whoa rmember_myreply, those bags are awesome! Are they made using Fat Quarters?
no, i found out if you ask for a 1/2 yard cut, open it, and fold it like a "hot dog" (the long way) then in half the other way (where the crease is), then line up the fold with the fold of your pattern, making sure the cut out middle part is facing the middle fold, then you can cut out the bag, and use the middle part as your pocket, and there are NO scraps! woo hoo! (i hate scraps because i hate throwing them away)
Here are my bags! I decided to make these when my mom discovered 600+ plastic bags i kept "meaning to recycle" under my sink while helping me clean my apt. She threw them away and i almost threw up. all that plastic. from then on, i vowed to myself i'd never bring home another damned plastic bag. then, i looked up tutes on craftster and i was hooked on this pattern! I decided the most i would need at one time was 5... and that's because i only go shopping every 2-3 weeks.
I also had an aha! moment trying to figure out this bag, which, i had with the Jordy as well. the tutorial was amazing once i wrapped my head around it! i accidentally sewed up the handles with no holes for your hands. oops! you really are an inventive chica, though. i used them at kroger 2 days ago and they held SO much, and the bagger didn't blink an eye when i said i had my own bag.
i was having a hard time with the french seam, so i just made a little bias tape out of my lining and covered the raw edge at the bottom with that. as you can see, my bags are black and white patterned outside with bright solids on the inside. i got all of my fabric at joanns... unfortunately the closest nice fabric store is Paducah, KY about an hour and 15 mins away
i made sure to make some with "boy" colors and patterns too so maybe i can con my bf into using them
your pouches look amazing, i love Japanese inspired work! so cute.
buuut, i must agree, that throw behind that is SO fabulous. so fabulous in fact that i ordered the yarn to make my own tonight. haha! i cannot wait to see yours finished! it reminds me somewhat of gum wrapper chains..... (off topic)
my aunt runs a business in her home doing long arm work. you'd have to mail her your quilt and she'd have to mail it back to you, but she is HIGHLY skilled in long arm (quilting, for that matter) and would love to help you. if you'd like her number i could PM it to you??
thanks for the great ideas i plan on saving it for my children some day for sure, and i love the thought of displaying it somewhere. i live about an hour away from paducah, KY, quilting capital of america (literally haha) so maybe i could call down there to the quilting museum and see if they would like to display it or know of someone that might? again thanks for your help?
many moons ago, i completed a quilt, far exceeding my expectations of awesomeness. it was, the mario quilt of 2004 (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=11325.msg88387#msg88387). i submitted it to craftster not thinking anyone would really undertstand my quirkiness, my humor in the old meets new... but from there it seemed to sort of spark a following?? of sorts, and inspired many a craftster in their quilting and thinking outside the box. for that, i am happy and flattered that so many thought it was such a great idea and wanted to try out the technique for themselves!
but here's the problem.
this has been its home for the past, oh... 2 years. my tastes have changed and while i still think it's super rad, it doesn't go with my decor and it just doesn't fit anywhere.
so my question is, what shall i do with this piece of art? i really love it and it would take a lot for me to sell it, seeing as though i consider it my proudest creative achievement... but it really doesn't do any justice at all sitting in my hall closet. does anyone have any ideas at all?