I had to take time off from quilting to make a bag.
Mom and I found this fabric in Sioux Falls last year when shopping. LOVED it but wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with it.
While at Heirloom Creations, in Sioux Falls, I saw this bag made up. It was the perfect size to replace one of mine that has seen better days. It’s large – but it’s great for taking to quilt group (if you belong to one!) or to take around town when you’re making several stops. I’m even thinking it might be a good travel bag instead of my backpack. MUCH lighter, for sure.
The directions were wonderful. High marks given. The only changes I made were to add 2 magnetic snaps to the top and to add a stronger support for the bottom.
For the bottom, I took a rubber garden knee pad and cut it to size. It’s about 3/4-1″ deep. Then I covered it with matching fabric and popped it in the bottom. I have used wood supports and cardboard supports in the past but I figure this will be even better because it won’t pick up moisture. And, if I need to wash the bag – it’s easy to pop the support out.
Since I had enough fabric left over, and the thread still on the machine, I whipped up this little zippered pouch using the youtube video that Ms. A had sent me. It’s from the Missouri Star Quilt gal – Jenny Doan. SO quick and easy and looks so nice. I’ll certainly be making more of these. This company could keep you busy for a lifetime. Amazing amount of **FREE** information about quilting and crafting on their youtube site.
Now…..back to quilting. I’m still sewing Japanese crumbs together for the border on my hexagon quilt top. I’m combining traditional and liberated styles into this quilt. I also have a left over piece of New York Beauty border that might make its way into this border.
The other quilt top I’m hot on the heels of finishing is my 100-patch block quilt. I have the center pieced and now I’m working on the border. Wool tongues with button-hole-stitched circles. I’m hoping to do the button hole stitching by machine. The circles were my first foray into wool dyeing. I’m quite pleased with the process and results – I’ll write about that another time.