Welcome to my day on the Island Batik/ByAnnie It’s in the Bag Blog Hop! Our challenge this month is to make our choice of pattern from ByAnnie.com, using beautiful Island Batik fabrics! For my project, I am using fabrics from our “surprise” package that was sent to us by Island Batik.
And here are the gorgeous fabrics I received in this collection named Country Charm by Carol Moellers Designs for Island Batik!
The ByAnnie pattern I chose was A Place for Everything 2.0. This pattern has a great video you can purchase that gives you so many great tips. I love ByAnnie’s patterns for that very reason! Here is a photo of all the goodies I received to make this bag.
I started making the bag by quilting the outside and lining fabric on my longarm. Last year, I cut the pieces individually and then quilted them on my domestic machine. Honestly, quilting everything first was awesome and much easier for me. You just make that quilt sandwich with the main fabric, Soft and Stable, and lining fabric. You can also do this on a domestic machine if you don’t have a longarm! That way, you only cut once instead of three times!
One of the things I love about these patterns is the fact that they are well written and have check boxes. Just check off the box when you complete each step! Plus there are many videos that are free on the site for making handles, putting in zippers, etc. I made a LOT of zippers! I received two rolls of zippers with pulls to complete this bag. I think I made 11 different zippers, some with a single pull and some with a double pull. The pattern recommends doing all the prep before putting the bag together. A sheet of labels is even included so you can keep up with everything. Here is a photo of all my prepped pieces.
Now the fun part began…putting it all together! I used Aurifil 50 wt thread in a gray color and a 90/100 Chrome Schmetz needle. Actually I used three needles because I hurried along and broke one and bent one! LOL As you will see in my finished photos, I used a combination of vinyl and mesh for the pockets. The choice is yours, so I used both! In making this bag, I discovered a new to me product – fold-over elastic! I used it to bind a couple of the vinyl pockets. It adds stretch and makes the pockets easier to get into. Now without further ado, here is my finished project. This will be so great for carrying all sorts of things, both sewing tools as well as larger items. The two pockets on the inside are removable and makes a very nice, deep bag. The pockets make it great for seam rippers, scissors, thimbles, thread, needles, presser feet, etc.
This collection of fabrics, Country Charm, is shipping to quilt shops now! Here are a few of the shops where it can be found: Creekside Quilts – Oregon, The Sewing Basket – Wisconsin, Jambearies Quilt Co in Florida, Hunters Quilt Mart in Missouri, and Laurel’s Fabrics and More in Minnesota. You can also find these gorgeous fabrics online at such places as Hancock’s of Paducah and Missouri Star Quilt Company.
I wish to thank Island Batik, ByAnnie.com, and Schmetz Needles for supplying the products used in making this bag. I also used Aurifil thread from my stash. This project was so much fun and will be very useful!!
Here is the schedule for this week’s blog hop. Please visit my fellow ambassadors and leave them a sweet comment! We all appreciate your comments so much!
- Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine
- Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood
- Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights
Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway
And…the second week’s giveaway is live! This time Island Batik is giving away two Fat Quarter bundles of Limerick and Country Charm collections by Kathy Engle and Carol Moellers Designs respectively!
To enter for your chance to win one of the two prizes above, follow the simple Rafflecopter prompts below.a Rafflecopter giveaway
This giveaway ends November 10th at 11:59 pm PDT. Two random winners will be notified by email on November, 11 and announced on our Facebook page on November 14th. If the winners do not respond within the first two days after being notified, two new random winners will be chosen and notified. Please check your spam folders!
I’ll be back next week to share the schedule with you and the opportunity for another give away! Thanks for stopping by. I hope you all have a very quilty week! Until next time…
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