In order to have my Christmas sewing done in time, I’ve been working on it bit by bit over the summer. I did some pillowcases for my boys and brother. (You can see my brother’s here.)
IF YOU’RE MY MOTHER, STOP READING NOW!
I’m working on my Mom’s Christmas gift now. I was inspired by Sewvivor Season 3, specifically the bag challenge. Amy from Sew in Love Quilting made an amazing Weekender Bag by Amy Butler. I KNEW this project would be perfect for my mom. I also used the Moda Bake Shop tutorial that Amy linked as well.
After summoning up the courage, I loaded up my iron with water and got to steaming my squares into submission. After steaming, you sew them together at the fold lines. There’s a lot of back stitching involved!
After sewing two panels of 18 folded squares, I sorted my charm squares into two color groups based on the dominant colors. There’s a red pile, and a green/blue pile. I used the blue/green squares inside the folded units. To keep these charm squares in line, you top stitch them down. I found that using a zipper foot helped A LOT at this stage, due to bulk. I’m using a charm pack of Riley Blake’s La Vie Boheme line.
During the boys’ last naptime, I started stitching the cathedral windows open. I seriously amazed myself at how amazing this looked. I’m in love already! During that one naptime, I managed to get the main windows complete on one panel. I still have the edges to go and the second panel. My main tip for this part of the project is to go S-L-O-W!
I’m already hoping to make one of these bags for me in the new year!