I am playing along with Elm Street Quilts Bag It 2017.
And I’ll make lemonade! Give me fabric scraps and a little yardage, and I’ll make beautiful things! And I did, make a beautiful thing. I think it’s my most beautiful thing yet. And that’s why I am keeping it!
So, I had a little bit of the yellow print on hand, maybe 5″x30″. What to do? I knew I wanted to make another cosmetic case, but needed a 9″ width of fabric. Enter my piecing skills. I used the 4 at a time Flying Geese method and created 16 geese. 14 were enough to reach the 21.5″ needed for the case. Then I used 2 red panels to get the width I needed.
For the quilting I used vertical lines spaced 1/4″ apart in the red side panels. For the pieced panel I stitched in the ditch around each of the geese and the sides. I love the look this gave on the lining side.
For the zippered pockets I found 1 yellow, 1 salmon, and 1 red zipper and used them with the three fabrics used in the case. Now I wish I had used the yellow zip in the red fabric and vice versa. On this case I altered the pocket sizes to accommodate the folds I wanted. I had the folds break where a flying geese block broke. The bottom pocket is 4″, the middle 5.5″, and the top 5.75″.
For the closure I used my KAMSnaps again. And found out that a hot iron can cause a bit of damage. But no biggie, it’s not noticeable.
The batting used in this case is a little heftier than the cotton I have been using. I think I will switch to that for the rest of my bag making and use the cotton batts for quilting. I’ve also picked up some By Annie’s Soft and Stable to try. I now wish I had used Soft and Stable in my Strawberry Lemonade bag with the same fabrics. It doesn’t hold it’s shape well, but for the most part I just have knitting in it, so it’s not a big deal. Now I can put my knitting notions in this bag and put it in my Open Wide Bag!!
I must say, I think this bag is my best work so far. All this bag making is honing my skills. By Dec I will be ready to tackle this bag, I already have all the materials I need. I just need courage!
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