A couple of months ago, a friend of mine stopped into Quilt N Go and asked me to duplicate a "chalk bag" she had purchased. A chalk bag is used for rock climbers to hold the chalk. I wonder if it's like driveway art? Hmmm...Anyway, she said I could take the bag apart and use it as a pattern. This is not something that usually turns out well for me, so I was reluctant to even begin this project. Not to mention, Ruth gave me a look like I had lost my mind!
Not wanting to tear apart the black bag, I did a search online for "chalk bag" and found an excellent tutorial with a bag similar to the one my friend had given me as the sample. She had also wanted her new bags made from a burlap coffee bag. The black bag had a metal ring of some sort around the top of the bag to give it stability and help keep its round shape. I had no idea where to find such a thing, but the tutorial suggested a zip tie. I was able to find heavy duty zip ties and they worked perfectly! I used fleece on the inside of the bag and my top cinched closed just like the sample! The bags turned out pretty awesome, if I do say so myself.
My friend came today to pick up the four new chalk bags and was thrilled with them. She is so excited that she can't wait to give them to her son who is going to share them with his rock climbing friends. (I still think driveway art is much safer!) Although this project was intimidating and had me nervous about doing it, it turned out to be fun and pretty easy!
How are your UFOs coming? While looking for the quilt top I want to finish, I found another UFO! Shocking, I know. But this means that I will have a completed UFO to share on Saturday at QNG's Bring & Brag at 2:00! Hope to see you there.
Keep quilting and stay warm!
What a busy day at Quilt N Go! Not only did we have quite a few registrations for April retreat, but Teresa taught a great class today for a very useful caddy. The caddy is sturdy and has lots of pockets to hold all your sewing gear.
The laughter and chatter made for an exciting day! The sample of the Catch All Caddy is on the table and is green/orange. These patterns have been a huge hit and will be replenished in the shop soon. Next Saturday, the ladies will return to complete their caddies, so watch for pictures.
There are lots of classes at QNG, so keep watching the newsletter for details of upcoming dates.
Speaking of retreat, this spring's retreat is April 20-23 at the Farmstead Inn in Shipshewana, IN. This will be my very first retreat with Ruth and I am getting very excited! I have my friend from Columbus coming and am looking forward to a few days of uninterrupted sewing. My projects are all planned and next is to get all the cutting and prep work done so I can maximize my machine time. If you haven't been to a retreat with Ruth, you should definitely plan on attending...just listening to the ladies registering, this is an event you don't want to miss!
How are the UFOs coming? Anyone getting ready to show us what you are finishing? Bring & Brag is next Saturday at 1:00 at QNG! I'm still working on mine and right now it's doubtful I'll have mine ready for this round, but next month...I'm in!
Hello quilters! The kiddos go back to school tomorrow and things will start to get back to normal around here. One thing I've been doing for the last few years is starting a list of all the projects...quilts, sewing, gifts needed for upcoming new babies, new things for my sewing/quilting studio...that I would like to accomplish for the upcoming year. This list is ongoing as new things are added, but what a sense of accomplishment as items are checked off! I don't ever finish all the things on my list, but by the end of the year, I can see how much I've done. How do you keep track of your projects? Do you gather all the supplies, put a pretty red bag in a tote, and months later find it? Think about how you would like to keep organized and on track. I just use a three-ring binder with notebook paper. My notebook holds ideas, sketches, and even whole quilt layouts and patterns. You may have a much better way, so share your ideas with us!
Besides getting organized for the year, do you have any UFOs wanting to be completed and admired? Maybe it's a kit you bought and started, a quilt top waiting to be quilted and bound, blocks ready to be assembled into a new quilt top. I would like to challenge you to start completing those UFOs and then bring them for Bring N Brag at Quilt N Go on January 21 from 1-2. I have a quilt top to put some finishing touches on and get it quilted! Watch for it on the 21st!