Friday, August 1, 2014

Bye-Bye July

I've neglected the blog for a couple of weeks but I'm still here. Wow! July is over and I'm not sure what happened. I've been busy sewing. The last time I posted I showed you a backpack and since then that's all I've been sewing: backpacks. Since school starts at the end of August or beginning of September I have been stocking my store with them. Here are a few of the models:

 This one is made with a fabric with lots of eletronic connectors. I kept using a part of the print as an applique on the front top.



 And then the mustaches. I looked at them so much to pick the one for the top that I started seeing angel wings instead. Then I saw birds kissing. LOL




On this Polka Dot one I omitted the appliqué, increased the size of the flap and used a tuck/catch closure.

I kept using the pattern for the Edelweiss Bag from Sew Sweetness for the main shape and then played with the pocket size and design. It's been fun. Having the new Juki sewing machine sure helps. When you sew the sides to the front and back there are quite a bit of layers. My previous machine didn't like this and use to "spit out" the fabric, specially when adding the binding to the seam allowance. Now everything goes smoothly. I'm not even using the walking foot. Here's a view of the inside.


I received also got some fabric. The first picture has some Art Gallery Fabrics from Sara Lawson's Jungle Ave Collection and the bottom two from April Rhodes' Arizona Collection. These fabrics are really soft and have a nice feel to it.


The top fabrics from the second picture are from Tim Holtz' Eclectic Collections. The other two fabrics  Another Point of View - Born to Quilt - Sewing Machines in All Over and Rashida Coleman Hale, Koi Canvas, Dragon Fly Canvas in Teal. Most of them will be used in bags but I still don't know how I'll use the sewing machine fabric but I thought it was way cool. Of course a sewing machine is THE ULTIMATE POWER TOOL!! Don't you think?

6 comments:

  1. Beautiful, Norma. You have been busy! Glad you are enjoying the new sewing machine...it makes all of the difference in the world.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Marilyn. The machine and I are working hard. But is so much fun to sew. If I don't sew I get grumpy! LOL

      Delete
  2. Your bags are so professional looking. I love them all. I have this pattern but haven't made it yet but I'm so glad to see the inside uses binding which should make it come together pretty quick. I'm looking forward to giving it a try soon.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for such nice words. You should give the backpack a try. Is really fun.

      Delete
  3. They are are beautiful and I like your new fabrics too. Lots of fun ahead for you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Daryl. Is fun to sew. If I don't I get grumpy and sad. LOL

      Delete