Thank you all for wishing me well for the first 'on the road' class with my first pattern. On the road was just a couple of miles up the road which was a good thing as I was pooped by the end of the day - a short drive was much appreciated. And most of you thought this cute house/heart block was my project - wrong. It's just my cover for my notebook holding my notes and print outs.
This is what I taught. Yes, I designed a bag. I don't make a lot of bags, but my SIL does and so many of the patterns she has bought I've had to re-draft as they are horrible. So yes, I know how to write up a bag.
Those Tuxedo kitties were fussy cut and long tube pocket stitched, but the class used a full piece. By adding the straps, you get 3 pockets on each side of the bag. This is an 18" x 20" quilter's project bag - designed for this group's requests.
The straps are open from the pocket to top of bag so you can roll a project or supply and slide in. Or clip your keys, etc.....
Single pocket on one side. They originally request LOTS of inside pockets until I asked them that if they fill all those pockets - were do you put your project materials???
A free hanging zippered pocket on the other side. We learned to put zippers in - with out a zipper foot.
That pocket can swing out of the way so you can stack your rulers, small cutting matt and anything you want protected. Cover it with the pocket and it is held safely in place - cushioned with the heavy batt fuseable on the outer bag and thickness of the pocket.
I was so busy with class that I took no photos, so have borrowed off the Peaceable Day Quilters' FB page.
Loved all the variety of fabric choices. Beth is trying out the new fuseable foam for her bag. She had to leave early - so I am curious how this finished up. She even re-worked the pattern to accomodate the size of the foam. No problem as we discussed thru out the class how the pattern could be adapted to personal needs.
There was, also, a variety of machines. The featherweights pounded away, where as some of the other models had a few thread issues with thickness.
There was a lot of fusing - so lots of time at one of the three ironing stations. And you can see we set up an iron on either side so they could work two to an ironing board.
A finished outside shell of a bag. There were 12 in the class and no one completely finished (almost), but we had a lot of new techniques and products introduced. We started at 9 am and wrapped up at 3 pm (room used for an after school program). It was a long day, but I hope they had a good time.
Thank you Peaceable Day Quilters for a lovely day,