday, February 8, 2014

Swap Crazy & Projects

I got up this morning and could not get into my sewing room without risking waking my teenager, and I certainly did not want to do that. Well of course I spent time blog hopping. I came across sign ups for another swap. I am in the middle of one and having so much fun with it, I decided to join another!

This swap is for this darling little Friendship Bag obviously filled with goodies. It is tiny and easily made from scraps. As soon as the teenager emerged from her lair, I dashed into my sewing room and grabbed my tub of Robyn Pandolph scraps that has lots on 1 1/2 inch strips which is what this pattern called for.

I thought pinks and browns were good and I had larger pieces in my tub for the bottom and lining. I whipped this bag up in nothing flat and cut double the amount of fabric for another while I was at it...These will make good goodie bags for Christmas or to donate for the bag silent auction coming up in May.
Here is the tutorial for the bag. It is super easy to follow with good pictures.

If you are interested in signing up for the Friendship Bag Swap, here is the link:

Sign ups are open until Feb. 14th. The pictures of the bags from previous swaps are irresistible.
My teenager is loving driving and it was actually not snowing and a rather warm 48 degrees, so she drove me up to a fabric store a couple of towns away where I picked up what I needed for my Baby Elephant quilt.
The pink at the top of the picture was a $4 a yard flat fold. They had 1 1/2 yards just enough for the back. The dark gray is for the border and the other pink and light gray will be nine patches between my 12 embroidered pink elephants. I am planning on the quilt being square. I hope to get it pieced this afternoon because I want to start hand quilting it with perle cotton asap. 
I also picked up this gorgeous navy Moda fabric for $5 a yard and could not restrain myself and bought 5 yards. I saw it there several weeks ago and have not been able to stop thinking about it!
I ordered this Jan Patek Valentine's pattern. It took 2 1/2 weeks to get here, so it will not be done in time for Valentine's day...There is always next year! I want to make it bigger and think a border of this navy floral will be perfect.
I also picked up a couple of neutrals for my perpetual calendar that I am working on and a gray and white strip for my sewing machine cover from Lori Holt's book. Most of what I bought was $5 or less a yard, so I was not too extravagant and I need this fabric to finish these pending projects. At least that is my story and I am sticking to it!



  1. The bag is really lovely and must have whipped up quick. You picked up some great bargins

  2. Adorable bag! How nice of your daughter to drive you to a quilt shop,gives her practice and you some time in a quilt shop:)

  3. cute bag!! the pinks and browns are very pretty!

    Thank you so much for sharing this at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation


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