Saturday, January 16, 2010

Shoe Bag

Since we will be taking a trip soon, I decided I needed a shoe bag.  I began looking for an embroidery design and when I saw this one, I looked no more.  It was perfect.  Every time I say that phrase out loud, I crack up.   : )

I may change the drawstring.  There is blue in the shoe, but not a lot. 

Now, do I make one for Rob, my husband??  Probably not like this one.  Maybe one with his name or initials!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

New Project!

Saturday I attended a Block of the Month class at one of my favorite quilt stores (50 miles away) with some of my quilting friends.  We purchased the book "Hop To It" and for $6 we received the fabrics for the first block.  Next month we take back the finished block and we get the next block fabrics free.  At the end of the year we'll have all the blocks and the store will have border/backing fabrics available for purchase.  If you miss a month, you can purchase the block fabric for $6.  But it is possible to get all twelve blocks for $6.  Quite a deal, uh??

We do NOT make the blocks at the store.  The dealer shows us the month's block with any instructions needed.  Then she shows new items in the store--fabrics, patterns, notions, quilt class samples, etc.  She has three sessions each time and there was 35 people in ours.  It's very popular.  People love to get a little something for free (?).  Most of us end of spending a lot more than $6.  She has a good thing going!

This quilt is appliqued with a mixture of batiks and prints. Should be very pretty. You have your choice of applique and I'll be doing fusible applique.  I appreciate needle turned applique but do not have the patience to do it myself.  The first block had 43 pieces!   A bunch, but surprisingly it wasn't that bad.  I now have to stitch it down.  On this project I'll be using a small zig zag stitch instead of a buttonhole stitch with invisible thread.  Better get on that!