Road Trip Case

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.

Road Trip Case Exterior

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.

Road Trip Case Interior

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!

Road Trip Case Pocket detail

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!

March One Monthly Goal

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.

Flying Geese Basket

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.

Swap Basket sides

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!