Sorry this post took so long to get on here. But better late than never, right???
Ok, so I know it’s not a quilt and it’s not quilting but I made a bag for my sister, Hollie, as a Christmas gift. I don’t like using patterns – at least other peoople’s patterns but I really liked the shape of this Amy Butler bag called “Birdie Sling” so I decided to give it a go.
A month or so before Christmas I called up my sister who lives in Indiana. I didn’t tell her at this point that it was a bag, but just asked her to name some colors she would enjoy for me to make her something with. She chose purple. I then went on the hunt for fabric. The pattern requires two fabrics for the outside and one for the lining. I must say that I am a bit addicted to ebay. Sad but true. I know I should be supporting local quilt shops – which I do! But I found some gorgeous fabric that I thought my sister would really enjoy. I chose a beautiful Kona Bay leaf pattern for the base, a Kona Bay geometric for the handle and band and a funny cat fabric for the lining. The lining fabric has cats in meditative poses wearing sunglasses. She enjoys meditation and loves her cats so I thought she’d really enjoy this lining as a secret surprise for only her to see each time she opens the bag.
I have never taken a formal class on patterns, clothing or accessories so I trusted following the instructions and my common sense to get me through this project. (I also knew I could call my mother as a life-line if needed).
First, I can’t believe how much cutting is necessary!! First you have to cut the pattern out of the paper. Why don’t companies send it to you pre-cut?? If I’m paying for a pattern, why do I need to also do the labor of cutting it out! I just don’t get it. Then I had to cut the fabric. then I had to cut the iron-0n fusing! Three steps of cutting in order to finally begin sewing the darn thing. Maybe this is why I am a quilter and not a tailor. I’d much rather be free-motion quilting than spending time with a pair of scissors in my hand cutting a paper pattern out! If I wanted to be a scrap booker (is that a real title?) then I would be scrap booking! (no offense to you scrap bookers out there!)
To be continued…