Sorry for the delay in posting ..... it's been such a busy week here, I haven't had time to upload my photos until now!
Thank you all for your encouraging comments which spurred me on and helped me finish by Monday morning!
Oops this has ended up a rather long post, and I got more than a little carried away with the photos because I was thinking of writing a proper tutorial, still might ..... maybe, another day!
Anyway, if you've been following my blog you will know that last Friday night I was stitching along with Cheryll's "Friday Night with Friends" .....
..... and you would have found me crawling round the floor of our bedroom .... with the door shut to keep the furbabies out ..... as I twisted and turned my fabric on my giant sized cutting board .... looking for a suitable corner of fabric from which to bias cut two handles for my little Christmas bag!
As usual, time ran away from me, and there wasn't much stitching that night, apart from joining the two fabrics for the lining, oh, and I decided to add a tiny pocket too!
Saturday morning I finished stitching the pocket in place, took photos, stitched the handles together, and threaded some wadding into them .... that was a bit complicated ..... but by wrapping the wadding tightly with paper, sticking a safety pin through said paper, and holding this between two of the press bars I was able to force the wadding into the handles neatly; then topstitch either side of each handle.
The Press bars really helped to straighten the handles.
BTW I am not endorsing this product ..... these press bars just happen to be what I use, and they work well for me.
Last year I found an embroidery pattern, and stitched my first tree, but couldn't decide what to do on the second side, until now ....
the second tree was made with some of the scraps of Christmas fabric I bought from the Pilgrim Quilters exhibition (where I won my lovely quilt), and using Lara's Crafted Appliqué method I added the appliqué tree on the other side of the bag!
Once I had added the second tree I wasn't sure what sort of quilting to do. The fabric wasn't as white as the embroidery cotton so I couldn't really copy the first side, and then I remembered Lori Kennedy's blog - The Inbox Jaunt - about FMQ (free motion quilting).
I've never tried FMQ but I remembered Lori saying that you should practise by doodling, hence that is what you can see in my notebooks ..... lots of doodling; and that the stitching should flow from one shape to the next. I don't think my stitching was too bad for a first attempt, do you? (Especially considering I kept manoeuvring the foot up and down! And if you don't know FMQ what I mean is that I wasn't really stitching "free motion".)
I loved stitching the presents too! If you follow the link below you will see Lori's presents are a little different from mine ..... I was working from memory ..... I had no time to check how she did her stitching.
When I stitched my little packages I kept thinking the word "doodle" to myself, and tried to make the lines look like doodles ..... so they were intentionally double ..... not single lines!
Lori has since posted 10 Christmas tutorials, which you can see here.
Finishing the seams
I was very nervous about finishing the seams because the red fabric I used frays very easily (it's Osnaburg which has a very open weave which is good for embroidering ..... I should have hem stitched the edges at the start, but I never thought I would be working on it for so long.)
Just look at those handles ..... do they get cuteness points, or what? ..... and the pocket too!!
I was soo.... happy, as I finished making my bag by Monday morning!
And to think this started with me trying to think of an embroidery scene for a bag ..... spotting an embroidery pattern for just the right tree on "Super Mom-No Cape"'s blog (yes, the white tree shown above!)
Thank you for visiting, and I leave you with this picture ....
|Our naughty cat trying to catch birds, at the water bowls.|
Mitzy says, "Funny, when it's sunny I don't see so many birds!"
Have no fear, shortly after taking this picture we moved the plant pots away so the little monster can't "hide" so close to the bowls!
Do have a great weekend, and I now I'm off to catch up on some blog reading!