We had a friend, her Mum and two children round for a cup of tea last Wednesday. Rosie, who is four any day now, will be starting School in September. As we have once a year School entry in our county Rosie starts in Reception ( first year of the primary School in the UK) in a couple of weeks' time. Rosie's Granny knows I love making Patchwork quilts, cushions and bags so asked if she could ask me a favour. Of course! So I was asked if I could make a Book Bag (with handles) and Gym Bag (with a drawstring) both having Rosie's name on the front.
I finished the Book Bag yesterday and I'm very happy with the result:
I have a box with plastic ziplock bags full of various sized squares which I add to whenever I have suitable sized fabric scraps to cut into squares. Nothing is ever wasted here!
I have several bags of 2.5" squares because I have been intending to make Katy's (of Imagingermonkey fame) Scrap Vomit Quilt. I even took part in two swaps on Swap Bot to get more 2.5" squares. So I had a lot to choose from. Decided on this colourway: pinks, greens and yellows.
As all the patchwork squares were already cut it didn't take long to make the patchwork pieces for the front and back of the bag. I found a piece of pink fabric with turquoise dots which was big enough for the lining and the handles. Even a little left over: a larger scrap for my Scraps drawer and, yes, you've guessed it! Four more 2.5" squares! 70 squares used on the bag and only 4 put back in my stash. Oh dear, I shall have to do a bit of replenishing!
Not before I start Rosie's Gym Bag though. I have found a great tutorial on Pink Penguin's Blog so I hope to start that project tomorrow.
When Rosie was born I made a Teddy Bear quilt for her which she still loves apparently. Her Mummy says she still has the washing instructions I sent along with the quilt and follows them faithfully.
Rosie's Teddy Quilt
I love hearing that my gifted quilts have been loved and used and washed and washed. Makes all the work making them so worthwhile. In fact I would say it gave me a "Rosy glow'!
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