Hi Bag Gang! I catch an early flight tomorrow for Minneapolis, Minnesota!
Talk about excited…I’m excited!! This month I get to attend the
Minnesota Quilters 31st Annual Show & Conference in Duluth, June 11
through 13th! (13th is my B-day!)
A former intern at the magazine I edit in France will be meeting me
there and showing me around the conference, introducing me to many of
the quilting movers and shakers. A few years back she sent me a copy of
Minnesota Quilts: Creating Connections with our Past, a product of
Minnesota’s survey of historic quilts in the state. That gift started me
collecting all the similar books from all the states that have published
books on historic quilts.
I knew I would need a large bag to carry my booty from this month’s
quilt travels, so I chose the Hold Everything Bag in those great
American West fabrics from Marcus Brothers. It worked up fast and easy!
You should definitely make this great bag, even if you are new to sewing!
While in Minnesota, I will be spending some quality time in St. Paul,
visiting the Minnesota Historical Society. The Historical Society has
been doing great things in collaboration with the Minnesota Quilters,
Inc. and the Minnesota Quilt Project. Lots of research and documentation
going on in Minnesota’s quilting history. I think it is a model for
other states and other countries to follow!
I love flour sack fabrics (original and reproduction), so I will be
indulging that passion in Minnesota this month! Wheat is a big thing and
has been a big thing in Minnesota, so I expect to find loads of flour
sacks and flour sack quilts! See why I need the Hold Everything Bag?
The Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Minneapolis is not scheduled until
November 7th, so sadly I will miss that fun event this year! Nonetheless,
Minneapolis is a great place for quilt exhibits, quilt shops and for finding
vintage and antique quilts. I’ve packed my walking shoes!
This is not bag or quilt related, but I think you will get a kick out of
this tidbit of information. While in Minnesota this month, I will be
picking up a Australian Silky Terrier dog. Think of a small Yorkshire
Terrier, but with longer, silky hair. She has been hand-raised by a
breeder with impeccable credentials and references.
The bag I have already chosen for next month’s travels reminds me of my
new little travel companion…and no, it is not a dog-shaped purse! LOL
With a little travel dog at my side, my motto is even more relevant:
One can NEVER have too many bags, purses or totes (especially those
roomy enough to carry a little dog!)