Wednesday, October 10, 2007

What Was I Thinking -- The Reveal!

At our monthly meeting last May, my evening hand-sewing group embarked on a summer project called "What Was I Thinking?" The complete sentence would be, "What was I thinking when I bought this fabric?" We brought some fabric or fabrics that posed that question; the fabric was in a brown paper bag. Those who wanted to participate selected an unopened bag to take home to dream up a project over the summer. Of course, we had to show what we had received. Most times, the fabric was received with an outcry of "What were you thinking?"

Last night was "The Reveal." Kathleen had submitted some fabric with international flags on it, and Bonnie made her a matching pincushion and under-the-machine mat.


Bonnie had provided a piece of fabric that had a feather print all over it. Emily turned it into some terrific blocks that she plans to make into a wall quilt for Bonnie.


Helen's fabric came to me. It was a half yard each of six all-over fruit or vegetable prints. I knew immediately that this was to turn into placemats and I was delighted when there was enough left to make napkins, too.

The fabric that Emily brought was a couple of pieces of autumn tones, including some Kaffe Fassett prints. Kathleen almost finished turning them into a terrific handbag.

I had brought a huge quantity of Mary Engelbreit fabric. I have no idea what I was thinking when I bought it. Helen was very happy to receive it, however, and decided that it would make an exellent tote bag or two. Or three. Or four. Or eight. Here she is, about to distribute them:



And here are Kathleen, Bonnie, Marsha, Helen, Emily, and Judy standing, with Honna seated, all showing off their bags!









10 comments:

dot said...

Looks like everything turned out just right.

Leslie said...

What a great challenge idea! Use someone else's creative juices to break through the log jam... I like it!

Hedgehog said...

Love this idea and the results!

andsewitis Holly said...

I love those handbags AND the flags fabric. What were THEY thinking not liking that fabric - hehe. All the projects turned out wonderful.

Juliann in WA said...

What a fun idea - I am sure we all have some of that what was I thinking fabric in our stash.

CONNIE W said...

What a fun post! You gals know how to handle anything.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

What a wonderful solution to a fabric 'dilemma' we've all had! It's always fun to sew up someone else's goodies...

julieQ said...

What a fun idea!! Mind if we borrow it for our group?? We all have some ,ehem, unusual fabrics that should come to some good end!!

JulieQ

Su Bee said...

I love that idea! can we use that in our group? What fun to see all the different stuff others came up with - sure sets my wheels going!

Morah said...

What a fun group you have. I hope you are feeling better...I'm commenting out of order here....