Monday, November 14, 2005

What I made for backtack II




I never shared any photos of what I made for backtack! I was so stressed about getting it done! I did end up sending it a little late because I could not find a big enough box! My recipient was the very talented knitting Sara from KnitWerk. She expressed an interest in quilting and I was fortunate enough to score a kit at JoAnn's on sale that including the cutting mat, the grid ruler and the rotary cutter for $19.99! How incredible is that! Unfortunately it was too big for the bag I had already made, but I think that's okay. I also got the book, The Modern Quilt Workshop which had a lot of good reviews on Amazon.

Sara is very different from me in her tastes! Where I like warm colors and strong contrasts, she likes cool colors all along one curve of the wheel. Amazingly, I had the perfect fabrics in my stash! When I worked at Hancock's I would pick up bolt ends for a song and these were pretty small pieces! The embellishment on the bag was a kit to make a belt that came from JoAnn's. The pincushion is a wrist pincushion (my favorite kind!) that Sara says she is enjoying, so that makes me happy! The big bag is lined with the fabric from a felted pink sweater. The bookmark was fun- two pieces of fabric fused together and trimmed with pinking sheers. On the top layer I embroidered (very badly!) the words "sew good" in a matching thread. What else? Oh yeah, quilters pins, a cool thimble, a pack of betweens, a little lined zipper pouch and a tiny pouch for wee scissors with scissors included. I also threw in a tiny box of purple glass beads tied up with an orange ribbon. I didn't send candy because her last post before I mailed was one about candy overload!

It was really fun to work outside of my box, as the saying goes. I was really happy with the results and I hope Sara is enjoying them as much as I am enjoying my goodies from Sarah of Totally Crunchy! All of the completed projects are over at flickr-go enjoy!

3 friends said....:

  1. Fabulous! Your backtack recipient is very lucky! That wrist pincushion sounds & looks great! Josephine

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  2. I love the bag you made, Bettsi! So pretty!

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  3. Wow! This is gorgeous! Love the colors. Your reciepient is very lucky. How funny that you gave and got both from "Sarah's"..interesting... I'm glad you are still enjoying your bag. I love the one I got too and the whole experience was very positive. I wonder what they will cook up for next April!

    Sarah

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