Saturday, November 11, 2017

Folding Crystal's Grocery Bag

I obsess about bags and collect more patterns than I will ever make.  One of my favorites for groceries is this one from Stitched by Crystal.
An oops that made this bag mine.  Careful with one way designs on the fabric.  😉  
This bag looks like this when stuffed full of groceries:
If you make one of Crystal's bag, consider using the continuous facing method for the handles.  They will look very professional.  Here are clear instructions for that method:  https://www.salmesewingpatterns.com/blogs/salme-blog/all-in-one-facing-method-2

Another thing I do differently is leave off the elastic and just fold the bag and wrap one of the handles around it to keep it neat and tidy in the side pocket of the car door.
  1. Start with the bag flat.
  2. Fold the bag in half and then again.  Note that the right half is folded under the left half so the handles remain on top.

  3. The next fold is not quite in half again.  The handles extend above about an inch so there will be some ease to wrap around easily.  Note that the bottom half was folded under.  
  4. Next make another fold.  The handles must remain on top.
  5. Next insert your finger at the top and between the loop of the top handle.
  6. Take the top section of the loop and flip it to the back of the folded bag to enclose it and expose your finger that stabilized the handle.
  7. Now your folded bag should be in a tidy little packet.
That's it.  Use and enjoy!

Friday, November 3, 2017

November Elmstreet Quilts OMG: What's Up Next

My Elmstreet Quilts November OMG (one monthly goal) is to make some small bit of progress on the baby quilt that was on Patience, my HandiQuilter 16, last month.  Making the binding ought to be enough among getting a few gifts done and Thanksgiving.

The binding will be two fabrics with one making a narrow flange or the appearance of faux piping.  This type of binding is all sewn by machine and very sturdy for a baby quilt.  I am better at traditional binding and prefer it because handwork is a good reason to curl up in my favorite chair with a good book playing on my phone or a favorite movie from my DVD collection or Netflix.  However, I need practice sewing the two color binding for baby and charity quilts that will receive much wear and laundering.  

There are some great tutorials for the two color binding.  Here are a couple:
Flanged Binding Tutorial
Tuesday Tutorial: Susie's Magic Binding

Monday, October 30, 2017

October OMG: Up to the Finish Line

October Elm Street OMG Finish
Yes, I finished.  Quilting a baby quilt was a small goal but around producing two slide shows for my mother-in-laws memorial service, it was just enough.  Now to think about getting binding made and on along with making Christmas gifts.


Sunday, October 1, 2017

October Elm Street Quilts OMG

Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal October Linkup
Last Sunday, I made this baby quilt top and back.  The top is made quickly and easily, with 5 inch WOF strips and no tedious sewing of charm squares.  I used to layer and pin baste baby quilts like this on my dining room table and quilt them on my regular sewing machine.  I would do a narrow multi-stitch zigzag over the seams to quilt the layers because quilting over the seam lines is stronger than straight stitching in the ditch but my long-arm machine will do the honors, instead.  Meandering loops and flowers should work well with the fabrics and simple checkered blocks.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Linking Up: Elm Street Quilts September One Monthly Goal

Today, I mailed my mug mats to my exchange partners.  The official mailing date is October 1st but it's Sunday with no postal services nearby open and wanting to complete this September OMG off they went this morning.

Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal - September Finish Link-up
And some extra additions just because:
I had fun and am already enjoying Cheryl's creativity from an earlier exchange.  Maybe I will be exchange coordinator for a future event.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Just Wonderful!

Sewing and quilting related exchanges are sew much fun!  Cheryl of Cheryl's Teapots 2Quilting and I are on at least 2 sewing and sewing machine related Yahoo lists.  She is a talented quilter and she just shared her beautiful handiwork with me, two foundation pieced mug mats and a perfect sized project bag to keep my smaller projects organized.  Cheryl made her exchange gifts on vintage machines, including a 1939 Singer 221 Featherweight, a post WWII Japanese head in a treadle base, and 1927 Singer 15 handcrank.
You don't need the latest machine to sew wonderful and useful projects!
Cheryl will receive hers next week.  

September OMG: Complete Exchange Projects

This month's goal has to be simple.  I have too many other non-quilting/sewing related commitments cluttering up my time to distract me from starting a new quilt or trying to quilt one in the stack of tops waiting patiently for rainy weather.

October 1st is the day I have to mail out mug mats to my partners in the TreadleOn Yahoo list exchange.  My goal is to finish up and get the packages in the mail.  All sewing has to be done on a treadle or hand-crank sewing machine.  I have chosen Minnie, the Singer 99 hand-crank, to do the honors.  Only a sneak peek of the fabric is allowed until I reveal them at the end of the month.
Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal September Linkup
And Cheryl of Cheryl's Teapots 2Quilting, if you are reading, yours are completely different.  😉  Cheryl was my exchange partner for a mug mat exchange on the QuiltAlong Yahoo list.  Those were due in the mail yesterday.