Design Wall Monday

I’ve been out of the loop for a while, so I’ll try to catch you up on what I’ve been doing. My back is mostly settled down; it’s still “touchy” and will flare up on me for no apparent reason. This has been a month of DEADLINES, and fortunately sewing doesn’t seem to bother my back (*whew*).

This month I had Arlis’s box for our monthly box exchange. Her theme is birdhouses and feeders. I made her a birdhouse (I don’t know why I shot her group of blocks at an angle):

Next deadline:  I signed up to be in a postcard exchange with Vicki Welsh and others through the Three Creative Studios site under Forums.  Our first theme was “On Broadway”.  I decided to use some of that lucky sheer holiday fabric with sparkles that I used for bee wings on my bees quilt; I put each recipient’s name “up in lights”.  I used the oil-based paint sticks to add some glitz to the rust fabric, and  added some Jolee hot-fix crystals for some lights.  I didn’t want to be left out, so I sent one to myself!

Then we had a quilt-in at Carol S’s house and we all made the 2-Hour Tulip Bag.  I made mine out of  leftovers from this bag, which I gave away.

Mine is the small size, and I made it to carry sock knitting.  It’s perfect!

Tomorrow night our challenge is due for our guild.  We were given a FQ of a batik-like fabric, and the challenge was to make a bag.  I’m kind of bagged-out right now, so I made some small bags, using Atkinson’s Designs Cash & Carry, and Stitchin’ Sisters Snap Happy patterns.  Both nice patterns to work with.  If you haven’t done the Snap Happy, it uses metal tape measure pieces in the top channel so it snaps open and closed.  Very fun.
One more deadline left, and it’s a big one — our PIGS Challenge (Projects in Grocery Sacks) is due Wednesday 1:00!!!  Better get sewing,
Sue
ps:  Thank you, Judy Laquidara, for hosting Design Wall Mondays.  Pop on over to her site to see what other quilters are up to this week!

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