Thursday, April 29, 2010

More Show and Tell

Cold chilly weather and a night out sewing with Shellie has made for a productive week around the "hive". She and I are making good progress on our Sunny Lanes quilts, and as of tonight I have 6 of my 20 blocks completed. (Shellie - you'll be "happy" to know I discovered a bit of twisting and turning and had to do some unsewing myself). Every day I work on this quilt gives me a greater appreciation for Jill's accomplishment in winning a ribbon with this at a quilt show! There is a lot going on with the "contemporary fabric choice" - even though the blocks are relatively straightforward - and lots of points to keep straight! I don't know that I will enter this one in a quilt show - but I am loving it already!

Before I got to work on that, however, I was lucky to be asked to help test out a new pattern for Lazy Girl Designs. Joan's newest bag, Margo, will make her debut sometime in the next few weeks. I loved working on this bag - although it seems like I am doing EVERYTHING with Moda Wonderland! The Sunny Lanes, Margo, and Jill's Sibling Revelry were all made with this fabric line.

Margo is an AWESOME pattern - she's sleek, swingy, has great outer pockets and a super easy dip-down zipper installation that is awesomely non-daunting!!!

Joan has outdone herself once again! I love how this bag is great for big bold prints - and those pockets are great for the phone, keys and sunglasses while the zipper gives you that security for wallet and other "necessities".

She (Margo) will be available soon ... I will keep you posted!

And since I just can't seem to work on only ONE thing at a time - I have also been plugging away at my hexagon quilt. I figured out that the curtains on my "hive" window make a good makeshift design wall - although I need to watch how many pins go all the way through into the curtains as I nearly took them down with me as I removed the quilt for the next step.

This one is an experiment based on someone else's idea. I am adding some flowers - but not as many as the directions called for. I am adding some words - but not the same ones the directions called for. I trimmed it - but not the same way as was shown. I added more borders. It is bigger.

I have most of the circles and all of the flower petals cut. I need to get a couple spools of thread for the zig zag applique I plan to do, and then I can cruise on to that step of the project. I am still toying with exactly how I want to do the words.

And I will leave you with a picture of exactly WHY I need so many quilts around my house!

Underneath all that quilty-tenty goodness is a little boy with a flashlight telling me to put more quilts on to make it "really really dark" - plus he wants one inside to curl up with!

How could this mommy disappoint her Munchkin!?!


Gina said...

Love how the Sunny Lanes quilt is coming along. That bag looks good too I'll have to keep an eye out for the pattern when it comes out.

Isn't imagination a wonderful thing and now we all have another use for our quilts. LOL

Love and hugs Gina xxx

quiltin cntrygrl said...

Too Cute! I wouldn't want to disappoint him either. Your quilt and bag look great. Soon we will be able to re-organize all my stuff so I can get back to craftin with you guys again.

InfinityQuilter/Knitter said...

Sunny Lanes is looking great! I like your Margo bag. I saw it advertised a couple places and thought it was very cute. But I haven't even made the last one so I better not buy Margo until I get that one made.

Darling Jill Quilts said...

I love how your Sunny Lanes is turning out!! And the hexagon quilt looks awesome! Love the design wall! Woo hoo on the bag!! This fabric is awesome!! :)

Love to the Munchkin!! :)

Anonymous said...

Wow! You've been busy! I can't wait until Margo is released and we can start seeing other people's bags!

Love the Munchkin's quilt tent. The flannel one I made for you should help with the "really really dark"ness! Wish I was there to join in the fun.


Barb said...

So many great projects ~ I love them all. I'm especially jealous that you got to "test drive" Margo. I've got mine on pre order so hopefully I'll have it in the next week or so.