Thursday, February 6, 2014

This and That

During the Be a Hexie Queen Blog Hop,
I had the good fortune to win a beautiful Hoffman fat quarter bundle
Thank you, Beth!
It was waiting for me when I arrived in Texas.
As soon as I handled it, I knew what I wanted to make.
I don't have an e-reader, I just liked the bag.
I don't even carry a bag.  I just like to make them!
It's a cross-shoulder bag and a fat quarter friendly project.
I was lucky to find a button that mirrors the pattern in the lining
which, of course, I didn't photograph.
I do wish I'd paid a little closer attention to the pattern
in the main fabric when I was cutting.
This was my first time following a WpCP pattern
and it was so well written.
I learned how to make hidden pockets,
and if you follow the link,
WpCP has a great tutorial.
It's amazingly simple.
 I predict more of these bags in my future!
I'm linking up to Terry's Treasures today
to show my 2 hastily photographed Goodnight Irene Sew-Along rows.
I find these blocks are a great leader/ender project
or are perfect when I becomed overwhelmed
and need something simple to ground me.
I have a lot of projects on the go
and can't help starting new ones,
and sometimes that makes me wander around in circles.
Of course, there's a bird.
Don't want you to be too disappointed,
although it's photographed from quite a distance.

Female Golden-fronted Woodpecker
(Melanerpes aurifrons)
Length: 8.7–10.2 inches
Wingspan: 16.9 inches
Golden-fronted Woodpecker Range Map

On today's plate are bibs and burp cloths
for a last minute, impromptu baby shower tomorrow
for a set of twins that almost didn't make it!
They are thriving now,
so it's safe to part-eee and celebrate their arrival.
Have a stellar day!
Stay safe and warm.
Thanks for visiting.



  1. This and that, ..... likes that title and enjoys your posts.

  2. Love your Irene blocks...such bright fresh colours. Great work on that bag too!

  3. Love the bag Karen and your Irene blocks are looking great ! Have fun making the bibs and burp cloths :-)

  4. I love your Irene blocks! I'm on a mission to finish projects at the moment. I actually have two empty project tubs, and that's never happened before! LOL

  5. the bag is lovely.... I had to laugh that you don't even use them though.... fun to be sewing for little fighting twins...

  6. love your bag! sounds like you are busy in Texas. Love the bird :)

  7. Gorgeous bag! I really like Whistlepig patterns. Very user friendly. Your Irene is just wonderful. The fabrics you chose are so pretty. Sooo pretty. I know what you mean about going in circles..I have a lot of starts going on right now and just can't seem to settle down and finish.

  8. You have been busy! I really like your bag and your Irene blocks are coming along nicely. Glad the little twins are thriving and I'm sure their Mama will appreciate the burp cloths and bibs. One can never have too many. Great picture of your woodpecker. Nola

  9. WoW! That is a beautiful bag!
    Greetings, Sonnja

  10. I love making bags too. Your quilt is making me long for Spring. Pretty florals as I sit in a deep freeze. Stellar bird. Such happy news about the twins. Happy sewing.

  11. love your bag and your "Good night Irene" looks wonderful..

  12. that fabric is gorgeous and you did a fantastic job.
    Your blocks look so pretty together.
    Thanks for showing us a new bird to me anyway.

  13. Great post Karen, the bag is gorgeous and so is your quilt. Also enjoyed the woodpecker picture. Another nice selection of goodies today and so happy to hear the wee twins are doing well after their rough start in life.

  14. I love the bag! wonderful. Have to check out that link.

  15. What a nice win! Sometimes it's just fun to have something whether you use it or not.....grin. You Irene looks great and the photo of the woodpecker is wonderful. Love looking at the birds in my yard.

  16. That turned out to be a very pretty bag !

  17. Your Irene blocks are really coming along. I like them. I need to find a place to lay my blocks out so I can match up my scrappy x blocks with the scrappy patch blocks.

  18. A big well done,you bagged it.

  19. What a nice bag! I like the design and the fabrics. Thanks for sharing the bird photo and information. It's fun reading about what other people get to see in their part of the world. Bibs for twins? I have identical twins who are almost 29 now. It was so neat raising them and seeing them grow up. They were best friends while growing up and they are best friends still, living within five miles of each other. Best wishes to the mom!

  20. Of course I like that bag! You don't carry one though? You must always wear clothing with pockets then. Well, the bag turned out great, and the way the print is arranged, it looks like you spent considerable time appliquéing it!


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