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...