Thank you to Madame Samm from Sew We Quilt and Pat from Life In The Scrapatch for leading us in another great hop! This hop is dedicated to all cancer survivors, to those fighting the fight and to those who have lost the fight to this dreadful disease! Cancer is so evil and is certainly no respecter of persons. Rich or poor, slim or plump, tall or short, housewife, or business executive, none of us are exempt.
The "We Support You" pattern is available from Madame Samm. All you need to do is email her and she will send you a Paypal invoice or you can send her a payment of 12.00. She will then email you the files. Her email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
When I signed up for the hop I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do at first. I went to my sewing room and started pulling fabrics. I hope to use a lot of my stash this year when I can and so I searched for anything that might catch my eye. And then I found it. I had 2 pieces of fabric that my hubby bought for me on Sanibel Island in 2004 on one of our Florida vacations. I have to tell you a little about this fabric. Hubby didn't look at the price... he just picked it up and commented on how pretty it was and promptly told me he was buying it and I needed to make something with it. He even chose 2 coordinates to go with it. lol
Little did he know, he had just bought the most expensive fabric on the Island! 24.00 a yard for Bold Over batik!! He just about choked on his spit when she rang up the fabrics. He is not one to put things back so he paid the bill and we left. He has looked at sticker prices since that fiasco! haha!!
The fabric has been in my stash ever since because I could never cut in to it. Nichole Webb was here in 2007 for longarm classes and when I showed it to her, she didn't have any ideas as to how to use it either. So it has sat here and sat here but now it has taken on a new life!
I present to you:
Fight LOUD and Fight Proud!
I almost didn't finish this quilt because I just wasn't loving it very much. I didn't get the bra quite center and the yellow wasn't speaking to me after I had it ironed down. I could not remove it as I had used wonder-under to attach it! And I had promised the quilt to Erin of My Painted Garden to use in a fundraiser. She is a 13 year breast cancer survivor and uses her art to help raise money to find a cure during October Breast Cancer Awareness month. So I could not go back on my word. So I loaded it and found that after I quilted it, I started to love it.
I named the quilt "Fight LOUD and Fight Proud" because of the loud batik fabrics and the color of the bra! This is indeed a loud quilt! I think maybe the loudest one I have ever made! I quilted the words "fight like a girl" in the pink heart. By the way, I enlarged the pattern to a whopping 36" wide!!! I do love the finished quilt and I hope Erin will too.
When I was in my mood of dislike for the quilt, I decided to make something else and replace the quilt with it and send it to Erin to use in her fundraiser. But now that I have finished the quilt and it has made me smile.... the after effects of actually quilting a top does that to me a lot... There is truth in the saying "Quilting Makes The Quilt"!... I will be donating this other item to my friend Jeannette to use in her next Relay For Life fundraiser. She is also a cancer survivor and leads a team here in my hometown.
How do you like my newest Tammy bag!!! I shrunk the pattern down until it fit within the front of the Tammy. I beaded the outline of the bra with pink glass beads, and using pearl cotton size 8 thread, I embroidered the curved lines of the cup and the hanger. I then made ribbon roses across the top of the cups. I used the letter "K" for Komen... Susan G. Komen Foundation.
When I was adding the purse handle I did not sew it on as I normally do. This time I used the same beads that I sewed to the bra. So instead of going from hole to hole on the frame with the pearl cotton, I went back and forth, and in and out of one hole to secure the bead. This secured the bag up in to the handle also. I think I like this better than the other way as you don't have all of the thread showing across the frame.
For the sides and back of the Tammy I used a fabric that has been in my stash for over a year... maybe two years... It is a Paris themed fabric but I loved it for the Tammy because it has women on it and the background is a beautiful shade of pink! It was perfect!
So, if you have stayed with me this long, how about a giveaway! I went over to Staple's to have the pattern blown up to 36" wide and while there I spied these Komen for the Cure Paper Mate InkJoy pens! I have 2 to give away... 2 winners! Just leave me a comment to get your name in the hat! Following my blog is not mandatory but I would love for you to become a follower if you would like to and stick around to see what is on the agenda for 2015! If you are a no-reply blogger, be sure and leave your email address in the comments.
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