Some of you might remember that when I was in Canada in September I stopped in at the Sunshine Quilters’ sewing morning and accepted their offer to join their mystery panel challenge. The rules, as I understood them, were fairly simple:
- You draw a mystery brown paper bag that contains a fabric panel.
- Whatever you make has to be quilted and include some of the fabric panel.
So, here is what I made.
I fussy cut a squirrel from the panel and incorporated it in an autumnal pouch. I also made a wrist strap for it, but I am still searching for the right gold or brass clip thingummy to attach it with. Silver will not match the zipper pull.
I fussy cut the snowflakes from the borders and made a box pouch with hexagon flowers on both sides. The border fabric was also used in the zipper trim. The pouch is a modified version of these.
I cannot remember why the idea seemed like a good one at the time, but the bear became an egg cosy.
Finally, I wanted to use the red bird in something. I made up the hexagons without a clear plan. I thought about putting them on a notebook cover or the like. Then, my friend Sharon said, ‘Make a coaster!’ So, I did. At 6½ inches, it is a very big coaster … or a very small mini quilt.
It is an eclectic mix of items, I admit. The only thing they have in common is that they all use the panel fabric and linen.
Chelsea of Patch the Giraffe has decided to continue the fun. I have posted the remaining panel fabric to New Hampshire, so let’s see what she can make of it. Give her time, and I am sure she will come up with something special.
When I first drew the fabric from the bag in Canada, I was very worried. What could I make with a raccoon!? I panicked. However, once the panic faded, I found this challenge a lot of fun. I could have kept going, but my other UFOs are calling me. From being a fabric that frightened me, I now have a strange affection for it. I was genuinely sad to say farewell to the last of it at the post office.