Monday, March 22, 2010

Recycling a metal tape measure

A metal tape measure + quilting -- not a likely combination, but this weekend, quilting with friends, the cutest little bags were created with that duo. Stitchin' Sisters has a line of "snap" patterns for making bags of various sizes, using a metal tape measure for the closure. Our fearless leader for the day, Becci, cut and prepared enough metal from one $4 tape measure for everybody's 6 x 7-1/2" bags, with a lot of tape left over.

The tape measure chunks are inserted into casings, and when you pull on your prairie points (2 are tucked under the top bands on the outside), the top of the bag snaps open and stays open. Cute! Proudly showing their bags (L --> R) Roxanne, Pat MN, Betty, Georgia (who had already put selvages into her bag), Chris, Becci, Pat IA, and Linda.

We collectively worked on a variety of projects this past weekend. Georgia made this large Easter egg runner/wallhanging from Pieced Tree patterns, modifying the design on the egg.

Chris was organizing her 50 pairs of guild signature blocks into rows, adding final sashing and nearing a decision on whether to add a border.

Funky monkey fabric is the background for this bold star made by Becci -- a baby quilt.

Linda was carefully stitching some lovely wool flowers and leaves for a BOM project.

Terry Atkinson's pattern "Slide Show" is used for this bold quilt for (IA) Pat's grandson.

What a smart idea she shared!! She wanted a variety of sports fabrics for the quilt, and rather than trying to gather a collection by herself, she simply bought a stack of 10" squares of Timeless Treasures sports fabrics and had a great assortment for the quilt. She bought yardage for the small squares and the bright blue framing fabric, and her supplies were complete.

Great weekend! I did a little of this and a little less of that. I'll share a spring wallhanging when it's finished.


Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Lots of lovely projects! Thanks for sharing all the inspiration.

Barb said...

Love your block below....and it sure looks like you had a fantastic time....

Lori said...

It looks like great fun and so much going on! I love the little bags! how creative!!

AnnieO said...

Everybody seems to have had a lot of fun. I envy you getting together with lots of other quilters, as I quilt alone! Thanks for sharing all the pics. Snap!


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