Before I bought my longarm, my sweetie and I got to spend 18 months in Fairfax, VA. It was not our first choice of places to live, but there were some benefits. First we knew upfront that it would be for a short time, so it made no sense for me to look for a job. And there are some fantastic quilt shops in Northern VA. I spent most of my time finishing UFOs to the needs to nbe quilted stage.
While there I got to go to Great Falls and visit Jinny Beyers' shop. It is one of the must dos for quilters. On one visit, my Mom and I bought the kit to do the backpack shown above. We did not have time to do the project during Mom's visit and decided that it would be a project that we worked on together.
I love this backpack! It should have taken us half the time it did, but we had a blast. I am sure that me recovering from surgery and being on pain meds caused most of our issues. Luckily the bags both turn out beautifully. They took us 2 weeks to complete. Two weeks of memories to cherish. My studio was filled with laughter.