Sunday, November 23, 2008

Feast or Famine

Someone remind me of this productive streak next time I am whining about not having time to quilt!

Yesterday's mail brought a little kit of plaid fabrics I won on Kathie's blog last week. She made a little quilt and had a giveway for a kit to make another one. I was one of the lucky winners. The fabrics were even already cut to the right size so all I had to do was sew - and sew I did! I think I will hand quilt it as I have been wanting to do a little quilt like this to hand quilt - it will probably have to wait until after the holidays though as I have a huge list of things to make for Christmas gifts. Thanks again Kathie!


I also managed to finish two bags I've been working on. The first is a pattern from Lila Tueller. The pattern showcases her new fabric line due in quilt stores in February (I think). I saw the bag on her blog this past summer when she had a giveaway for it (that one was made in different fabrics). Since her new fabric line isn't out yet I pulled some batiks from my stash. I had to mail order the handles and had a little trouble finding the right leather lacing and beads but yesterday I finally found what I was looking for (in Walmart - who've thunk it?) and was able to finish it up. This is by far my favorite bag that I've made. I can't wait to make some in other fabrics.


The second bag I finished I had also started a few weeks ago when I was home on vacation. It is the size of a small tote or a large purse. I am very happy with the way it turned out although I was VERY disappointed in the quality of the pattern! If I had not make bags before I would never have been able to finish it because the instructions were so poor. The yardage requirements were also off causing me to scramble and search my stash for similar fabrics to make do. I was not a happy camper after shelling out $10 for this pattern!
Everything else I've been working on (yes! there is more!) is for Christmas gifts - including my SSCS which I have to get in the mail tomorrow or Tuesday, so those pics will have to wait for another day.

I hope you've been able to get as much done as I have this weekend!

Have a pieceful day!

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Caryn -- Trying Again!! I love that little quilt -- you sure are fast putting things together! Hope you get everything done -- hope we ALL get everything done! Florence

Kathie said...

glad you liked your kit! shocked you made it so fast!
I am hand quilting mine now...
Great bags you made, can we ever have enough bags?
Happy thanksgiving!
Kathie

Lila Tueller said...

Caryn,
I love your Batik Retro-Groovy Bag! Nice work! I'm glad you like it! I hope my pattern wasn't as bad as the other one you used! Let me know if you have any suggestions for me.

Thanks for letting me have a peek!

Lila

Marilyn R said...

You sure had a quilting feast! Beautiful bags and an adorable little quilt. I agree with you on the poor pattern frustration. It is so frustrating when the pattern directions aren't clear or correct.

sewkalico said...

Lovely mini-quilt!!! And that Lila Tueller bag looks awesome - love it!

Mary said...

Love the Retro Groovy bag! Great fabric selection, too. BTW, I will be sure to remind you of this productive period -- ha ha! I think you have made more items in the past month than I have made all year ...

Amy said...

lucky you! thanks for sharing.The purses are cute. Happy Stitching,Amy

Karen said...

Wonderful bags! Very stylish.
I made a quilt top using the pattern for the stars. It is easy to do and makes a striking quilt in most any fabric choices. My little quilting group did it as a mystery quilt.

Annette said...

Congratulations on your win. It is a very cute little quilt. I love your bags, especially the Lila Tueller one. Cute.

Carin said...

That little plaid quilt is adorable! The bags are great too you go girl!

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Caryn -- you've been busy and productive! I've always LOVED that star pattern and it's so cute in plaids. Love your bags too -- congrats on getting stuff done!

MouseChirpy said...

Congratulations on your win. Your little quilt is very cute. I especially adore your beautiful handbags. Gorgeous patterns!
I would like to wish you a healthy, happy, and safe holiday season.
Mele Kalikimaka and Hauoli Makahiki Hou!
Aloha!