SO! Just when I was about to join the fun, Amanda Jean decided to stop hosting the “Finish it up Friday” party.
Was it something I said?
Well, just because she isn’t asking people to post their finishes on her blog doesn’t mean that I can’t post MY finishes on my blog, right? Right. And if anyone is so inclined they can post THEIR finishes today too. I’m going to call this TGIF, or Thank Goodness it’s Finished. Feel free to have yours with or without the cocktail hour. Let’s go!
My finishes for the week include this little number:
It’s my first zippered bag (first time making anything with a zipper) and I made it using this tutorial. It seemed so complicated while I was reading it through (and reading and reading) but now that it’s done I realize it wasn’t so bad really. It certainly isn’t something I would give away, but it’s perfectly serviceable as a little makeup bag for my purse. I need a lot of practice because we’re having a zippered pouch swap for the Faith Circle of do. Good Stitches. Although the deadline has been extended, I don’t want to put it off until the last minute.
A couple of notes on construction: I think the fabric I used was thinner than what’s in my usual stash. I also used very thin interfacing for both the lining and the outer fabric. I think the next bag will have thin interfacing for the lining but thicker interfacing for the outer fabric. I want it to have a good cushy feel. Although Ms. Teacakes said the interfacing is optional, she strongly encouraged using it and I’m really glad I did. It wouldn’t have had any substance at all without it. She said the bag would wobble like blancmange without interfacing, and I had to look up that word in the dictionary. I have to say I totally agree. And I’m looking forward to making more.
I forgot to post on WIP Wednesday that I also finished 4 pillow cases that were donated to our local Ronald McDonald house through the Milwaukee Modern Quilt Guild. I do like making pillowcases. Pardon the crummy cell phone pic. The fourth pillowcase (not pictured) is the reverse of the pillow case on the far left.
Of course, I stippled my first quilt this week too. That felt like a really big accomplishment. It was nice to receive supportive comments from my friends. I love Nellie’s idea of listening to peppy music while quilting. Usually I listen to books on my iPod (listening now to Casino Royale – oh, how anachronistic it sounds!), but I might just have to put something really fun on the iHome and crank it up.
So, what did you finish?
*it wasn’t my idea to put “aviary” on the picture. Aviary is the online photo editing software I used. Why would I want their name on my photo? If there’s no way to remove it, that’s the last time I’ll use it.