Wednesday, March 19, 2008

bags for the boutique

Thanks to my friend June for helping me with my blog the other day. She is so cool.....she makes very cool quilts too. FYI - You can click on any of the photos to see the details.

I wouldn't be doing my duty as publicity chair if I didn't give you the specifics about the show again:

Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild Quilt Show
Nipmuc Regional High School, 90 Pleasant Street (off Route 140), Upton, MA
March 29 & 30/Saturday and Sunday from 10 – 4
$5 Admission/Free Parking/Handicapped Accessible

This Biennial show will feature:

180 Quilts - Made by members with Viewer’s Choice Awards – voting on Saturday only.
Raffle Quilt – Brightly colored stars with hand appliqu├ęd floral border
Silent Auction - Quilts made by guild members
Boutique Table – Various quilts, quilting related items, patterns and books
Vendors – 11 vendors ranging from sewing machines to our favorite local quilt shops
Round Robin Exhibits – 40 quilts featuring traditional round robin, block robin, slice houses and row robins
Boxer Shorts Exhibit – Fighting for a Cure - Embellished boxers made by guild members. Proceeds from this exhibit will be donated to Prostate Cancer Research
Journal Quilts – 39 8 x 11 quilts made by members

I have been making some tote bags to sell at the quilt show boutique. I finished my quilts a few weeks ago and because I love to create I have spent my free time making bags. People often ask me if I sell the bags I make for myself and friends.

This fabric came from The Franklin Mill store in Franklin MA. They are vending at the show and I am really happy about that. Mary and her sister Margaret are gems and we are lucky to have a place that has every sewing notion you can think of .

I love this bag, the fabric from The Franklin Mill, the piping, the velvet button, the braided button clasp, the jewels. If this doesn't sell, I am keeping it!
This bag is recycled from a jacket I made 5 years ago. The blocks took me a year to make. I never wore the jacket, it just didn't fit well. I made 3 bags out of that coat. It has a funky button clasp. I had this cool selection of beads from Friends Fabric Art that I bought at our last show, they are vending again this year.
This bag is made from the fabrics we dyed a few months back. I love this one too, I may have to make another one.
I made this wall hanging for the Silent Auction at the show. The inspiration was the birch tree fabric, I love birch trees.