Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Funny Valentine


Every January my guild holds a Secret Valentine swap. We pick a name and send them a Valentine. We reveal ourselves at the February meeting.

This is what I made for my Valentine



When we submit our names we also submit some likes and dislikes. My valentine like black-and-white's so I went right to my studio and put black-and-white fabrics to make her a big large black and white bag tote. Shortly after beginning her bag I took a workshop with Sue Pelland from suepellanddesigns.com I'm lucky to say that Sue is a friend and a member of my local quilt guild Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild, Mendon, MA. The workshop was on her new tool HEARTS AND MORE (TM) - once again Sue has invented a brilliant tool that allows you to make so many shapes including circles - one of my favorites! 
We made this quilt top in the workshop. While I was finishing it at home I thought it would be perfect for my Valentine so I finished it, wrapped it up and mailed it anonymously to her. A day or so later as I was cleaning up I saw the paper with her likes and dislikes and as I was throwing in the trash I noticed under dislikes she said no flowers! I was horrified I had just sent her a flower 

-filled wallhanging in reds and pinks! I quickly finished up the black-and-white bag and gave it to her the night of our meeting. She loved the wall hanging so the bag was unnecessary but it made for a funny story during the reveal.
It's a large tote - a laptop would fit easily

there are 10 pockets

I received the most gorgeous pincushion and table topper from my SV. She also included some wonderful notions and chocolates. Thank you again, Secret Valentine :-)