Wednesday, February 18, 2009

It's All In The BAG

Linda Basden, Jo-Ann Evans, Florence Peyrefitte, Nancy Knight, Diann Loper, Leslie Kiger, Gloria Green, Marilyn Tucker

Pine Belt Quilters were treated to a scrumptious trunk show of quilted BAGs - just about any type of bag you can think of was displayed to the delight of members. There were organizer bags, weekend bags, bags large enough to transport quilts, evening bags, baby bags and of course the old fashioned (purse) bag! Here are some tips I picked up from the program today, given by Florence Peyrefitte:
  • When making quilted bags think border fabrics, they make a very handsome bag!
  • A pocket or center portion of the bag is a great place for some of those UFO blocks you have lying around your sewing room.
  • For a rigid bottom you can use Deco-Bond, Timtex (both found near interfacing at your sewing supply store), foam core board, stiff cardboard covered with fabric (sort of like a pillow case) that can be removed for laundering, or even plastic canvas (the kind used for cross stitch embroidery.)

At the workshop next week, headed by Diann Loper, participants will fashion their own quilted bags. Can't wait till next month's show and tell! If you are attending the workshop -- before the workshop you need to quilt at least 1/2 yard of fabric using VERY THIN batting. Bring your quilted piece, machine and sewing supplies to the class. A walking foot or even feed foot may also be helpful.

PBQ is already hard at work on the 2010 Quilt Show, the theme is log cabins. Leslie Kiger and Ellen Hall will co-chair the show. Rhoda Libiez has agreed to chair the committee to make the donation or opportunity quilt. Jo-Ann Evans has already come up with ribbons and nametags, and members were asked to pick up patterns and make some. We are off and running....after all, the show is only 20 months away!