Thursday, January 30, 2014

Play It Again Is Back from Iowa

Play It Again, which is featured in the April 2014 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting - is back from the magazine mecca in Des Moines Iowa.  I loved quilting this one.

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The issue should be on the newsstand any minute and some of you may have gotten your subscriptions.  We have a few kits HERE.  

Things have been comfortably slow during this Polar Vortex Part Duex.  We are fine tuning our upcoming patterns and waiting on the new fabric to start making them.  Our making of the quilts is the proof-reading of the pattern, so that time is particularly tense.  On the good side of that is we are not going to be terribly rushed to get ready for Spring Quilt Market.  All is moving along at a comfortable pace - and that is greatly appreciated as the last week has been a bit of a challenge with both Bill and I down with the flu.  It is not too late to get your flu shot - and I'm telling you that if you can avoid this bug - you will be grateful.

The bit of down time has been spent on other odds and ends projects and I made myself something.  I needed a little carry-all for my big leather tote bag and I made this with the scraps left over from my Blue Nantucket quilt….

How did I make it? Where is the pattern?  Well, that is a story.  Not feeling well, and wanting to spend my day stitching under a quilt and watching British Murder Mysteries - I decided to make this all by hand and not by sitting at a sewing machine.  I got out all my Japanese quilt books - you know, the ones with the covetous bags and doo-hickies and all the directions in Japanese?  Those.  They do have great pictures, though.  So I looked through them and made my bag with the help of those graphics and my own fevered brain.  Believe me, if I can do it - so can you.  Here is just a partial pile of those lovely books.
I didn't really use one set of directions, but picked and chose what worked for what I had.  The stitching was all by hand - even the construction of all the layers of the bag and zipper.  Whee!  I am pretty happy with it - but one side seam was less than beautiful.  What to do?  Unsew? Never.  I just made this tag and covered the less than beautiful seam.  This is a full disclosure blog.

I can tell you that you will see a few more of these little lovelies this month on the blog - and I'll be a bit more forthcoming on the directions.  Thanks.



karen @ badlandsquilts said...

Cute zip bag! Hope you are feeling better soon.

Janet said...

I always enjoy seeing what you are up to. What a great little bag! The hand quilting on your Play it Again is wonderful!! Such gorgeous texture - I think I will pull out some quilting and stitch a bit today too :0)

moosecraft said...

lol! You're crackin' me up with the "full disclosure blog" and "polar vortex part deux"... we all make mistakes, it's all in how you handle (cover) them... and this has to be THE coldest winter I can remember... I'm sure done with it.... glad you are feeling better... the flu is nothing to mess with... I see some big stitch quilting in my future, thanks to you and the Youtube! :-)

Janet said...

I hope you your feeling better soon. I love your pretty quilting stitches and the lovely pouch. It's such a great idea for those big bags. I'll store that idea for reference.

Cathy said...

Cute little bag. I also have a pile of Japanese quilt magazines and books that I like to browse when the going is rough.

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

nothing like hiding under a quilt when you're not feeling well ~ and working on a little something by hand is just what the DR. ordered! love the warm colors of the quilt, and the little bag is super sweet ~
hoping you're feeling better!

AJ GM said...

Murder mysteries....get in!!! Glad you love our export as much as we do!!!!

Carrie said...

Feel better soon!

I've been lucky so far - crossing fingers! - and I hope to stay that way. I did get a flu shot last Fall... I confess to never getting them unless my Mom "strongly reminded" me that I should. ;)

Stress? About Market? It's still three months away? I'm not stressed at all. I am however having panic- and anxiety-attacks. I envy you not having to plan and pack and pay for a whole booth. ::big sigh::

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