Monday, June 29, 2015

Luxurious weekend sewing

Oh my, it felt good to sit down at my sewing machine this weekend! I haven't had much sewing time as of late, with work being so busy and crazy preparing for QuiltCon registration, but this weekend, I finally carved out some sewing time to just sew. For fun. Just because!! It felt so, so nice!

I've been coveting all the fun Trail Tote bags that I've seen popping up on social media as of late, so I decided to make myself one - and one for my mom! I ordered the supplies a week or two ago when I decided I might just want to make one, and I grabbed a few fabrics from my stash on Saturday and hopped right to it.

Two Trail Totes! photo IMG_4355rt_zpsgzfkclhl.jpg

It was nice to see that I can actually follow directions once in a while! Bag making is always a challenge for me but this one came together quite nicely. I skipped over the piping - too many flashbacks to making and installing loads of evil piping on my Weekender! - but did everything else just as directed. Well, except that I apparently ordered circular O rings instead of rectangular ones, but I decided to just for it and keep on trucking anyway. Naturally, the biggest challenge was installing the recessed zipper, and while it's not the most professional looking zipper installation in the world, I can live with it.

X Plus blocks photo IMG_4349_zpsgexwxxom.jpg

I also started a new quilt project, which is so addictive it's entirely possible that I might just finish it this week. I've made a few X Plus blocks for bees, but never one for myself, and wow, they are fun to make! And so fast! I dug into my scrap bins to make these blocks, and am having so much fun with it. Goodness, it feels good to sew again! Happy Monday to you all :)

X Plus Progress! photo IMG_4352rt_zpsljmeprku.jpg


  1. I love those trail bags. Really nice!

  2. Love the fabric you chose for the Trail Totes! I've made one and would like to make a couple more. Fun pattern! Love the X blocks and the fabrics too!

  3. Do you happen to recall what the fabric is that you used for the background of the x blocks?

    1. Sure do - it’s a black and white tiny heart print by Dear Stella, but it seems to be out of stock at all of my usual haunts, but here’s a link to it all the same in case you want to do some hunting of your own -


  4. I love your projects! I've been needing to make myself a new bag, and now I'll have to keep this one in mind. You've also used my two current most favorite fabrics- the linen tigers and the tiny hearts :) I've put them together to make a couple pouches.


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