Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A Challenge Piece Completed

We have had the rainiest May on record, according to the keepers of such statistics. On the upside, more time to sew, since we are stuck in the house.

My challenge piece for my quilt group was finished, on time. I was impressed with the creativity of the ladies that finished their challenge pieces.  The seersucker was turned into a stuffed animal, flying fish, and desert scene, butterflies, and a playing card holder.

Here is mine.

I have a reputation to uphold in this group, so mine is a clutch bag. There are, of course, cats hiding in the flowers.

The back is just the "grass".

Cats on the lining, because...cats!

The pattern is Clematis from Blue Calla, a free pattern on her web site. The piecing and flowers are my own inspiration, based on my love of Laurel Burch fabric.

Meanwhile, in the rain, I have made progress on the "Going to Nana's" bag, that I am making for my grandson. I started it at my retreat, but it hasn't been finished yet. Yesterday, I managed to make most of the lining.

The bag has a total of 10 pockets, these are the six inside pockets, and the zipper.

I am already planning my next bag (yes, I am a bit obsessed). It has a front panel that allows for a focus fabric, so I have been auditioning some choices in my stash.

Option one:

Option two:

Tough choice, I think.


  1. What a super bag, with little kitties there. And the choices, how is it so hard to decide when they are both totally gorgeous? #2 maybe, or...make 2 bags.

  2. Love the cats in the grass!
    We've had our tenth rainiest May on record--I can't believe there are nine ahead of this one, as I can't imagine that it could rain any more.

  3. Love the challenge bag!!

    As for the fabric options, when I first saw #1 I said "oh, you have to pick that one". Then I saw #2 and said "oh, you have to pick that one". They are both gorgeous. Sorry, I'm no help. ;)

    Where on earth do you find such wonderful cat fabrics?!

  4. Ooops...forgot to add that we haven't had much precipitation since December. It's really dry around our area. We did have a flood in the spring, but that wasn't because of this year's rain/snow fall.

  5. I really like your challenge bag. The button are a nice touch. As for which fabric for the 2nd one? I think they're both winners. You really do make great bags.

  6. Love your challenge bag. Your love of Laurel Burch fabric is rubbing off - just had to buy it when I saw it, even if it was Christmas fabric! As for the options, you can't go wrong with either.

  7. Cat Windows? What a neat idea. Glad I am not the one who has to decide which one!

  8. Of course there are cats playing in the garden. If we get to vote, I'm casting my ballot for #1.

    Thanks for linking up with Needlework Tuesday.