First, thank you all so much for your well wishes about my munchkin's first day of school. He's been to school twice this week, and has loved every minute of it so far. While I miss the heck out of him while he's there, I've really enjoyed the little bit of free time it's allotted me and I've loved seeing the big grin on his face when I come to pick him up at school.
One of the things I've started working on is the infamous Amy Butler Weekender bag. Much has been written about this bag, and how maddening it can be to make, yet, I still wanted to make one. I picked some fabulous fabrics from Erin McMorris's Summersault collection, and I can see the finished bag in my head...but I suspect getting there is going to be challenging, to say the least.
There are 13 steps to making this bag, and I've gotten through the first two so far, which is a boatload of cutting. There's two kinds of interfacing used for this bag - Peltex 70 (the stiffest kind of Pellon interfacing) and a lightweight interfacing, like ShapeFlex. Officially, there are 22 pieces cut from the lining and exterior fabrics, and 23 pieces cut from the two interfacings. It was tedious, to say the least, but I made it through. It's the next step that's got me freaked out.
Step 3 is where I get to make my own piping to go with the bag. I cut a bazillion bias strips to create the piping with, and I've got the cording, but I am not looking forward to this step. Why? Because I've never done it before, and it doesn't sound like fun. But, I'm going to do it, and hopefully it will be easier than it seems. I've read the step three times this morning, I'm as ready as I'm ever going to be.
Speaking of ready, my sweet, helpful husband helped me baste my behemoth warm/cool quilt last night. I'm definitely nervous about trying to quilt it, but at the same time, I'm kind of looking forward to it, so I can get a real quilt on our bed. And if nothing else, quilting this bad boy will be a nice break from working on my Weekender bag! Happy sewing this weekend :)
Saturday, August 27, 2011