Welcome back from an extended holiday weekend! Whatever you occupied yourself with- be it spending time with friends & family, cook-outs, ‘chillaxing’ at the beach, a road trip, a home repair/remodeling project, or just catching up on some well-deserved rest– I hope you enjoyed yourself! Toni B.- one of the resident ‘Quilting Queens’ here at The Works– treated herself to a few days at a quilting retreat this past weekend. It was the perfect chance for her to finally have some time to focus on some sewing projects. Toni B. was a busy bee this past weekend during her quilting getaway- accomplishing 2 large quilt tops and a tote bag. Since a couple of her (mostly) completed projects were made with some of the more recent collections released by Clothworks, I wanted to share the ‘show & tell’ with you!
This adorable totebag was made with 2 contrasting prints from the Vintage Seedpackets collection by Iron Orchids Designs with a solid red cotton from American Made Brand for the straps. Isn’t this just the perfect tote to carry to the local farmer’s market or to use when grocery shopping?
Sandwiched in between the exterior and interior fabrics is a stiff interfacing to make the bag sturdy for wear and give it some body. Check out the contrasting lining fabric for the bag in the pic below. Vintage Seedpackets is the perfect line of fabric to make a large bag to tote around your market wares.
Besides making this adorable totebag at her recent quilting retreat, Toni B. was able to complete 2 quilt tops. One of the quilt tops is this full sized quilt featuring fabric from the Mojito collection! Toni did a wonderful job in balancing the lights and darks and colors in the block piecings. There’s movement here, but it’s also very pleasing to the eye.
I would never have thought to use the bright yellow AMB solid cotton to frame the pieced blocks in the predominantly black/white/grey/lime green Mojito color scheme, but it really works well for this quilt. Not only does it divide the busy print used in the border from the patchwork piecing in the quilt, but it adds an unexpected flair to this quilt. Brava, Toni B.!!!
How about you? Were you able to tackle any sewing projects this past weekend?