Friday, February 12, 2010

Knitting bag fun

Thank you all so much for the input on the Rouenneries border dilemma. I went with the red, which was the favored fabric. I wish I had seen the comments about the flange and the inner red border before quilting it, and you know me, I love a good flange and multiple borders! Heck, I could have done a flange and a border! Drat, it's too late now since it's at Binding Guru Karen's getting, well, the binding stitched on. I'll have photos when it returns home to me.

The red is gorgeous in it's own right, and I'm quite pleased with it. I had a bunch of itty bitty 1.5" squares left over, so I made 9-patches out of them and am in the process of assembling them into a small wall hanging as well. I just L.O.V.E. this line of fabric! I think the last one that I truly loved this much were the Seaside Rose and Paris Flea Market collections by 3 Sisters for Moda.
My friend Sue at TTD would ask me if I want to marry it, and yes, I think I would marry Rouenneries, if it were possible to marry a fabric line. Of course I would bet that fabric monogamy would be difficult to maintain long term.

In addition to finishing up the first of many Rouenneries quilts to come, I also finished a knitting bag for a friend. My friend has had a rough couple of years with her husband's illness and his passing and I like to be able to give her something to smile about. She's a real trooper, but I know it's been hard for her. She recently took up knitting, and when I saw the 'Carry Me' knitting bag pattern by Bunny Hill, I thought it would be nice to make for her to kick off her new hobby. 

It was supposed to be a Christmas present, but I didn't have time to finish it with all the other Christmas projects due, so I decided Valentine's Day would also be a nice time to give it to her.
I also included a lovely skein of wool that I got at Unique Yarns during my quilt guild retreat out in Rockford last fall. It's local grown? sheared? and spun.
I'll tell you, this store makes me want to take up knitting. I just can't possibly take up another thing now though.
I used the Minnick & Simpson 'Wiscasset' line by Moda. It's really more the colors in the side and button close up photos, then in the full frontal one. I had the flash on for the front one and it bleached the colors out a bit. The ribbon is from my Stampin Up! ribbon collection. I liked how the blue was the lighter blue featured in the fabric. Can I just say how much fun it is to make fabric covered buttons? I could make them all day!

I made this card for her as well.
And because everything is better with a Bumble:

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