Saturday, May 16, 2015

                                                                     Week 19
Well, time sure flies if you are having fun or not. I can't believe that almost half the year is over. For this week's project, I've been trying to find the perfect messenger bag. I feel like Goldilocks and the three bears. This one is too big, this one is too small and I'm just trying to make one that's just right. Maybe, it is going to have to be two or three different bags for it to be "just right".
The first bag I made, although cute, was too big, in my opinion. Some people that I surveyed loved it, so I guess it will have to be a custom order. It measures a whopping 16 inches  x 14 inches. It has one pocket inside but I think you can fit our home computer in it, not just a laptop.
Large Messenger Bag
The next bag was a good size for a tablet and other stuff. It has a zipper pocket and several compartment pockets inside and an extra pocket on the front. I used a vintage like strap slider and I really liked the design. It measured 8 inches tall , 11 inches wide and 3 inches deep.
Small Messenger Bag
I am now working on a third bag that will be a medium size. I have taken all the thinks I like about both bags and incorporated it into one design. I am working with denim and recycled burlap coffee bags. It is looking pretty awesome, if I do say so myself. The pictures will have to wait until next week. 
Over the past week, I have made a donation quilt for SAQA measuring 12 x 12, using the applique that I worked on in my class that I gave in the studio. The class was raw edge applique and we made some beautiful flowers. I am waiting to hear back regarding my entry for "In the American Tradition" of my Grandmother's Beer Garden quilt. I have been working on a special medallion quilt, just the quilting, so I can get it back to it's owner and made various other small projects. Life is busy but it sure goes down easier with fun projects. I realize I am a week behind, so hopefully will catch up in a day or so. Until then, keep on quilting.

Friday, May 8, 2015

                                                                       Week 18

For this week's project, I made several bags. I know you, the public, find that hard to believe. Just kidding. I love making bags and quilts and most everything else. These little gems are called " Little Glam Bags" designed by Nancy Green for Pink Sand Beach Designs. The pattern was well written and easy to make. The first one turned out so cute, I had to make one with fabric and suede.
Time has a way of flying by and I seem to be holding on to the tail of a tiger....that is running at high speed. I am presently trying to draw quilting designs on a Wacom tablet connected to my Creative Studio program. I am in the process of downloading the program to a laptop so I can be mobile in my endeavors. Hopefully, this will make me more productive and have better time management skills. I also am embarking on making original designs into silk screens so I can make designer fabrics. Not to mention, classes in the studio and working on my own art quilts.

Lena- I mustache you a question and Living the good Life #3- Meet me on Kauaii will be traveling to Little Rock,Arkansas in June for a show- themed "Down by the Riverside". Lena is going into a juried show, so wish her luck.

I just sent in an application for my quilt, Grandmother's Beer Garden"for possible admittance  into the show "In the American Tradition" that opens in Houston in October 2015 and may travel internationally. I should know something about this by June 5th.

I am also working on a very special art quilt for a call for entry into the SAQA's exhibition called "My Corner of the World". This quilt is near and dear to my heart, so I'm working extra hard on it. Meaning, lots of hand and bead work.

Classes in the studio are weekly. I'm trying to get my name out there so more people can get the word. I am trying my best to attend guild meetings and still work full time. Yes, life is hectic.

So until next week, or the end of this one when I post my next weekly project, live life to the fullest, don't settle for anything less than what you dream about and, as always, keep on quilting.