Snap Happy…

….or Snap Crazy? I made seven more of these cute little snap bags this week. Six of them are thank yous from my small group members to the small group that hosted us for our Picture Piecing workshop two weekends ago. We made coordinating tissue cozies, and filled these with goodies to thank them for the day of fun they gave us!
This fabric came from the stash of one of our group members, it has little bumble bees, spools of thread, and the words “Quilting Bees” all over it, from South Sea Imports, it’s a release from a few years ago…cute, huh?!I made a seventh one as a birthday gift for a certain little glamour girl I know. Adding a shoulder strap to it, it makes the perfect little purse size for a six year old.
I have a huge stash of LakeHouse brights, and this was a great project to use a few of them on…
And finally, I thought I would show you the free fabric I received this week. That’s right, free fabric! I won a $25.00 gift voucher from Bunte Fabrics, through True Up, for participating in the Favorite Fabrics of 2009 carnival. Yvonne at Bunte carries European imported fabrics, these are from Germany, one yard of each poplin design (57″ WIDE!), and are now in my sewing studio:That pink cherry print may even make it into a Valentine themed project this weekend at retreat… Yvonne’s service was amazingly fast, I ordered on Thursday afternoon and had these in my mailbox on Monday! Go visit her shop

And one last pic, I thought you might like to see my sewing companion. Her favorite spot to rest/sleep/hide/groom herself is between the two quilts that hang on this quilt rack in my sewing room. She probably spends 18-20 hours a day in that spot. The other night I walked in to get something, and she was peeking out the side. I had to snap a picture. It’s almost as if I caught her in the middle of something…. hmmmmm…. The log cabin quilt she is sitting under is one I bought at an auction about 5-6 years ago in Cedar Falls, Iowa. I don’t know anything about the maker or provenance, but it’s a lovely, soft, treasure. The one behind it is a pink and white drunkard’s path, also an auction purchase.


What I Did On My Summer Retreat

I’m always overly zealous and overly confident about what I can accomplish on a retreat weekend, but I never want to be in the bind of running out of things to do! (As if that could ever happen!) So I brought along ten projects to work on (That’s right–10!!!) BTW, Mom brought one. Can you imagine? Anyway, once we got in the house, I unpacked them all and laid them out for inspiration…

Where to start?!? I brought this project, my Liberty Garden, and USP #8 and #9, a project I can’t blog about she reads my blog, some fabric to make a couple of grab bags, fabric to make an ironing board cover, Ongoing Project #5, UFQ #7, UFQ #2, and a little stack and whack type of project that I never got to.

This is momma’s one and only project… She did a great job and got all her blocks made!

So, you ask, what did I accomplish? I made two grab bags by early afternoon Saturday, you can see them in progress on the chair here:

And the finished (yet, un-embellished) products here:

And I made the quilt sandwich for UFQ #2, the Circle Quilt:

But the Pfaff started to rebel when I tried to free-motion practice (UFQ #5), and to then quilt this one, so some of the quilting will need to be removed and redone and the Pfaff needs to go see the sewing machine doctor (again!). So, I made the binding for the Circle Quilt, and here’s a little bit of the quilting:

The Liberty Garden is almost finished, but alas, not photos to show yet… It’s a bit of Independence Day goodness…just in time for…the 4th of August! Oh well, there’s always next July 4th. And the next retreat (in four weeks!)…