Saturday, May 8, 2010

What do you do with your precious string quilt scraps?

After making my Licorice Allsorts string quilt.....
I had some precious flea market fancy strings leftover, along with a few black and white strings.
Not wanting to waste ANY flea market fancy I have turned my strings into....strippy bags!
I have used this gorgeous Rosalie Quinlan bag pattern before (called Naomi's Little Carry Bag) and adapted it a little to suit my leftover strings. I love how they turned out, and they used up almost all my scraps.
For the lining of the flea market fancy bags I used one of my favourite toile fabrics from an older Jennifer Paganelli line called Girlfriends.
The black and white bag was just calling for Brandon Mably's divine black and purple fabric called Black Burlesque Brocade. The purple looks so rich and glorious surrounded by all the black and white!
I'm almost at my 100th post anniversary, so perhaps one of these bags may need to find another home soon, keep an eye out for that!

Talking about surprises...I was nearly knocked off my chair the other day when I found out my blog has been listed as one of Kaffe Fassett and Liza Prior Lucy's favourite blogs, oh my, I'm still getting over that one! Check over at Craft Gossip to see the other 9 amazing blogs listed, as well as a chance to enter their competition to win Kaffe's new book (be quick though i'm not sure when it closes!). Have a lovely weekend xo

51 comments:

beth said...

oooh! I love your bags! And what an honor to be on that blog list! WOW!

Allie said...

Your bags look great! You definitely can't waste any of that FMF!

Kim said...

Love the quilt...and the bags from the leftovers! And that is a well deserved mention from Kaffe & Liza! Your blog is great!

sharon said...

Wow the quilt is beautiful and so are the bags! Just love all the colour! Wonderful you got mentioned, you certainly deserve it, you are always making the most amazing things! Chears! Sharonj.

imquilternity said...

Love, love, love your bags! They're wonderful! I saw that you were among Kaffe's 10 favorite blogs...congratulations girl! You deserve it!

Quilts on Bastings said...

Stunning bags Cathy!

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

Love the use of scrap fabric! Just trashing through my own scrap bin for 4 inch squares, and infact most of my scraps are long thin strippy bits - so your post has come at a good time!

Wonderful honorable mention on Craft Gossip. Well deserved.

Ritax

ps Happy Mother's Day for tomorrow.

EJ180 said...

Your bags are wonderful. I've been blog hopping hoping to find ways to use my scraps. The ruffles at the top are way too cute.

wishes, true and kind said...

String quilt scraps? Back in the basket for another string quilt, of course :). Even the short strings are great for string x quilts!

Hmmmm. One of Kaffe and Liza's favorite blogs? I'm not even the teeniest bit surprised! I checked out the newest book from the library and have been pouring over it. Read it right before bed last night. I love it when I dream in quilts!

One Flew Over said...

Gorgeous bags Cathy and a very clever way to use your scraps x

two hippos said...

The string quilt is fabulous and the bags are so cute too! Wonderful way of using up the delicious fabrics.

Janet said...

Congratulations Cathy! That's thrilling news. Love the bags, they're perfect in those fabrics. You must have had a production line going.

Christine said...

wow what happy looking bags they are and your quilt is just stunning too.

cheers
Christine

Sue said...

ohhh I love those bags and the quilt is gorgeous.

Marit said...

Congratulations, Cathy! That's a big compliment from Kaffe Fassett! I love my FMF fabric so much, i think you are brave to use the last string to make pretty bags - and not just keep them around to look at....

Theresa said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous bags. I love them! And well deserved listing by Mr Fassett. Well done you!

susi said...

congratulations from me too,susi

LeKaQuilt said...

hi, luv your bags, I will hold an eye on your blog, as I always do :o)
greate way to use left owers!

Jenny said...

amazing Cathy! I am so thrilled to see you use every last piece of that fabric! and to such a beautiful means! so blinking exciting that Kaffe reads your blog!! and LIKES your blog!! heartfelt, full of admiration congratulations!!!

Rafael's Mum said...

Congrats on being on that list! You so fully deserve it! You make beautiful, beautiful things! Thanks for the heads up on the competition too.

Bunny said...

Your little bags are just darling. You sure did an outstanding job using up your leftovers. What fun and I sure would love to win one. ;)

Cardygirl said...

Great bags Cathy! your quilt looks fabulous too. How exciting to be on KF's fav blog list..what a thrill,,,well deserved though!

Jackie said...

You were definitely in bag making mode! They are fabulous!! Congrats on being one of their favorite reads. There is a good reason for that, your blog is fantastic!

alobsiger said...

The bags are perfect! Love that ruffle! The black burlesque brocade is my favorite. I just haven't figured out what I want to do with it yet. Congrats, congrats!!

shellysquilts said...

Darlin quilt! And super-duper cute bags! Luv the ruffle, it is a nice touch! Well done! Happy sewing!

Dee said...

Just couldn't have happened to a nicer, sweeter or kinder quilter!

The bags are fabulous!

Rae Ann said...

Kathy ~ I absolutely LOVE your Licorice Allsorts string quilt. What a beauty!!!
I am also so impressed by you for making the bags from the leftovers. WOW! Yoo are simply amazing!
Hugs!

sewpam63 said...

Kudo's to YOU!!! How wonderful, fun, dizzying!!! ; ) Celebrate!!!

Shelley said...

Beautiful bags! And congrats on getting blog love from Kaffe and Liza - what a huge compliment! Obviously they have great taste :)

Carla said...

Your string bags are beautiful. And the quilt is one of my favorites!

Maree: said...

Congrats on being among the list of Favs by Mr.KF..what a Thrill for You...Love what you did with those strips...they are Gorgeous.
cheers

Ann Marie said...

Congratulations! More proof Kaffe has good taste!

Bronwyn said...

I am not surprised you are a fave of KF - you absolutely deserve the recognition! Well done on the bags - the black and white would be lovely as an evening bag.

Stephanie said...

Absolutely love them all! Yes, use up every single delicious piece of Flea Market Fancy.

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

Happy Mother's Day Cathy! I'm so excited for you about your recognition on that blog...you're awesome! :D

Love the bags! Especially that little ruffle at the top. :)

Karen said...

Those bags are adorable!! You deserve the recognition - congrats!

Tammy Gilley said...

What a gorgeous quilt!! And I love, love, LOVE the "leftover bags"! So clever of you.

Katy said...

congratulations - your blog is one of my favourites as well (although I'm not quite as impressive as Kaffe and Liza!!!)

Those bags are beautiful, and it's lovely to see that quilt again, I think that's one of my recent favourites.

Kelly said...

Gorgeous Bags Cathy, great way to use up those precious scraps! And Big Congrats for the recognition, did you do a little happy dance?!!?

Esther said...

Love your bags!
Excelent colour choices.
esther

Sarah said...

Love the frills at the top of the bags! So gorgeous!

Kim D. said...

Your bags are adorable, what a great idea to use up scraps. Congrats for being picked by Kaffe for his list of favorite blogs. How fun!! I can see why he appreciates your quilts and use of color.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Incredible. Love strings. LOVE LOVE your bags.

Rene' said...

Congratulations on being on that awesome blog list! Great bags made with your leftover strings.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Your strip bags are gorgeous - they are so cheerful and bright! Great use of scraps.

randi---i have to say said...

Oh wow, those bags are adorable! Great way to use up scraps!

Helen in Switzerland said...

Hi Cathy, I love your blog - you're a real inspiration! Those strip bags are just gorgeous! Yes, a great pattern, but it's the fabric choices that really make them!
Best wishes from Switzerland, Helen

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

Hello, it's nice to meet and follow you!

i love that you don't throw anything out..and find a way to use your scraps! that's a wonderful way to be green!
your bags are amazing! well done!

do come by and visit with me At
Creative Carmelina!

see you there, ciao bella!

Miss Sews-it-all said...

Love your quilt! And that is a great bag pattern!

Speaking of sharing tips, have you visited www.WeAllSew.com yet? Lots of links to other sewers on the web sharing what they are stitching up!

cathleen said...

Congrats on making the list! That must feel so awesome, Cathy. I can see why....you make beautiful quilts. Your scrap bags are really pretty as well.

Barb said...

wow...everything just pops....everything is so fun!!