I finally took the plunge... after years of fighting off a smartphone, I finally caved this week. I'd been holding out on cost and also because I hate phone-as-extra-appendage syndrome, but then I realized I was paying just as much for my old no access basic phone plan and I kept hearing how wonderful IG was from other blogging friends, so I made the switch. In the past two days I have 1) joined IG - come follow me! and 2) gotten horribly off course blindly following my new gps, which added an hour to my drive home from a longarm lesson yesterday : P Nothing like turning a two hour drive into a three hour drive!! (And on a side note, it's pronounced BAW-ston, not BOO-ston random Google Maps voice - I get how you might mix up the small towns, but now I wonder if they have Chee-cago and Ate-lane-ta in there, too?)
My last post mentioned the sewist's block that had me stumped for six months, but I finally figured out what to make with my brown bag challenge fabrics. I found this Green Tea design by Timeless Treasures in an old Quilts & More issue, and it worked nicely with the tones I had to create from. Of course, luck would have it that the brown bag I had was from a fantastic and prolific professional longarmer in our guild, so I was scared to death to gift this very first, very green project quilted on my new machine to her, but in the end, I think my rookie endeavor turned out okay (and she was very gracious even if she didn't agree with my self-assessment ; )
The challenge reveal at our annual tea party earlier this week was one of the most fun evenings I've had in a long time. For all my indecisiveness about what to create and worrying that my quilting wouldn't be good enough, I'm ultimately very glad I participated. Working wayyy outside my box was a great challenge and seeing the amazing and widely varied gifts others created with the cloth they had was awesome, but the best part was that half the room didn't even recognize their fabrics!
The women who organized the swap held up each finished gift, asking who thought it was theirs, and there was so much laughter and surprise from recipients who either didn't remember what they'd tossed in their bag last fall, or just couldn't believe the transformation of prints and colors now that they were finished into totes or quilts or home decor pieces. One woman received a bag with her initials embroidered on it - the maker said she'd been paired with her the year before as well, remembered she hadn't recognized her fabrics then, and thought she'd add the monogram to make it clear. When the woman didn't recognize the connection even with a monogram, she joked that next year whoever gets her bag should spell her entire name on the project to ring a bell for her! Much laughter ensued - it was really a fun and funny evening with friends.
I'll close with my gift from the evening. These are the fabrics I put in last fall...
And here's what I received from my friend Jane - a cute mini quilt/table topper, a hot pad, and a pot holder - love them! A nice splash of color to cheer up my kitchen : )