I did it! I made something for me “just because” and I love it!!!! This is the Aeroplane Bag by Sara Lawson. Sara’s patterns are really well written and come with simple instructions, lots of tips and photos to help with each step.
I made a couple things different in that I added an external pocket between the handles, used cotton webbing instead of making straps and added a key clip to the inside – I don’t know about you but I always lose my keys in big bags.
This bag took me weeks to make as I started, stopped, decided to hand stitch some decoration onto the external panels, packed up, started again, you get the drift. I think if I’d focused and made it all in one go, it would take a full day, but it would be a day well spent! I’m super chuffed with the result and more than a little relieved that I finished in time to take it to QuiltCon.
Side Note :: Sara recommends using Soft and Stable as the main stabiliser and I’m so glad I found this stuff through her patterns. It’s the NICEST bag batting I’ve ever used and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to anything else! So soft and easy to work with but with lots of memory so it bounces back into shape no matter how hard it gets squished and pulled about.
Pattern :: Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness. Work have a large range of Sara’s patterns on order, due to arrive early March.
External :: Echino Hexagon Bees and Solid Orange, 55% Linen, 45% Cotton. Handles are grey cotton webbing. All purchased from Addicted To Fabric (also where I got the Soft and Stable and the hardware).
Lining :: Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander purchased from Pink Chalk before they closed (sob). The key clip is a scrap of Kaffe Fassett Aboriginal Dots.
Hi lanyard swappers
I’ve had a little delay with the tutorial, I’ll send you all an email link when it’s up. Thanks for your patience. Jules
EDIT: 23 nov: my modem broke and I’m still waiting on it being fixed, hopefully Monday will be the day!
Hey there fellow #Quiltcon2015p attendees! Can you believe it’s only a little over 14 weeks until we descend on Austin with our quilty superpowers!!!
Last QuiltCon was an awesome experience and I can’t wait for this one. To up the quilty goodness factor a little (is that even possible?) I’ve decided to run a little swap!
We will have entry passes for the show which will need lanyards to hang round our neck… So… what if we make a wee lanyard and swap these with another attendee? Won’t it be fab to wear something handmade and also make a connection with another attendee before we get there – an icebreaker with new friends.
As the holiday season is about to descend on us all, I really want to keep this swap small and not too onerous on anyone. Here are the details:
Join :: the swap here by Friday 14 November.
Make :: a lanyard with a clip, approximately 34″. A tutorial will be posted here on 15 November, you can use that or your own method.
Mail :: your gift to your partner no later than 10 January 2015 to allow time for international delivery. Some little extras are always nice but not essential.
Meet :: the other attendees. Once you’ve joined the swap, link up your blog or IG in the comments here and visit a few of the other participants to say hi. Who knows?! You may end up sitting next to them in one of your classes or lectures.
*partner emails will be sent 15 & 16 November. If you have joined and don’t receive an email by 16 November, please let me know*