Monday, 28 April 2014

Weekending - The Sewing Edition







 


It was a long weekend here in New Zealand, so I made the most of the opportunity to finish some sewing projects.
  • First up is a fabric basket for another swap I have joined in.  Made from various scraps of text, solids, linen and Denyse Schmidt fabrics, using this tutorial. It was a nice easy pattern to sew, though I think I will use heavy weight interfacing on the lining next time I make this pattern.
  • This weeks PackPatch themes were: I was born in the ...,  and I would have liked to be in the ... Because I was born in the 70's, I picked paisley and green.  I remember a lot of brown and orange from that time too.  I would have liked to be in the 50's, I loved the full skirts, with big floral prints and twin sets.  Not so keen on the horn rim glasses I would have needed though.
  • And my big TA DA moment - I finished my 241 Tote.  I did rows of vertical hand quilting on the centre panels in a natural linen coloured thread.  The side pockets are shot cotton in a silvery grey, with AMH Social Climber as the feature side panel.  The lining and strap are a charcoal shot cotton.  For extra strength in the strap, I also added a strip of upholstery weight cotton ticking in the middle before 6 rows of top stitching.  On the whole I am pretty pleased with how it has turned out.  Sewing the curved panels was not an easy task, and I wasn't happy with how my top stitching along the centre panels and pockets looked, so after unpicking it, I decided to omit it. I would make this again, but I would probably not do a quilted centre panel.
What did you create this weekend?

11 comments:

  1. I love that bag...you must be really pleased with that :)

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  2. Amazing! Simply amazing! I am so inspired by your skills...at this point I have made a pillowcase but hope that one day I can make some blankets! That tote is absolutely beautiful friend! Do you have an Etsy shop?!?!?! And that basket is wonderful as well! Great work all the way around! Wishing you a happy week ahead!!! Nicole xoxo

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  3. I love your fabric basket - the colours really appeal. Great work on the 241. I have the super tote pattern that is on my 'must make' list. My sewing - is all about school uniforms at present... multiple makes using the same fabric/patterns!

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  4. I LOVE your hand quilting. It really sets the quilting off. Nice job!

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  5. Your hand quilting is lovely - it really makes that bag sing :)

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  6. Your bag looks amazing, you certainly made the most of the long weekend!

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  7. I keep meaning to make a fabric basket. That is a very good tutorial, thanks for the pointer.
    Your bag looks great. Your attention to detail is amazing.

    Linda

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  8. I love your bag! Great colours, and quilting. Fabulous.

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  9. Oh, I love your bag!!!! Amazing!

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  10. I love your 241 tote!! The prettiest I have seen anywhere!

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