It was a year ago that the Portland area was hit by a huge ice storm. You can see a post I did about the storm here.
At the time of the storm I was working on a light toned scrappy trip quilt. Someone commented that the quilt looked like the ice storm. So I named it my Ice Storm quilt. This quilt is really not a color palette that I would normally get excited about but I love the way it turned out. And it does feel like ice!
So this one year anniversary of that storm feels like the perfect time to dig out the strip tubes that are left over and do something with them. So I fashioned them into two panels for a Frankenbag this evening.
I basically followed the same piecing as on the indigo batik bag I finished last week. Here are some of the pieces on my cutting table.
Then I added strips to each of these pieces, measured, trimmed, and sewed them into two panels. One turned out darker…
And the other one turned our lighter. . .
I think I actually prefer the top darker one. But it will be cool that the two sides of the bag have very different feels.
I will make the quilt sandwiches and get these quilted tomorrow night.
I had today off for the Presidents Day holiday. So the first thing I did was sleep in. then, after breakfast, I ran off to my roofing contractor to sign paperwork, make a down payment, and get them on their way to my place to tarp my roof. they are so busy, they can’t actually put my new room on for a couple months. So they were planning on coming by on Wednesday to put up tarps to keep the rain out of my living room. Then I got a call that they had a team available today and they hightailed it over and got the job done.
They put a section on the front of the house and a section on the back. It looks terrible, but it makes me feel so much better!
After the workers were well on their way, I confirmed that they didn’t need me for anything and hopped in the car to run to a local fabric store that I love that just got a new shipment of Australian Aboriginal fabrics. A little snow squall came through while I was driving. I was so surprised to see snow! Snow is usually a really big deal here.
I have four wheel drive and a lot of experience driving in snow, so I feel pretty confident on slick roads. But I do worry about the drivers in Portland who have very little experience with it. Luckily, the roads weren’t much more than just wet.
And now to the good part… Fabric! I bought a ridiculous amount of Aboriginal fabric… all half yard cuts.
That’s 28 half yards of fabric! I even bought two half yards of the same one. Hmmm. I wonder how that happened. It’s all so gorgeous!
The store posted a photo of all these fabrics on Instagram a few weeks ago and I’ve been thinking about them ever since. So it was inevitable that I’d get my butt out there at some point in time. Look at how gorgeous they are stacked up on my ironing board!!!
I also bought a yard of gray batik to use for the lining for the ice storm bag.
Back to work tomorrow. Luckily, it will be a short week.