Using What I Have

April 18th

I’ve haven’t been shopping for art supplies in weeks. GAH! I’m participating in that “Use what you have” thing and it is driving me positively frugal. I finished up this scrap bag and felted it. It is still huge. Thankfully, it gives me plenty of room to fill it with clothing and toys for some friends. It is going to be a gift I’m hauling to Nicaragua mid-summer when visiting for work.

scrap bag, done

Don’t you love that handle and button hole? My ever so wonderful Mami finished this baby for me this weekend. In turn, I used my limited computer knowledge to reorganize her digital photo albums and mp3 files. We were both content with each other’s skills.

button hole scrap bag

Considering the handle fabric and button were hers, this project was 100% use what you/your mom has. Yippee!

Want to see what was on her sewing room floor when she was working on my bag? The Quilter Extraodinaire is at it again:

Painting with fabric

This is a new technique from a class she’s recently taken. It is called “painting with fabric,” or something like that. You can’t tell from my photos, but their is toile sewn over many of these fabrics, so the texture up close is incredible. My favorite is the sky:

My mom's latest quilt

I wish sewing skills were genetic. I’d be in the money.

~K

p.s. Did you get your BackTack III partner today? I can’t wait!!

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7 Responses

  1. Love, love, love the felted bag! Big felted bags are the best. Your mom’s quilt is amazing. How I wish I knew how to do that.

  2. The bag is awesome! Great job. Love the handle too. I’m also drooling over the beautiful quilt. Ay yi yi – makes me want to take up a new hobby!!!

  3. Great bag – and that quilt is AMAZING!

  4. That sky is so Van Gogh.

  5. Holy friggen lord that quilt is SQWEET! Mami Donk is so impressive – please tell her that Finny wants to dive into that lovely painted river.

    Also — excellent bag! I’m sure it and all its contents will be warmly received on your trip. You’re a good one 🙂

  6. I’ll second what Jessica says – gorgeous work.
    : )

  7. OMG, that quilt is BEYOND freakin’ A-MAZING! I love everything about it, the mountains, the river, the woods, the colors… GASP!!

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