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Thank Goodness It's FINISHED Friday!

Welcome to TGIFF! Thanks for joining us this week!

It is nearly the end of the last one-week Project QUILTING challenge of the season. The challenge for this week is SCRAPtastic and requires that we use at least 12 fabrics. I started with one of my newsletter palettes from this week and built a fabric pull from my stash around those colors.

At this point I didn't have a solid plan for what I'd make and I had one day. I considered a workshop sample or another mini quilt based on a letter of the alphabet, and I finally settled on making a lined drawstring bag as a gift for a friend. I made an open wide zipper pouch as a gift for an earlier Project QUILTING challenge this season.

Since the theme of the challenge was SCRAPtastic, I decided on some improv piecing. I basically sewed slabs together and then cut them up to attach the pieces to other units. Just like my quilts, the slab was stitched with Aurifil 50wt thread and seams were pressed open. I needed a panel that was 10 1/2" by 24 1/2" for the exterior of the bag. (I opted to not have an accent fabric along the top of the exterior.) I worked from yardage, but this technique could easily be applied to scraps!

I love this tutorial and have made numerous lined drawstring bags in the past. It's a quick project. I sewed this up, including the scrappy exterior, in an afternoon. And it doesn't require any interfacing or hardware. Quick and easy!


In Other News...

Voting is open for the Craftsy 2018 Quilt Designer Fellowship. I'm a finalist and I'd be so excited to win! If you haven't voted yet today, click over to see the work of the ten finalists and vote for your favorite. Voting ends on March 23 at 11:59pm MST.

I'm linking up to Project QUILTINGNeedle & Thread Thursday, and Finish It Friday.




Since I just showed you the Lined Drawstring Bags (using Jeni Baker's tutorial) I gave as teacher gifts this year, I thought I'd show you my first set. These were from March 2013, using a coordinated set of fat quarters that I'd purchased with no particular project in mind. I love how the set all goes together and was a little sad to split them up. Two were donated to my quilt guild's quilt show sale, I gave one to a friend for her birthday and we have two that house toys. The middle one in the group picture is the one The Boy chose to keep his matchbox cars in. I love that I get to see it often and clean-up is really easy for both kids.

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