Tuesday, May 11, 2010

17 Totebags....

I am on the run! I'm about to leave on a 5 day adventure with my sister, but had to get some prep work done for a class I'm teaching as soon as I get home.

Part of the class involves introducing the students to crazy quilting. This is no ordinary class, you see...it is also a birthday party one of my best friends is giving, and the class is the party activity!
She wanted me to prepare kits for her guests/my students, and I decided the kits should go in totebags decorated for the occasion. The ladies will each have silk ribbon and embroidery threads, a simple how-to booklet, needles, scissors....oh all sorts of lovely things in their totes.

But I had to get those totes done in a big hurry!

I ordered them from Dharma and dyed them up with some very old Procion dyes I had on hand.
The colors were selected to go with the Sassa Lynn thread collections I ordered from Carolyn at Evening Star Designs.

Jean at RiverSilks obligingly put together the ribbon palettes I had picked out for each colorway too. I pieced blocks to tie it all together, the tote, the ribbon, and the threads, and then attached the blocks to the totes with various trims....

That was so much fun, doing the piecing. I don't get to do that near often enough.

It was complete and utter mayhem in my sewing room as I dumped out all my trim onto my worktable so I could pick out borders for my blocks. Each totebag is different.
You can see the ribbon collection and Sasse Lynn thread twist in the foreground next to the tote.

They are all done...here is one of the purple ones with its trim all sewn on, ribbons and thread.

This was such a fun and wacky 4 days!!!!

My secret project of the past week or so is intended as a house present for my hostess, so I will post it after I get home next week.

I can barely catch my breath. Adios, amigas!!!!

16 comments :

Suzanne Kistler said...

Absolutely AWESOME!! What a great idea for a birthday party! They're going to LOVE it!!!

Gerry Krueger said...

Tou are such a whiz I can't believe how much and how fast you get done.... Gerry K.

Marty52 said...

Wowzers! That's a heck of alot of work in a short time, Allie! They will be so great for the party/class. What a treat for everyone! Have a wonderful time with your sister.

Judy S. said...

What a fun idea! Have a great time with your sis!

Conni said...

Those totes are amazing! What a fantastic idea! Hope we get to see some embellished.

Have a great time with your sister.

Plays with Needles said...

I want to come to THAT party!!!!! What a fabulous party favor! The bag, your piecing, the ribbons, the thread!! It's awesome...and the fact that everyone has a different bag...they will love that...and the colors are great!

PLease take pics at the party and have a fun trip!

Mary Corbet said...

The tote bags are fantastic, Allie! Perfect - and so fun! Have a great five days with your sister! Hope it's a blast!

JodyC said...

Fabulous tote bags, sounds like a wonderful birthday party.

sudukc said...

This is so cool...I want to come to your birthday party too! You should think of offereing these to other$ at a later date. I'd get one, I have always wanted to know more about crazy quilt embellishments. Happy Birthday!

Possibilities, Etc. said...

Bien hecho! Portate bien - have a wonderful time with your cousin. Those tote bags are incredible. Wish I were taking your class!

Saje said...

Wow!! it might take me 4 weeks to do all of those lol. But it is amazing how fast a person works when they do love what they do. They look beautiful!!!

Summerset said...

Wow. That's going to be some party. Have a great time!

ROZ said...

Wow, wow. You're too good to those folks! What a colorful project

Candi said...

Wow Allison, do you have any of that energy left?? I'll take some if you do.lol What a wonderful idea for a birthday party! They're lucky to have you and are going to just LOVE them!

Barb said...

Your totes are totally awesome!!!

Pat said...

Allie, These are just wonderful...what a special class! Lucky students! And time with your sister...a very special thing... pat