Friday, July 18, 2008

Star Progress

Here are stars 11 and 12 from the QAL. So close! I also worked on the sashing strips a bit. I really like week 11 star - I think it looks complicated but it came together really easily.

I've also been busy with a summer bag project. I splurged on a pattern from Amy Butler. I had fun making the Birdie Sling using stash fabric. The batik fabric is 20 year old Dutch Wax from my days as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zaire! The blue handles used to be curtains and now appear in several of my quilts. The inside lining is a recent thrift store find. The pattern is easy to follow but there are a lot of pieces. The lining has 2 really nice pockets. I think the pattern is well thought out. I didn't end up using the fusible fleece between the exterior and the lining like the pattern called for. I got worried about the overall weight of the bag prior to stuffage, and then the puffiness of the bag too. Seems to have worked out ok and it was definately easier to sew together without the fusible fleece. Tilt your head to the left to view the picture properly. The blue is the handle, the batik (brown) is the body. Sorry, too tired to straighten out the picture.

I am reading a really good book right now called Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.


Jacquie said...

Way to go, Julie. The stars look amazing. I was hoping to get caught up this weekend. Not looking good for me.

Jen said...

I've always wanted to do a blue and white quilt also. I can't wait to see how yours turns out. Thank you for the kind comment you left about my "damaged" quilts. I added pictures if you want to see how I dramatically misrepresented the situation. :) Thanks for pointing me to that other blog. It helped me get my mind off things - since I'm going to Paris next month. Now I'm going to spend time perusing her blog and figure out where the good fabric shops are in Paris. I'm not "liberated" yet - but some day I hope to be!