Tuesday, December 30
Personal Projects Revealed
Now that the holiday season is about over I can reveal the rest of the personal projects that I have been working on.
The first project was four pairs of pajama pants. Two pair for my daughter and two pair for my son. Her's were soooooo much easier to assemble (no fly required). I use a basic McCalls pattern #4320; then enhanced the pattern to create a fly closure for the two pair for my son.
Next was the Nouveau Hobo Bag by Indygo Junction. My friend, Cheryl made this bag all out of batiks. It is quite eye-catching. She made the larger version as did I. It holds alot! The bag is almost 17" deep. I choose to quilt the bag fabric and the handle strap. The bag is fully lined. I again made changes to the designer's pattern by adding additional large sewn-in pockets on both the front and back of the lining pieces; and made a continous shoulder strap. The original pattern calls for a button closure strap. I felt that the way in which my daughter would be using the bag a solid shoulder strap was more practical.
My daughter is traveling this winter break and is in need of some hostess gifts. I know just the ticket - those great Fat Sacks from Terry Atkinson's November 7th blog posting. (My fellow blogger Jackie alerted me to this blog and pattern.) Like Terry, I made them out of Amy Butler's decorator fabric. I am amazed at how much they hold!
I still have a few pillowcases to make for Jackie. She and her guild committed to 300 pillowcases for a local Connecticut charity, Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang. I decided to help her out and offered to make a few for her. (See Jackie's December 13th posting.)
I want to wish all of you a warm and joyous holiday season with good health and many quilts in the coming year. Kathy