Quilted Aeroplane Bag

QAYG Aeroplane

Finished!

QAYG Aeroplane

…Except for handstitching up the bottom where I turned the bag right-side-out after everything was sewn.  Which, let’s be honest, I’ll probably never do. The zipper is a little wonky, but I think it is just fine and functional.

QAYG Aeroplane

QAYG Aeroplane

I found the Aeroplane Bag pattern by Sarah Lawson at Sew Sweetness to be really clear. At a couple of places I wished I had the PDF pattern instead of a paper pattern so I could zoom in on the diagrams, but for the most part, this bag went together quickly and easily. And Juki handled the thick places like a champ, powering through at least 6 layers of fabric and Soft and Stable in places.

QAYG Aeroplane

QAYG Aeroplane

The lining is pink Outfoxed triangles and the pocket is Flea Market Fancy.

QAYG Aeroplane

And I even used it last weekend, packing it up and taking it to a cousin’s wedding in NH. It is the perfect size for a long weekend getaway!

This was my ALOYF goal for October as well as one of my Q4 Finish Along goals!

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Aeroplane Bag

I’ve been drooling over Quilt As You Go (QAYG) bags for a while now. I love the ability to use scraps and bits of favorites and to frame motifs within the larger patchwork. I also need a weekend getaway bag. I’ve been using either a backpack or an open tote bag, which works but isn’t… cute. And with the open tote, has the possibility of tipping over and spilling my clean underwear all over the trunk. So a small, zippered something was needed.

Enter the Aeroplane Bag from Sew Sweetness. I like its domed shape, size, and that it requires no piping. I gathered scraps and quilted them directly on to the Soft and Stable top pieces using Elizabeth Hartman’s technique . I got to use pieces of my favorite lines: a fox here, a raccoon there, an octopus in the corner. Unable to decide on warm or cool colors, I went with all of them, with Kona Shale as the bottom and straps to tone things down.

QAYG Aeroplane Bag panel

So far, I’ve made the top and bottom panels and the straps.

QAYG Aeroplane Bag panel

I’m hoping to have this bag finished by this weekend and have made it my October ALOYF goal! It is also what I’m working on today for WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

A Lovely Year of Finishes

Envelope Clutch

Usually when I make something, the project starts with a pattern or the materials on hand.  Say want to knit socks using a certain blue yarn.  I have the recipient in mind and I know they like unfussy geometric designs.  I trawl Ravelry looking for something that meets the specifications (and sometimes fits in with whatever the Sock Knitters Anonymous challenge is that months) until I find something I like.  I then cast on and away I go.  Likewise, with cooking, I know what I have on hand and go from there.  Quilting is slightly different because I don’t (yet…) have much of a working fabric stash, but still it is based on the pattern or the project.

In other words, I’m not a particularly creative crafter in that I don’t design my own projects.  And that’s just fine with me for the time being.

But for my dear friend Sarah‘s birthday, I had an idea.  I wanted to make a little clutch similar to the ones I made at Christmas, only instead of having a gathered front, having an envelope on the front.  Since we’ve not been roommates for several years, we’ve kept in touch mainly through the internet but also through letters.  My design inspiration was from this quilt by Amy at badskirt (which was inspired in turn by Ayumi’s  quilt).

Envelope Clutch

I decided to make the clutch to the size specifications of the Gathered Clutch Tutorial from Noodlehead; I also used the tutorial’s instructions for assembly.  I also added a wrist strap to make the clutch more functional – I have a wristlet and LOVE that it is hands-free.

Envelope Clutch: Envelope

And I made the paper-pieced envelope template myself!  I read up on paper piecing (never having done it myself) and it seemed fairly straightforward so I drafted a pattern and went for it.  At first I set my seam length too short, which just punctured the paper, not sewing the fabric neatly along the lines, but that was an easy thing to fix.

Envelope Clutch: inside

The inside has a credit card pocket sewn against one wall and is lined with the same fabric that I used to make Sarah an apron a couple years ago.  And since the box bearing this giftie has arrived, I can write about it here!  I hope she likes it!