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Surprise!

April 29, 2009

So, here are the other two everything tote bags.  I’m really kind of jealous of them, because they are so much better in the way of construction than my bag, but that’s ok.  I can always make another, and another!  The idea is, I will set these out on the sofa Wednesday night, so that when my sister arrives (presumably after we’ve gone to bed), she will have the option of picking one or the other.  The one she does not pick will be going to my grandmother for Mother’s day.  I can’t for sure decide which she’ll pick, but I’m going to guess the brighter one.  I’ll have to let you know when I get back! 

Here it is, Wednesday, and I took a nap last night instead of sewing, which meant the sewing had to get bumped in favor of laundry, packing, and Fringe.  So, as a result, my sister will only have the choice of one suprise item.  But I think that she would probably have picked this one anyway.  I’ll not have time tonight to finish the other.  Here is the one she’ll be getting:  

I’ve lent out my Weekend Sewing book to the second (or first?) clever girl, which is ok since I’ll be leaving shortly for Key West.  Hopefully she’s finished with it by the time I get back from Key West!  Not to rush her or anything, but I’m excited to try something else from the book  when I get home from Key West.  

Did I mention I’m going to Key West?  Ha.   I’m really super excited about the trip, and even though I tend toward anxiety, I’m working hard to keep it at bay, instead just imagining the wonderful things that await me.  Like a room I don’t have to clean, and a pool, and the weather, and my current obsession: conch fritters!  Also, I checked the weather.  You can see for yourself how lovely it will be (at least through Saturday).

78°F
Current: Partly Cloudy
Wind: E at 5 mph
Humidity: 69%
Wed
Mostly Sunny
83°F | 74°F
Thu
Mostly Sunny
83°F | 74°F
Fri
Chance of Showers
83°F | 74°F
Sat
Chance of Showers
83°F | 74°F
I’ll be coming home on Tuesday. and Sunday and Monday don’t look much different than the above.  Aside from leaving my wonderful husband, I’m thrilled to be going.  I can’t say it enough, really.  Thrilled, thrilled, thrilled.  
Thanks again, sis!  Hope you like your bag.

 

Everything tote, part 2

April 26, 2009

It’s finished!  I’m very pleased with it overall.  Sewing the handles on was a little tricky, and the fabric was a little bulky in some places.

I think I’ll try a few different things next time.  I also think I’d like to make a smaller version of this.  The size is great for a day out, or a day trip, or the beach, but I think it’s rather big to be used as an every day sort of bag.  The thing is, I really really like the design, and it came together so quickly, I couldn’t believe it.  There were a couple of times that the stitches didn’t catch, and that was annoying, but no big deal. 

If you look at it closely AND know what you’re looking at, you would find a multitude of sins, but as it is, it was my first pass at it, and I’m a relatively new sewer, and it is all a learning process, and any average person isn’t going to notice the flaws.

Here are some pictures.  They aren’t great, but the bag is!  It will be perfect for Key West this week.

The everything tote, part 1.

April 23, 2009

To start, before I get into the bag talk, I just learned that I won Amber’s giveaway over on One Shabby Chick.  Thanks Amber!  I don’t usually win anything.  I’m excited to see what I get. 

So, I’ve started working on the everything tote back from Heather Ross’s Weekend Sewing.  I’ve cut out the pattern, sewn up the sides, put the two together, figured out the gathering, and am working on the binding phase.  I put it down last night because that got to be a little more precise than my tired brain and eyes could handle. 

Want to know my thoughts so far?  Here they are anyway! 

The pattern calls for 1 yard of fabric (though the book says 1/2, which Heather corrected on her website).  I bought 1 and 1/2 of each fabric just to be safe.  Sometimes I’m absent minded and/or want room to mess up since I’m not sure what I’m doing or looking at.  As it turns out, this was probably a wise decision.  I’m not sure that it would have worked out with only 1 yard.  It’s possible I traced the pattern wrong, but I don’t think I was off by that much.  I ended up having to use most of it. 

As far as the pattern itself,  I don’t get along with patterns.  I don’t know how to trace them properly.  I don’t have the right things to trace them with.  I don’t have the patience to do it right.  I decided to trace these pieces onto muslin though, then pinned them to the fabrics, then cut them out, and it went just fine.

I did double the piece for the pocket so that I could have a lined pocket.  I find it easier to keep things straight that way. 

The gathering part was way simpler than I imagined it would be.  And it didn’t need much gathering.  The picture lead me to believe there would be more. 

Then the binding.  It calls for both the outer fabric and the lining fabric.  I’m assuming this is just for bulk, or weight, or something.  I’m finding the bulk a little difficult to work with and press and what not. 

But I did it, and now I’m at the edge stitching part of attaching the binding.  My first pass wasn’t successful.  This is when I put it down and closed up shop for the night.  I’m thinking that maybe the zipper foot would be helpful?  In order to avoid dealing with the bulk?  And maybe to be able to see a little bit better? 

Suggestions would be very helpful.  I’m hoping to finish it tonight, and then, pictures!

Something for Myself

April 9, 2009

So, I’m going to Florida, courtesy of my sister, at the end of this month.  Of course I had several projects I wanted to complete, most from Heather Ross’ Weekend Sewing.  But life took over, and as it turns out, there isn’t as much time hanging around as I thought.  So, instead, I’m paring back the list, and will only be working on three.  One for the sister, and two for myself.  I will be making the everything tote bag for myself, and I bought some Alexander Henry home decor fabric in Carolina Navy from fabricworm.  We’ll see how that goes.

In other news, I’ve got 3, yes, three quilts I’m working on.  Well, 2 quilts that have been started, and a third commission that is planned.  I’m just waiting on an advance so that I can purchase the fabric.  We’re poor in my part of the world right now!  I bought the fabric for my bag with money (that I haven’t gotten yet) from a camera that my husband sold on ebay.  I don’t have the cash yet, but it’s probably coming.