Quilted Reversible Sling Bag

Another Project Run and Play Monthly Challenge project.

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Pattern: This is the Reversible Sling Bag by Sugar Bee Crafts. Since it’s for my little one, I scaled the pattern down by about a third. One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to quilt something (anything) for the first time. I figured this would be a good opportunity, since it was fairly small. Then I realized that once you’ve go to the pains to piece your bits together… the last thing you want to do is slice it up! But it wasn’t perfect piecing at all, and clearly it’s a first attempt, so I hacked away. The quilt batting is just some extra fleece I had hanging around. I managed to do the whole thing without spending any money.

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Fabric: a little bit of everything, which I love. I guess that’s part of the allure of quilting. There are so many memories in these fabrics. Dresses for Lottie, baby gifts for friends, a 50’s style apron for a friend who moved to Japan.

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Lessons learned: oh, so many. So many. Like “oh, I’ll just quilt this up really quick.” It took forever. I picked a particularly difficult pattern I think. It’s based on this Triangle Quilt, scaled down by 50%. I really should have started out with solids. There’s a direction to the triangles and the alternating fabrics repeat. Such a great idea, right? Not so much when you have to rip out pieces over and over and over. Then there was the cutting it, which was painful. And the quilting of it. That’s where I learned how magnified every piecing error was. Yippee. And my machine… wow… my machine really did not want to sew through that thickness. Apparently this is what a walking foot is for? Yeah, I don’t have one of those. And, wow, it takes a lot of thread. I had wanted to do additional quilting lines, but I was running out of thread (and time) and my machine seemed increasingly grumpy, so it is what it is!

All in all, I actually like it quite a lot. It has a great feel to it. It’s visually interesting. I would definitely try it again. I think it would look good in black and grey. Larger and smaller. And I will quilt again! Maybe. Eventually.

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