My brother has been dating a wonderful young lady from the UK. They have recently become engaged and will be married next month. We are all very excited that this beautiful woman will be joining our family and moving to the states.
Any celebration gives a quilter the opportunity to create a fabulous gift. So, of course, I had to make her a Sew Together Bag. They do make the perfect gifts. I had found this fabric bundle on Craftsy. It is Bristish Invasion by Riley Blake designs.
I had to figure out an exterior design that would feature bits of the fabric but still keep it contained. I didn’t want it to be very scrappy. I also chose this background fabric from my stash to play nice with all the colors. It has a Moda selvedge but no name. I recently bought a mini charm pack that came with a mini tumbler ruler and chose that tool to cut that bundle apart. I interspersed the prints with the grey. I love the way it came out! I horizontally straight line quilted that panel and set it aside while I pieced the bag. I used the plaids for the interior lining pieces and the crowns for the inside of the pockets. Three different zipper colors make it easy to indentify which pocket holds what stuff. My sewing time, not including the exterior, has decreased for this bag and I didn’t have to look at the instructions this time, other than for the cutting directions. I will admit to sewing two sections backwards because I wasn’t paying close enough attention but that was easily fixed. I was struggling while deciding between a red zipper or a charcoal grey one for the exterior zipper. I’m very happy that I went with the red one! I will be bringing it with me to the wedding and plan to give it to her when we finally meet for the first time. So exciting!
This week I picked up some mini charm packs to use for whatever comes to mind. I love the Paradisio line and you can’t go wrong with the texty goodness that Sweetwater puts outs in the Feed Company line. These should be fun to dig into this summer.