Frenchy Bag by Amy Butler

>> Saturday, April 5, 2008

My "Frenchy" shoulder bag

Now that I'm "caught up" with my quilt pictures (okay, not really), I'll have time to start posting fun pictures of what I am working on right now! Last night I decided to make an Amy Butler pattern (Frenchy Bag), which I have secretly been stalking on the Internet for some time now. My LQS finally got the pattern in, and I thought it would be adorable in the "Ginger Blossom" line by Sandi Henderson. If you love fabric, check this line out--such cute fabrics! We're headed out of town for spring break, and what better way to travel than with a new, fun handbag, right? I have also been getting some handwork ready for the road trip so I'll still be working on some projects while I'm traveling. I'll be working on my "Shooting Star" qulit and "Gatherings". My quilt guild had a Spring retreat about a month ago, and I took the "Shooting Star" class from Nancy Raymond of Whimsy Cottage in SLC. This is the most ambitious quilting project I have taken on to date. The pattern is lots of small pieces and hand applique. But, the finished project was beautiful. We'll see how mine turns out. The other project I am taking with me is called "Gatherings", and it comes from a great book I found with lots of 3 dimensional patterns. I am suddenly attracted to texture in quilts and fabrics, and the gathered blocks will hopefully turn out great. I'll post pictures when I am finished, of course!


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Quilting is good therapy. It all started about 18 years ago when I had two little kiddos running around the house in diapers and spent my days as a stay-at-home mom. I soon discovered that I needed something more interesting than sorting laundry to keep me going. That's when I discovered the joy of quilting. Now, years down the road, I've added another kiddo to the mix. We've said goodbye to diapers and hello to driver's licenses and college (yikes!), and I have many quilts behind me. I now have a studio in my basement with a long-arm machine where I keep myself busy quilting for others and for myself, too, when I get the time. I hope you enjoy looking at what I've been working on!

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