Sunday, June 23, 2013
First I cut an 8" block out of top fabric, batting and backing fabric.
I took my sketch pad to a table and started sketching. When I was finished with the paper design I took the white top fabric, used a Frixion fabric marking pen and then drew the same design on the fabric.
Off to the sewing machine I went. I turned off the knot tying feature on my sewing machine, because I would later pull the top thread to the back and tie it off, then bury the threads. Since traditional Zentangles are done in Black and White, I used Black thread in the bobbin and the needle.
I started with sewing the border, which helped to hold all the fabric in place, I also stitched across the sections to give separation to the individual tangles. Then the straight stitching, I wanted to make sure I was able to have continuous line quilting, and it worked pretty well. The curved crescent moon section had to be done by free motion quilting, I found that I had to turn the machine to a very slow speed for this portion.
What do you think?
Monday, June 17, 2013
Just wondering what got into me, I have now made 2 bags within 2 weeks and love them both.
The first was a messenger bag- pattern by Valori Wells. Made with a cool fabric I found at The Quilters Market in Tucson, AZ.
Then I finished an Eileen Roche Embroidered in the Hoop travel bag. When the zipper is open the pocket is able to slide over the handle of a suitcase/briefcase. Super idea. I plan to make more of these.