This year for the Central Ohio Modern Quilt Guild we did an end of the year gift swap with a mix of handcrafted and purchased items. We drew names at the November Meeting, and the person I chose had been eying the Road Trip Case by Noodlehead. My partner likes Autumnal colors and Alison Glass designs, so I selected a palette of her batiks and prints.
There are several different pockets and pieces of trim, so it was fun to choose where each fabric would go. The pattern suggests batting for the quilted case exterior, but I switched it out for Soft and Stable foam, and I’m really pleased with the result. I incorporated a few lines of walking foot quilting on the exterior using 28wt Aurifil.
There are two options for the fabric pockets in the bag; two long or four short. I wasn’t sure which to go with, but I ended up choosing the shorter pockets since it will most likely be used for sewing notions. The pocket flaps with hook and loop tape (velcro) closures seemed useful to help contain smallish notions. I often don’t care for hook and loop tape closers since the hook side can pick up so much fuzz. I briefly considered replacing the tape with magnetic snaps. Ultimately, I decided that the velcro allowed more leeway in where the pocket flap could close depending on how full the pocket was. Hopefully it will work for my partner!
The case itself went together fairly easily, and I’m sure if I were to make more it would go quite quickly. Like most bags, I felt like it took as long to cut out and interface the pieces, as it did to do the actual construction. The vinyl pocket has the potential to be finicky, but I was pleased how well my machine handled this fabric especially since I don’t have a teflon foot. I didn’t even end up needing to lay tissue paper over the vinyl while sewing.
The Road Trip Case looks like a great bag for small sewing projects, and would be a fabulous art kit for kids. This would definitely make a fabulous holiday gift!
This month one of my local quilt groups, The Columbus Modern Quilters, had a swap of one hour baskets, and I was eager to sign up. The tutorial we used is by Hearts and Bees, and is available on Craftsy. I had never made one before, but all it took was one practice basket, and I was hooked!
Hour Basket Exterior
My partner listed Carolyn Friedlander as one of her favorite designers, so I thought it would be fun to make a basket entirely with her fabrics. Flying geese patchwork made up the design on both sides of the basket.
Patchwork panels for an hour basket
For the interior, I used a strip of orange fabric that matches the arrows on the exterior of the basket, and finished it off with a wide grid that also coordinates with the basket exterior.
Hour Basket Interior
The swap was so much fun, and everyone loved the basket they received. I was delighted that this basket was for me! This is one of my favorite shades of blue, and it is just perfect for spring!
The Hour Basket that I received in the guild swap
This also completes my One Monthly goal entry for March!
This month, one of my local quilt groups, The Columbus Modern Quilters, is having a swap of One Hour Baskets. I had never made one, and I knew I wanted to incorporate some patchwork, so I made this basket for practice and to look at proportions.
The pattern is a free download by Hearts and Bees that is available on Craftsy, and it really does go together quickly. I’m not sure how long it really takes to make one because I incorporated patchwork into the project instead of using single pieces of fabric. The Annie’s Soft and Stable (not an affiliate link) I used for the project gives the basket a nice structure that feels like it will be very durable and maintain its structure for a long time. I was pretty happy with the first basket, and I could hardly wait to start on the basket for the swap. This swap basket is my “One Monthly Goal” for March.
My swap partner listed Carolyn Friedlander as one of her favorite designers, and I thought it would be fun to make a basket using all fabrics from her collections. The flying geese in the first basket worked really well, so I decided to adapt the idea for the second basket. With this configuration of fabrics, the geese have a more of an arrow look.
The pieces are cut and the patchwork for the outer panels is finished, so hopefully I’ll have at least one easy finish this month!
This week will be my first Quilt Con, and to mark the occasion I made a new carry on bag.
I drew up this pattern to work with a fat quarter bundle that I had of Tula Pink’s Elizabeth line along with some denim scraps that I had from another project. The effect is unified, yet scrappy. The front and back of the bag are identical with a zipper pocket and an open pocket behind it. Behind each zipper pocket is a section of coordinating fabric that was pieced in to help stretch the main bag fabric.
The bag is quilted in sections to allow all of the raw edges to be enclosed as the bag came together. The final construction seams attach the bag front and back to the side panel. These seams are stitched with the seam allowances toward the exterior of the bag which will help to give a bit of extra structure to this soft case. The raw edges are enclosed using a custom made bias tape from one of the striped fat quarters in the Tula Pink bundle.
I am excited to take this bag on its inaugural voyage this week so I will have a better idea of what adjustments I should make if I were to create this design again. If you are at QuiltCon, I hope to have a chance to meet you and perhaps exchange buttons!
Goal #8 is Complete!
Last year I made myself a Bionic bag, then I made one for my Mom, and at that point I was having so much fun with them I started another. About 2/3 of the way through, I got distracted (that happens way too often!) and this bag ended up as a UFO for several months.
When it was time for the holiday party at my local quilt guild, I pulled the semi-finished bag out to finish for our gift exchange.
The pattern for the Bionic Bag is by RipStitcher and is available on Craftsy. The directions are extensive, but the construction of the bag is pretty staight-forward, and there are a lot of photographs included in the instructions. I love that this bag has room for practically every sewing notion you could ever need- it goes with me everywhere!
I chose the fabric for the bag exterior first and used that color scheme to select the interior fabrics. There are so many opportunities to play with color on this project, so I used a wide range of colors and prints.
My favorite wrapping paper came out for this gift, and I pulled out some scraps to make a flower decoration.
It was a very popular item in our variation of “Bad Santa!”
Goal #28 is finished!