First, thanks to everyone who stopped by during Amy's Creative Side's Blogger's Quilt Festival. I've been amazed at how many people have come by my little blog over the last week. With over 600 quilters involved, it was very cool to see other's work and flattering that people were interested in mine.
So, we got a new toy the other day. Ever since I started infringing on, if not commandeering Ang's sewing room, she's wanted to get another sewing machine. We've been looking around for an affordable second machine, but one that would be at least one step up from our old machine. Considering our old one is a cheapy Brother that we bought at the PX years ago, it was not hard to find machines that were a step (or more) up, but keeping it on the affordable side was our challenge. It turns out that Costco was running a special on another Brother model (XR7700), still one that would be probably be considered entry level, but with more options, computerized and a dozen attachments included. Boy, this is starting to sound like a commercial, sorry. But hey, if any Brother reps do see this, I'd love to talk about an endorsement deal:)
Anyway, Ang had started on this little bag a while back and since she's in the middle of two other projects with deadlines, she asked me to see if I could finish it for her. Great chance to play with the new toy!
Below is the simple pouch she had started made from old jeans and a Moda print. My job was to finish it some how.
It turned out okay, especially for not having done this before. It is a cute, simple functional messenger bag/purse kinda thing that'll do well for holding her wallet and stuff, as well as her knitting. Now what's going to happen is a couple weeks from now, she'll say "This is cute and all and I really like it, but I can't..... and I need......can you make me one that has X and Y too this time?" So, I'm sure I'll be posting about another bag at some point:) Meanwhile, she's asked for me to make a couple small zippered pouch for inside. I tried my first zipper the other night and man, that sucked. I get it now, but you should see how lame that little pouch looks, well no, you shouldn't, I'm not going to post it. It went together okay and works, but, oh man, it's all lopsided and looks like something out of a Dali painting!
The new toy...