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Both daughters requested I make them another makeup bag using Lazy Girl Designs Take-Along bag. When I was finishing up Dayna's, I did a mental count and I do believe these two are number 7 and 8 using this pattern!
Here is Brianne's:
And here is Dayna's:
Brianne had a special request which was to make it bigger. So I increased it by about four inches in height and width. That math was good for my brain! I made hers back in early July so her dad could take it to her when he was out in Alberta for his annual visit. I picked up the sugar skulls aka calavera fabric at a quilt shop in the neighbouring town of Essex. She has a thing for them, so I knew right away this might be the ticket for that new bag. Yup, she heartily approved.
I used a beautiful piece of pink batik that was in my first box from Island Batik.
I had fun free-motion quilting them both on my Bernina:
Brianne's got Sulky Blendables 12 wt thread. I did a fairly open meander but went around a couple of the skulls for fun.
|Getting my Angela on LOL|
Here's a peek inside. I decided to do contrasting pockets because I didn't have enough of the batik! I like the look. I've poofed them out here so you see. There are four compartments on one side and three on the other.
Here's how the bottom looks, a nice boxed one to make a fairly wide base:
|Notice my satin label? I remembered!|
For Dayna's, I used a lovely lavender French text print, with a positive messages text print.
She did not want a bigger one, so I was able to match the inside pockets with the lining.
Here's the bottom corner of hers:
Can you see her name? I always add special personal touch when I make a gift for someone, by quilting in their name. My initials are in the top left just under the zipper casing. Isn't the thread beautiful?
I like the way she adds the zipper casing to the bag.
Here's one last shot of the latest one this morning (love how the morning sun filters into our back yard), finished on Thursday, Sept. 20; while Brianne's was finished July 8. When Brianne and Brady arrive (this weekend!!!) I will get a photo fo the two together for comparison.
Pattern: Take Along Bag by Lazy Girl Designs
Size: approximately 14 X 6" and 18 X 10"
Fabric: Bag: Sugar skulls fabric by David Textiles and Sausalito Cottage by Lakehouse Dry Goods; Lining: bright pink Island Batik and You Are My Sunshine by Timeless Treasures.
Batting: Warm 'n Natural scraps
Quilted: on my Bernina
Threads: pieced on my Bernina with Aurifil 50 wt cotton; quilted on my Bernina with Sulky Blendables 12 and 30 wt; Aurifil in the bobbin.
Another make this month was a tiny DrEAMi! This was another request, a coffee doozie, this time from Dayna. I used her wedding colours, navy and deep red. Egad, her wedding is just around the corner! For some added bling, I quilted it with Sulky Holoshimmer metallic thread. It was pieced as you see, on Billie, my '47 Featherweight.
|This is a free pattern from Fat Quarter Shop. (no affiliation) I made a couple for the Henry Glass Fabrics challenge which you can see here and close-ups on their blog when I was the Design Challenger 😇.|
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BEWARE though the deal is only for US new signups, sniff, as I found out...the hard way. It's like a free year of bluprint because they send you a free quilt kit of your choice (and they had some awesome choices when I signed up, sniff sniff) and a $25 coupon to use on supplies and free US shipping... Do you hear me sobbing? Doesn't matter if you have a US address as in a family member there or a winter home there, your country of primary residence matters. So my American readers, that's a $630 value for $100/year watch anything everything all day long, classes, shows... I really am enjoying the freedom of this scenario: 'Hmm what was that Elizabeth Hartman class I watched some of during a free watch weekend?' Search. Find. Watch. LOVE that.
While I was finishing this post this morning, and proofreading it after my walk, I had my trusty overseer with me:
|She's pretty good; the animal (aka baby) gate deters her from going down the steps, as does a squeeze of the water sprayer!|
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