A friend of mine from high school was the first of our group to have children and her eldest daughter will be graduating from high school this month. Now, that cannot be true because we met in high school so there is no way that she has a child that is older than we were when we met. Crazy!
Look at this child. She is not graduating high school – she’s just a darling little girl….Well, I am making that child a Sew Together Bag to use as she embarks on her adult life. She wants to audition to be Belle on Disney Cruise Lines and do that for a little while. She’d be great and I hope she is able to accomplish that goal. She is still determining what she wants to do after graduation and I hope she finds something she loves and goes for it with all her heart.
The fabric pull for her bag looked like this: Her completed bag looks like this: I love the ‘Be Happy’ fussy cut appliqué on the front. That is exactly what I wish for her future.
I lined one of the pockets with laminated cotton so she can use it for make-up if she chooses. The zipper pull was included with my order of zippers from Zip-It. If you need zippers you need to order from this shop. The service is fast, the selection is broad, the prices are fabulous, and they have always included a color card and zipper pull with every order I’ve received. That zipper pull was absolutely perfect for this bag.
I have another Sew Together Bag in the works. My future sister-in-law is moving to the states from the UK and I have the exterior of her bag ready. I think the minimalist approach of this exterior will be perfect for her. I hope she’ll love it!
Stash Enhancement – the Solid Edition:
I’m trying to add some solids to my repertoire because I do love how they look in quilts that I have seen. I tend to lean toward blenders or tone-on-tone fabrics when I need to add some color to my designs. (Ex: the gray fabric pictured above. 😊). Lately, anytime I am in JoAnn Fabrics I will take a look through the remnant bin and have been coming across some Kona Solids. The remnants are always 50% off the current sale price of that item so it is quite the deal. I now have these three in my stash: Pool, Buttercup Yellow, and Tangerine. They are such beautiful and vibrant colors. All are just a bit under a full yard.
I have also added a few Kona Solids from a recent Craftsy sale. They are sold as backing fabrics for some kits they were selling. So, I do not know the actual color name. The lighter one is called ‘Breakers’ and no color name is listed for the darker teal. All I know is that I find these colors very appealing and I had to have them! Also during that sale, I ordered a Free Spirit assorted fat quarter box. About a third of the box was these very muted florals that I may never use (all were from the same line as well), a third included some great modern prints that I will show in another post, and a third included some solids. All but the two blue ones came from that box. It’s a nice array of colors. The two blue ones came from a Scrap pack that I got at The Intrepid Thread when I visited a few weeks back. (I didn’t see them on the website so the scrap packs might just be available in store.) Now I need to decide how I want to start incorporating these solids into my quilts or other projects. This will be a challenge for me but I feel that as I get more confident with my quilting then I will feel more comfortable adding these solids in.
Any suggestions on how I can get started with that?