|Grandma Carol and my Mark|
Grandma Carol came down to see us this month. The timing was great--Ohio was seeing double-digit sub-zero temps while she was here! We had the privilege of hanging out with her for a few days, so I thought I'd mark the occasion with a handmade gift. Check it out:
This is the Aeroplane Bag by SewSweetness. You can buy the pattern at Sara Lawson's shop here. It's a super-roomy zippered tote with fabric handles and two interior zipper pockets. I really had a great time making the bag.
I opted to use headliner foam instead of Soft and Stable, simply because I had some on hand. I quilted the patterned portion of the bag by machine by following the natural pattern of the fabric:
As you can see, I used my walking foot to do the quilting. I actually kept my walking foot on for the majority of the bag construction. I feel like it really makes the process easier. Here's a close up view of the quilting:
Not too shabby, huh? I used Connecting Threads' Essential Quilting Thread in cream, and it really agrees with my machine. I was even so bold as to do all of my topstitching in a contrasting color!
I am thoroughly impressed with myself on this one.
I did make one major boo-boo:
I completely mis-measured the Peltex for the bottom of the bag. I ended up zigzag stitching two smaller pieces together. It ended up being okay, though. Overall, I though it turned out nicely, and Grandma Carol loved it, which is all that really mattered.