Category Archives: Bag Making

Crafting with friends

It’s so nice to craft with other crafters once in a while.  Yesterday, I went to a UFO party and took a number of older projects with me.

First, I tackled this …


I don’t even have a name for this project.  When I still had my mid-arm I was practicing on this.  I simply slapped two pieces of one yard fabric that I liked (with batting in the middle) and quilted it with the mid-arm.  I can’t remember exactly but I think it was this piece that told me I had a problem with the frame and the machine.  Anyway, I don’t have the mid-arm anymore and this piece was just laying around waiting for me to trim and bind it.  At the UFO party last night, I trimmed it and got the binding on one side of the quilt.  I plan on getting the other side done pretty soon.  I don’t know what I’ll be doing with this quilt yet but I think it will be waiting for the right recipient.

The second project I tackled was this:

an old pillowcase

Many years ago, (around 10), I made and gave away pillowcases for Christmas.  I had a handful at the end of it that I never finished.  I probably had 2-3 cut and ready to be pieced.  Those have since made their way into other projects or into my scrap stash.  This particular piece was all pieced together except for the final french seam.  I just never got back to it and it sat around since then.  I pulled it out one of the times I organized my stash recently and it was in my UFO bag.  Today it is finished!  woohoo!

And finally, my third project:

The Maxwell Bag handle

This is one handle for my Maxwell Bag.  I finally finished sewing the fabric together on the handle.  Here’s how the Maxwell Bag currently looks:

Now that the handles are done, I can continue with the finishing steps.

It was a fun and productive night.  I hope to do it again and in the meantime, I will go through and pull out some old UFOs to work on at the next party.

~Happy Crafting



Saturday Musings and another bag class

This weekend is a chock full of classes.  This month is a chock full of classes.  First a few months ago I signed up for my quilt guild’s September workshop on embellishments.  I signed up soon after the quilt show and was highly motivated to take classes on any hand work I could get my hands on.  That class is tomorrow and I’m still very excited to take it, I just wish I didn’t have two classes this weekend.

The second class is the monthly bag class I’ve been taking.  When I took the August bag class the September class had not yet been scheduled but that soon changed.  My calendar on my bujo is Sunday through Saturday so when the class was scheduled for 9/9, I immediately signed up.  I didn’t realize that my other class was the following Sunday.  Oh well.  Even if I had known, I would have signed up for the bag class anyway.  I’m really enjoying the classes.  I just wish I had time to do more bags outside of the class to fully learn the techniques.

And I have a third class scheduled for next Saturday, the 16th.  I can’t remember exactly what I signed up for but I believe it’s on the same lines as hand work and embellishments.  These are the things that interest me lately and the techniques I want to learn, practice and develop.

On a side note, my secret project is bound and the next step is to label and wash it.  I’ll add that to my to do list for this coming week.  Since it’s a secret I can’t post pictures until some future date.  Sorry!

~Happy Saturday Stitching!


Cross Stitch, an update

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Mama’s Bukid

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama’s Bukid

Happy Saturday!


I was able to snag a picture with somewhat better lighting.  And I do not know why I’ve never done this before but watched some cross stitch tutorials on you tube.  I just had it on auto play.  This morning I realized that I watched all my regular podcasts/vlogs and was looking for something new.  Since I picked up my long term cross stitch project, Mama’s Bukid, I searched out cross stitch videos.  I’ve said this in past posts but in case you didn’t know, I learned to cross stitch in the 90’s with my grandma and I’m working through the crush of projects she and my mother purchased for me.  So my projects are dated and I never explored further than what my grandma taught me.  It didn’t even cross my mind.  Except that I’ve been watching a lot of podcasts lately and a number of them have mentioned cross stitching and some interesting ideas like starting, finishing, etc.  So while I was cross stitching I started watching.  I plan to integrate some of the new to me techniques to see if I like them and will let you know what I find.  In the meantime, here’s my current progress and it looks like the images in the sky of the bukid are changing.  It is exciting to see.  Somewhere I lost the picture that came with this project so it’s a mystery to us.  I know I liked it.  I know my mom picked this out.  I hope we still like it when it is finished. ;0

This last week my hubby’s uncle passed away.  The family is still recovering from the sudden passing of my brother-in-law so it’s really sad and heartbreaking to have this happen as well.  My heart goes out to my MIL and my cousin-in-laws and all the family over there.  Unfortunately, my hubby will not be able to make the trip back to the Philippines again as there’s just no money for a second trip and he’s not able to take the time off work again.  This last week was just his 2nd week back after almost 1 month off.  We will do what we can from here.

On a happier note, I took a bag class at my LQS.  It was for the Maxwell Bag by Abbey Lane.  The picture above is the picture of the bag on the pattern.  Here is picture of my bag still in progress:


The outer and inner parts put together

I’ll have to post about it separately as there is just too much to talk about…  It was supposed to be 2 evening sessions but it looks like we’re trying to get a 3rd evening thrown in so we can finish the bag.  I hope that happens soon.

Happy Memorial Day weekend!  I’m very excited to have a long weekend and enjoy the time crafting.  Tonight the hubby and I plan to join friends at a JoKoy comedy show.  It’s the first time we’re watching one of his shows.  We’ve seen him on an Adam Carolla show in Vegas one year but never on his own.  I’m excited to be doing something different.  Other than that, I’ll be crafting all weekend.

Happy Stitching!




Is there a ravelry for quilting?

I’ve been knitting more these last few months just because it’s easier to grab and take around with me.  So I’ve been using Ravelry more and more.

It got me thinking – is there a Ravelry for quilting?

Let me know!  I’d love to try it out.

In the meantime, I made a project bag

Another Project Bag

My husband and MIL took off to the Philippines last Thursday because my Brother-In-Law passed away suddenly.  I gave them all the bags I’d made so far for them to give away as they saw fit.  It’s a great feeling.  Now I need to make more bags to put my projects into.  🙂 Anyway, here is the latest one.  I’ve still got a ton of that fabric (the floral one).  It’s like a home dec fabric and it works great for making bags with substance.  I’m trying different stitches on my machine because I want the stitch definition at the top of the bag to be more defined.  I am using 28W Aurifil to help with that.  This is why I buy thread.  I stopped just buying thread because I want to use what I got but I think I want to try the 12W or thicker.  I don’t know if I have that already in black.  I want the stitches to stand out on top of the fabric.  With the 50W it sinks into the fabric and gets lost.  I like it how the 28W looks better than the 50W but it’s not quite where I want it.  So I’ll try the 12W next.  I need to play with more stitches on my machine too because I might just find something that works with a different stitch.

I am also using parachute cords because it helps with drawing the bag open and closed.  I like it!  I was using fabric at first but it was difficult to open and close the bag.  I also discovered that you have to burn the ends so that they don’t fray.  Last weekend I burnt the ends but I didn’t burn them enough and it looked weird.  Here’s how they look this weekend.  I like them better but, boy, do they stink!

I’m going to try to get around to some quilting today too.  With the hubby out of town for a few weeks, I hope to get some serious crafting done.

~happy quilting and knitting and sewing…


Stash Report – Week 17, 2015

Mathias' Baby Quilt 2/21/2015

Mathias’ Baby Quilt

It’s been a couple of months but I can finally show the secret project I was working on earlier this year. I’ve already included it in the stash report so I can’t include it now.  But I realized last night that I hadn’t showed it yet so decided to do so this morning.

Here's the back!  It's so soft and fuzzy!

Here’s the back! It’s so soft and fuzzy!

If you’ve read any of my monthly goals for the last few months, you might remember that I’ve had “do first project of the book Sew Practical” on that list.  I finally now have done it.

4/24/15 Project #1 of the Sew Practical book

Project #1 of the Sew Practical book

Woohoo!  Check my blog post from Friday to see the full details. If you do check that post out, I do want to mention that the instructions do say to use a 1/2″ seam.  I just didn’t see it while I was putting the bag together. 😦  Now that I’m actually making bags I’m starting to gather a bunch of them and I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them all.  I don’t need them all.  They are really just practice so that I can get into the cooler bags that I see floating around the interweb.  I may just give them away somehow.  Next month Project #2 rises up to my monthly to do list and this time it is a knitting bag.  Because of the finished bag, I have used 2 yards and I have added nothing this week!  woohoo!  🙂

Used this week: 2 yards

Used year to Date: -28.75 yards
Added this week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 35.75 yards
Net Added for 2015: 7 yards

Quilty $$ – 

Spent this week: $0
Spent Year to date (beg 4/12/15): $45

What I want to concentrate on next week:

With Bernina in the shop, I’m working on the featherweight.  I’m taking this time to let it run since I haven’t used it since I first got it.  I’m going to work on the April clue for Scrapitude this week.

see more stash reports atPatchwork Times

~Have a quilty week!


TGIF, 4/24/2015

WIPs Be Gone

WIP Status:

1. Month by Month – 

Month by Month - off the frame but sprawled on the floor  4/10/15

Month by Month – off the frame but sprawled on the floor

Still on the floor where I left it although I’m hoping to get to this this weekend.  I’ve only got the border to finish quilting then I can bind and label it and it’s done.

2. Tell It To The Stars

Tell It To The Stars Designing the back 3/5/15

Tell It To The Stars
Designing the back

I actually removed this from the design wall.  I’ll put it back up when I’m ready to actually piece the back together.

3. Scrapitude – Clue #3 is done and I’m planning on tackling Clue #4 this weekend.

Scrapitude  Clue #3 4/19/2015 just section A... forgot to take pictures of the whole piece!

Clue #3
just section A… forgot to take pictures of the whole piece!

4. Moon Glow – This is done for this month and I’ll add the next step to next month’s goal list.

Moon Glow All blocks completed Up on the design wall 4/16/15

Moon Glow
All blocks completed
Up on the design wall

My exciting news for today – #5 – Mini project – I finally got the first project of the book “Sew Practical” done.  I still need to put more pins on it.  In the book it has buttons that we make with fabric.  I bought the supplies to do that but I wanted to use the bag to showcase some of my pins that I’ve accumulated.  I’ve got more somewhere so as I find them, I’ll be attaching them to the bag.  Next time I make this bag I will do the embroidery with thread that matches the inner lining. The instructions for this bag was pretty clear but there were some things I felt were left out.  First – to use a quarter inch seam or a half inch seam or something else.  The book didn’t say.  I’m a quilter so my default action would be to use a quarter inch.  However, I think I’m starting to be more familiar with bag making (this is, what, my 5th now?) and I decided to use a half inch.  I worried until I got to the step, that when it came to putting on the bottom it wouldn’t fit properly.  It wasn’t exact but it fit better than if I used a quarter inch.  Second – when I made the lining, the instructions said to follow the same steps to make the external part of the bag.  So I did.  Then the next line said, leave a 6″ gap in one of the long sides.  That one took me awhile to figure out but I had already followed the steps from before so I had to take my seam ripper out and re-do one of the sides to get that gap.  And that was it… just two things that I didn’t understand and had to redo.  I think this is a cute book bag to take to the library.  I do not know if I will make another one.  I don’t think it’s cute enough to make as a gift unless I change the fabric.  There aren’t any pockets inside or anything.  And it’s not that big.  It’s about 15″ (H) x 13″ (L) x 3″ (D).   But if I find I use it a lot then I might make more.  Or, if I get more buttons.

4/24/15 Project #1 of the Sew Practical book

Project #1 of the Sew Practical book

Happy Quilting everyone!


WIP Wednesday – 4/22/2015

Front of bag for project #1 of Sew Practical

Front of bag for project #1 of Sew Practical

Here’s what I’m working on this week: project #1 from the book Sew Practical.  I was able to get the boxes done for the hand embroidery part so I’ll be working on the next steps over the weekend.  If I do this again, I would like to make the boxes in a different color.  The white disappears on this fabric.  In the meantime I think I’ll work on Clue #4 of Scrapitude or quilt the border of Month by Month.  I’m not sure.  We’ll see what I feel like when I get home from work tonight. 🙂

See more WIPs at … WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

~Wish I was quilting…


Stash Report – Week 16, 2015

Pouch  Class project for the  Weaving Fabric workshop with Jennifer Rapacki 4/12/2015

Class project for the
Weaving Fabric workshop with Jennifer Rapacki

I used a little bit of the stash to make this pouch at the Weaving Fabric workshop with Jennifer Rapacki.  The workshop was done through the SFVQA guild.  I love how it turned out.  I think I may make more of these since I love how it came out.  I’ll have to add zippers and Aurifil 12W thread and Pellon Easy knit interfacing to my “whenever-I-get-a-chance-to-buy” list.

Used this week: .5 yards
Used year to Date: -26.25 yards
Added this week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 35.75 yards
Net Added for 2015: 9 yards

In addition to counting fabric in and out of my stash I want to start watching how much I spend on my quilty life.  At this point, my only goal is to track it to see what the numbers look like.  So this last week I bought the workshop kit for the above mentioned workshop and I paid my fee for the next guild workshop.  I’m super excited about that one because it will be with Annie Smith.  If you listen to quilty podcast, she is The Annie Smith with the Quilting Stash Podcast.  When I started listening to podcasts, she had already stopped posting regularly.  But I was subscribed to her podcast just in case and every once in awhile she would post something out of the blue.  A week or so ago, she came back and it looks like she plans to post more regularly again.  Honestly, I do not even know what the workshop is about.  I just want to meet a quilty podcaster that I listen to ;0   If I had the time I’d trek over to San Francisco to meet with Pam and Jaye  next week as mentioned in Pam’s Hip To Be A Square podcast but I don’t have the time right now so I will have to wait for another opportunity.    😦

Spent this week: $45
Spent Year to date (beg 4/12/15): $45

see more stash reports at  Patchwork Times

~Have a quilty week!



Saturday musings


All right quilters!  Doing the first project in this book has been on my to do list for a few months now.  I’ve finally gotten the urge to actually do it.  Maybe it’s because I’m between quilty projects – Moon Glow’s month 12 is complete and I’m not planning (I just don’t feel like it!) piecing the rows together just yet.  I really want to get clue #3 for Scrapitude but I want to take a little break from piecing.  Or maybe it’s because I made this cute bag last week.


Pouch  Class project for the  Weaving Fabric workshop with Jennifer Rapacki 4/12/2015

Class project for the
Weaving Fabric workshop with Jennifer Rapacki

I’m starting to get a little arsenal of cute little bags/pouches.  I think this one is my favorite but takes all day to make.  Of course, the more I do I will get better and faster.  And the thread used above is Aurifil 12W!  Wooh – that is some thick thread!  I love how it pops off the fabric though.

I’ve got the fabric cut for the first project of Sew Practical.  I’ll be running errands and spending some time with a friend so I will probably not get a whole lot done today.  But it’s ready for me now. I can pick it up and do a little bit here and there until it’s done.

Have you ever worked with Linen?  This is my first time and it’s very slippery.  I bought some linen at Road2CA last January and it seemed thicker and I loved the feeling of it.  For this first project I didn’t have yards of it so I went online and bought “natural linen”.  I do not know if that is different than the linen from Moda’s line but it definitely feels different.  This natural linen is difficult to cut a straight line through because it slips all over the place under my ruler.  So – none of the pieces I cut, is exactly the right size.  I hope I can manipulate it enough so that this doesn’t matter when I get to the point of sewing everything together. 🙂

Happy quilting, my friends!