A Little Blue… A Little Yellow

My mind was going in a different direction for a new project and then an old high school friend of mine posted a bag she made from my tutorial and my plan came to a screeching halt.

She made an adorable upcycled denim bag with a giant yellow sunflower appliqued on it.

Here’s the bag that Linda Remund Ivie made that inspired my next project…

It was just so cheerful and sunny that I just HAD to make a blue and yellow bag. So I started on it this afternoon and got a good start on it. I managed to finish one panel.

I think I might actually like this color combo better than the blue and orange. But I’ll hold my final opinion until this bag is done. Someone on Instagram said it’s celestial.

Someone either emailed or messaged me a Monet quote: “There is no blue without yellow and without orange.” And I totally get it! Yellow and orange make blue more spectacular! I’m so sorry I can’t credit the person who sent me that quote, because I love it!

Here’s my four curvy pieced blocks just because I love them!

I decided to use up some of the smaller scraps I generate when making these blocks and whipped up some crumb blocks.

I was thinking that piece of fabric at the far right in the second photo will be the lining for this bag. It’s Kaffe’s Belle Epoch in gray. And as I was searching the inter-webs for it I learned that it’s hard to come by. So it’s unlikely I will use this only half yard I have for a bag lining. I’ll have to dig into my stash and find something less dear. But it looks really cool with this bag!

I have all the block elements for the second panel done. I just need to put them all together with the blue Aboriginal fabrics.

The weather today was so glorious. I managed to get out for my afternoon walk and then an evening walk in a short sleeve T-shirt. I’m glad I got to enjoy it because there is rain in the weather forecast for the next ten days.

I have one more Frankenbag from reader Allanah Lewis to share with you tonight. And interestingly, she’s combined some aboriginal fabric with some KFC fabrics! Along with some other pieces. I love the way she left the Aboriginal fabric in a large piece. The colors are good too.

After our fun playing pickleball on Sunday, my friend Anne and I met at a racquet store this afternoon and bought pickleball paddles! It looks like we’re committed now! We’re taking an introductory class on Sunday!

I’m happy to report that I have one more week of work and then I’m taking about a week-and-a-half off!!! I really need some time off!

26 Replies to “A Little Blue… A Little Yellow”

  1. I love everything about this post! It’s my last day of voice juries – four plus an audition to play for today, then a senior recital to attend in support of a young man I’ve accompanied many times. Then sewing time. Yea!! I can’t wait to open my email every morning to see your words and pictures. Thank you. ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿงก

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  2. I love your friends up-cycled denim art bag!!! Thanks for sharing – it gave me the perfect idea for my step daughters bag! I will use one of her Dads old denim shirts and some beautiful yellows for her bag! Yellow is her favorite color. Your bag is very celestial and gorgeous๐Ÿ’• we are supposed to hit 100 here in SA this weekend. Happy Mother’s day๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

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  3. The blue and yellow serves as a reminder to pray for the people of Ukraine.

    How can I find the Frankenbag pattern?
    Iโ€™d love to make one too!!

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  4. Love, love your curvy blue and yellow blocks. Isnโ€™t it nice that a friend used your tutorial to make that lovely denim bag!! Two nice surprises!

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  5. My email came in blank.

    Catherine Doucette

    My community exists on the unceded lands of the Wolastoqiyik and Miโ€™kmaq. I also endorse the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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  6. Oh my gosh I’m in love love love! The blue and yellow are doing some crazy things to my brain. The curved piecing, the crumb blocks… it’s all spectacular! I wonder if it would “sing” as much with batik blue instead of aboriginal? You just keep tempting me to buy aboriginal and I really don’t want to start down that rabbit hole…. but maybe just a few blue? Does that then make KFC a gateway drug?

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    1. I originally purchased all those indigo batiks with a plan to combine them with KFC yellow fabrics. But I think what makes this combo so wonderful is all the white in in the Aboriginal fabrics. It’s like stars or sparkles. It really livens it all up!

      I just LOVE the Aboriginal fabrics. They are so amazing!



    1. There are a good number of tutorials on YouTube for sewing curved quilt blocks. I actually went and watched a few before I started sewing on these blocks. The tutorials I watched show better technique than I would be able to show. So there’s not much need for me to make another one.

      I’m also not comfortable sharing the pattern because I figured out a version of someone else’s creation. Figuring it out for myself is one thing. Providing a pattern for it is not something I will do. Sorry.



  7. Have you noticed that many commercials on TV, many print ads are using Blue and Yellow as the main color theme? I can’t help but think it is, without saying as much, a message of support for the citizens of the Ukraine. I have come to believe that our world will never be without war, somewhere for some “reason”. Yet, I am touched by the many ways I see the colors of blue and yellow everywhere I look. I love looking at what you are working on, and love the boys who feature largely and are a joy to your readers too.
    Thanks for that. (BTW, I have been trying to figure out what type of work you do….your schedule seems like it’s a full one and you go a mile a minute, while at my age I’m on the downhill slide slowing down as I go…LOL.


    1. Interesting observation on the blue and yellow. I’m going to have to keep a closer eye out. I am definitely seeing a good number of Ukrainian flags on my walks around the neighborhood.

      And my boys… well, they keep life interesting!

      For my work… I do fundraising for public radio/TV. We’re a large market station, so it’s a big job!

      I’m inching closer to retirement, but I’m not there yet.



  8. I’ve been following your musings for a while & am a fan of your bags as well as the fur babies. I’m not sure how to get your pattern would you shoot me an email & let me know. Hopefully you have a PayPal account. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š & I hope you’re doing well.

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