Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Work in Progress Wednesday

I actually have two finishes this week. 
I was very excited when Michelle I Like Orange, Too! allowed me to try her new bag pattern.

I fell in love with the pleated bag and thought it reminded me of window shutters, the kind you see at a relaxing beach restaurant in the Caribbean.  I decided to make it out of Malka Dubrawsky's sand dollar prints from her A Stitch in Color line of fabulous fabrics.
Here is my version of Michelle's fabulous bag.
I lined it with a Stitch in Color's cheater print. This bag is completely reversible and gives two very different looks to one fabulous bag.
I can see myself making this bag over and over again. It is a big, roomy size. You can add pockets inside and out to make it multi-functional for whatever you might want to carry. I also plan to make a few for gifts to take to friends in Europe this summer.

In one week I have gone from wearing my "winter uniform" of jeans and a cozy cardigan  to my "summer uniform" of my favorite t-shirt dress from Boden. I have three of them and just rotate wearing them all summer long. 

I finished a bee block for my New Bee on the Block bee. Lia chose the Kansas Dust Storm block and suggested we follow Lee's great tutorial. It was a great block to make and I know why she chose this block. It is really pretty but I wouldn't want to make a whole quilt out of it myself. It is very labor intensive, so it makes a perfect bee block. Her choice of vintage sheets combined with green Heath is going to make a beautiful quilt.


I received two orders for quilt backing fabrics. The first is an extra wide (108") dottie print from Pink Castle Fabrics for my granny square quilt.

The other is a green gingham I ordered from Lola Pink Fabrics to be used for the Patchwork Chevron quilt. Silly me didn't order enough, so I am going to design a fun backing pattern,  TBA.
Mr. R has a class on Sunday, so I plan on getting at least one of these large quilts basted and quilted this weekend. 

No progress:
Retro Flowers QAL
framed clutch for sample sale (waiting on fabric)
Stitch Tease block for Susan 


Thanks for stopping by,

"di"

25 comments:

Tiara said...

Love love love your new bag!

Katy Cameron said...

Love how your bag turned out, and the block is great, but I can see why one wouldn't do a whole quilt of them! Good luck with your Sunday sewing!

Flying Blind... said...

Fun bags!

i like orange, too! said...

They look amazing! Thanks so much Diane! I'm glad you like it too!

Danny Heyen said...

You've been busy! Lots of great finishes!

Cindy said...

I love it! Perfect fabric for the perfect bag. Rocking it, Di!

Gale, Ky quilter said...

Your bag is beautiful! Where can I get the pattern?

Tanya said...

Love you new bag it is really fantastic

emedoodle said...

Ok so I'm really anticipating michelle's new pattern! I don't like patterns, I don't follow them, and i don't buy them... but I've been won over by this one!!! I keep seeing it EVERYWHERE! I love the cheater print side of yours! Perfect! And... I'm going to have to go check out the extra wide printed backing fabric... i've only recently realized that Joann's sells some "premium" 108" but not a lot and it's still not very good quality!

Patchwork and Play said...

Your bag is great! Your European friends are going to love them! Love the grey spotted backing too!

Annaliese said...

my my someone has been busy! That bag is fabulous! and you did a beautiful job on that bee block- i gotta check out the tute.

Jenelle said...

That is an awesome bag pattern. I like how yours turned out a lot!

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

Love the bag Di - I can see why you were smitten!

Jewel said...

Love those bags... I need to get my sew on....

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

Hi Di, would you mind checking if this is still no reply. Thanks, Helen
xx

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

Hi Di, I made another change...fingers crossed!
H
xx

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

I adore the pleats on the bag! So cute!

Kim P. said...

I love your bag, I've been looking for a great bag like this, do you know where I can purchase the pattern?

Annabella said...

I keep getting to your posts really late - I`m blaming the time difference! The bag would be a great holiday one although I`ll have to trust you on the Caribbean as I`ve never been there!

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Darcy said...

Love your version of Michelle's bag - so looking forward to getting my hands on that pattern :-)

Grandma G said...

Super cute bags!

Mermaid Sweets said...

Great bag!

Seth, Cassie, Ruby & Lucy said...

What a cute bag!!

elnorac said...

Adore your bags! And you're right, it's a great pattern!

Thanks for showing us that it is possible to finish WIPs! Lol.