After over a week away from the studio, it was invigorating starting on a brand new project. The class is officially called Tinker Tote: Quilt-As-You-Go Patchwork Bags and is taught by Tara Rebman, who is an excellent teacher! I was so impressed with not only how I was led step by step through the making of the bag, but also given tips and techniques that I didn't need this time but will certainly use at a later date.
Weekender, but Tara shared tips that really helped the process go smoother this time around.
There were two pocket options, and I decided to do both, since it had been quite a while since I'd done either technique, the simple divided pocket, and the zippered pocket. I will feel much more comfortable next time I want to put a pocket in a bag!
The fabrics I used were mostly a gift from my mom for my birthday - Alison Glass' "Lucky Penny" focus fabric + a lovely stack of yellow and cerise fat-quarters. I added a few gray bits from my stash along with a single lime print, just for accents. The lining is "Metro Rings" in gray, one of my very favorite fabrics and one of the few I had enough of in my stash. I actually really like how it coordinates yet contracts with the patchwork.
Pellon Peltex for the bottom instead of the intended Decor-Bond. In the finished bag, it's no problem, though it did made boxing the corners a bit of a chore. For piecing and quilting both, I used Aurifil 50wt Medium Gray #2605, which was dark enough to provide the contrast I wanted everywhere I stitched.
In the end, I used some fabric I'd been saving for something special, took a class that I thoroughly enjoyed, have a few new techniques in my sewing toolkit, and feel back in the groove in the studio. It's all good.
Linking up with Fabric Tuesday.