Sewing Machine Bag

I had a great time at my first quilt retreat in early March, but dragging around all the gear was not the most fun. I have few events coming up – guild sew days and a few classes – so I decided buying an inexpensive lightweight machine would be a good thing to do.  After considering a few, I bought an Ever Sewn Charlotte, and have been enjoying it quite a bit.  It’s always fun to get a new machine!

But to be useful, my portable machine needed a bag to tote it around.  I thought about buying one, but then remembered that I won a few patterns for bags from the FAL link up last year and thought this would be a good opportunity to try one out.  I also had some Alison Glass prints that I wasn’t sure how to use in a quilt, and this seemed like a great opportunity to use them.

I bought A BUNCH of interfacing – yikes!  I had no idea there were so many kinds of interfacing! – and prepped the side panels.  This is a panel with a photo of the pattern – the Aeroplane Bag from Sew Sweetness.

I finished the bag in time for my guild’s sew day last weekend – here it is:

The other side:

and a side view:

Yes, with the mix of Alison Glass fabrics it is a bit busy!

I don’t make a lot of bags so this guy took me a bit of time to get together.  I just tried to take it one step at a time and went really slow.  I’d probably do the zipper differently if I did it again, but it worked out well enough.  I modified the inside – the pattern has you make zippered pockets, but I really wanted a bigger open pocket to hold the power cord and foot pedal.  This is the modification I made for that pocket:

this is the finished inside of the bag with the lining in place:

I put my machine and all the accessories inside and they fit really nicely!

 

I am SO HAPPY with my bag and so glad I took the time to make it rather than buy one.  I don’t know that I have a lot more bag making in my future, but I am really happy with how it came out.

I took her on her first excursion last weekend, and she worked like a dream at our guild sew day.  I’ll have to sign up for more sewing excursions!

This was on my Q2’18 FAL list, so I will link up at the end of the quarter.

 

 

Q2’18 FAL – Goal Setting

Here we are in Q2 already.  I have a bunch of projects in the works and I’m hoping to start some new things too:

 

Dog Gone Cute Bee Quilt – these are the blocks from my Bee group last year.  They are so cute!  During Q1’18 I added 2 more blocks to fill it out and decided and started on a layout and sashing plan. I’m hoping to make some good progress at my Quilt Guild sew in this weekend.

 

Red and Blue Squares – all the little squares are cut out and ready to sew together.  Lots of squares and seams to match up.  At this point I have the top mostly pieced so I should get it loaded and quilted soon.

Hawaiian batiks –  I finally bought the sashing fabric, so this guy is ready to be finished.  I cut all the sashing out but I still think the layout is not quite right, so I have some more work to do before I’ll get this guy done.

Sewing Machine Bag – I won 2 bag patterns from Sew Sweetness in the 2017 FAL, which was so cool!  One of them, the Aeroplane bag, is the perfect size for my new lightweight sewing machine  that I bought for classes.  I’ve made a good start on the bag and should finish it soon.

Dr. Seuss Go Fish Quilt – I need to make another baby quilt, and these fabrics are just so cute.  It should be a fun one.

 

The Cat Quilt – I have a plan for this quilt, as well as the fabric, but I need to figure out how to get it put together.

 

I have a bunch more fabric pulled out as I’m trying to figure out new projects, so I might start on something entirely different too.  We will see how things go!

Linking up with the Q2’18 FAL site.

Q1’18 FAL Wrap Up

I’m both really happy with my Q1’18 finishes, and kind of disappointed.  I finished a few really great quilts that I am really proud of, but I also didn’t get to sew (or blog!) as much as I wanted to this quarter.  I had some changes going on at work that kept me away from my sewing room, but I’m hoping I have that under control so I can get more sewing in during Q2’18.

But for now, this was my list for Q1’18:

 

  • Bee Quilt – I’m about halfway done quilting this guy and should finish it soon.  UPDATE:  DONE!!  I wrote about it here, and it turned out so great!
  • Alison Glass Quilt – I have a secret project that I need to get done by mid/early March.  I have all of the fabric pulled so I need to get cutting, piecing and quilting to get this done.  UPDATE:  DONE!  This was my Glass Plus quilt for the Modern Plus Sign Quilts Book Blop Hop, which I wrote about here.  I love this quilt!
  • Hazel the Hedgehog – I made a few test blocks and I love how they came out.  I can’t wait to make the rest of the blocks and get the top together.  UPDATE:  DONE!  I wrote about her here, and she got sent off to my new nephew in Hawaii last weekend.
  • Dog Gone Cute Bee Quilt – these are the blocks from my Bee group last year.  They are so cute!  UPDATE:  I finished the last 2 blocks and decided on a sashing plan to finish it.  I also started piecing the sashing and have made good progress.  I really hope to finish this one in Q2’18.
  • Red and Blue Squares – all the little squares are cut out and ready to sew together.  Lots of squares and seams to match up.  UPDATE:  I have this mostly pieced so I should get it loaded and quilted soon.
  • Hawaiian batiks –  I finally bought the sashing fabric, so this guy is ready to be finished.  I may have a purpose for this quilt now, so I think I’ll get it done this quarter.  UPDATE:  I had good intentions, I really did.  I cut all the sashing strips, but I’m still not sure I love how it is coming together.  I will think about it some more…
  • The Cat Quilt – I have a plan for this quilt, as well as the fabric, but I need to figure out how to get it put together.  UPDATE:  No progress.  Nada.  Nothing.  Sigh.

So yes, some really great finishes and a whole lot of no progress.  But I think I have real-job-work-life  a bit more under control, so high hopes for Q2!

 

Linking up my finishes with the Q1’18 Finish-A-Long site.

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