Many of us around the country have experienced a long, cold and wacky Winter. We're finally showing signs of Spring in Oklahoma and here are the projects that have "sprung up" this month from a few of our members.
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This bag just hints of sunny days! It is the Super Tote Bag by Noodlehead that Debbie made for her friend in Portland. She used Violet Craft's fabric showcasing... Portland bridges, of course! Debbie says it is a really nice pattern and gives it a big thumbs up "...as there were no four letter words involved like there are with some bag patterns!" That's enough of an endorsement to get me to try it!
I love to see the "non-quilty" projects our members make. Ann took a free basket weaving class that she signed up for at the Winter Quilt Show back in January. The Basketweavers Guild of Oklahoma sponsored the class. They meet the second Saturday of odd-numbered months at what we locals call, "The Cowboy Hall of Fame". This is a 7-inch napkin basket she made. "They were a really great group and there are even some quilters among them!"
Ann has also been busy being a new Grandma! Ann and her daughter-in-law went shopping for quilt fabrics on March 6th. Her due date wasn't until mid-April, so Ann had PLENTY of time. Wrong! Little William decided he'd arrive 4.5 weeks early on March 9th! He was pretty tiny and went straight to the NICU. Grandma had to get sewing! "Thanks to inspiration from Jemellia who smushed my choice of Granny Annie together, my new moniker is Gannie. LOVE IT!" So...Ann got the quilt done in a few days. Heather (the mom) even slept with it to put her scent on it for when William came home. She found the design on Pinterest and added a strip of pieced chevron. Oh, and that ombré backing is just too delish!
"But this is how the quilt looks best. He came home after two weeks in NICU."
William also needed some help keeping his head warm. Time for Gannie to bring out the knitting needles. "This is one of the hats I've made. The others were crocheted. Even made sure he had an all-green one for St. Patrick's Day!"
And if that wasn't enough....Ann's friend created this pattern and taught the class out at Threads of Tradition in Yukon, Oklahoma. Ann made this Star Pillow out of fifteen 5"x 5" squares. "Yup, it matches last month's hot air balloon! It's a fun process and relatively quick." Pattern available at Threads of Tradition.
So, then...Ann decided she needed to try one out of mini-charm pack squares. She machine pieced it but had to come back with a little hand reinforcement/correction. Ann says she could picture filling one with crushed walnut shells to use as a pincushion.
Agnes is definitely ready for Spring! Here is a fast little Easter/Spring table runner she improv-pieced from the remnants of her Spring banner from last month.
"We dyed the eggs-on-a-stick with the kids over the years, and they are the perfect decoration together."
Those of us that were in the guild when Robin had her baby will be surprised to see how much she's grown! This is the first quilt Robin has finished since her daughter was born. (We totally understand, Robin!) "It was originally intended to be a charity quilt, but now I'm having trouble giving it up! I love the way the purples work together (it's all from stash), and I never could resist a good Halloween fabric. Apparently my kiddo agrees, because she wouldn't let me take it outside without her!"
And Melissa made this cheery birthday quilt for her youngest daughter who just turned eleven! It's all flannels, mostly from Ann Kelle.
I've become obsessed with zippered bags. Yeah, I know ya'll have been doing them for awhile. I just never needed one, two, three...okay, four! until now.
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