My quilting thoughts and inspirations sprinkled with a glimpse of life down on the farm

Thursday, March 11, 2021


There's been a bit of productivity around here lately and I'm excited to have a finish to share.
This travel bag is a byAnnie pattern and made using Soft and stable.
Last time I shared about the bag, I'd got to this stage below. I had a spare afternoon over the weekend and pulled it out again.
The most difficult part of the bag is to sew it all together and put the binding on. It's do-able but you just have to take it slowly. Where some of the pockets are, there are a few layers. The soft and stable squishes down pretty well so you get there in the end!
The binding is all on the inside and it gives such a nice tidy finish. There's a zippered pocket on the inside (shown above) and then the slightly elasticated one, in blue below —
(it also needs an insert put in it to firm/strengthen the bottom. A friend is cutting up an old cutting mat for me, when she cuts hers.)
I sewed some nice big buttons on the bottom to help protect the base —
A pocket at each end and a really professional looking carry strap with the proper swivel things hardware, etc —
On the front, two pockets, the zipped one and a sneaky one just above it —
And on the back a trolley sleeve and another sneaky pocket —
As you can tell by the fabric this is going to one set of grandies as their bag for bringing to Ganma's when they stay overnight (the younger twins). I'll scotchguard it and will make a second one once I've taken a breath!
It does need to live at The Country Yard for a wee while first, as a class sample. Just as well there's no sleepovers planned at Ganma's for a while.
(Yes it is a lot of work to make a bag like this but oh so worth it to get such a useful and unique result - but you're all crafters so you know what I mean...!)

Although I've seen plenty of the kiddies this week, I've been able to grab a bit of time to prep and sew a few more blocks.
This afternoon when I sat down I had these laid out and ready to finish—
A wee while later I had two more scrappy Christmas blocks to add to two I made the other day —
Fun fabrics to play with —
(only 8 more needed now)
Another couple of Omigosh! blocks —
And a couple more star blocks for our Scrappy Star Adventure at work
So all is well in The Palace at the moment ♥ I've been able to sew sew sew,
'til next time,
happy stitches,


Shah Sazib said...

You made wonderful bag!!! Thank you for sharing! Anywayn I found another fabric store which is - Broadway Fabrics.

Maria said...

So well worth all the work to make that fabulous bag for the granddies to pack for sleep overs at Granmas.
Lots of great blocks you’ve made too.

Janet O. said...

That bag is incredible. So cleverly thought out--and so well made by you! I love the touch of the buttons on the bottom. Brilliant!
And then all those blocks besides. You have had some grand time in the Palace!

kiwikid said...

The bag is amazing you are so very clever! I am sure the twins will love using it to come and stay at Ganmas! Well done on making all the blocks too, you certainly have had a productive week.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

your bag looks so good!! I don't really have really good luck making them - I tend to rush though things and then they don't look professional - I guess I rush as I really don't care to make anything but quilts LOL - you do it so well

Terry said...

I love your bag! Congrats on getting it finished! :0)

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Love the bag, very professional looking! And the little ones will love having one for their visits. Have a super weekend.

Suz J said...

These tricky bags are my arch nemesis... and I have enormous respect for those that start and finish them. Looks fabulous!! And the other projects are moving along nicely too ­čśŹ

Lin said...

Very nice blocks Raewyn but that bag is amazing! Beautiful work. So many pockets to loose things in too. I love it. xx

Fiona said...

Your bag is gorgeous. I have made one of Anni's and use it for my overnights (not that pattern) as you say a bit of muscle work in some parts but a lovely result. Great blocks happening there and I like the look of all the different HST stars...

ButterZ said...

Great looking bag

Karen S said...

The travel bag is amazing! A stunning finish. What a lovely idea for the grandies to use it when they visit. Very special.
Love the idea of the buttons on the bottom. Perfect idea instead of the stops that can be used.
You have been busy with all your blocks, too. So productive!

Jenny said...

What an effort it looks brilliant. It does look tricky though.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Just catching up with blog reading! You've done lots of lovely work!! Very inspiring :) xx

jude's page said...

As Joy said, I also am playing catch up with blog reading and just love your bag, and you have not been idle with other projects either, well done!

Kate said...

Congrats on a beautiful and useful finish. The bag looks perfect. What a nice payoff for all that work. Your ornament blocks are very fun. You definitively made the most of your sewing time.

Angie said...

Raewyn - what a fabulous bag. The best bags can never have too many pockets!!! And what a clever idea to put buttons on the bottom to protect it! Enjoy your weekend!

Janice said...

You have more patience than me to make that bag. It really does look very professional. You’re making great progress on your other blocks as well.

Chookyblue...... said...

wow the bag does look great.....well done.......well worth the effort.....