To Do Tuesday & Weekly Update: 4-15-2014

Happy Tuesday!!

I’ve been quiet on the blog lately, save for these Tuesday posts.  I have a couple of pretty big deadlines headed my way, and I have been spending a lot of my time preparing for them.   We have a daughter graduating from high school in about 40 days and I have been busy making her present.  We’ve been preparing a new-to-us truck for being towed behind the coach (with our motorcycles in the truckbed) for our summer plans. The towing base plates have been installed, and we’ve figured out that we actually can fit the two Magna’s in the back of the pickup bed.  Right now we’re just waiting for the drive-shaft disconnect we’ve ordered to arrive and then we’ll install that on the truck.

Mister’s and my 3rd wedding anniversary is coming up shortly, and he is a huge fan of special handmade gifts.  He is the sentimental/romantical sort.  So I’ve decided to make a special gift for Mister, using a craft I’ve never done before.  In a short time frame.  BECAUSE THAT’S HOW I ROLL.  Seriously.  That’s how I learned to embroider… making a gift for him.  That’s why I learned to quilt… to make a gift for my daughter. So why wouldn’t I choose to learn another craft I’ve never done before and give myself a short window to do it in?  Doesn’t everyone do things that way?  I mean, how else do you learn new hobbies? In my world this is the ONLY way to learn something new. Under pressure. And a lot of it.

A secret project for Mister!

A secret project for Mister!

Having said that, I probably won’t be posting much save for these To-Do Tuesday posts and updates from the previous week’s post.  I am either at the sewing machine or helping Mister with auto work during the day and doing hand/needle work all evening.  If you’re on Instagram, I post a lot on there and that’s pretty much my “bloggy” platform when I don’t have time to type.  So if you’d like to see what I’m up to go check out my IG feed.  Except for Mister. Stay away… there are spoilers there!

I managed to get almost everything done on last week’s list.  I was able to get the Vintage Quilt Revival top put together quickly.  I LOVE it!  It ended up being 88″ x 71″ and the kids had a difficult time holding it up for a picture. I had to set it aside, and I have not had time to design a back for it yet.  I’ll end up using my leftover scraps and FQ’s for the back and I have a vague idea of what I want that to look like.

A finished quilt top!

A finished quilt top!

I got the April InstaBee block sewn and mailed it off today. I also completed a block for myself, for my “souvenier” InstaBee quilt.

April's InstaBee Block

April’s InstaBee Block

I finished embroidering the blocks for the secret quilt several days ago.  However when I started to put them together with the print fabrics to make giant 9-patch blocks, I realized that the pre-cuts I embroidered on were not 10″ square.  Since the edges were pinked, I did not want to try and fudge the blocks in.  My remedy was to find a fabric that matched the color in the embroidered quote, cut the blocks down to 9″ and put a .5″ border around the block. They look SO much better that way! Doing that put me a bit behind on my work, and I just managed to finish the huge 9-patch blocks for the secret quilt today. I’ll be cutting them tomorrow and assembling the top. Can’t wait to show you all what that will look like finished!

There are seven 9-patch blocks there!

That’s seven 9-patch blocks in a pile!

This weeks list:

  • Cut 9-patch blocks and assemble secret quilt top
  • Design and make backing for secret quilt
  • Order more batting
  • Baste quilt & start quilting
  • Do at least 3 hours of hand needlework per day

To-Do as time allows:

  • Make the Go-Go Bag for Callie before she leaves for summer vacation
  • Make the Skillbuilder Scrap Jar & Pincushion blocks
  • Design VQR Quilt back
  • Get the May, June, & July InstaBee blocks done and mailed before May 20th
  • Continue working on the How-To/Tips page for the Brother PQ-1500S
  • Make the April Sugar Block Club block
  • Make February Bag of the Month
  • Make March Bag of the Month
  • Make April Bag of the Month

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up using InLinkz linky below.

Rules:

  1. Link up your To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky (below). The link up is open all week!
  2. Try to visit at least one or two other blogs and leave a nice comment!
  3. Please feel free to grab the blog button to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday!

That’s it! Now let’s get sewing… or whatever there is to do on your list!

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To Do Tuesday: 4-7-2014

Happy Tuesday! I hope you’ve all had an amazing week! I’m posting this a few hours early so that I can link up with Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday.

I was pretty happy to have completed the majority of my list this past week. I moved one item from the “Do when time allows” list to “This weeks list”. I’ve been meaning to make a mini-quilt as a Thank You gift and I simply could not delay sending it out any longer. So I changed my list around to make that a priority.

Mini Disco Quilt

Mini Disco Quilt

This was my first mini-quilt, and I absolutely loved making it!  I used Jaybird Quilts Mini Hex N More rule and with the Mini-Disco pattern. The fabric used was left over scraps of Modern Solids that I used to make the Vintage Quilt Revival blocks. I used Aurifil 50 wt. #2605 for piecing (not pictured), Aurifil 50 wt variegated thread #4648 for quilting, and Aurifil 50 wt #5005 for binding. The backing was my favorite part of the “fairyland” print by DeLeon Design Group for Alexander Henry. The quilt is currently on the way to its intended recipient.I surely hope she likes it!

Love this Alexander Henry "fairyland" fabric!

Love this Alexander Henry “fairyland” fabric!

The Skill Builder Chevron Star/Churn Dash block was quilted early in the week, and then I got to work on the mini-quilt.  By Sunday I was able to get all of the Vintage Quilt Revival sashing and corner stone blocks cut out, and decided on a layout. The pattern does not call for an outer border, but I thought a border in the same fabric, and the same size, as the sashing pieces would really make the blocks look nice. I cut that border out, and right now I have about three-quarters of the quilt top assembled. I should have the top completed by tomorrow. Yay!

VQR final layout, except switched the top left purple cornerstone with the bottom red cornerstone after taking this picture.

VQR final layout, except switched the top left purple cornerstone with the bottom red cornerstone after taking this picture.

Now, on to the lists…

This weeks list:

  • Finish assembling the VQR top, and including borders Done Apr 8th
  • Finish embroidering the last block for secret quilt Done Apr 10th
  • Make the 9-patch blocks for secret quilt Done Apr 14th
  • Make the April Modern Bee Block Done Apr 10th
  • Design the VQR quilt back

Do these when time allows:

  • Continue working on the How-To/Tips page for the Brother PQ-1500S
  • Make the April Sugar Block Club block
  • Make February Bag of the Month
  • Make March Bag of the Month
  • Make April Bag of the Month

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up to this post using InLinkz linky below.

Rules:

  1. Link up your To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky (below). The link up is open all week!
  2. Try to visit at least one or two other blogs and leave a nice comment!
  3. Please feel free to grab the blog button to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday!

That’s it! Now let’s get sewing… or whatever there is to do on your list!

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To Do Tuesday: 4-1-2014

Happy Tuesday! I’m not a big fan of trickery… so there’s no April Fool’s joke laying in wait for you. Just call me Ms. Fuddy-Duddy!

I surprised myself by completing all of the blocks on my list this past week. I didn’t think I was going to accomplish much of anything, since I spent several days helping Mister with more auto work. Turns out I powered out four blocks in three days’ time… and that was with totally messing up all the paper pieces on one block and having to redo them all! I’m really pleased with what was accomplished.

Completed Blocks

Completed Blocks

I also ended up doing a bit more prep work on the secret quilt than I anticipated. I realized I did not have even half of the fabric needed to complete it, so I raided my stash. I was tempted to try and find more of the original fabric I had purchased (Verona by Riley Blake), and I even found a FQ bundle on Etsy. However, I am really trying to sew with only my stash, and of course part of quilting is mixing and matching fabrics! I had a half yard bundle of Bonjour Mon Ami, and selected several pieces from that line to coordinate with the Verona fabric. I posted a picture of them together on Instagram to see if I was thinking right about combining the two lines. I received a resounding YES from quite a few people. One day was spent starching and ironing all the fabrics and then cutting out all of the pieces needed for the quilt. I only have two 10″ squares left to embroider quotes on and I can start assembling the quilt! So excited to get to work on this project. This quilt is THE reason I started quilting! I’ll be able to share pictures and tell the story behind it in the middle of May.

Secret Quilt Embroidery Bonjour Mon Ami & Verona Fabrics

Bonjour Mon Ami & Verona Fabrics
Secret Quilt Embroidery

This weeks list:

  • Cut out sashing strips and cornerstones for Vintage Quilt Revival blocks and assemble quilt topGot the pieces cut out and the quilt top about 3/4 of the way assembled.
  • Quilt Skill Builder Churn Dash/Chevron Star block Done Apr 1st
  • Make Mini Quilt to be gifted Done Apr 5th
  • Finish embroidering last two blocks for secret quilt Finished one block, halfway through the last block

Do these when time allows:

  • Continue working on the How-To/Tips page for the Brother PQ-1500S
  • Make February Bag of the Month
  • Make March Bag of the Month

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up to this post using InLinkz linky below.

Rules:

  1. Link up your To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky (below). The link up is open all week!
  2. Try to visit at least one or two other blogs and leave a nice comment!
  3. Please feel free to grab the blog button to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday!

That’s it! Now let’s get sewing… or whatever there is to do on your list!

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Completed Blocks

I’m actually surprised that I was able to get all of these blocks done this week! So glad to be caught up!!

I’m still challenging myself with the Sugar Block Club fabrics. I wasn’t sure whether I liked this one or not by the time I was done with it. After looking at it for a day or so, I’ve decided this block pretty much rocks. And those points!! Who did that?!?!

March Sugar Block Club

March Sugar Block Club

I finished the 4th block for the 2014 Skill Builder BOM. It looks a lot better in “real life”. The dark fabric is Kona Mulberry… A pretty plum color. It turns out almost black in the picture. In retrospect I probably should have used a lighter colored fabric in the churn dash block, but it will be okay like this.

Skill Builder 2014 Chevron Star/Churn Dash

Sorry for the blurry picture! Skill Builder 2014: Chevron Star/Churn Dash

This past week was our last two blocks for the Vintage Quilt Revival Block-Along. I am SO excited to get this top assembled! These blocks were so much fun to make. Using the Modern Solids fabrics really made these blocks pop!

VQR Exploding Star

VQR Exploding Star

VQR Geometric Star

VQR Geometric Star

Linking up with Sukie — Don’t Ya Know

Vintage Quilt Revival Block Along

Sunday Stash: Thrifty Treasures

Ya’ll, I have not been wanting to write any blog posts. I can write 450 bajillion words in a single blog post, but I’ve been too tired to even find the words the past few days.  I took pictures to link up to SEWjo Saturday yesterday.  I downloaded them to my computer and then promptly trashed them.  It just felt like too much work, you know?  Have you been there?  Maybe it’s just me.

Anyyyyywhooooo…. I was going to pass on doing today’s post too.  I just plopped down onto the sofa and figured I should probably check and see what I was supposed to write about.  So that I would not feel bad about not writing about it.  But when I saw what was scheduled for today, I immediately perked up.  I SO have the energy to talk about my fantabulous thrift store find… A serger!!

Singer 14U 44B Serger "Suzie"

Singer 14U 44B Serger
“Suzie”

Years ago I made some adorable lined dresses, (with tulle underskirts and Bolero jackets) for my girls.  I used my mom’s serger and was amazed at how professional the dresses looked. Knowing what a serger is capable of doing, and knowing I was going to delve into apparel sewing sometime this year, I have been keeping my eyes peeled for a serger.  I had one on my Amazon wish list, but was waiting for it to go down in price a bit (it has only gone up… of course). Every time Mister and I went into the thrift shops, I was always looking for a serger.  And I found one at Salvation Army.  For $35.  SERIOUSLY. Yay!

This one sews like a dream!  It is in such amazing condition it makes me wonder if it was really even used.  It had a light coating of dust, hardly any lint, and the cutting blades are nice and sharp.  It only had one needle, so I got a pack of 10 needles from WAWAK.  I also purchased Maxilock thread from them for $1.79 a spool (normally $4.59!).  I’ve had an opportunity to use the serger already… So I removed the old thread spools that came with it, oiled it, put the four charcoal spools on and got to work altering some seat covers for Mister’s truck.  I absolutely LOVE this machine!  I’ve named her “Suzie”.

Red's needles and threads Like... LITERALLY.

Red’s needles and threads
Like… LITERALLY.

I picked up a couple of sewing books from the thrift shop as well.  They were a $1.50 each. I am so thrilled with my thrift store purchases!

Thrift Store Finds

Thrift Store Finds

Linking up with the ever fabulous and always inspirational Molli Sparkles.

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To-Do Tuesday: 3-25-14

Happy Tuesday!!

It may seem odd that I have my weekly To-Do list start on Tuesday. I actually chose Tuesday because I like alliterations. Seriously. Although, when Sunday evening comes around and I didn’t get as much done over the weekend as I hoped to, I’m always happy that I have “an extra day”. Weird, but it works for me!

Helping Mister with some auto work

Helping Mister with some auto work

Speaking of getting stuff done… I didn’t. Well, not as much as I hoped to. Our weeks are pretty interesting around here, with lots of errands to run and some recent automobile projects. I’ll be sewing along on a project, and when Mister calls out for help I come running to his aid. I love being able to help him out, so I don’t mind dropping what I’m doing to provide an assist. Which means that at any given moment during the day I could be up to my elbows in dirt/sawdust/grease or fabric/starch/thread. And most days I end up with a combination of thread and dirt all over my clothes!

March Sugar Block Club Ready to sew pinwheels and paper pieces

March Sugar Block Club
Ready to sew pinwheels and paper pieces

I did manage to finish week 8 and week 9 vintage quilt revival blocks, four total. I also got my Sugar Block Club March block pieces cut out and the the HST’s sewn. Now for this week’s list…

  • Finish up the March Sugar Block Club Block Done Mar 28th
  • Week 10 Vintage Quilt Revival Blocks Done Mar 29th
  • Make Skill Builder Chevron Star & Churn Dash Block Done Mar 30th
  • Finish embroidering blocks for secret quiltCompleted 2 and have 2 left to do
  • Continue working on the How-To/Tips page for the Brother PQ-1500S
  • Make February Bag of the Month
  • Make March Bag of the Month

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up to this post using InLinkz linky below.

Rules:

  1. Link up your To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky (below). The link up is open all week!
  2. Try to visit at least one or two other blogs and leave a nice comment!
  3. Please feel free to grab the blog button to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday!

That’s it! Now let’s get sewing… or whatever there is to do on your list!

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Sunday Stash: An assortment of Quilty stuff

I missed last week’s Sunday Stash as I spent the weekend sewing up the Bye Bye Love bag.  After sewing it up and writing the accompanying blog post, I had zero energy for writing a second blog post.  So this week will have last week’s non-fabric quilty-related things with this week’s fabric bundles.

First some non-fabric items.  I decided I had enough of fighting a couple of quilt books while trying to sew the patterns in them.  So a couple weeks ago I grabbed the rebellious little books and marched them right down to Staples where I forced them to have their stubborn spines replaced with spiral binding.  SO. MUCH. BETTER.  I wish that Staples had a white spiral option available rather than blue or black (seriously? blue or black?!), but alas they did not.  Still, these books work so much better for me like this.

Spiral Binding for my most used books!

Spiral Binding for my most used books!

Another little goody I recently discovered at Hawthorne Threads was Jaybird Quilts Mini Hex N More ruler.  I can’t WAIT to make a mini-Disco quilt!

Mini Hex N More Ruler

Mini Hex N More Ruler

My last non-fabric item is this fantastic shirt I got from Patchwork Threads. I absolutely love how soft and comfy it is.  The shirts run a size large, so order smaller than you normally would.  Really.  Trust me.  They are also crew neck, which I normally do not find very comfortable, but this shirt is soft enough that it doesn’t irritate me at all.  In fact, I washed it the very next day so I could wear it again right away.  Seriously. 

Patchwork Threads Shirt

Patchwork Threads Shirt

As far as fabric goes, I’m sharing my monthly fabric club bundles. First up is my half-stash (6 fabrics) 1/2 yard Intrepid Thread Rainbow Must-Stash club.  It’s very likely that I will be canceling this in the next month or so (sorry, Julie!).  I cringe at the thought because I love the fabrics, but I have enough now that my book case is completely full.  And since the point was to build up a stash and not collect fabric, it’s high time I start using up the fabric I have on hand. Radical thought, I know.  My one exception is Tula Pink.  I will collect her fabric all the live-long day, people.  This month Julie sent Moda’s Bee My Honey “Honeybee” blenders.  These are fantastic!  As always, I love the little handwritten note and two charm-sized fabrics they include with every order.

Bee My Honey "Honeycomb" blenders

Bee My Honey “Honeycomb” blenders

And, finally, my Marmalade Fabrics Around The Color Wheel 1/2 yard bundle.  This month’s color is Gold, so this bundle included Kona colors in Amber, Gold, Butterscotch, Ochre, Mustard, and Curry.  A couple of these fabrics, Butterscotch and Ochre, look like the same hue.  I can see a slight difference now in the photo, but had a bit of difficulty seeing it in the light of my hobby room.  I wasn’t exactly sure about where I’d use those two colors.  Then play crafts posted a blog entitled For the Love of Color: Ochre.  Perfect timing, and amazing explanation along with examples of using this color as a supporting color.

Marmalade Fabrics  Around the Color Wheel "Gold"

Marmalade Fabrics
Around the Color Wheel “Gold”

And that’s it for this week!

I’m linking up with the ever fabulous and always inspirational Molli Sparkles Work In Progress Girl.  I’m posting this early, since the linky is already up for the Aussie bloggers where it’s already “tomorrow” and I know that when my tomorrow actually becomes “today” I won’t have time to get this linked up.

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SEWjo Saturday | Vintage Quilt Revival blocks

This past week has been spring break, which means the kids have been with their dad for over a week. It’s just me and the Mister hanging around the house.

We’ve had a busy week, working on things that have needed to get done on cars and such. I’ve also been able to work on getting last week and this weeks Vintage Quilt Revival blocks done. I finished the last one up today and am officially caught up. Tuesday will be our last two blocks, and then it’s time to assemble them into a top. Yay!!

Week 8 Blocks:

Vintage Quilt Revival Cross and Crown

Vintage Quilt Revival
Cross and Crown

Vintage Quilt Revival Double Pinwheel

Vintage Quilt Revival
Double Pinwheel

I am truly enjoying these paper pieced blocks.  I was actually a little disappointed to realize I had to make blocks with HST’s for week 9!

Week 9 Blocks:

VIntage Quilt Revival Star and Pinwheel

VIntage Quilt Revival
Star and Pinwheel

Vintage Quilt Revival Mosaic No 8

Vintage Quilt Revival
Mosaic No 8

I’m linking up with Kim at My Go-Go Life for SEWjo Saturday.

SEWJo Saturday

I’m also linking up my VQR blocks with Sukie–Don’t you know who I am? for Week 9.

Vintage Quilt Revival Block Along

To-Do Tuesday: 3-18-14

Happy Day-After-St.-Patty’s-Day-I-Hope-The-Hangover-Isn’t-Too-Bad-Day! Also, it’s To-Do Tuesday… Already!!!

It seems like this last week just flew by for me. All of the days/weeks are like that lately. I only managed to get a couple of things accomplished, as we ended up spending our days running lots of errands and handling “life” stuff. However, I’m very pleased with what I managed to get done!

March Modern InstaBee Block with borders

March Modern InstaBee Block with borders

I managed to get my “copy” of the March Insta-Bee block done. I added borders to it, because it’s a 12.5″ unfinished block and February’s block was 15.5″ unfinished. I actually had to do the borders twice, because my math was 1/4″ off all the way around. Naturally. One of these days I’ll figure out the quilt maths without wanting to bang my head against the table.

Love how these pleated pockets turned out!

Bye Bye Love bag

I also completed one of the Bag of The Month Club bags I’ve had on my to-do list since the beginning of the To-Do list. I figured I could whip this puppy up in a day or two. Wrong. I always forget that the starching, ironing, cutting, and fusing interfacing always seems to take forever. Actually, it feels like that’s about 2/3rds of the work in bag-making. It took me two days to get that done (along with all the errand/life stuff), another day to sew, and yet another day to fix an error or two. But I am so pleased with the bag, I don’t even care that the majority of my sewing this week was all about the bag!

Here’s this week’s list… Which means pretty much moving lots of stuff from last week to this week:

  • Make Josh’s dentist appointment. (Don’t forget to arrange for orthodontist to remove wire before and replace after.)
  • Make Week 8 & Week 9 Vintage Quilt Revival Blocks Done Mar 22nd
  • Make March Sugar Block Club Block
  • Finish embroidering blocks for secret quilt
  • Write up How-To Make a Quilt for friend (if any of you know of a great blog tutorial for this, please leave it in the comments for me… no sense repeating the same thing!)Thank you to Quilt Paradigm for directing me to a beginner quilting series!
  • Write Sunday Stash Post Done Mar 22nd
  • Continue working on the How-To/Tips page for the Brother PQ-1500S
  • Make February Bag of the Month
  • Make March Bag of the Month

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up to this post using InLinkz linky below.

Rules:

  1. Link up your To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky (below). The link up is open all week!
  2. Try to visit at least one or two other blogs and leave a nice comment!
  3. Please feel free to grab the blog button to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday!

That’s it!  Now let’s get sewing… or whatever there is to do on your list!

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Bye Bye Love Bag


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I didn’t get much done this week, but I did manage to sew up January’s Bag of the Month bag from Sew Sweetness’ Bag of the Month Club.

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I purchased some Denyse Schmidt Florence fabrics specifically for this bag.  For some reason, I absolutely love plaid bags, and I knew this bag would be perfect for showing off some plaid. The lining is Seed Pod in Taupe, and the back zippered pocket is Seed Pod in Carnelian. The outer fabric is Multi Plaid in Carnelian. I chose black yarn dyed Essex Linen as the outer accent fabric. I used Aurifil 40wt thread in Black/#2692 and Light Sand/#2000 (not pictured).

This bag gave me a few challenges, because I don’t like to read all of the instructions.  I mean, why should I pay attention to the details that are painstakingly written out for me so that I don’t mess up when sewing?  Psssshhhh.  Thoroughly reading the instructions is for people who don’t like their seam ripper.

Mistake #1:

Rather than making the outer panels of only one fabric, as instructed, I decided I wanted to have the bottom part of the bag be in the Essex Linen. That wasn’t the mistake, but my math was.  So, my outer panels ended up about an three-quarters of an inch shorter than my lining panels.  I decided to just trim the lining panels to match, as the loss wasn’t too drastic and it seemed like a rather tall bag anyway.

Trim it up, girl!

Trim it up, girl!

Holy Effing Are-you-KIDDING-Me Mistake #2:

I knew something was off about my zippered pocket when the bottom pocket fabric didn’t match up when sewing the pocket closed.  I only noticed this AFTER insertion, of course.  But, I just “went with it”.  And all was well until it was time to mark handle placement.

What?! No. NO! Oh YES. You did.  You totally did.

What?! No. NO! Oh YES. You did. You totally did.

Apparently when I made the zipper pocket I had my marked zipper fabric upside down.  So the zipper pocket was about 3″ too high.  And exactly where the handles were to be attached.  I. Wanted. To. Cry.  But, crying doesn’t effing fix it.  I looked at it for a few minutes, played around with the handles, and decided instead of making a new outer panel (which I had messed up to begin with… and there was no telling if I could mess it up ON PURPOSE again), I would just change handle placement. I knew it would be close to the top and the seam allowance, but by precisely measuring it with my eyeballs, aka “eyeballing it”, it looked like it would be okay. Apparently I have madskillz with eyeball measuring, whereas I have NO skillz using the maths to measure.

Left eyeball: Let's just sew 'em down about here, whatcha think?" Right eyeball: "sure. Looks good 'nuff to me."

Left eyeball: Let’s just sew ‘em down about here, whatcha think?”
Right eyeball: “Sure. Looks good ’nuff to me.”

You’re-Almost-Finished-So-Let’s-Make-ANOTHER-Mistake #3:

I proudly held up my finished bag to show Mister and noticed that one of my handles was twisted.  And sewing this interfaced Essex Linen was not easy.  My sewing machine did NOT like backstitching on it at all.  Not even with a top-stitch needle.  Thankfully it didn’t take long to fix!

Let's make ANOTHER mistake.  Because that's fun and we have nothing better to do!

Let’s make ANOTHER mistake. Because that’s fun and we have nothing better to do!

I am so pleased with this bag!  I remembered to use my Emmaline Bags “handmade” hardware, and I even remembered to put my label in it!  After it was sewn up, of course (Mistake #4).  I just folded over the seam allowance and sewed it over the topstitching on the lining pocket.  I think it turned out okay that way. I also decided to go a little fancy and I added purse feet.  PURSE FEET.  Seriously. Proud. Of. This. Bag.

Proberly labeled up.  AND I added purse feet!

Properly labeled up. AND I added purse feet!

And here it is, all finished… front and back! I’m not too sure about my zipper choices… I probably should have done grey top and back zippers. Although, I think this will do. I really love this bag, but I’m thinking I may save it for a Christmas present.  It would be really great to have one present already in the bag.  Corny pun totally intended.

Love how these pleated pockets turned out!

Love how these pleated pockets turned out!

And... the back. With the up-too-high zippered pocket.

And… the back. With the up-too-high zippered pocket.

I started this project during the week, but so many errands and “life” got in the way.  I ended up sewing up most of it yesterday, and finished fixing the mistakes today.  Since I ended up doing most of my sewing over the weekend, I’m linking up with My Go-Go Life for SEWJo Saturday (er…Sunday).

SEWJo Saturday