You know how no matter how hard you prepare for a sewing class, you *always* forget something? On day one I forgot my applique press sheet. On day two I not only forgot my most purple of purple threads, but also my pincushion of pins! Arg!
|This is my interpretation of the kitty's behind. It was fun to see how differently each person imagined the back of their cat would look.|
These guys were made with standard machine applique techniques, nothing exciting.
On day two we assembled the bag.
We laid these out and stitched them along the bottom, then basted the sides in place
Again, ingeniously in my opinion, the teacher (Terry Schneider) designed the bag so that the straps lie along the sides of the applique piece so that as you sew down the straps you are also sewing down the edges of the applique.
And below are some shots of the finished bag. Have you been reading the Advice for New Bloggers series at Plum and June? I'm getting lots of tips. The latest addition to the series, by Lily's Quilts, gave a long (and useful) list of quilt blog pet peeves, including taking pictures with poor lighting, so I took this bag out onto my patio for glamour shots.
Here is the complete bag. No raw edges! Also a nice flat bottom for holding lots of groceries.
Side Shot, plus the bonus view of my wall of tomato plants.
The cat panels and bottom border pieces double as pockets!
Lessons learned: One big lesson learned from this project was to go slow and steady. On day two of class I was absolutely rushing like mad to try to finish my bag before class ended (I didn't, in fact no one did). I think I take pride in being a fast worker and that might extend to feeling like I have to be the first one finished every time. I was in such a crazed rush that some of the work on this bag is quite sloppy. In addition I stabbed myself with various needles at least three times do to my rushing.
Second lesson: you can overdo the crazy kitschy colors. If/when I do this again I'll go a little more toned down, probably not do crazy lime green mesh, although I do love those purple handles.
Anyways, a fun project and I am pleased with the result. This is going to be a Christmas present for somebody in my family (haven't decided who yet, but if you're reading this sorry for spoiling the surprise!). I've decided after mass produced five difficult wallhangings last year for Christmas everybody is getting unique items and I'm going to make them throughout the year so I'm not in a mad rush.
In other news, I got another book in the mail: "Beautifully Embellished Landscapes" by Joyce Becker. WOW what a wealth of information! I can't wait to try out a landscape quilt. I'm currently awaiting permission to reproduce some copyrighted material for my first one. More on that in a future post.