Last Heritage Quilting day I signed up to make a Chubby Bag. Barb, our instructor gave us our ‘homework’ list and told us to come back next Monday with everything on the list done. YIKES!!
Well I have to CONFESS…I have NEVER made a bag before…NEVER made a purse…or anything like it! I should have made one this Winter when I was at The Sands…remember EVERYONE was making those wonderful carpet bags… but I was busy with other projects…and I didn’t want to start something new. I have been kicking myself ever since!
So when it was announced that Barb was going to run another Chubby Bag class I jumped right in!!
Here’s what the Chubby Bag looks like~ This is Carol’s Bag…she made this bag from Barb’s first class. Isn’t it gorgeous!!
On Barb’s list you need 48 5” squares so I found two Charm Packs of Blackbird’s Wild Rose Fabric from my stash. I started laying them out and sewing them together…read down the list ..yada yada…to where it said “FREE MOTION quilt, it doesn’t have to be fancy!” Well…what the hay…it’s my first bag, why not my first attempt at free motion quilting too!! But first I need to practice!!
I need to share a Free Motion tip that I learned from my blogging pal, Marie. (Thanks, Marie…blogging buddies are the best!!) She told me about this trick and it really works!!
Practice your Free Motion on paper towel…just accordion fold it 5 or 6 times to get the desired thickness and go for it!! It is way more freeing than fabric as you’re not wasting fabric and batting. And when you are finished, use your Free Motion Practice sheets as sponges…great for many, many spills!! :o)
Wish me luck!! Hey, I think the mojo is back!! Yahoo!!
Have a thrilling Thursday and Happy Quilting!~P