Anna came to Vermont and we made market bags…

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Should I just add a photo and call it good?

No?  It’s true and all – Anna did travel to Vermont last weekend and we did make the market bag from her upcoming book, Handmade Style (due out in just a couple weeks, apparently!). That doesn’t really explain how fun it was and how much I appreciate Phiona of Nido planning such a fun event. Phiona put together a great weekend of sewing with Anna Graham, and while I was there mainly to help out, the lovely ladies attending the event hardly needed any of my help making bags, so in the end I was convinced to make one of my own. I’m not really a bag maker, so I was hesitant to give it a go, but I’m so glad I did (though I did have to have Anna sew a portion of the bag for me!) – I have a great bag now just begging for warmer weather and trips to the farmer’s market.

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The bag is a wonderful size, is super sturdy with a layer of soft and stable, and looks so polished with those great leather handles. I’m almost temped to attempt another!

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Thanks, Anna and Phiona, for a fun weekend of sewing!

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a medallion quilt top

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I didn’t set out to make a medallion quilt, but it would seem as though I have. I pulled out these fabrics recently, pulling mostly from a fat eighth bundle of Anna Maria Horner’s Honor Roll line, and adding in other prints that I felt had that same kind of vibe.

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I started this one as I had just finished up my Liberty Churn Dash, so of course churn dash blocks were still on my mind….but this time in miniature. I made a few and squealed over how cute they were, but of course there’s no way I’d have patience for an entire quilt of 3″ churn dash blocks, so I put them together for the center of this quilt (initially inspired by an image of this quilt, which I had pulled out of a magazine ages ago).

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From there I had fun building out, adding various rings – some rings made up of other blocks (some half square triangles, plus blocks and larger churn dashes), and others of just a printed fabric. It was an interesting challenge to select what I felt was ‘the right’ next print, and I spent quite a long time auditioning prints on the design wall and studying them from afar.

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From the get go, my goal was to use what I had – this wasn’t a planned project, but I was really into it, and I didn’t want to have to sit around waiting for fabric to arrive, so I decided that if I didn’t have enough, I’d have to use something else or come up with some other solution. It added an extra little challenge into this project, as there were many times when I felt I had found ‘the perfect’ fabric, only to discover that I was way short!

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And in the end I’m really happy with how it turned out! I particularly love those projects that come along unplanned and keep me really interested the whole way through.

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fabrics (or potential quilts…)

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Sometimes it takes me a while to get into a fabric line, and I think that might have been the case with Anna Maria Horner’s Honor Roll. I bought just a fat eighth bundle of the line and wasn’t immediately sure I could see myself using it. Then suddenly a week or two ago I felt it needed to be a quilt, right away (and right away grabbed another bundle while I had the chance! — I snagged the last one from Llama Fabrics, but looks like you can still grab bundles here at Westwood Acres).

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I started with most of the prints from this line and added in a few additional prints that had the same sort of vibe – there are some older Anna Maria prints, a bunch of Denyse Schmidt (they seem to play so well together, no?), some Cotton + Steel and a few others.

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I wasn’t really sure what these would become, but having just finished up with my churn dash quilt, I started in with a few itty bitty churn dash blocks. I’ve shared a few sneak peeks over on IG, and as you can see, it’s turned into a bit of a medallion quilt. I’ve been having such a good time auditioning fabrics while trying to decide what to add next. Hope to have photos soon!

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Also on the cutting table — these lovely double gauze fabrics from Jones & Vandermeer. I can’t resist buying double gauze fabrics – they’re so soft and perfect for quilts or clothing. The top aqua print and the bottom anchor print are new Sevenberry prints (nicely priced for double gauze, too!), the black gingham is a Robert Kaufman reversible double cloth and the third from the left is a new print by Tomotake Muddy Works.

I can’t decide to go the quilting route or clothing route for these – some days I look and can picture another 16 patch Liberty quilt (from Alexia Abegg’s Liberty Love book) paired with either the gingham or anchor print, but at the same time I’m loving the thought of a double gauze Linden (thanks to a few I’ve seen on IG recently…). The jury’s still out, and they’re still sitting on the sewing table, but hopefully I’ll make a decision soon!

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