Sew Together Bag in Alison Glass

Many folks have made the Sew Together Bag. I’ve made one and yesterday I made another using Alison Glass fabric, handcrafted indigo. I was inspired by Quilting JetGirl’s Alison Glass Challenge to use Alison’s fabric in a project.

Even though I had made this bag before, it took me a little while to understand how to make the side pieces.

The “pattern piece” at the end of the pattern is easier to understand as a template and should be cut like this:

You’ll cut 4 in total with 2 interfacing pieces.

Then you add the inside with zippers and pockets. That part is fairly easy to understand from the pattern. The final stitching to make the pockets is more difficult.

Once you draw the line for the stitching, the inside looks like this:

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Once you get those first template pieces sewn together, you attach them to each side of the inside. Then you stitch the side panels to inside.

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TIP:

When attaching the template pieces to each pocket, make sure all the layers get stitched down flat with the zip zag stitch. It makes adding the binding so much easier.

Another place where you might have trouble is attaching the 18″ zipper to the top, which holds the whole thing together. Here’s how it works:

Zipper up– the first layer.

Binding on top.

Fold over the binding and stitch down.

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The other side is done the same way with the Zipper Up.

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The rest is easy. Just go slowly when stitching down the zippers to the bottom side of the bag.

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New Technology

For Christmas my husband got me a IPad Pro. I tried to use it to create posts. I soon discovered the keyboard was too small for me. For my birthday I got a keyboard to use with the IPad. There were multiple selections. I got a ZAGG Slim Book Pro. The keyboard is not as large as a traditional keyboard but better than the IPad screen keyboard.

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I haven’t figured out how to resize the photos. When I click on the photo, it’s like it’s text and not a photo. I changed the size in the HTML tab, but that’s very cumbersome. That’s the thing with new technology, it takes time to learn and it’s frustrating. I won’t give up though.

Cheers to learning something new,

Wanda

Making Plans

I see all the posts about plans for 2017. I’m feeling pressured to get my act together. I’m pretty good at keeping track of appointments and reminders for things I’m supposed to do, but I don’t have a list of possible blog posts or ideas for what I think I should explore in 2017.

That’s why I like taking classes and why I loved the Savor Each Stitch Book Bee.  They make plans easier when there is a deadline.

I have two quilts to finish from the Book Bee so that’s where I’m going to start. I’m hand quilting the quilt from the Emphasis chapter; it’s about a quarter done. The Texture quilt has been deconstructed. That is more than enough for 2017.

It might be nice to take a break from designing and concentrate on these two projects from 2016.

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How to Play Hopscotch

I’m happy to announce that my quilt, How to Play Hopscotch, will be on exhibit at QuiltCon East 2017 as part of the APQ Nine-Patch Challenge.

I like challenges. It focuses my mind, and it’s fun to see what I can create within the parameters of the challenge.

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I sketched a lot of designs which were very complicated. I even cut a large stack of squares and played around with them on my design wall, but they all seemed contrived.

About that time I was at a party where two little girls were playing hopscotch. The adults had a lengthy discussion on the rules of hopscotch and of course we researched that on Google.  There are many ways to draw a hopscotch board but it’s a simple game — tossing and jumping.

I thought a simple nine-patch would be best and each block could have white lines representing the chalk lines. I also used a variety of fabrics — lightweight denim, shot cotton and regular cotton.

Once the quilt sandwich was assembled, I hand quilted each number in each block. Then, multiplies of each number.

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The finished quilt is 51″ by 51″.

 

HOW TO PLAY HOPSCOTCH

1) DRAW blocks on the ground with the ninth block being HOME.
2) THROW a stone on One.
3) HOP on ONE FOOT where the stone isn’t.
4) Hop through all squares and pick up the stone on your way back.
5) Start again and throw the stone on Two.
6) Hop on the squares where the stone isn’t as above.
7) Hop through all squares and pick up the stone on your way back.
8) If successful, start again and throw the stone on Square Three.
9) The winner is the person who tossed successfully and hopped successfully.