January 16, 2014

First Finish of 2014

 I have a finished project for 2014! Whoo hoo! I made this bag for the laptop Paul gave me for Christmas. Now, truth be told, the laptop will probably only leave the house a couple times a year (if that) and will live on the kitchen counter while in the house, so the bag is maybe a little unnecessary, but at least it's pretty. Plus I've already used it once...though not to carry the laptop.

I almost made this bag without looking at a pattern or tutorial, pretty much going on memory after making the messenger bag for the boys, but I had to check the tutorial when I was ready to sew the outside and the lining together. I can never remember which goes inside which and I really didn't want to get it wrong and have to take that seam out and sew it again. This is the tutorial I used.

I couldn't get fusible fleece so I used regular batting, with one layer on the outside and one on the lining. It makes for a nice weight to the bag. I quilted the outside with a loopy stipple, which gives great texture to the fabric, but the stitches themselves don't show up well because I used black thread. I quilted the inside (which is red) with straight lines.
This fabulous folded hexagon flower was so much fun to make. I used this tutorial for that. It was really quick to fold and stitch and I love the little detail it adds to the finished bag. I stitched it to the bag using a ladder stitch, so the stitches are pretty much invisible.

Another first for 2014...

My first empty spool of the year. This used to hold red thread until I polished it off while making the bag.

Do you keep track of how many spools you use a year? I kept all my empty spools last year, after reading a post on Quiltmaker's Quilty Pleasures blog back in January 2013. Turns out I used 27 spools last year, which sounds pretty decent. Of course, quite a few of those were almost empty to begin with and I used them up to baste hexagons. So now the count for 2014 has begun. I wonder if I'll top 27 spools.

This bag is the first of my finishes for my FAL list this quarter...and the link-up for proposed finishes isn't even closed yet! I feel so productive.

I also got an email yesterday from Leanne at She Can Quilt telling me I won fabric for one of my finishes last quarter, so now I may have to hang out at the post office a little, waiting to get my hands on these mystery fabrics. I'll be sure to share a picture or two when they arrive.


  1. That looks like a fabulous bag! Perfect for so many things!

  2. I don't keep track of spools, but I will try to keep track of bobbins in a project. Nice bag! Love the details, really make it look finished.

  3. Leanne, your laptop bag looks fantastic! I love the colors and the quilting! Thanks for sharing the folded hexi tutorial link. I haven't ever saved my thread spools, maybe I will this year!

  4. Great bag and a great finish so soon! Love the hexie flower will definitely be checking that out!

  5. Neat! Congrats on your finish!

  6. This is a great bag! I love the folded flower!! Congrats on your first finish too! I also finished my first from the list. Thanks for lining up with TGIFF!

  7. Yeah, great finish! I also won a price from FAL Q4/2013, we're lucky winners!

  8. That's really nice! I need to make a Kindle cover. There's no way in the world I'm paying $70 bucks for one! :)

  9. Sew Purrty!
    Love that flower!

  10. I always forget to count how many spools I go through. I did use the rest of an Aurifil one a couple weeks ago.

    I adore your bag and the flower is stunning!

  11. I love the idea of using batting for the lining, too. Did it make the seams too bulky? Your bag looks amazing.

  12. your bag is awesome! Of course your laptop needs a bag- whether it actually leaves the house or not!

    Thanks for linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  13. Nice. Like your fabric choices. Nice texture but clean and simple. I like the flash of fun red playing off the more reserved fabric. Is it a civil war reprint?


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