Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Challenge Piece

My quilt group has a donation table, where we can bring those "What was I thinking" items and they may become someone else's treasure.

About six months ago, a large piece of seersucker arrived, and one of our group decided it would be fun to have an odd fabric 3D challenge. We could take a hunk of the fabric (as much or as little as you would like, and make a small quilted item in which the fabric needed to be used. The item must have a 3D element to it, preferably in the odd fabric.

So this is what I got.

Now, I wouldn't call it ugly, but it isn't something I would normally use in quilting or bag making.

I had an idea, a sort of a tribute to Laurel Burch.

So this is what I have so far.

These are the exterior pieces of my bag, and my zipper.

These are the 3D elements. I think the hot pink flower is out of scale, so I need to make a couple of the smaller flowers in hot pink. I am debating whether I will change the zipper pull, because I can.

And, of course, the creative process goes much better with a large cup of coffee. The work continues.

Canada 150 Tulips, Part 2

It is the strangest thing. My first batch of tulips have faded to cream and white.

The maple leaves in the petals show quite clearly now they are nearly done.

I had a second group of 5, in a shadier part of the yard, and they have just flowered.

Ignoring the yellow one that was already planted in this garden, this batch are the colours I expected. 

The Forget Me Nots are again taking over the lawn (I planted them in the garden, but they have all escaped.)

These Wood Violets have little purple faces. There are plain white ones, and two shades of plain purple, as well. I think 5 months of snow makes us very aware of the flowers when they bloom in the spring. 


  1. Wow, those maple leaves on the tulips, how did anyone manage to make these grow? And the yellow has faded to white, what you had hoped they would be. What a tribute to 150 Canada. I like the bag fabrics, And the deciding factor is a cup of coffee, so necessary for any quilter to continue sewing.

  2. Ugly fabric is the flip side of the coin to create balance for the other colours to show themselves. Love the flowers. I have yellow tulips which is red and miniatures. They were supposed to be big and hold?

  3. How odd that you now have red and white - not yellow - tulips! Perhaps one of their far-distant ancestors had a touch of yellow? Looking forward to seeing your tribute to Laurel Burch, I have some of her fabric too and love it. It's in my "holy" fabric stash......the fabric that you stroke and fondle, but that is too precious to cut up for just anything. Striped seersucker makes me think of pyjamas......

  4. I am intrigued by your bag project, and looking forward to seeing the final product, but I'm in love with those cat buttons. They ARE buttons, aren't they?

  5. I, too, am waiting to see the finished bag. It should be lovely.

    Your tulips are too funny. First yellow, then cream. At least you got to see the maple leaf. ;)

    I'll take your forget-me-nots and give you some oregano which has taken over two flower gardens. I'm now just deciding if I should dig out just part of it or get rid of the whole thing. Not to mention that I'm still finding little sprouts of mint which I dug out two years ago. Argh!!

  6. I have some pieces of seer sucker sitting around, scraps for a lovely outfit I made for myself. I wonder....

    Thanks for linking up with Needlework Tuesday it's always fun to see what you are up to.