Bag It 2017, Quilting, Sewing

Bag It 2017 #3

I am playing along with Elm Street Quilts Bag It 2017. What fun this is! I have set myself a goal of 22 bags over the 3 month period, which will be perfect for having a bag as a Christmas present for each of the ladies in my/Hubster’s immediate families. I have fabrics and patterns and zippers ready to go for most all of the items I plan to make.

I finally got the Open Wide! Bag project, in those lovely purples, on the cutting mat. I knew I wanted to do more than just a contrast band across the front so I pieced a panel of squares in squares. I added sashing to have a better edge to turn under for the topstitching. I backed it with interfacing before stitching on.

As I was working on the block panel I realized my sewing set up was a bit difficult. I have my ironing board wedged in between my sewing table and a TV cabinet. To get to my cutting area I had to do a walk about of the ironing board. It was causing me issues. To alleviate my pain and suffering I placed my mat on the sewing table and lowered my ironing board and pulled it into my sewing area. Much better.

  

From left to right: Pieces quilted and cut to size, pieced panel added to public side, pockets added to inside, seams sewn to shape the bag.


Finally learning to use the things I bought to enhance my handwork!
Clips make holding pieces together SOOO much easier! No pin pricks. And I love adding my label to the outside in hidden spots.

And a bit of sewing, resewing, and sewing again, to get the zipper and binding on right!, I had bag 3/21 done!!!

 
 

And I love it! So glad I have leftovers from this combo to make something for me!

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Bag It 2017, Quilting, Sewing

Bag It 2017 Bag 2

I am playing along with Elm Street Quilts Bag It 2017. What fun this is! I have set myself a goal of 22 bags over the 3 month period, which will be perfect for having a bag as a Christmas present for each of the ladies in my/Hubster’s immediate families. I have fabrics and patterns and zippers ready to go for most all of the items I plan to make.

Keeping with the pink fabric, as in the 1st bag, I eked out a smaller bag using The Sewing Chick’s Zipper Pouch Tutorial. I had some 2″ HST’s leftover from playing with scraps so I decided they would be a perfect pieced panel for this bag. I did have to piece the striped fabric from 2 rectangles, but that’s OK, you can’t really tell. The two squares with the circles are for tab ends for the zipper. Used a basic solid for the lining and a stiff interfacing on the outer layer.

I alternated the HST’s to get a pleasing look and then sashed it top and bottom.  Boxed corners at the bottom give it that stand up shape.


I need to find a good interfacing that gives the bag structure, but not stiffness. I could use Warm and Natural, but it’s not that good for the structure I want. For this size bag I much prefer a regular garment zipper in place of the outer wear zippers so many bag makers use. Less zipper tape and smaller metal pieces make for an easier sew.

This makes 2 Christmas Presents for the year, and I am not even past the 3rd week of September. Will my steam rolling continue? Likely only if I change up the patterns and try new things! Boredom definitely stops my progress!

Home, Quilting, Sewing, Shopping

More Fall Here, now that it’s Official!!!

While out and about I came across two more pumpkins that just had to come home with me! Aren’t they cute?


Added to the tables cape

These two “bumpkins” were already in my home!

And because I was very remiss in remembering a friend’s birthday I am hoping this make will “make up” for my faux pas.

On this one I used the background for the outer sashing instead of a different print. I am quilting the piece in diagonals in one direction only and outlining the candy corns. The backing is just a solid fabric pieced to make it big enough to cover. I was scraping the barrel on the black for binding, so it is a scant 1.75″ in width. Makes for a very thin presence on the edge. Another vintage button from my grandmother’s collection makes for great finish! I am so happy I have some of her buttons! I almost hate to use them.


Voilà, a birthday gift is done. I can’t wait to gift it!!

And, full confession here, that’s not all the shopping going on up there. Fabric and sewing stash has been happening again. But for very good reasons!

 

Zippers for all those bags I am making. A great deal on 25 zips! Pink fabric for a requested bag by a wonderful friend, who just had 2 dirt bag women steal money from her restaurant and her personal items, grrr! Backing fabric for the Vintage Ornament top, which is being sent off to be quilted by a Goddess! And fabric for a Double Dresden pillow class, that had to be rescheduled, at a local shop. Still waiting on some bag supplies I ordered, rectangle rings, bag bottom studs, and magnetic snaps. I need to stop! Or maybe not. It’s just so much fun!!

Linking up with:
Crazy Mom Quilts
Fabric Alcoholic 
Busy Hands
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