Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Quilt friends

So I'm skipping ahead a few days but this Friday my friend Deb came over from the West Coast (of Fla) for a couple of days of sewing. Deb took my first beginning quilt class that I taught in Tampa ~ that was way back in 2002 I believe. She and several other girls from that class became good friends and took several more of my classes together. We've been our own little "bee" ever since.

Deb and I both have a love for making purses so when both of us got the "Margo" pattern from Lazy Girl we decided to wait till we could get together and make it. Friday started out with us heading over to "Boutique 4 Quilters" to pick out some fabric for her. I had already gotten mine on my little shop hop. After a quick stop at Jo-Ann's for a zipper and then lunch we headed for home and hit the sewing machines.

We had a few challenges in making the Margo (mostly our own) but managed to finish it up that night with enough time to spare to watch an episode of "Burn Notice." Turns out Deb loves her some Michael Weston too!

Here's  my Margo close up !~ made from some of the fabric I got at the JaM Patch.  The fabric line is "Destinations" by Connie Haley for Studio E.  I knew as soon as I saw it, that it would make a perfect Margo.
 Of course it did take some cleaning up of my sewing room to be able to get both Deb and I in there sewing and I only had one day to do it in!   It's still not perfect but not only were we able to get everything done we needed to, we were able to fit our friend Prudence in when she came up the next day.
Saturday after Prudence got in from Tampa we fabric shopped (are you shocked) and lunched (Tropical Smoothie!) and we actually got some sewing in as well.  I forgot to take a picture of the girls finished projects but here's my Snappy Bag.  If you've never done this bag, you really should try it.  It uses the metal from those carpenter rulers so the bag literally snaps shut.  They are quick and fun to do and we managed to get them finished in no time.   It makes a great quick giftee, especially if you put some little lotions or something inside.  Maybe next year for Julianne's birthday I'll make these for the goodie bags and embroidery the girls names on them.  We'll see.
In any case, it was great to get to spend time with the girls again, although we did miss Mary Catherine who had to work and Peg who is still in Germany for another 2 years!  Hard to believe we've all been sewing together for 8 years.  Where does the time go?


Moneik said...

Looks like you all had a great time sewing together. Love your Margo!

Jackie K. said...

Creating with friends - nothing better! Thanks for the quilt shop tour - you've given me more places to visit!

Anonymous said...

I am floored by the amount of fabric you have! And I think I need to use some up... teehee

Beautiful totes. What fun to have such a small personal bee. Best of visits eh? Take care. Tazzy

Joan Hawley said...

Barb, your Margos turned out great! Wonderful fabric choices. Great job! Sewing with friends is such fun.
PS: I loves me some Michael Weston, too!

jillytacy said...

Sounds like a great time! I was blown away by the fabric stash! I'm just jealous! it's all organized so nicely. Mine's stuffed in Rubbermaid bins where I can't see it!

Karen said...

Looks like GREAT FUN!