Monday, September 11, 2017

Bugsy Backpack class

 I had a great time helping these great students make the Bugsy Backpack bag the other day....I didn't take too many pix during the class, but I didn't want to miss them birthing their bags!
Pretty tricky getting it through the 5" opening, but they both got it done!

 We had started out the night before so that the bags were cut and almost all interfaced before class began on Sat. So they were able to finish them in class.

They were both so different, but so cute. It's fun to see something made up in several different colorways. I have made 2 and have my class model to finish for a third. It will have to wait as I'm going on vacation to see my daughter in Baltimore tomorrow. I will try to blog if I can, but if not I will post when I get back.

My Bugsy Backpack #2
 I have made 2 and have my class model to finish for a third. It will have to wait as I'm going on vacation to see my daughter in Baltimore tomorrow. I will try to blog if I can, but if not I will post when I get back.

Back view of  my #1

My Bugsy Backpack #3 in progress

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Spring Fling in the fall

 I've been working on the Spring Fling bag by Janelle MacKay. It was my first time to use fusible foam in a bag. Great stuff for great support.
Making the hole for the turnlock.

 It was also the first time I got to use one of my new hole punches. It's hard to cut out the hole for the turnlocks, so I heard through an online bag making group about these leather punches. Love them, I used for two sets of holes in this bag.

Turnlock keyhole installed.

 The second set of holes were a little trickier as none of the hole punches were exactly the right size. So I used one that was the right width, but shorter length than needed. I traced the oval from the hardware needed and punched it out in two spots. Worked well.

I hadn't installed one of these in before, but easy as can be. Easier than getting the little screws in on the turnlocks!
All done! These are for the handles to come through from the other side...pretty tricky!

 I have to admit, sewing the binding to the gusset area was a bit tricky. Love the binding clips for bag making. It's so much better than pinning. I basted the gusset in before I sewed the bias binding on.

I really like this color combo and the gray woven was a dream to work with. I hand sewed the binding on the second side. No way was I going around those gussets on the machine again.
It's on display at Cut Up and Quilt now, so look for it the next time you are in shopping. 

I've been working on a second Traverse Bag by Noodlehead. Love how it's turning out so far, though I had some problems with the top stitching yesterday. Hope to finish it today, but first some cleaning!

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

A great dresden finish!

 I met on Thursday with a group of quilters that are fairly new to quilting (3rd project for most) and doing a great job! The first time we met to make the Dresden Plate Special they learned how to cut out the blades, make the nice sharp points, then begin to sew the blades together. Their homework was to finish sewing the blades together so that they could sew them to the background sq. when we met again. They came back prepared and ready to sew! Two of the quilters had made another version of the top in the 2 weeks between classes.

Lorraine is using soft florals for this project.

Anita fussy cut a flower for her center.

Trish's happy summery topper

Trish's 2nd Christmasversion
Mary Ann's first quilt project

Linda made 2 identical dresdens

Marguerite's fall beauty
Pat was unable to come on Thurs. so will make up this class later in the month. I will update this post then. This is her progress from the first class.

Pat's dresden blades
I'm excited to see what these quilters do next!

I started working on a store model of the the Spring Sling by Janelle MacKay the other day and hope to finish it today. It's been fun so far and I'm excited to get it finished. It's my first time using fusible foam interfacing and I love it for this project so far. 
I also got to use one of the hole punches that I recently purchased to cut the turnlock hardware hole. So much easier and neater than cutting out with a scissors. I should've taken a pic after the punch...sorry. I will next time!
I still sometimes have trouble getting the screw holes made without making them too big. Any tips?
 Heading to the sewing machine now. Have a great Sunday!