BIONIC!! I love the name of this little sewing grab-bag! It delivers too.......... it can hold everything but the kitchen sink and I don't take that with me when I head out to sewing class so that's ok! I mean, check out this picture from the website - it holds TONNES!!!
For ages, I've been dying to make the Sew Together bag by Sewdemented on Craftsy and when I started to go online and look for it, I happened upon this bag pattern. Oh me, Oh MY, I had to have it. So, I purchased the pattern and printed it out. All 36 PAGES of it. I went to the printers and got it bound, knowing that I would make more than one of these if I liked it.
Daunted? Me? Eh.........yeah. I mean 36 pages of double dutch and I had never, ever put a zip in anything before so of course I chose this pattern with 5 zips!!
I decided I wouldn't rush it. I'm a bit of a divil for rushing projects, jumping ahead of the instructions and I was scared of this one before I even started. So Day 1, I cut all my fabric, ironed on the interfacing and laid out my zips and stopped!
Day 2, I went to my sewing class and got some help with the first zip from Roisin at The Quilt Shop. She had assured me they were "easy peasy" but I didn't believe her. In fairness, she spoke the truth, they were easy but despite the instructions, I don't think I would have gotten it right without a bit of help.
Day 3, I finished putting the next 3 zips in and sewing down the pockets, then I got really brave and I put it together with the sides and onto the back.
That left just the binding and the final zip! The pattern says it can be put together in 3/4 hours. I'd say in total, I probably took 7 or 8 but I was happy enough to go slow and steady since it was a completely new project for me but MAN, I love it and I'm sure the next one will go faster.
My side pleats were the only thing that I was a little unhappy about. They could be a tad neater but my next one will be better!
So now I have to make one for my son. He "needs" a lego grab bag, reckons the small pocket at the front would be ideal for his lego men (I'm inclined to agree) and the tray would be handy on road trips. He's got foresight, I'll give him that. And if you didn't see my pic on facebook or instagram during the week, he did make me this lego sewing machine so he kind of deserves one.........
Oh what's that? You want to know where to get the pattern? Try clicking HERE! If you make one, I'd love to see it - so link back here if you can!
AND..........if you have any suggestions as to what kind of fabric to use for a Lego bag, I'd really appreciate it!
Sunday, 19 October 2014
Sunday, 5 October 2014
|Cindy - Organiser Extraodinaire|
Due to location and/or bad timing, I haven't had the chance to meet up with any of these stitchery-queens until last week. I wasn't working, I didn't have family commitments and if I do say so myself, I deserved a day out doing something I love, so I signed up for the Quilting Retreat which just happened, very fortunately, to be in my hometown!
From the outset, I was very impressed with the organisation. Cindy, from Fluffy Sheep Quilting e-mailed me with a schedule for the day, directions, times, carparking details, food details and so much more. Honestly, she thought of everything! The room that was booked in Galway University was comfortingly close to the carpark so we didn't have to hump our machines and gear too far into the campus!
I'll be honest, I was nervous! I'm well used to some of these girls online personas from instagram and facebook and deliciously pretty flickr pictures but to meet people in person! Ooooh, that scares me!
I encountered Anneliese from mailfromthecheekymonkeys first when I got to the room and she said "Oh, you look different to your pictures"! Seriously, that's everyones nightmare, right?...... I mean we all just put our somewhat-passable pictures online but we like to think that in real life, we look like our "best" pictures.....right?? She's a sweet chick though and I relaxed pretty quickly. Cindy arrived in the room then and there was a bit of organising to do before everyone else arrived.
|Anneliese & Eva (& Kristina in the background)|
We received really cute tote bags full of goodies which was a really lovely surprise! All of the sponsors of our little retreat were very generous. They included......
Aurifil - a fab selection of different weights of thread!
The Crafters Basket - a pack with some charm squares, ribbon and buttons
The Quilt Shop Tuam - some gorgeous fabric and a money off voucher
Fluffy Sheep Quilting - more fantastic fabric
Lisnaweary Quilts - yet more delicious fabric
Pilot - an erasable pen
And that wasn't all, we also were given a selection of vouchers for online purchases from other shops like Vibes & Scribes, Slaney Handcraft, Rags for Linda, and Seams Sew Simple.
|Our super tote bag of goodies!!|
As the afternoon wore on, we got right down to work, there was a queue for the ironing and cutting tables at times as we all wanted to go home with something substantial accomplished.
|Áine, Ruth & Erin (& Cindy, well her reflection anyway)|
|Storm At Sea work-in-progress|
The last thing to mention about our lovely Quilt Retreat though was our little part in Bee Blessed. I had heard the name before but really had no notion what it was. When we got our details for the day however, we were asked if we would like to make a couple of blocks for "Bee Blessed" and our colours were to be green & blue on a white background, with the finished quilt being for a boy. The world was our oyster as regards design, as long as the blocks were 12.5" unfinished.
I decided to make a little row of houses with different characters in the windows and doorways - because every neighbourhood contains all sorts, right? Even monkeys and pirates!!! However, I didn't double check the size of my pattern and ended up doing a bit of re-jigging to make it size up properly but it worked out ok in the end.
My second block was a simple colourful star.... nothing to write home about but it fit in well. In the end, there was quite a lovely selection of blocks, I think it will make a lovely quilt and can't wait to see them put together, it's the first time I've been involved in a community quilt!
My poor blocks could seriously do with a proper iron......whoops!
If you are interested in learning more about Bee Blessed....... click here. Sarah can answer any questions!
So that was our day...... a lot of sewing, a bit of shopping, alot of chat, even more coffee n' cake....... it was BRILLIANT! Can't wait for the next one!