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Sunday, April 21, 2024

It's My Day on the April Showers Blog Hop


Welcome to our April blog hop. This month's challenge is showers...
 late snow showers, rain showers, baby showers, wedding showers.
 What do you like to shower everyone with?

I love "By Annie" patterns. She designs the cutest and most usable bags on the planet!
(Watching her videos, makes putting them together so easy)
Definitely something you can shower anyone with, for any occasion.

It started with "A Place for Everything" a few years ago, with this bag I made for my traveling sewing supplies.

It's a super cool bag, that I learned a lot by making.

Then...when she updated and improved the pattern with "A Place for Everything 2.0", with new handles, a carrying strap, and new pockets, and I found this awesome "Minne Mouse" fabric, I  knew just what I was going to do!

This is for my little "Sweet Pea".  I've been saving it until she was old enough to enjoy it and next month it's going to her, on her 4th birthday! It will give her lots of room to bring her special toys back and forth to Nana's house.

Next came "Pack It In", that was originally designed as storage bags for your suitcase. But when I found these awesome designs at "Designs by JuJu", I had a different vision.
Instead of mesh fronts, I chose to make solid fronts and put pockets on them. I added mesh pockets on the inside. That's the fun part of the patterns. Everything is interchangeable and adjustable and she shares lots of tips for adapting pattern to each other.

I knew I was going to make all 3 sizes for project bags... and a some of my quilty friends had birthdays!
So, instead of quilting each piece individually, I loaded a few yards of fabric on my longarm with backing and a head liner fabric as a batting and quilted away. It worked like a dream and I was actually able to get more bags than I had expected out of it, with just enough left over, to cut a top and bottom for a "bonus" bag. I found a contrasting fabric for the sides and added a pocket with my favorite saying of all. 
"A Fat Quarter is not a Body Part!!!

So, I showered my quilty friends, with bags and
cards that are from "Design by JuJu" as well.

What can I say? You'll be able to pick us out from the crowd at the next quilt retreat!

Now you know my first love is applique...

So when I found this guy, by Googling April Showers Free Clipart...
I could hardly wait to bring him to life.

Be it that sweet bear face, or these mice, which would have me running and screaming 
if they were on me, but...

...they screamed "April Showers" to me!
So there you have it...my very (long wind-ed) April Showers.

Please visit my fellow blogger today and see what was "Raining on their Parade" this showery month!

Monday April 22

MooseStashQuilting (you're here)


Quilting Gail
Quilt Doodle Designs

Kathy's Kwilts and More

Leave them a sweet comment, when you visit. We all love hearing from our quilting friends!
It really makes our day!

The complete schedule can be found HERE
All the projects from this hop will be added daily to our Pinterest board HERE

 til next time...

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  1. You have made some amazing bags. I love the one in the Minnie Mouse fabric. That is adorable and is going to be a gorgeous birthday gift.
    And i am blown away with all the quilting bags you have made. They are stunning, too.
    I have watched others make these bags time and time again, but have never been that adventurous.
    Your bear quilt is just the cutest thing. What a darling bear.
    Perfect for April Showers.
    Showering your friends with gifts is perfect, too.

  2. What neat projects Joan! I always enjoy seeing your applique and that little mouse is so cute! Your friends will love those totes.

  3. Wowza!! Those are fabulous bags!

  4. Adorable bags Joan! Love them all. And the bear is just so precious. My first love is applique too! Thanks so much for showering us with so much goodness and motivation!

  5. I love your bags! I shy away from making bags but you have inspired me to make some!

  6. Annie has the best bags and you definitely have the hang of sewing them...nice! I have sewn two of hers, but they were simple ones. You and your friends will be quite stylish at the next retreat. I love your cutie-pie bear in the rain and in spite of not wanting a mouse to be clinging to MY leg, he looks cute on the bear. Thanks for a fun hop!

  7. LJ here. I loved all the bags you made. I do think By Annie has some spectacular patterns and I look there first when I need a bag. "April Showers", now that will stir things up a bit!!!

  8. So many wonderful bags!! I LOVE ♥️ byAnnie bags and you've made some lovely ones. But the April Showers applique is darling! Thanks for hosting this blog hop!

  9. I love By Annie bags! Yours turned out fantastic! Such fun gifts for everyone!

  10. Thanks for showering us with your quilty projects! I am also a "serial quilter", LOL.

  11. Where to begin, Love to see that you are using your embroidery machine, love the projects from JuJu designs. Oh and then there is the Disney fabric used so wisely for Sweet Pea. (I was there last week) Loved all of your gifts for your quilty friends but last but not least the bear and mouse standing in the April Shower are wonderful..

  12. Wow, so many nice projects. I love them all!

  13. Wow, those projects are amazing, Joan! I love all those bags! (I bought the "Everything vs 2" after you made that first one and still haven't made one for myself...).

  14. Wow...I often have grand ideas to make bags for my quilty buddies but you actually did it! Love them all.

  15. Oh my goodness you stole the show with your fabulous projects. I love your bags!!

  16. Great projects, Joan! Love the bear in the rain!! Those bags are so handy. I made A Place for Everything 2.0 last fall. It's great! I know Sweet Pea will love hers! Thanks for hosting.

  17. I love the project bags, you are so good at them!! And the bear in the rain is just gorgeous!!! Thanks for hosting another fun hop! xx

  18. Amazing bags! On my own I might be hesitant to try making one of the Annie Bags, but this fall I am making one of the backpacks! I am really excited. Thanks for a great HOP!

  19. I like those bags, really nice. The mice hiding in the rain coat, so cute.

  20. This teddy bear is so cute with the matching umbrella and the mice just add so much to the quilt.


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