SAL 58: just before we go…

We’re off tomorrow!

I didn’t think I’d be joining in this time, because of holiday prep, but I managed to get a bit of stitching done amongst the other handwork, packing, shopping, etc, that lead up to our departure. It’s not quite as much as I’d have liked, but that’s my own fault for slipping in all sorts of extra jobs: making and installing the Lime & Soda porch curtain, mending, crocheting dish cloths, making a pouch for our Garmin SatNav, and of course, the ongoing big job: hand quilting the Bonnard quilt I’m making for my sister.

This is where I left you last time:

And this is where I’ve got to. A bit more light green, and the first bit of white. I can see that the white is really going to make this piece sparkle, and I’m going to make the grey of the background a little darker than on the original design to give contrast.

Do go and take a look at what the others in the Stitch Along are working on. It’s all lovely, and well worth looking at. Do remember that we’re all in different time zones, so if their SAL post isn’t up when you look, do go back later.

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnn, JessSue,
CindyHelenStephLinda, Mary Margaret, Heidi,
Connie, Jackie, Sunny

See you next time, on 3rd March. Hopefully clearing up after the holiday doesn’t eat up all my stitching time 🙂

In the bag

It’s done and delivered.

Bag front with tapestry panel

Bag front with tapestry panel

Bag back

Bag back

Inside: pockets, magnetic clasp and label

Inside: pockets, magnetic clasp and label

The Dowager’s bag, that is. I thought it was going to be harder than it actually was. I kept all the extra canvas around the outside of the tapestry, and used it as the interfacing for the front. I used a firm iron-on interfacing for the back. Longer handles than on my little stripey bag, because she wanted them long enough to sling the bag over her shoulder.

I remembered to put the magnetic catch on before finishing the top edge this time. It does the job of preventing the bag gaping open, and so long as you use a patch of interfacing on top of the little washer thingy, it won’t pull out.

I’ve created some quilt labels for myself using transfer paper in my colour printer. The label has my name, blog and email addresses, and space for the name, recipient and date of the quilt. This information gets filled in with an indelible pen once the transfer has been applied to either  a pale background area of the quilt back, or to a white fabric rectangle which then gets sewn onto the backing. End of labelling problem!

So, to round up the weekend: Finished the baby quilts. Made two fabric storage baskets. Made the Dowager’s handbag. Upholstered two chair seats. What about having a night off? Nope, I’m fiddling around with the Car Quilt while I skype a friend and watch TV. Back to work Monday and Tuesday for two days, so I won’t be doing much sewing. Maybe. Probably. We’ll see.

Have a good day, y’all.