The Southeastern Animal Fiber Festival, once again lived up to last year’s good time. I took another felting class from Geri Forkner and ended up with more skills and an attractive little felted bag. The evening finds me adding embroidery and beading for emphasis …. more to come.
Later, I joined Sue Dial’s polymer buttons class and just couldn’t quit. These still need to be buffed or polish. Where will they show up next?
I completed the Corded Patchy Clutch yesterday, and I still hope to make a bit larger size by Saturday. It is 9″ x 10″ – perfect for that iPad or Kindle, and it has a pocket for your iPhone or any phone. The straps tuck down into it if you don’t want to carry it on your shoulder. I will have the pattern up in my ETSY shop by Saturday too. I don’t have to complete the larger one totally by Saturday because I need one tote or clutch that is still in its parts for demonstration purposes. 3PM – Saturday – A Thread Runs Through It! – Durham Orange Quilter’s Guild Show (biennial) – American Tobacco Trail, Bay 7 – October 19, 20, 21. See you there! At least, you won’t have to watch anymore campaign ads for three days if you come spend the three days with us!
For all of the “Off the Wall Friday” folks, I am on a family business trip to Minnesota for a few days, and was greeted by 21 degree temperatures this morning. Since my rented car didn’t have an ice scraper, I used my credit card to get the ice off the windshield at 8AM! It all just adds to the adventure. When I return home to North Carolina on Sunday, the adventure “A Thread Runs Through It!” – our Durham Orange Quilt Show at the American Tobacco Campus begins. I’m volunteering to help with the set up and the hanging of the quilts. I have never attended it, since I am new here, but I have 4 quilts/items entered and will be giving a demonstration on Saturday at 3PM. The demo will show how I assemble my corded purses. Before I left home, I quickly made one little sample for the demo called Corded Patchy Clutch (12″ square), so that is my “Off the Wall Friday” contribution today. When I get home, I will quickly add the handles/straps which will fold down into the clutch to make it easy to carry either way. These purses truly are quilts because there is wool batting (of a sort =-) wrapped in each fold. Making totes and purses with my corded method is my way to relax…. like some have mentioned they enjoy traditional quilting for the same purpose. As I fly back and forth to MN, I have been writing up the pattern on my trusty iBook laptop, crunched into the center seat on a Southwest Jet. Life’s good! Click here if you want to see some of my other Purses and Totes from over the years. Now I will muster up the courage to venture forth again…. the sun is out, so it has probably warmed up …. all the way into the 30s!