The Local Organizing Committee for QUILT BC 2013 decided to put out the request to make TREASURE BAGS to give out as gifts and as a Quilt Canada Fund raising effort. Many of these bags were “sold” in a silent auction during the show. I was given one as a gift for being a merchant in the Merchant’s Mall + we all received one at our place settings at the Closing ceremony.
- Isn’t this just lovely? This particular bag was made by Helen Gourlay of Barrie, Ontario. Thank you, Helen, I am the lucky recipient!
- This was the bag I received at the Closing Ceremony which was quite different from the one that was at my place when I arrived at the table. This was because we played a really fun game which involved passing the bags to the left & right so many times our heads were spinning! I ended up with this bag which was made by Darlene Chapman of Oliver, BC. Thank you, Darlene for both this treasure bag as well as your efforts & hard work on the Local Organising Committee for Quilt Bc2013!
It was made from denim – possibly recycled jeans? recycling is always a good thing! – and Darlene had embellished both sides of the bag with yarn couching, buttons and appliqued leaves. The flap was secured with a button and a matching hair elastic loop. Very clever and much appreciated, Darlene. I carry SO many different feet & accessories around on my travels as Educator for JANOME & ELNA sewing machines so this bag will be most useful. I like to pack an accessory with fabric & thread etc for demo’s so that everything is ready & easy to find when I need it. Here is a pic of the other side of this bag:
Now I had not been paying attention by reading all of the QUILT BC website prior to the show so I was quite unaware that Treasure bags were planned. So imagine my surprize and interest when I saw them and thought about our janomelife & elnalife Blog Bag Challenge (please refer to the many posts about this in recent months). I am going to refer you to this Quilt BC website link as there are patterns & instructions for making both the zipper bags and the bags with flap as above.
Perhaps you might like to use this information for making bags for our blog challenge??? Do please remember that Quilt BC is now over & that if you decide to make bags for the Blog Challenge, that these bags need to be large enough to accommodate a toothbrush, soap, shampoos, etc and should be handed in to your local ELNA dealer by the end of September 2013 LATEST. Please refer to the other blog posts on this subject for more details.
BLOG CHALLENGE UPDATE:
I have approached a couple of hotel chains about the possibility of getting donations of soaps; shampoos, etc. GREAT NEWS is that the company that manufactures & packs the shampoos & soaps etc for DAYS INN (where I stayed in Penticton while I was at QUILT BC) called to tell me that they had been contacted by DAYS INN in CANADA and would be happy to ship an entire skid of boxes of these amenities to use for this charity sewing project this !!!!!! A HUGE AND HEARTFELT THANK YOU TO DAY’S INN and their supplier of these amenities for this wonderful and generous response to my appeal for our blog challenge/bags for charity. We will now most certainly be able to fill as many of these toiletry bags as you JANOME & ELNA sewers our there in “blogland” have time to make by Sept 30th!!!! There are going to be a lot of women in crisis & need who will be receiving these little bags of toiletries this Christmas. THIS IS SO GREAT!