The Say What? Sew it – Show it Challenge Has Begun!

Today is the first day of this month’s Sew it- Show it Challenge which is the brain child of and is being hosted by the amazing Joan from MooseStash Quilting. The theme is Say What? Can you guess the theme of this one?

“You can share a story, or show us a project or technique that you can’t believe you tried. Or how about a quilty word project.

There are so many different ways you can interpret this hop.”

Joan Kawano

As soon as I saw the theme I was remembering a couple of books in our Guild library. One of them had a technique that I’ve never tried but was intrigued by.

I dug in my fat quarter bins to find a fabric piece I remembered having to use as my focal fabric:

I knew I had a few pieces of hand and ice dyed fabric that I wanted to use in my project that would coordinate with my focal fabric:

I also had a practise embroidery piece that I had done at the studio. (Don’t look too closely or you will notice my error 😉).

The fun began when I sliced and diced same sized pieces of my focal and one of the hand dyed fabrics. Then I wove the two fabrics as instructed in the book. I spray basted the back of the fabric, fused it to a piece of batting and then had some fun quilting it with a zig zag stitch.

I then sandwiched, basted and quilted my embroidery piece and then both panels were squared up. I added some quilted panels to the side and bottom. I constructed a zipper top piece and then put it all together with a strap across the back and machine stitched binding to the top and back panels.

I made this intending to use it on the handle of my suitcase to carry our water bottles and tech devices on a vacation we had planned since I get to maneuver suitcases, my purse and everything else now that DH is using a walking stick! 😉

Once again this project was inspired by a need and the wish to try something new. I’ve been pushing myself to try new techniques and eventually want to try to do some improv quilting, so this seemed like a good way to practise being more random! 😉

Here is the list of the first day participants;

Monday April 17


Selina Quilts

Quilt Schmilt. That’s me!

Patchouli Moon Studio

That Fabric Feeling


I really want to thank Joan for a fun theme that encouraged me to step out of my normal projects and try something new! Thank you for stopping by to read my post. I do enjoy reading your comments and replying to every one. 😉 Carol

ps. Now I’m off to check the other sites and leaving a comment to show how much I appreciate their efforts to inspire and entertain us.



Published by Carol Andrews

I have been fondling fabric and creating things with fabric and fiber for as long as I can remember. My children had homemade clothes, blankets, canning and quilts most of their lives. Now I create goodies to share! Hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoy making them! When I am not creating with fiber or fabric I keep busy with Dear Heart, kids, grandkids, great grandkids.

39 thoughts on “The Say What? Sew it – Show it Challenge Has Begun!

  1. What a great finish (and useful) for this piece. The weaving is a wonderful idea and it looks great. Congrats on trying and succeeding in doing something new.

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  2. Say What? You really came up with a brilliant way to customize that fabulous bag for your travels, and stash busted as well. I Love it! That same book is on my bookshelf and I know I started a weaving project. Wonder where that is, because I’m pretty sure I never finished it, but you have inspired me now! I just ordered some ice dyes last week and I’m ready to play! LOL!

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    1. Thank you Joan. This challenge was a fun one and I really enjoyed the weaving part of the process. I think you’d really enjoy it and ice dyes are fun to play with, too! 😉


  3. Thank you for the engaging new techniques. I love your inspirational work though ‘slice and dice’ is something I haven’t quite had the gumption to do. Hats off to you.

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  4. Your bag turned out really beautiful and I love that strap on the back to hold it to your suitcase. Thanks for showing the techniques you used.

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  5. Thanks for adding a link directly to the post. I often have trouble finding a post I’m looking for on here. I love this idea, and that its time came exactly when you needed it.

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