Sunday, February 23, 2014

Trend-Tex Challenge

I belong to our national quilt association CQA/ACC , and each year we have a fundraiser at our annual conference.   It is called the Trend-Tex Challenge because Trend-Tex Fabrics donates ALL the fabric.   This year I got to organize it.   I made a theme of 'Modern Ways' and instead of just a small quilt entry, you had another alternative, a quilted wearable entry to choose from.

You were mailed 5 fat quarters.  I also got to pick out the fabric=)   This is what I chose:

I had to have a zinger in there=)  Here is what it looks like opened up.

I chose to do a wearable and decided  a bag would be fun, and I should mention, all the quilts are auctioned off and I wanted something practical.   

Of course, my modern bag had to have circles on it.  I used my Baby Go by Accuquilt to cut out fabric that had fusing put on the back of it.  

I decided to use the pink as my background for my bag, and laid out the circles on the fabric in a manner that I liked.  I had to do a front and back and decided that the back would just have a few circles on it.  Pictured below is the front.

I fused them down and did straight line stitching in a contrasting white thread so it would not only show up but I think the lines add some texture and fun to it.

 Here is what the front of the bag is going to look like.

And the back.

I am going to line it and put in lots of pockets for keys, phone, pens etc.   I have some interesting ideas for the straps but will have to audition them to see what will work with this bright fabric.

One more thing, we do have a fb page and it is not just Canadian quilting stuff, but rather a great source of quilt info...   so if you are interested in joining us, we are here.


Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Interesting choice of fabrics! Looking forward to seeing the finished bag.

At the corner of Scrap and Quilts said...

Wow, it "zing" alright! Love it. Can't to see it finished.
Thanks for sharing.

Rolanda said...

The fabrics are interesting, that is for sure. It was a challenge.

Jo Ferguson said...

What a difference the quilting makes. It really brings the piece to life. I can't wait to see what you decide for the handles.

sandra said...

I love it and the fabrics make me think of fun and summer. I will be waiting for the finished product. Sandra