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Thread: Virtual Quilt Retreat - April Edition 4-19-13

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    DeeCee, when you get one done be sure to post here, even if it is a month from now! we love looking at them.

    Myrna, OMG that is stunning. I would actually use the red for the lining and the inside of the tab, black on the outside. It would really give it a punch! But a black lining would look more elegant. Hmmm, hard choice.

    Also just put a little binding on the piece that messed up, and use it for a coaster in your sewing room. And yes there are some decorative stitches that dont work, but you cant tell until you try.

    Everyone's bags look so good, Love the different looks!

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    Nice work, folks. I love the black and white -- really classy. I'm finished with mine. I've cut out one more that is about 3" taller and will do the quilting on it this weekend, but need to wait until the magnetic clasps and more zippers come in that I ordered. I used two pieces of magnets inside this one and they are not really strong enough. This is a great pattern and I can see myself making more. I really appreciate the tute on doing a zippered pocket inside the lining. THANKS SO MUCH, CAROLYN!
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    Mary B, I love your black and white. Very classy!
    Belfry, you are quick.

    The news on the terrorist in Boston got my attention last night. PTL they caught the remaining terrorist.

    Anyway, this morning I 'have to' wash my red fabric before I can begin. Can't wait though.

    Linda

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    Thanks so much for your Tote bag instructions. I had trouble getting back to this page, not sure if I will finish, but I am loving all of the posts and the different varriations.

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    Everyone's bags are looking great! Took a few minutes on my lunch break to get on here and peak. Gotta get back downstairs and let someone else have a chance to grab a bite before we get really busy this afternoon

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    Ok ladies, how are we doing?? am anxious to see more photos.

    Here is a photo of the diamonds, they are all done, now need to sash it, about 1/2 way done with that.

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    Carolyn: Your diamonds are really striking. I would really like to esperiment with that design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emma S View Post
    Carolyn: Your diamonds are really striking. I would really like to esperiment with that design.
    Emma, wish I could give ya a pattern or a link, but I just kinda fudged alot and finally got something workable....lol next time I do one, I will invest the time in finding a pattern. I kept thinking "oh how hard can this be" LOL pretty darned with those stupid angles...I have lots of scraps now...might make a cute string quilt out of them later

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    Finished my bag today. There were a couple new techniques here, just what I was looking for, I like to try new things. I will make another one, which should go smoother, hehe.

    Carolyn, thank you again for your help and hosting this retreat.
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    Carolyn,

    The diamonds are great, I love the colors, blue is my favorite. I'm a little slow on the quilting, the machine I am conferrable on only goes forward and back and no fancy stitches. I should have it finished by tomorrow. I am doing a random pattern kind of following the flowers. I did get out for a walk this afternoon, it got to the low 40's and the snow is leaving. I will post photo tomorrow.

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    Lynda, your bag is so much like spring it makes me smile. I envy those who are already finished, they are wonderful.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sapphire_Rae View Post
    Finished my bag today. There were a couple new techniques here, just what I was looking for, I like to try new things. I will make another one, which should go smoother, hehe.

    Carolyn, thank you again for your help and hosting this retreat.

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    Thanks Dedemac. That's what I wanted, something cheerful and I love daisies. I think I am going to put a bit of bling on the tab, i'll show another picture when I get it on and one of the inside. This was really fun to make.
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    Beautiful diamonds, Carolyn, such gorgeous fabrics. Well worth persevering with 'all those stupid angles' eh?

    Thanks everyone, for your nice comments and congratulations on your finishes. Stunning bags. I will finish today and am already planning the next one. I love the pattern, thank you Carolyn and will also use it again and again. I've decided to stay with 'elegant' and keep this one just black and white. Good suggestion for the dud one though, also thought I might use it for FMQ practice, can do with plenty of that.
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    Started over with actually kind of following directions. I have no idea why my brain told me to cut the main parts at 13 1/2 inches instead of 18 1/2 inches...you can never trust me with math! Well, too late, just made it a bit smaller and it is now becoming a purse
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    I out a zippered section on the outside front after having had cannibalized an old plastic purse (and people call me a hoarder!).
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    Here's the feet. I borrowed a section out of an old shoe tote and secured it with the feet on the inside for a sturdy bottom.
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    Here's the back with a little cell phone pocket. I think I may need to adjust the strap position to accommodate the lining and trim.
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    This is going to be the lining I will finish tomorrow. That front zipper completely thrashed me!

    Love everyone's so far and love that some of you (most) can follow directions!
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    great job Tracy. I am in such a tizzy, wanting to go sew on mine.

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    blue diamonds

    Quote Originally Posted by CarolynMT View Post
    Ok ladies, how are we doing?? am anxious to see more photos.

    Here is a photo of the diamonds, they are all done, now need to sash it, about 1/2 way done with that.

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    PRETTY PRETTY PRETTY DIAMONDS
    Can hardly wait to see the rest of it. GOOD JOB

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    Sapphire....VERY VERY PRETTY. Good job!!! hugs

    Carolyn, thank you again for your help and hosting this retreat.[/QUOTE]

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    Wow, Sapphire, your tote turned out great. I love your fancy stitching.

    Traci, you did a great job on your purse! I like the way you did your straps.

    Carolyn, your diamonds are looking gorgeous. Those blues really grab me.

    Linda

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    Would like pdf download

    Carolyn. This is my first "virtual retreat" and it sounds like fun. Please send me the pdf file: [email protected].

    Thank you so much!

    Gayle

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    I love all the great totes (and modified ones). I was excited to make this tote until I saw I large it was. But, after seeing some of these modified bags, I need to pick out another type of fabric and make me one. I have a couple of specific yardages set aside for a new purse but don't want it this large.

    Thanks Carolyn for doing this retreat !! Maybe we could do something "diamonds" in a future retreat. I really like those.
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    Tracy: Really like your bag. Remember that was not a mistake, it was a design decision.

    Have my machine set up for FM so havn't started yet, although I sure want to.

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    Ok Ladies, tis the end of the weekend. How about some photos of progress?? or fabrics? anything? lol Hope you enjoyed this months virtual retreat. I took my bag to the quilt show last weekend had to go home once it was full. Probably should have made it a tad bigger lol

    Anyhow, here is a photo of my weekend project. I call this one "Heart of the Flame" because the center or heart of a flame is blue/white. And my son is the center of my heart. This one is for his birthday. I will be quilting it with a flame pantograph in variegated blue threads to keep with the theme.

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    Have a project picked out for next month already thinking of doing a reversable washable hat! That way we can all go spend time outside in style and safety! keep that in mind for when you are shopping this month. It just calls for cotton fabric and some heavy interfacing.

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    Amazing quilt Carolyn. You are a real dynamo, I would never be able to get a entire quilt top done in a weekend. Reminds me of the old saying, "If you want something done, ask a busy person."
    I am a no show on this project. I really want to do it and I am really excited about my fabric choices. Will probably get started after I finish quilting my current UFO. In May I think I might take a break from bed size quilts and finish some small items.

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    I finished mine yesterday afternoon and am thrilled with it but am having problems downloading photos from my camera at the moment, only one out of three showed up last time. Perhaps I should try with DH's camera.

    I'm planning to make another bag soon, slightly bigger for shopping. I agree with you Sapphire, the tab seems to need some bling - I found a big pearl and gold button for mine.

    Tracy what a cute idea to turn a small miscalculation into a big success! I love your purse. Well done.

    Gorgeous quilt Carolyn, and the reversible hat sounds great.
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    Carolyn your quilt is beautiful! Wow.
    I didn't get as far as I had hoped on the tote this weekend but will keep heading forward. Had to rip a few seams since I got ahead of myself.

    Linda

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