Finished Quilts

Sunday, 18 January 2015

going on a bear hunt...

Just as I was sitting down to write this post, I started singing "I'm going to write a blog post, it's going to be a big one, what am I going to do? I'm not scared".  With immense apologies to Michael Rosen, it made me giggle.  Anyway *awkward shoe shuffle*, cracking on....

After my last post, Pennie commented that I should join up with the #sew4sanity gang over on IG. The rules are pretty straight forward:

  1. finish something I've started
  2. sew with hoarded loved fabric
  3. make something that's not a quilt (like a bag or garment)
  4. sew something completely outside of my comfort zone.
And you can mix and match so one project could cover more than one of the rules.  The aim is for it to be a monthly goal to meet all of the rules. At the same time, I've been waking up thinking about patterns and sewing, so McMojo is clearly feeling better and (whisper it) a bit keen.  

These two things have given me the incentive to get off my backside and make the side kick tote I promised Sue, the incredibly patient winner of my giveaway in October last year. To meet the rules, I used some hoarded Tula Pink raccoons for the lining (#2), I made a bag (#3) and I took myself completely out of my comfort zone by putting in my first ever flush zipped pocket into the bag lining (#4).  Boom!

I couldn't quite get my head around the flushed zip until I realised it was like a porthole then it all clicked and I was away.

not perfect, but not bad for my first time
It was only after I'd finished that I'd figured out that I could have practised on scrap fabric rather than going live with the poor raccoons. D'oh!  Anyhoo, it worked out OK. The rest of the bag came together pretty easily.

I need to iron it!

It was a fab accident that ninja racoon showed up and hit the middle of the zip and it give anyone not allowed in the evils!

I added a wee label, you know, to make it more designer!

So, this bag has really helped get me back into the swing of things and ultimately, I really enjoyed sewing it together.  I haven't quite got my sewing space organised yet and am still losing things all the time but it's all about forward momentum.  Just got to make a couple of wee mindings and this bag will be heading off the its new owner and I feel a little lighter.

Now to choose a WIP to might even be my weekender...Now that would be a bear hunt!.....*feels a little faint*


  1. Swishy swashy! Lovely bag, and evil-eye racoon is brilliant. Maybe you should have claimed it was deliberate. x

  2. OMG! This is going to be the best bag in the world :) xx

  3. Superb, zip pockets are pretty smart and you appear to have mastered them! Great looking bag, even better to see you sewing again!

  4. love ninja racoon.... go mo!! x

  5. Fabulous! And bl@@dy hell, not the Weekender, i still haven't finished mine yet, you'll make me look bad!

  6. Fantastic bag, love the raccoons! I keep meaning to buy some of that fabric every time I see someone using it. That zip looks perfect!

  7. Loving it...... especially the zip and designer touches. If my blog posts were compared to 'we're going on a bear hunt' then I'd be stuck on the page where they all hide under the bed covers! xxxx

  8. I love the ninja raccoon! Have you finished your weekender yet?!

  9. Yay for the return of McMojo, send some my way please! You did a great job on the bag, i love flush zipped pockets and put them in every bag

  10. Love those racoons! and glad McMojo has returned. Good for you on the weekender, I'd love to make one but think I need help!

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