I thought it would be a good idea to give the instructions a test run before handing everyone materials at retreat. These little bags are a great way to practice free motion quilting – and as you can see, I clearly need more practice!
The blue one was first, and making it was a learning experience. First, I didn’t make the tabs on the zipper come up far enough. See how the zip is all crazy at the end?
I decided to run the side seam through the serger, but that resulted in the thread pulling and being more visible than I liked when I turned the bag right side out.
(And check out my quilting – you’re feeling better about your occasional wonky stitch length now, aren’t you?)
So, when I made the red bag, I sewed the seam on the sewing machine and then just used the serger to finish the edges. I used a narrower 3-thread overlock stitch for the finishing, especially on the zipper where there just wasn’t enough space to get in there nicely with the serger foot.
Also, because reading directions is not always my strong suit, I forgot to topstitch the first side by the zip before I had attached the other side. This meant topstitching both sides while it the bag was in a tube shape, which was not fun. It probably would have been faster to just rip out one side to at least topstitch the first side more easily. But where’s the challenge in that? Ha.
See how the top of the zip looks so much cleaner when I placed the zipper tab in the right spot? Directions. Crazy how much reading them helps! One note, though – as long as you have a rectangle, the dimensions can be whatever size you want. You just need a zipper that is long enough for your bag.
Don’t you love these cute little charms attached to the zipper pull? It took way too long to connect the pile of charms to split rings, but they are such a fun addition. Definitely worth it!
My daughter requested a couple of these. I told her she can have the one with the flowers, I’ll keep the slightly wonky blue one. She wants one for her basketball bag, one for her school locker, one for her backpack… I see zipper sewing in her future. :)
Pop over to the Moda blog, read the instructions better than I did, and have fun making some of these!
Here’s the Serendipity Studio booth at Spring 2015 Quilt Market.
They had a cute little make and take project to sew a little bird. I’m so bummed I missed getting a pin at this shop!
It was nice to see the sewn up patterns in person. Though Kay has great photos on her patterns, there’s something about actually seeing them in person that really makes me think I need them all. Her spring collection includes the Aspen tunic pattern, which is shown sewn as a dress or tunic on Kay’s blog.
Have you tried any patterns from Serendipity Studio? Do you have any favorites to recommend?
I was going to try to put this all in one post, but the Lion from Violet Craft is so amazing that it didn’t seem fair to the other quilts to have to follow it! Plus, the Michael Miller booth had SO many great quilts I want to share as many as I can with you.
This quilt pattern is King’s Cross by Tara Faughnan and it was quilted by Terri Carpenter. You can find directions for this pattern on the Michael Miller website. The fabrics are from the Melodies line by Sarah Campbell.
This quilt is called Starstruck and is by Marsha Evans Moore using fabrics from the Painter’s Canvas collection. You can find the pattern and instructions on the Michael Miller website as well.
This quilt is by Caroline Gre and is called Sea Glass Medallion. If you want to see more pictures (and you do, trust me) or buy this pattern, check out Nightingale Quilts.
Here’s the last one for today. The quilt is Birdcage on a Chain by Anna Maria Horner. It’s made with an assortment of Michael Miller fabrics. Fabric info can be found here and the quilt pattern can be found on Anna Maria Horner’s website here. Anna Maria has been kind enough to share lots of patterns, so check those out as well.
Today we are going to hop back to Quilt Market with a stop by the Michael Miller booth. Here are some quilts made with the Cotton Couture line. First, solids, starting with Twirling Trellis by Jen Sorenson.
Cotton Couture Dot by Emily Herrick.
This is Over the Rainbow by Emily Herrick. Sorry about the weird crop, there was some stuff in front of it. Here’s the pattern from Michael Miller for this quilt.
This amazing Jungle Abstractions Lion Quilt is by Violet Craft. It is a foundation paper piece quilt made with one striking large scale block and measures 60″ x 60″. If you want to make your own Lion Quilt, you can pop over to the Violet Craft website and get it there. Be warned, it prints on 35 pages that are 11×17 in size.
Here’s a link to the Cotton Couture line. So many solids! Love.
This is the second run at pattern #40 from Ottobre 4/2013 (the fall 2013 issue) that I made previously with a sweatshirt knit.
This is size 134 again and I added about an inch to the sleeves this time. I was going to put a kangaroo pocket on the front. However, there was some confusion about what a kangaroo pocket was and Jack thought I was suggesting there be a picture of a kangaroo on his sweatshirt. That was completely and totally unacceptable, bordering on most ridiculous for a third grader. Okay, got it, no kangaroos.
I just put a tube inside, so he’s got one nice big pocket there. The only downside is that since I didn’t want to stitch it to the front of the shirt, it is three layers of fabric where the pocket is – the shirt front, and then the two layers of pocket tube inside. It takes FOREVER to dry!
The fabric is a super soft bamboo velour that I dyed with Procion dyes. It is one solid color, but the light catches it so it doesn’t look that way in the photos. This one is definitely a winner – Jack wears it as soon as it comes out of the wash.
Here he is pondering greatness – or something…
Then I asked him to please show the back.
Yeah, that was not really what I meant, kid. And I’m pretty sure I never asked for this pose, whatever it is…