Every modern girl deserves an Easter basket right? Today I got the urge to make a Spring Bag and decided the bronze vinyl fabric remnant from my favorite upholstery store (a steal for $4 mind you) and it’s fancier sparkly Japanese canvas fabric and Robert Kaufman canvas would go well together. My friend Stephanie (Spontaneous Threads) has been working the metallic threads so beautifully lately how could I resist trying it all too?
Inspired by the hexie quilt design and techniques of Nicole Daksiewicz (ModernHandcraft) I cut up the vinyl in several 1 inch wide diamonds and laid them out in an asymmetrical design. I then glued them down to the green canvas with Fabri-Tac by Beacon (a permanent fabric glue), let it dry and then started straight line quilting it down to my fave Peltrex 70 Ultra Firm Stabilizer. Stephanie had advised using a nonmetallic thread for the bobbin which I did and I used a metallic sulky thread for the topstitching. Stephanie had suggested a top stitching needle as opposed to a metallic needle but I was afraid it would not go through all my thick layers so I used a leather needle which worked well.
This glue basting thing is the next best thing to sliced bread-no lie! You guys need to try this!! It is a life-changing technique (or at least Sew-changing technique) for sure. Next up I quilted the back in the same pattern as the front except without the vinyl diamonds. I love this pattern so much I think I will use it in future quilts. And do you see those crosses on the diamonds? Perfect for Easter, no? My accidents are my best friends.
Lastly I sewed them all together in another version of my Mini Museum Bag and added a zip pocket on the inside.
In quilting news, recycled men’s striped shirts cut at odd angles has been keeping me busy and a Triangle in a Triangle quilt is evolving.
Happy Spring Break Everyone!