Monday, June 30, 2014

A June Finish~

You have probably seen many version of this bag 

It seems to be popping up all over.

At the beginning of  June I chose this bag as my goal 
and have come up with this version..

I finally decided to make my first one using only things I had on hand.
Two winters ago I was wandering in Walmart and spotted
 Fat Quarter bundles on sale for $7.
These fabrics were bright and cheerful on that winter day,
and the fabric was a good quality,
so I bought both bundles and saved them for "Someday".

I added a few other fabrics and began using them in a 
Row Along last summer.
But I wasn't loving it.
Rather than invest anymore time in blocks I didn't love,
I set them aside.

Some of those are now Sewn Together in a bag!

None of my zippers are the same size..
but I wanted these colors and 
had to use my things from home.

Because the top zipper was shorter than the pattern suggested, 
I added 4" to each handles.

Inside was full of happy colors!

I like how everything can be zipped in for travel.

I can't wait to use this bag to take advantage of its organizational pockets!

The handles may be a bit too large, 
but they will be easy to snag on the go.

When I make my next one I will hand sew the bindings.  
I am never happy when I sew them by machine. 
Other than that, I am pleased with the outcome.
It was a well-written pattern
and a great idea.....

Check out all of other finishes here~

Monday, June 23, 2014

A New Kind of Stitiching~

Have you ever wanted to learn a new skill.
For a really long time?

Knitting socks has been on my learn to do list for years!
And years!

I have knit three things before-
a bag and dishcloth-- following directions,
and an Icelandic sweater with a teacher helping me.
But, I love the knit socks I have seen and wanted to try some.

On my trip I went into a yarn shop who had a sign about a 
free class..
two days before I arrived :-(

As I was bemoaning my timing, the sales person said, 
"Oh Jen will be in tomorrow, she can 
teach you then."

So I picked out some yarn and needles.

And they wound it into lovely, calorie-free cakes.

The next day I came back and Jen started me off.
I tried to keep the stitches looser than my usually snug fit.

After a morning of stitching, I had it completed to the toe.
She was a very patient teacher!

I returned after my delightful lunchtime flight,
and Jen showed me how to do the toe.

By that night I had the first one finished.
So exciting!

The second one I did entirely on my own.
Yes, they are a little loose, 
a little loopy,
and way to big for the little person I intended them for.
They were so small that it was a fairly quick travel project.

But, I will admit that I was awfully happy with the
pair when I finished 
while waiting at the connecting airport!

Luckily I had yarn with me to practice on another pair--
one size smaller.....

Plymouth Select DK Merino Superwash 50 Grams/130 YDS
Size 2 DPN

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Let's Get it Done in June~

Isn't this a great bag?  

I bought this pattern on Craftsy..

..a while ago.

This month I want to get one sewn together!

I thought I had my fabric chosen, 
and then I saw something else--

it would be perfect,
but then,
maybe this one?

Too many choices!
My plan is to do it from my stash,
and there is a lot of happy fabric in that mix.

But, I will decide and get it done.

The Sew Together Bag is my June Goal
in  A Lovely Year of Finishes.....