Sunday, June 20, 2010

A Fabric Sale And A New BackPack

Bernina connection had their annual Summer Sale today, machines, software, etc all on sale and lots of fabric too! Their sale fabric, normally 50% off, was 75% off today! I think a lot of people did some stash building including my young quilting friends who are focussed on building a respectable stash.
L bought close to 30yds of fabric I think, I forgot to take pics, and I was much more restrained because I do already own a respectable stash!

This lovely black and white came home with me, just what was left on the bolt after my young friend bought a large chunk to back a yellow, black and white quilt she is planning for a friend's wedding gift! Only sewing two months and she is motivated and ambitious, it is exciting to see!

I also found this great CW repro patriotic fabric in the 75% off group that is perfect for the backing of the flag quilt I am making for our great nephew in Boston. I purchased all that was left, at $2.50/yd. there was no point in leaving a yard or two on the bolt, LOL!
Anyway, I make those Quilts Of Valor for our wounded warriors so I can always use more patriotic fabric.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Isn't this adorable?
After our shopping trip the youngest new quilter wanted to make a backpack for the family trip to the islands next week. We found this cheerful Hawaiian looking fabric on the sale table so the whole project cost $2.50, with some scraps of trim and velcro out of my stash.
Time being short- we had only this afternoon to do it- we made a simple drawstring style. No pattern but it was really fast and easy and we just made it up as we went along. There's a double pocket inside for cell phone and cash, and one on the outside with a velcro closure for sunnies etc.

S did the sewing and I did the directing! I wish that I had taken pics of the progress so I could have a tut, but it was very simple, just a rectangle sewn pillowcase style with the drawstring in the top. We made it self lined and the final item ended up about 18" square. The straps are 2.5" x 18" strips sewn lengthwise and turned and the drawstring is 3/4" grosgrain ribbon .

S found this flower sample piece I made when I got my embroidery machine and thought it was cute so she sewed it on the back of her pack! Doesn't it look sweet? And it even says "Quilters" on it! Perfect!

She looks pretty pleased with the result and I know her that Daddy must be very impressed with her creative abilities.
Way to go, girl, have a lovely island holiday!


Gramma 2 Many said...

It is always good when we see a young person take an interest in sewing or any creative outlet.
Love her backpack and I am sure she will get many hours of wear:)
I love your fabric choices. I never find sales like this in my area. If I were to do so, I certainly would not leave much on the bolts either.
Happy Sewing!!

Miri said...

So glad you're passing on quilting-love to the younger generation! She looks very happy with her adorable back-pack bag!

Great fabrics and I love the price. There are never any sales here!

Deborah said...

Great fabric purchases! I'm sure you will make good use of them.

Heather said...

That's a wonderful little backpack and an awesome choice of fabric.

farmlady said...

I love those first two fabrics. The first one looks like lace. Would you use it to make a quilt? Do you ever use filmy fabric for a quilt?
Cute girl with her backpack. She will be styling in Hawaii. It's wonderful that you share your talent with the next generation.
Are you anywhere near the fires? I'm concerned.

Dayna said...

It's so great when we can pass on our passion to the next generation!

Alycia said...

Very very nice backpack - and my favorite color as well!