Monday, 10 September 2018

Fun New Make, A Finish & Progress

A few weeks back, I saw on IG  a new SAL for a fabulous roomy tote bag.
Jeni Baker at In Color Order is hosting for her pattern called The Workshop Tote. Quite a simple tote really, but super sturdy & BIG, perfect for sewing days or storing/carrying quilts in progress. The pattern gives several options for the creation of the tote outer, which is a great way to give a truly individual look.
Around the same time I read about the SAL, I was at Spotlight & just HAD to have this darling drill fabric... couldn't resist the pink flamingos! BAM, I was set to sew!
In the end, I didn't feel it necessary to follow the SAL... I pressed, cut & applied interfacing on Wednesday last week...  did most of the sewing on the Thursday... & finished it on Friday.

 The Workshop Tote measures 16" tall, 16" wide & a generous 8" deep.
 The interfacing is much stiffer than I've sewn in a long time, but the result is a wonderfully robust bag that will serve me well for a long time. Very pleased with my efforts.
The QAYG hexagon table topper has been completed & submitted for sale in the shop of my Patchwork group... the shop is open to the public every day... let's hope someone likes it!
I'm continuing slow progress on this fun design from the series by Natalie Bird... got to love the ease of a pre-printed design & one thread colour.
Some more fabrics have been cut for my brown-eyed hexy flowers, which will be shared in my post for PYT.

On a personal note... many of you know that I've had a lot of changes in my life this year... I've been battling to adjust... I've lived with varying levels of anxiety & symptoms of depression for some years now, but it's been tougher this year... I'm not always successful in maintaining an even keel & happy exterior.
Without exaggeration, I can absolutely declare that if I didn't have blogging & my patchwork group, along with my family of course, this phase would be SO much tougher. The blogging community is a great thing to be part of... & even when it seems I am not really present, I'm not far away.


Jeanette said...

Love your flamingo bag. The fabric is gorgeous. The table topper is pretty. Love the Natalie Bird series, i wonder what she will do for this years one. Hugs,xx

retdairyqueen said...

Wow Great bag Love the fabric and I tell you what if I was at the stall I would buy that table topper Love the colours
Blogging is the best
I totally understand what you are saying It got me through some very tough times xoxo

Helen said...

Great bag love the fabrics, pretty table topper.

รัตนาวดี ภูมิวรรณ said...

Thank you for the good and very useful information. It is very interesting. I love all the projects you share and see the beautiful creations.

Lin said...

Great bag Anthe and I can see why you fell for the fabric as it is gorgeous. The table topper looks very desirable to me so hope it sells and yes, working with one colour thread certainly speeds things up. Always good to have you around Anthea - sending love and hugs. xx

Jo said...

I'm sure there are many bloggers and Quilters out there that agree with you. Blogging helped me immensely through my tough times... It has bee a great support.

Susie H said...

I love your flamingo bag!!!! The fabric is so cheery! Great job! 💗

Fiona said...

How fun is your new bag.... and it looks a good size and will hold plenty of fabric!!! I love those Christmas stitcheries... and there is a healthy amount of stitching in them to keep busy. I'm with you about blogging, it is definitely a happy place and where I can focus on the good things happening... as well as making lovely friends... online friends rock!

Brigitte said...

The bag is just gorgeous. Love the fabric you used for it.
Great table topper you made with the lovely and colourful hexies.

Michelle Ridgway said...

I love your flamingo bag and table topper. I love our blogging community and the kindness found here never ceases to amaze me! Hugs to you too Anthea xx

Susan said...

It's good that you get comfort and strength from us out here in blogland.
Certainly my sewing & all the associated groups,blogs etc helps deflect some of the angst in my life.

Susan said...

PS: BIG hugs

Kaylee said...

I love the tote Anthea and what a great size, what interfacing did you use?
The hexagon table topper is lovely, I'm sure someone will snap it up.
Sending hugs my bloggy friend xx

Janice said...

What a lovely group of projects. Sending a big hug your way. The craft blogging community is wonderful. I think we can share more there than with some of the “real” people in our lives. It is the very best of the Internet.

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