Although my calendar still says April (I’m not very good about tearing off the pages), it’s time to declare my project for the May A Lovely Year of Finishes Goal Setting Party. So far this year these are the projects that have been entered, and if I might proudly add, were finished
Sandy Quilt # 3
Sandy Quilt # 4
Pineapple Quilt Stitched and Quilted by Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting
Up To Bat
My goal for the month of May is to construct a Miranda Day Bag from Lazy Girl Designs. I purchased this pattern years ago after stumbling across their website while on a mission to find patterns for purses. Instantly I fell in love with the design and just had to add it to my collection. As with many other patterns I have purchased, the Miranda Day Bag has been patiently waiting in my list of things to do, but not any more.
Time to Get Started
The fabric for my Miranda Day Bag was purchased back in March from here. This is a photo of the fabric.
I’m really looking forward to tackling this project. Stay tuned for updates on my progress. If you are interested in seeing the projects the other participants have registered just click on Sew BitterSweet’s button above. I’m sure they would love to have you visit.
Before we get started with today’s post let my remind you of my First Anniversary’s Give-Away. I’m celebrating this blog’s first anniversary by giving away a free charm pack. Check out the link above for the specifics. You wouldn’t want to miss out on a chance to get free fabric. Now on to today’s WIP post.
Not too long ago I assembled a tutorial showcasing the construction of a Tag-Along tote. Before embarking on the construction of the Tag-Along I had begun a quest to make a tote suitable for my iPad and keyboard. Being unsatisfied with the options available I went through the process of developing my own pattern. My first mock-up showed room for improvement. Since I already had the pattern for the Tag-Along I decided to try it out as an alternative. As I assembled the tote I made numerous changes to the pattern. While I am quite pleased with my finished product there were things about the Tag-Along I just wasn’t happy with so I went back to the drawing board and resurrected My Original design.
My Original Design
This time around I set out to overcome the issues I had with my first mock-up. Missing on the first attempt were handles, a pocket for miscellaneous items and tabs to keep each pocket as well as the entire case securely closed. I also had to address the inadequate size as well as the flimsiness of the layers. Below are photos of my second attempt.
As you can see this tote was definitely made using fabrics not typically in my stash. Since the finished project was destined for my husband I let him choose the fabrics. He was quite thrilled to be in charge of the selections. I felt a bit strange going to the fabric store’s cutting table with a cart loaded with camouflage, bright orange, black and green bolts of fabric.
If you examine this second tote you will notice my first change. Not only does this specimen have handles but they wrap completely around the tote. I felt the handles would provide more security if they were not just attached at the top. You can also see that I added a closure tab.
Here’s a photo of the inside. Note each pocket now has a tab closure. Also added was the pocket for miscellaneous items (look for the camouflage fabric).
From this picture you can see that I made the pockets much deeper. This time the iPad does not extend above the top edge of the pocket. Obviously the iPad shown is not my husband’s. He would never have a pink case on his. For display purposes I used my own.
Granted nothing is ever perfect. I however have plans for a third tote. With this experiment I want to change the width of the handle, add a pocket for pens and use stabilizers that are not quite so sturdy. Well, at least that’s what I have in mind so far. It’s entirely possible there may just be a fourth and fifth version. Who knows what will happen along my journey to improvement?
I’m Linking Up
I’m linking up this post with Freshly Pieced. Go see what they are up to.
At the beginning of April I declared my Pineapple Quilt as my target project to finish for Sew BitterSweet’s A Lovely Year of Finishes Challenge. Left to do on the lovely table topper was the quilting and binding. I am proud to announce that I have successfully achieved my goal. Without further adieu let me introduce my expertly finished Pineapple Quilt . . .
I have linked my post with Sew BitterSweet’s blog. If you slide on over to there you can observe the finished items submitted by the other A Lovely Year of Finishes participants.