Wednesday, February 27, 2013

About time I say

  I have been hiding away in the sewing room for the last week.  It's my therapy, and place to de-stress, and regain my focus.  Nothing like making a mess, and threads flying to put things into perspective, is there?

  February's NewFO  is now a February Finish!    I started the travel duffle bag and then got sidetracked for a couple of weeks.  This week I got back to it and decided to finish it up.
Zipper in, pull tabs attached, and the end pockets added.....lot of bulk, but I managed to get it done.




   This bag is big....I have it stuffed with 3 large lap quilts, and a travel pillow in this photo.   The bag finishes up at 21" by 12" by 12"---that's a good size bag.
   I love the  bag color, and all the feathers floating on this.  Now, I just need some travel stickers of my own.  Of course, I could just use it for fabric purchases when traveling.....!!







From Mrs. Claus-- my alter ego:
    Two small doll quilts from the fabrics that Doreen picked up for me completed.  One is a pre-printed panel and the other has appliques from a partial border piece of the same panel.  I have 2 more to put together for March.










Easy street mystery progress.....it is quilted and ready for binding.  I met --and passed---my goal for February, which was to get the borders on it.  I also got the label made.  Because of the yellow (overwhelming) fabrics,  I am calling this one....Walking in Sunshine.   Nope, no photo yet until it is bound.  That is on March's list.





   So, I needed  a real NewFO for February.    And I also, feel a need to work with some floral fabrics.  I pulled out an older book, and found this.  It's easy---actually mindless sewing--- and will use up a lot of those extra floral strips that I have stacked up.
   Rectangle blocks, some vertical strips and others horizontal strips,  that are 10" by 6" are put together by value.  My strips are already cut at 2", but a mixture of strip widths could be used.
Right now, I am working on the horizontal strip blocks---about 7 or 8 done.  I have no idea how big it will be.....but I need to make a dent in my stash of floral fabrics.



Voting is going on for  Project Quilting.   This is week 4 entries.  
If it seems a bit quiet around here....you can find me in the sewing room.   Happy stitching.

20 comments:

  1. Your travel bag is wonderful! What a great place to use the continuous feathers quilting motif. This has to go on my 'to do' list before summer. Looking forward to seeing your version of Easy Street completed.

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  2. I love the duffle bag - oh I can only imagine that bulk in the seams! Your strip sets are so pretty, with your quilting it will really be a beautiful piece.

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  3. The bag looks great, Debbie! That will come in handy quite often, I'm sure.
    Cute little Mrs. Claus offerings.

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  4. What fun projects, but I must confess I'm jealous - love your travel bag. Truly beautiful. Fun design, great fabrics, beautiful quilting. You did a great job. Love it!

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  5. I laughed when I saw your post. I'm almost sitting on my bags ready to go to the airport and I'm wishing I had that duffle bag! Love the feathers! Cute Mrs. Claus quilt.

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  6. I love the travel duffel bag! Great job...and so useful!

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  7. What a great bag. I think I need to make something like that for myself. I love your quilt label too. I kind of fell down on making labels for my quilts unless they go out the door. Then they are all labeled. Thanks for linking up today.

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  8. Love the bag. Where do I find the pattern (please)?

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  9. Hey, Debbie - that's a really nice travel duffle!

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  10. Love your travel bag. Now you just need a place to go.
    Hugs

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  11. Wow,your travel bag is just awesome.I need to make one!

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  12. Love your travel bag. Beautiful projects.

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  13. Oh my goodness, you have been busy, busy, busy. I abosolutely LOVE that duffle bag. It turned out really pretty & I love the colors & feathers all over it. You did a fantastic job on it but it did sound like a lot of work so I may re-consider making them for the gals in the office for Christmas next year (or maybe find a simple, smaller pattern).

    Doreen did a fantastic job on picking out the fabrics for the cute doll quilts. I can see the children smiling when they see them.

    Your sunshine quilt sounds bright & cheery & the floral strips are looking good together.

    Thank for keeping us inspired by all your projects.

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  14. I like your idea of filling your bag with fabric purchases...maybe you should have made it a little bigger for that purpose! You got my vote.

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  15. I figured that's what you were doing, actually I thought you were baking :)
    Love, love, love the duffle, it's a great size and so pretty. The mindless sewing is going to look beautiful with the fabrics you're using and it won't look mindless when it's done.

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  16. Love your duffle bag, Deb! Goodness, you have been busy.
    I finished a pink and purple Mrs. Clause doll quilt. Sorry to say, I misplaced your address and need it again.

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  17. LOVE that bag! I am a bag-a-holic, so it almost goes without saying that I love it! LOL It's really fabulous! I am impressed with all of your other projects as well. Sometimes, you just need a "mindless" project to do!

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  18. What a great travel bag and so cool that you started and finished it in February. The "official" NewFo is also really cute. You have been busy!

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