Happy Monday! I've been doing a little bit of cleaning and organizing in the sewing room as well as a little bit of sewing. I've been trying to finalize my Christmas gift-giving project list so I can get all of that sewing finished up by the end of the month.
First I made a new Stash & Dash bag; I made one of these earlier this
summer and ended up giving it away for a gift. I used left over strips for this one, but because of the way the strap is attached I wish I had sewn the strips the other way. I ended up making my strap out of the center strip fabric so the would match up, but you can see from the photo that I didn't get it all centered perfectly (my strap is in the middle of the bag, but the center strip isn't exactly centered).
Still, I'm really happy with this bag. I love the cross-hatch quilting I did on the Soft & Stable, and I'm super happy with the way the machine-stitched binding turned out as well (I never use machine-stitched binding on quilts, but I've been getting better at it by using it in so many bag and accessory projects.
There are so many ways to use this little bag: sewing supplies, make-up, travel cords, and even for a jewelry storage bag. I am making a few more of these before Christmas for friends and family.
I used all Fig Tree fabrics for this--mixing in some Somerset, Farmhouse, and Strawberry Fields Revisited fabrics with Aloha Girl. The pattern was free earlier this summer from Annie Unrein; it is only available for purchase now, but you can find all of the information about how to get the pattern and see a series of terrific tutorials for making this on Annie's blog.
There has been another little bag I've been wanting to try for months. I think it is something about the cute shape that left me wanting to make it so badly (for bags, isn't it about the shape a lot of the time?)!
It was also appealing that this bag can be made with just two Layer Cake squares. You can find Carrie Nelson's tutorial for it on the Moda Cutting Table blog. I do love the shape (and I used Soft & Stable for my interfacing), but it really is a pretty small little bag, so I'm not sure what I'll use it for yet.
I was hoping to use it to store binding clips, but I use a lot of binding clips and not too many will fit.
I also caught up on Bee blocks...finishing up this fun block for Sinta using the Red Pepper Quilts tutorial here.
And I finished up the letter "L" block for Abby who is making the Spell it with Moda quilt with her Bee month blocks.
I have some more projects I want to get going on...but first I need to quilt up a bunch of Soft & Stable...I think if I do all of the quilting first, then the project construction will go pretty quickly if I do it assembly line style.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Quilting!