Despite the fact that my entry for the Festival of Quilts still isn't made I have been indulging in some displacement activity. My excuse is I've runout of Extravorganza and I'm waiting for a delivery. So last Thursday I went to my monthly quilt group and joined in with a day of bag making.
The book was based on a pattern from this book and despite finding the cutting instructions a bit confusing the bag went together smoothly. (You can look inside the book here.)
The pattern confused me because it seemed to be referring to the front focus piece as the back.
The back was pieced to include some of my hand dyed fabric and I decided to use a pattern stitch from my machine for some of the top stitching.
These dangly details on the sides (otherwise known as ties) were probably the hardest part. My DH had to help me turn them through! (I've just realised the toggles belong to another pattern so I could have just left the ties plain, or maybe stitched a large bead or button on. They were fun to make though despite the turning problems).
Several ladies finished their bags on the day but I had to spend the best part of a further day finishing mine. You can see another version of this Momoyama bag on my friend's blog here. Wendy made her bag without the aid of a tutor or a safety net ;-)
PS You may have noticed a photo of Belstead House where we had our Summer School at the top of my sidebar. Plans are afoot to close this excellent Learning Centre next year and a petition has been organised to try and change the Council's mind. I think we are all aware of the sad lack of resources available to adults wanting to increase their learning so please consider clicking the link and signing the petition. The deadline is next Tuesday 19 July.