Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Brown Bag Exchange Quilts: Given and Received

In my local quilt guild, there is usually some kind of challenge issued each year.  One year it was a "how many ufos can you finish", one year was 5 pointed stars (pleiades), one was "50 shades of Grey" (my Minnie for Mini)  last year was Hooray for Hollywood and my Matrix Quilt.

This year (since I'm on the board) I thought it would be fun to do more of an exchange project, something smaller, because I knew many people would be working on their "show quilts" this year.  So I organized a brown bag exchange.  You put in 5 fat quarters of your choice into a paper bag and exchanged with someone else who did the same.  You could add up to two more fabrics.

The fabrics in the bag I received were all the ones in the middle of this quilt.
The lady I exchanged with just wanted to get them out of her stash and was totally OK if the recipient of the bag just made a charity quilt.  I used a pattern out of an old M'liss Rae Hawley book as a starting point and used up every bit of the fabric I was given.  I added the border.  It is the reverse of the fabric I used for the back.

I just did some wavy walking foot quilting along the seam lines.  I pieced the extra blocks into the back.  I think my recipient was pleased.

I can't find my measurements for it, but its a decent baby sized quilt.

As for my bag, I had put in some Kaffe Fassett fat quarters plus a blue and yellow.  I received this lovely top in exchange.  I can't wait to get it quilted up (in a while....)

It is all applique, with 3D applique flowers.  Definitely something I don't do myself, so it was a nice surprise.

1 comment:

Janet said...

So you received the brown bag from someone else and used the contents to make something for them? Interesting idea! I like what you did with the fat quarters and I love your wall hanging.