Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Maxine, if you're reading this. Come back tomorrow!

Maxine is my penpal. I'm not sure if she reads my blog or not. I have invited her to do so several times, but........................

Anyway, on to the quilty stuff. I spent yesterday morning procrastinating, and doing nothing very much. After lunch I got my backside into gear and started producing. In true Loulee style I've uploaded my pictures in reverse order, so these first pics are from the evenings efforts.

I had a sort through my scrap basket and was wondering what I could use all these bits for, I thought about chopping them all into squares as I've seen some of you out there in blogland do.

Then I thought if I do that I can only ever make scrappy square or triangle based quilts, so I started to play about and came up with these!

The white background squares were a find next door in the Hospice shop. Two packs of 12 mens white cotton handkerchiefs. Just great I thought. The piece of pink lying underneath is auditioning as sashing, there's just enough for that, I'll have to find something else for borders though and I've already sorted some strips for binding. Maybe it doesn't need a border? I'll see how it feels later once I've got it all together. There is still loads in the scrap basket, and I even managed to keep some useable sized scraps from these scraps! LOL

Now for the bit Maxine is not allowed to see. LOL It's her birthday soon, and this little number will be on it's way to her later today.

I took two fat quarters, and chopped them around a bit. Added a little medium weight interfacing and some rickrack.

And came up with a little reversible grocery / book bag.
To be honest it wouldn't hold much in the way of groceries, so I think I'll call it a book bag.
I thoroughly enjoyed myself, I may make some more of these and experiment with a larger size.

I'm outta here, got to go to the post office.

Have a great day.


Lynda said...

I love the Dresden plates! They're often quite insipid, but these will be fabulous with the hot pink sashing!

Libby said...

Wow - I love your plates! Very fresh and bright. I may just have to try another version for myself *s*

Teresa said...

How cute - both the dresden plates and the book bag. Sometimes its fun to not have a big project, and just play around with something less time consuming and lots of fun. I know Maxine will be so pleased.

blackbearcabin said...

wow...did you create that bookbag freestyle without a pattern? its cute, you should do a little tutorial, id love to make one myself :)


Andrea said...

Cute bag and those blocks will be beautiful. Such pretty colours and all from scraps - great stuff.

Marlene said...

I love the dresden plates. That is a great use for scraps. Also the book bag. Your penpal will be pleased.

Rose Marie said...

What a clever idea to use the hankies for background to the plates! That is what I love about your blog and how you are not afraid to experiment with something different. That bag is sweet and will be well used.

Gina E. said...

Hey Lou, that bag is just gorgeous! You should whip up a few more like that, and get a local shop to sell them for you - they'd be a winner for sure! (Loved the Dresden plate quilting too..)