Week 7 – April 1 – 7, 2012 – Round Beach Tote

If you know me, you know I love bags!  Zippered bags (like last week), purses, and tote bags of all kinds, but this was the first time I’ve made one of these.  First of all – it’s got a round base!  And grommets around the top to pull the cord through.  I do remember my mother made a bunch of these when we were kids and we took them camping.  I’m sure they got a lot of use in those days. 

 As I was reading through the directions, I realized that the bottom was just one piece of fabric.  It wasn’t reinforced in way.  So, if you put just one or two heavy things in the bag, they would practically poke right through the bottom and it would be more like a tube rather than a duffle kind of bag.  I decided to make it two layers of fabric with a piece of mesh plastic in the bottom so it would hold its shape.  This would also help when digging through the bag trying to find something.  It also has 4 pockets on the outside, two large and two small.  This would be nice to stick sunglasses, sunscreen, keys, and stuff like that.  

 For improvements, it might be nice to have at least one pocket with a zipper, but I’ll have to think on how to do that.  Perhaps inside pockets the same as the outside pockets – just thinking about where to store money or ID.   This particular fabric is an upholstery fabric so it’s a bit thicker and more sturdy than ordinary cotton fabric.  I also think this would be nice made from pre-quilted fabric like what I used last week.  Rather than using the mesh plastic in the bottom, maybe some stiff interfacing.  It would sure be easier to sew.  And the size, I would classify this one as XL, so I’ll have to work on downsizing the pattern, too.

 Putting in the grommets was interesting to say the least.  Of course there’s a cool tool that does this.  (Don’t ya just love cool tools?)  Well, it seemed pretty easy but it was a bit cumbersome.  I’m sure I’ll get better with practice…so keep watching to see when I use this cool tool in the future. 

Week 6 – March 25 – 31, 2012 – Zippered Bag

Zippered bags are pretty easy to make and it took just a couple hours to make this bag. 

 This is my Garmin and it’s been without a case since it was accidentally left in a rental car on our last trip to Florida.  Unfortunately, car rental companies are not required to return forgotten belongings to the owners.  So, it’s been carried around in a Ziploc baggie for about 18 months.  Well, I couldn’t take it anymore! 

 I had a 40% off coupon for JoAnn Fabrics so I bought some of this wonderful yellow and blue pre-quilted fabric.  I had on hand a zipper and some ribbon, so I was all set to make this cute bag.  Inside it has a separate pocket to put the Garmin itself so it doesn’t get scratched by the mounting bracket or the cord.  Pretty spiffy, don’t you think? 

Miss Me?

I’ve been so busy lately I think my head is going to spin clean off my shoulders!  Although I can’t tell you at this time just what I’ve been busy doing, but when I do – it’ll be awesome!  I’ll let you know in a couple weeks so stay tuned, it’ll be fun.

 I have been spending some time in my sewing / quilting room – affectionately known as Wandaland.  There are two closets in that room and they each have floor to ceiling shelves.  And guess what’s on those shelves – a whole bunch of UFO’s!  Un Finished Objects.  These are the beginnings of projects either from a class I took or just from a pattern I have. 

 I seem to be a ‘process’ person.  I want to learn a new process, method, or learn to use a new tool, then I’m done.  Finish the project?  Are you kidding me, there’s too much other stuff to learn.  That’s how come I have all these UFO boxes on my shelves. 

 One time my sister, Janet, overheard me being asked to teach a class on quilt borders.  I thought it would be fun and I had some great ideas, but before I could agree to teach the class, my sister pipes up with “Borders?  She never gets that far!”  Although not entirely true, it’s pretty darn close.  Ok, so it takes me awhile to actually get to the borders, but I do finish quilts. 

 The last few weeks I’ve been going through those closets and all those boxes.  Wow – I don’t even remember some of those classes or projects, but here are a few…there are two flannel quilts with the squares already cut and ready to be sewn together, a Christmas quilt with the pieced blocks ready to be sewn into the quilt top, two appliqué blocks (each 36” square) of a four-block quilt and several appliqué pieces cut out for the next block, a bomber jacket, a collection of 1930’s fabrics, and the list goes on and on.  Wouldn’t it be nice to just pick a box and complete one of those projects?  I just may have to do that.

 I’ll post the next couple weeks of the 52 Week Challenge.  I’m behind in posting but I’ll do my best to catch up.  And stay tuned for that big surprise!