Sunday, April 18, 2010
Tote party-I'm beat
It's 1:15 am and I'm packing it in. After spending some time with Eric eating dinner and watching a little TV, I headed back up to work on my lining panels. Nothing major with these, just straight channel quilting which was a breeze after the fronts. I then spent the rest of the night until a few minutes ago getting the handle done for the rose print tote. This particular pattern has you sew a long tube about 120 inches long that you then pull cotton webbing through. While not the quickest thing to do, I normally don't have too many problems with it when using regular cotton fabric because my fasturn tubes make it a snap and the webbing pulls through relatively easily. Not this time, though. This fabric is heavy decorator fabric and was too thick stack all the way on the fasturn tube so I had to turn it the hard way which took forever and then the webbing didn't pull through all that easily. The guide kept pulling off the webbing and I had to pull it out and start all over again. I finally ended up using the tacking stitch on my machine to attach the guide (using the slots on it) to the webbing so it wouldn't come off and it really worked like a charm! I wish I had thought of that from the beginning. I also wrapped some tape around it so that the edges of the webbing tapered down to the guide which was narrower.
OK, I'm off to bed and will be back at it later today and hope to get at least the rose print bag done. I didn't think I'd get either one done Saturday but at least I've got all the time-consuming bits done which really helps. This isn't the quickest bag to make but really is a good one. My friends who've gotten one as a gift really like them and these will be gifts, too.