...who was extremely excited about a Target gift card here. She was equally excited about the bag I made for her:
This was made all from fabric I had on hand, from a pattern called Market Fresh in the December Quilts and More magazine. The orange print was from the Katie Jump Rope line, as was the brown print band on the inside. It's a good sized bag, 20 inches wide by 17 inches deep, with a squared off bottom to hold lots of stuff and outer pockets on both sides . I put a cookbook in there.
It took 3 1/2 hours to put this together, including cutting the pieces (twice for the bag front/back when I cut the wrong width! Pesky math again). The instructions for the straps used midweight sew-in interfacing but if I made this again I would definitely use fusible as it was rather tedious to have to pin and hold the interfacing down the middle of the strap before folding over the opposite 1/4" turned edge to the center and sewing.
My quilt hanger assisted on a bit of a windy day for the completed top shot. This is Rick Rack Road from the Fall/Winter 2007 Quilt Sampler magazine, which I started some months ago as told here.
A foot peeking out of the bottom and the neighbor's chimney and trees coming out of the top...a fine composer of photography I am not, but you all know that already!
This is the floweriest thing I have ever made but I'm really liking the purples, greens, and other soft colors for Spring/summer. Batting has been purchased and soon this will turn into a quilt! I was able to get some sewing done late on National Quilting Day, cutting and sewing the Greenpiece BOM pieced blocks that I have been behind on completing for the past two months. Next month's batch will be here soon and I have yet to get the wool applique blocks started. But I do have a plan and that's half the battle of beginning!