Saturday, November 17, 2012

2 More Off The List.....

Today I got 2 more gifts done for the little ones on my list...  I used the tutorial for Friendship Bag by Rachel Griffith
       It was easy to follow along with the pictures as they have lots of detail   I chose fabric from my stash that my daughter and I selected for a wonky butterfly quilt that turned into a UFO.  She is 18 now and not in need of a girly butterfly quilt.  : (   

 I ended up fussy cutting the design and the finished bag is taller than the original but I'm happy with the results.  I also made the straps longer on this one.

I practiced my FMQing using the Matrix design from the Free Motion Quilting Project on the bottom inset.   I did have a hard time with this at first because it was so fast and I am used to anchoring my arms to the table and using just my fingers/hands to move the fabric.  For this I had to push the fabric around faster and it took some practice to get control to make the lines smooth.  

This is the back of the batting, the bag is lined so I didn't use backing here.  

 Up close I think it looks OK   Some of my stitch length is pretty long, but I'm sure the 5 year old will never know....and she doesn't read my blog.. : )

  For her little sister I made the bag as shown in the tutorial and as I folded over the top edge before top stitching it made a 1/4 inch border.  So instead of evening up the edges I topstiched it with just that 1/4 inch on the outside making a solid rim.    I am buying little lunch kits   (bento boxes)  I saw at Old Navy to put inside for snack time to complete the gifts.  I didn't find a picture at but there are tons of them on Pinterest.....

Here is Flowing Lines, again just the batting side.   This is on the 2nd bag, no picture, it started raining and I didn't get a picture yet.  I will post one tomorrow.

Still have several ideas for gifts just waiting for a package from Intrepid Threads, Joel Dewberry, Notting Hill.  

Notting Hill - Fat Quarter Bundle Teal

What are you making this year for your loved ones?  I need some more ideas!!
Happy Sewing, K


  1. Love your bags and your FMQ! I think I'm making a few mug rugs for Christmas. So quick and easy!

  2. Thanks, Rosemary. I still have quite a few gifts to get done, this year it's all about the quick wins.