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Boro Bags

I teach big stitch hand quilting in my boro bag class at Village Fabric Shop.  It’s a great way to learn the technique without investing a huge amount of time.  You also end up with an awesome little bag.  The pattern is from noodle-head.com.  Best bag patterns ever.  IMG_0452

These boro bags belong to Ann (left) and Jean (right).  Ann used Essex linen and did some piecing to make her panels.  Jean used a fat quarter of the same fabric.

Same bags.  Different sides.  Jean quilted squares.  Ann used different thread colors.  Most of the threads were #8 perle cottons.


Debbie’s.  Front.


Back.  Beautiful.  Just the right amount of quilting.


Paula’s front.


Her back.  She used Anna Maria Horner’s wovens and we all loved the result.


Jan’s blocks BEFORE assembly.


After.  Front.


Back.  Variegated thread.  Sulky 12 weight.  Check out the little embroidered heart top right.  So sweet!


Linda’s blocks.




Back.  Such a great use for orphan blocks.


Kay’s blocks before she made her bag.  Kay is a very good hand quilter and we loved her patterns.  Unfortunately I didn’t get a shot of her finished bag.  Sorry Kay!  It’s sitting right in the middle of the display below…


How about that rainbow?


Styled by Amy.  🙂

The Improv Quilt


This winter I decided I wanted to TRY to make an “improv” quilt.  I have lots of respect for original design work; it’s not easy!  I used Jacquie Gehring’s book, Quilting Modern as my starting point.  This picture shows the first blocks I made.  I put them on a background of Freespirit’s Arctic White; it’s my most favorite white.  Amy keeps it in stock at Village Fabric Shop just for me.  🙂img_0070Didn’t like all that dark so I removed those blocks…
img_0075and ended up with this.  I used a nice collection of shot cottons and of course I had some Amy Butler fabrics that worked very nicely with them.

img_0088I arranged them sort of like I wanted them and then I started to sew.

img_0091I ended up with this.img_0123I bought a beautiful piece of voile for the backing and a spool of Sulky 12 wt. variegated thread because I decided to hand quilt it.

So I pin basted it and got started.  My phone dates this picture February 15.  I love deadlines.  I decided this project would keep me sane while I watched the NCAA basketball games.   We get a little crazy at our house with the tournament, brackets, etc.   My goal was to have it finished by the championship game on April 3.  That gave me about six weeks.  I echo quilted it.  I quilted around each block until the quilting ran into the next block and then filled in the “holes.”  That’s about a 3/8″ gap between the lines…more than 1/4″ but not quite a 1/2.”  No need to mark.  Just eyeball it.

It got to travel too!  It went to Florida for a baseball spring training trip and here’s a picture of it at Lake Norman…right before the Final Four games started.

I really like how it turned out. 

I finished it the WEEK of April 3.  🙂  UNC Chapel Hill won the championship so my Tarheel son was very happy.  Big stitch hand quilting does take time.  I think I had about 35 hours in this one.  It’s SO WORTH IT though.  It’s hanging at Village Fabric Shop.  Just give it a squeeze the next time you are there…so very soft.