Saturday we celebrated Linda's birthday. Linda is the 3rd FAB to celebrate her birthday this year. Linda's "actual" birthday is August 10th but finding a date that 5 busy people can get together on line always proves to be a challenge. It almost always has to be a Saturday if we want to sew, and we WANTED TO SEW! So a date was picked--August 13 and everyone agreed to be there.
Instead of exchanging challenge projects this year, we have elected to honor the birthday girl and surprise her with something handmade. Gifts were made and mailed to Linda in advance of her party. Saturday morning, the party kicked off with Linda taking opening each of her parcels--in the order they were received. You can take a closer look at all the loot received by Linda by visiting her blog here: http://catsnqlts2.blogspot.com/
Linda is a lover of 30's reproduction fabrics so I knew whatever I made, it had to be made from 30's fabrics. I decided to make some things for Linda that I use a lot myself.
The first thing I made was a mug organizer/pinafore. I have one of these organizers attached to a mug on my sewing desk that is jammed full of all those little items you can't sew without that are easy to loose in a mass of fabric when you are sewing like, a seam ripper, ruler, marking pens, pencil, wooden iron, etc. The pattern was from a kit that I received during a local quilt shop hop some years ago.
The second item I made was a bag for Linda to take her mug to class or guild with her. Our guild charges a quarter for a Styrofoam coffee cup if you forget to bring your own ceramic mug with you to guild as we are trying to promote the green option. I thought Linda's guild might have a similar practice. I told Linda that my mug gets washed when I get home from the guild meeting and it is put right back into its bag along with my name badge so I am ready for the next meeting--just grab my bag and go. I think Linda is going to adopt this process as well. The outside of the bag has a number of pockets--designed to hold a spoon, tea bag, sugar packet, etc. The pattern for the mug tote is from an Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazine some years ago.
The pattern that Linda picked for us each to work on after the gift opening was first featured in the Winter 2010 issue of Quilts & More. The pattern was called Line Art in that magazine, with a picture here: http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/magazines/quiltsandmore/color-options-winter-2010_ss10.html
Allpeoplequilt.com has featured a second colourway called, Skinny Strips, with a picture here: http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/projects-ideas/throws-wall-hangings/skinny-strips_1.html.
In true challenge fashion, I was having difficulty trying to decide on what "collection" of strips to use to make my version of this quilt. All I knew for sure was that I wanted to use existing stash--no additional purchases. I cycled through ideas including something patriotic--just red and white, something Hawaiian--using some of my Hawaiian-themed fabrics purchased in Hawaii, and something chicken related--using some of my extensive collection of chicken/rooster fabrics. I finally decided on a fall-themed version on Saturday morning. Nothing like leaving the decision to the last minute! Because I was late in making the decision on which fabrics to use, I was not 100% ready to start sewing when everyone else was ready to sew. Some of my strips were pulled from my totes of pre-cut strips. I did have to cut a few more background pieces and a few more reds, yellows, and browns to complement the strips I already had cut.
Once your strips are cut, this pattern is definitely doable in a weekend. I was able to finish my version of Line Art, aka Skinny Strips Sunday night to the flimsy stage. Here it is:
It was another great day sewing with the FABs. The chatter/conversation that takes place while we sew probably keeps us from performing at peak production since we need to take time out from pushing the fabric through the machine to type-talk, but it is worth it. Another great day enjoyed by all.