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In 15 years of quilting, I have never had the misfortune to run out of one of my fabrics.  Until today, that is.  What a horrible feeling!  Over the past week or so, I’ve been more or less trapped indoors because the weather has been absolutely ghastly – rain, wind, more rain, more wind – and I thought that the best way to occupy my time was to start on one of my Christmas projects.

I started cutting the fabrics for one of Pam Bono’s designs – a new one – Christmas shopping bags, and I had decided to make three of them as gifts for my DD, DDiL, and a dear friend.  The instructions for the pattern are laid out in such a way that the cutting and construction for the front and back of the bags is done separately, so I started with the fronts.  And construction went along beautifully and I finished the three fronts on Saturday.  This photo shows the front without the embellishments some of which will be added as fusible appliques.  The dark blue across the bottom will form the bottom of the bag.

It was now time to start cutting the back.  I had recently taken advantage of the Connecting Thread offer of a free metre of fabric and I’d chosen the blue which I decided to use for the sky on the front and back of the bags.  But when I started cutting out the fabrics for the back of the bags, I discovered to my horror that I was going come up short!  And to make matters worse, when I frantically went on-line to order more – there was none to be had – it was sold out!  What to do?  Well, I rooted through my stash and found a blue that I have decided will just have to do, but now one of the bags will have an unmatched front and back.  I hope my friend will forgive me.  I proceeded with the cutting, and am now ready to construct the back of the bag.

Living in a small town has many advantages.  But there are also disadvantages as well, one being that new products often take a while to make it into our stores.  With the loss of my local quilt shop, I now have only one other store where I can buy quilting fabrics and notions. And I’m out of fusibles.  I’ve normally used Steam’nSeam Light, but the new product  Heat’nBond Featherlight, which according to an article I recently read, (thanks to a lady on the group Quilting Canadians), is an excellent choice for applique.   Amazingly, my local Fabricland actually had it in stock.  So I bought three metres to give it a try, and will use it for the first time when I add some of the embellishments to the bags. I have grand plans for other applique projects this Fall, so it’s great that my local Fabricland, who actually specialize in fashion and decorator fabrics, actually has a pretty good quilting section.

Note to self: Never just purchase one metre of fabric you really like, even if it’s free.  Buy more, you’ll always be able to make use of it.

Pattern for the bag can be found here if anyone else is interested: http://pamsclub.com/main-store-menu/13-e-patterns-pdfs/7-holiday-an...

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Comment by Donna Sykes on August 13, 2014 at 7:38am

Don't tell anyone else about this little mishap. Your secret is safe with us. Your friend will never know and she will just love the bag as it is.

Comment by Roxann on August 12, 2014 at 7:11pm

I think it will give the bag interest. And I agree with June! The front is really cute, I think I see myself making one in the near future!

Comment by June Johnson/Wi on August 11, 2014 at 6:52pm

Does she quilt?  If not, she probably won't even know that it's not matched.  Who says it has to be matched anyway.

Comment by Pam/NY on August 11, 2014 at 8:30am

The bag is adorable...I think I'll make my own gift bags to match my tree, then I'll have the size I need and can wash them when needed. Running short is the worst, but in your case, I think it will look great!

Comment by Barb/WI on August 11, 2014 at 8:09am

Hope everyone clicks on the link to see how the bag looks finished!  I thought it was super cute just the way we see it in this picture, but the end product will be even better.  Hope you post another picture!  I'm betting the mismatched back will look like you planned it that way ;-)

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on August 11, 2014 at 7:06am

Isn't that just the way it goes?  I'm sure it will be great and she'll be thrilled with the gift.  

Comment by Shannon, ON on August 11, 2014 at 6:20am

i love it. it will not appear mismatched as there is a good variety of fabrics. if she doesn't love it....i'll send you my address!! LOL

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