Wednesday, February 20, 2013

WIP Wednesday: 2.20.2013

I'm feeling a little sorry for myself today as many of my friends head off to QuiltCon. I'm saving my money for 2015, but at least my quilts are there. Colleen even sent me a picture of one of them hanging in the gallery. I've enjoyed seeing pictures pop up on Instagrm of the events. I'm living vicariously through all of you posting down there.

In the meantime I'm gathering quilts. My weekend will not be a complete pity party. Emily of Crazy Old Ladies Quilts is hosting a retreat this weekend and invited me to do a trunk show on Saturday. I'm excited to just go sew with everyone and share my quilts. This is my stack so far. These are all completed quilts I haven't blogged about yet. I'm debating which other quilts to take. Unfortunately, between QuiltCon and the MQG traveling exhibit, four of my favorites are away at the moment so I won't be able to take those.


Once this weekend is over I have two big projects lined up. First, I plan to sew a new version of this bag and document the process for a tutorial. I've had several requests for it and am finally getting myself in gear to do a tutorial. This bag is a little lot worse for wear and needs replaced. I used it a lot. It is the perfect size for that stage between diaper bag and purse. I still end up carrying lots of stuff when I'm out with the kids, but I don't want a full-on diaper bag anymore. Between water bottles, snacks and other things, my normal purse just doesn't cut it on outings.

I'm changing multiple things about the way I constructed this bag to make it simpler, more functional, and more sturdy. I realized I did several things the hard way when making this bag the first time. I just ordered some Notting Hill in Poppy from Joel Dewberry's Home Dec weight fabric. I love this colorway. One lesson I learned with this purse is that lots of white is a very bad thing for a bag. I think the darker fabric will hide stains and dirt much better. Also, I used quilting cotton on this bag and really regretted it. It just didn't wear well. I'm hoping the sateen holds up better.

My other big goal and WIP is to finish up my new version of my Crooked Cabins pattern. I have found that computer time has been pretty elusive lately. I just haven't had much time to sit down and work on it. It seems life keeps getting crazier and crazier. 

16 comments:

  1. That bag is so awesome! Right now, I'm exactly in the stage between diaper bag and purse. I can't wait for the tutorial!!

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  2. Oh those big-bagged days! Now we have moved to them having a load of bags each which I still end up carrying!

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  3. I'm feeling a little sorry for myself too as my friends head off today to QuiltCon - at least you get to retreat and trunk show (lucky you and them). deco weight Notting Hill is my favorite.

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  4. So Quiltcon isn't happening again until 2015? I can't wait for the tutorial!!!!!

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  5. Your bag is lovely - will definitely be checking out your tutorial!

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  6. Is there no QuiltCon until 2015? Sad face.

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  7. I'm sure you'll have fun at your trunk show :o) Looking forward to seeing the new bag!

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  8. I wish I was going too! But I rather work on the projects I already have going!!! Hope you have fun this weekend. I am still trying to finish all the things I was inspired to make at Sewing Summit.

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  9. Aaah, you don't need QuiltCon! I could have gone, but opted to stay home this time. Let 'em work the bugs out of the whole thing and then go next time . Besides, you already have lots of blogospheric friends, AND, you get to go on that wonderful retreat! I wish I was doing that! You're meeting up with several of my blogger-friends (say hi to Lyn from WhatAHoot) and have a great time.

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  10. We can't go bloggers really should have thought ahead and all organized some sort of online pity party. HA! I'm aimed for the next one, in two years.

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  11. I'm looking forward to seeing your quilts.
    And yeah for the tutorial to come. Looks like there's no time to be sorry 'though I understand your feelings.

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  12. Neither me OR my quilts are at QuiltCon.... Next time for sure!

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  13. I'm loving seeing your quilts in person and hope that next time I get to meet you too!

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  14. I agree about 2015!! Meanwhile a trunk show sounds like great fun!

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  15. I just saw Christa Quilts post...congrats on your prize!
    http://christaquilts.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/quiltcon-award-winning-quilts-part-2/

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  16. Hey, thanks so much for coming out to the cabin on such a "lovely" weather day to share your quilts with us. They're awesome, Kati. You're quite inspirational. :D

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