Here it is! The weekender travel bag, by Amy Butler. I really wanted to try my hand on this. I love sewing quilts and have made a few small zippered bags but I've never tried a project like this. And when I say 'like this", I mean piping (which I've never done) and zippers (which I've done but always find challenging). So I searched and searched and read a lot of blog posts about this bag! I found this post to be the most helpful.
I think I read the instructions a hundred times before I began this project! And then I probably read them another hundred while making it!
I didn't use any heavy duty interfacing. Like the blog post above suggested, I used heavy cotton duck to cut the outer pieces of the pattern and the "quilt as you go" method with one layer of batting, cut 1/2" smaller all the way around. When I completed the quilting, I stitched all the around the pieces, 1/8" from the edge to keep them from unraveling.
Some of the seams did get bulky, especially around the corners, but my machine handled them quite well. The patterns says, "Go Slow" and that is absolutely key around those corners! I used a Jeans needle as well and I didn't break a single one! I also followed everyone's advice and made the straps a little longer so I can carry it on my shoulder.
Fabric is Denyse Schmidt's Chicopee and I used a solid gray for the lining and piping. I love this bag and I have impressed myself with how well it came out! I'm thinking Christmas gifts for some of the "hard to buy for" women in my life!
I also forgot to post a picture of a baby quilt I made for my neice. Actually, I forgot to take a picture of the finished product...but I do have a picture of the flimsy. This was made using a pattern from American Patchwork and Quilting, Issue 121, April 2013. I just left off all the borders to keep it at a baby size.
Sorry about the lousy picture - it was taken in my dark, unfinished basement, which is where I've carved out a small area for my sewing space. And it was taken with my cell phone. Try to ignore the fuse panel in the background and the pipes and insulation in the ceiling.
I've also been working on a secret project that I can't share because I don't want to ruin the surprise for the future giftee.
And I'm still plugging along with my Farmer's Wife Quilt.
i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart) i am never without it (anywhere i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling) i fear not fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true) and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart