Wednesday, February 11, 2015

QuiltCon Prep- Bags

The sewing drought is over and when it rains it pours.   I jumped off the sidelines of the Travel Handmade QuiltCon prep - take a look! 

S&S Sewed like butter - I'm totally hooked
Soft and Stable and Wonder Clips - yes please.  I modified the pattern to omit the cargo pockets because I could not stand to cover up those awesome dots.  To compensate, I added a side pocket which helps tie in the bright pink. 

A quick spray baste and a few pins along the oversized panel was really helpful to keep it all in place while channel quilting.   Because I fussy cut the bee without calculating the trim it was a little tricky but worked out. 

Front Panel partially quilted
Not only did I finish the February ALYOF goal Slouchy Bags Taylor Made for myself (below) but I am in the home stretch of a Cargo Duffle (above).  After seeing that Debbie and Rachel pulled off making theirs in a weekend I decide it was not too late for me!   
MQG Newsletter
Pressures on now that a pic of the back panel was featured in the MQG newsletter - I'd better get finished and be toting it around in Austin if I wanna hang my head high :)  Honestly, the cheering on via IG has been fabulous, thanks guys.

Finish It Up Friday

Love these ladies
Linking up with Amanda Jean at Finish it Up Friday and TGIFF at Quilt Matters.
Here's a Sneak Peaks at a couple of secret gift items that I also started and have finished since my last post.  My mojo has officially returned - at least for pockets, zippers and bags in general.  Not a stitch of quilt making but that's OK. 

You'll just have to wait and see.
After conquering my fear of zippers with one bag I managed to sew in a second and then install a by the yard double pull.  Grant it that last one I goofed on and pre-quilted the gussets so it took most the night to figure a plan B, a minor set back.  Let's just say there was fusible web involved and leave it at that.
Pocket Lining 
Choosing what fabric goes where is super exciting.  Dottie on the other hand was not too thrilled that I took #fridaynightsewalong all the way to Saturday morning and was underfoot hinting it was bedtime.
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Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

Alive and Blooming
Last but not least I'll share a photo of the beautiful flower from the bulb I received as a Christmas gift that blossomed this week.  I'm pretty proud of that accomplishment too.


  1. I am useless at making bags -- especially beautiful & complicated looking ones like these. I will keep my eye peeled for them walking the floor at QuiltCon. I'm eager to meet you!

  2. I have never tried to make a bag or tote. It always seems more complicated than just putting together fabric for a quilt. Yours are gorgeous!

  3. The Melody Miller bee fabric is an all time favorite of mine. It's good that you did not cover him up - that would have been too bad.

    Once you get the hang of zippers, they are not too bad. Really nice projects in the works!

  4. OMG - it's so incredible. CAN'T WAIT to see it in person as it attends Quiltcon with you as its escort ;)

  5. This is such a great collection of projects! I've been eying several people's bags on my IG feed. I will probably know the bag before the person and say something awkward like, "I know that bag, who are you?"

  6. Love that slouchy bag - those ladies are awesome! Have fun at QuiltCon!


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