Another Midi Bag Finish, Shopping at Rainbows End, Meeting a Podcast Listener

It’s been a busy weekend and I’m working on finishing several projects I’ve had on the back burner. I’m doing class previews and decided to teach a new class that I think a lot of people will love – the Midi Bag class! I already have one sample done for the store but I wanted to make a second one with a different handle and pocket style to show people they have options. I cut into a Terrain by Kate Spain jelly roll I had collecting dust on my shelf.

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I like these pockets better than the ones suggested in the pattern and the grommets were super fun to do. I’d never attempted putting grommets on anything before. Really easy and fun! Also used my automatic buttonhole maker on my machine for the first time. That was an adventure. Works better than the one that came with my Viking.

The corgis had fun on Easter. I managed to get a few of them into bunny ears.

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On Saturday I drove all over the place and met a longtime blog reader and podcast listener down at Rainbows End – the largest quilt shop in Florida. It was my first time there. I’ve been in what I thought were large quilt shops but this place just didn’t quit. Lori’s mom asked one of the workers how many bolts they had and they said over 28,000 bolts of fabric. I believed it! They have a batik section in the back, a novelty print section with all sorts of novelties (tons of owls, sewing and dragonflies – I had to stop myself from spending a ton of money on novelty fabrics which I love). They had a small overdyed wool section. A decent clearance section with fabric for $6 a yard (this is mostly what I stuck with). Great neutrals and solids section. An entire ROOM filled with Christmas fabric – I’ve never seen so much Christmas fabric in my life. There was also a wall in that room that had other holiday prints and a Halloween corner. A wall of books and notions rounded out the shop. The only thing missing was Aurifil thread. They have everything but Aurifil – I thought it was strange!

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Afterwards we headed to downtown Dunedin to get some brunch. We ended up parking near this little cafe and eating outside. The food was WONDERFUL and we got to enjoy the weather and watch all the pups walk by with their owners since there was an event going on nearby. Lori and her mom were awesome and I loved chatting with them! Her mom is a longtime quilter too so we had lots to talk about.

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The rest of my weekend was spent trying to finish projects. I finally picked out all the bad quilting from the Riley Blake panel and re-quilted the border. It is trimmed and ready for binding/labeling. Also trimmed up a corgi wallhanging that I’ll be listing on Etsy. I’ve got a few things I need to photograph and list (several sewing machine mats) and I may make a few owl keyfobs and see how they do.

Busy week ahead and it’s only Tuesday. Oh here are the fabrics I ended up purchasing:

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I think I’m going to use the text prints for my Lucky Stars BOM background fabric.

Comments

  1. Oh , I am so jealous! What a wonderful fabric store. I have never seen anything like that except maybe at Hancocks of Paducah. I think this store may even beat Hancocks though. Love the text prints too. Sweet photos of the dogs!

  2. I’m jealous too. Not because of the fabric store but because you are able to make mega-kool awesome bags. It would take me a month and a million do-overs, ha, ha. Thanks for the eye candy! 🙂

  3. You are so lucky to have access to such a store. Here in England I’ m lucky to find any fabric on sale at these prices.

  4. Shirley says:

    I love the purse. Wish U could come to the class. Can you tell me the name of the pattern? I would love to try it.
    Thanks

  5. The bag looks great! I love the pictures you shared of the shop – makes me want to drive right over! Great fabrics, look forward to seeing them as the backgrounds. The day sounds like so much fun.

  6. Such a fun day! Gosh you got great pics of the shop and I didn’t even see you taking them, lol 🙂 Love the Easter ears on the babies. Bubba Jr was the only one who would tolerate the ears at my house. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the bag!!!!! Might have to try that…did you say it was the same type of thing as the Mondo bag you did previously? Quiltsmart or something like that? Hope you’re having a good week!!!

  7. I love that bag! I may have to make one myself. Looks like you had a great time, that shop is fantabulous!

  8. I am a bag-phobe [and applique-phobe, paper-piecing phobe, etc] but I have seen this bag made up and do love it. I keep trying to talk myself into a class because I will never figure it out on my own.

    I’ve got it! You can come to beautiful Annapolis MD and teach me how. Maybe Tanesha could come over from her side of the state. You could pick up Pam, AJ and Frances en route. They’re not far off Rt. 95, right? Then, we can go see my Mom’s corgis.

    Sigh; it would be so much fun. My door is open any time.

  9. I have that bag pattern as well. I think it is a good idea for you to change it up a little (e.g. grommets) when you teach it. Anyone can read the directions, but changing it up a little makes the experience a little different.

    I have bought fabric online from Rainbow’s End.
    Jaye

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