Readers Project: Maria’s Boomerang Bag – Charm Square Tote Bag

Note from Alanda: Oh wow, I just love this charm bag that Maria had made from fabric she got from the Op shop. The colours are just gorgeous., your husband has great taste. We think you have done an amazing job Maria, and even more so seeing you haven’t done any sewing for so many years. 

Maria says:

The Pomona Boomerang bangs team inspired us to dust a Singer sewing machine from the the 1950’s (only does straight stitch) which we inherited, to make this bag for shopping (instead of using plastic bags). My husband was attracted to the colours of a bundle of material at an Op shop (thinking it was one piece). It turned out to be sample pieces of a strong fabric! Hence the decision to make it a patchwork. The lining was from a sheet also from the Op shop. I followed Alana’s tutorial – Patchwork Tote Bag with Couching –
I haven’t used a machine or done any sewing for nearly 40 years! This project wasn’t very accurate but I am happy with the outcome. Thanks to Alana’s clear instructions, I was able to achieve this! My husband is happy too, seeing the transformation of remnant material turned into a useful bag!

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Readers Project: Jennifer’s Big Craft Bag

Note from Alanda Craft: I just love the fabric that Jennifer has chosen, it never fails to amaze me how different these projects all look. This is a really big bag and it is ideal for taking to the market or to sewing class. I’m sorry you had a bit of a problem with the gusset, Jennifer, it is a bit fiddly. But you have done a great job and it looks really lovely.

Jennifer says:
Thank you for such detailed instructions! This was my second sewing project. My first was a small quilt for our cat to lay on. It turned out wonderful and I plan on trying more and larger quilts. This craft bag turned out beautiful, except for the gussets. I must’ve miscalculated as the tops were too short compared to the tops of the outside and liner tops. So, I had to adjust and it looks a little lopsided if you look close. However, since this was my first major sewing project I’m still going to keep trying! Again, thank you for taking the time to show all steps to each project.

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Readers Project: Marieke’s Cat in the Hat Tea Towel Bag

Note from Alanda Craft: This is Marieke’s first bag and I think it looks great. I’m a big fan of Dr Seuss, and his books were a favourite with my kids. The Cat in the Hat was undoubtedly  a much loved and well read book in our household.  So I really like the ‘Cat in the Hat’ cross stitched badge on the front of the bag. It just goes to show how innovative our readers are.  She made her bag from our tea towel tutorial, which is a great way to use up those lovely tea towels or dish cloths that you have on hand. Thank you so much for sharing your bag with us Marieke, I bet it was popular at your craft swap.

Marieke Says:

I am so proud of the first bag I ever made on my sewing machine. It was made for a craft swap, so I first cross stitched the cat in the hat and ironed it on one of the tea towels I used to make this bag. Thank you a thousand times for the very lovely tutorial!

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Readers Project: Barbara’s Nautical Themed Quilt

Note from Alanda Craft: Barbara has adapted the pattern and added a couple of rows of rectangles in with the squares. I think that’s a great idea and shows how just how unique you can make you quilts with a simple change. Love the nautical theme, and I think the lobsters and crabs fabric makes the quilt pop. I know what she means when she talks about laying out the blocks. I find that sometimes you can keep shuffling them around until finally you have to say ‘Enough is enough’. And the quilt always look amazing anyway. Really don’t know why we put ourselves through so much stress sometimes 🙂

Barbara Says:

I finished the hand tying this afternoon.  I wish I’d layed it out differently but I had already done it and changed the patterns more than a dozen times and I knew I had to stop or I’d never finish. I know it’s not the way 99.9% of people would do it but it is what it is.
The back is a nice cream on cream color although it shows more white and gold.I used a matching cream embroidery thread to tye it off.

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  • It’s a shade darker than it shows here.  (but the quilt colors show up a little better here.   Except for the anchors;  it looks black here but it’s really navy blue.

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  • The back is a nice cream with a pattern of some sort – cream on cream.

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I would also like to share some of Barbara’s quilting history with you. (I have asked and she has given her permission). You can see photos of a couple of her cat quilts  for adopted cats below.  I think they are just lovely and what a great idea. 

Barbara says:

I make kitty mats. I foster cats and kittens and we give one to everybody who adopts one.  We also sell them for a few dollars to raise money for the homeless cats in this little town.  It pays for spays and neuters, medical care, food, etc.

Right now I have 110 finished.  I’ve been doing it since June 2011 so if there is a kitty fabric out there, I’ve probably used it. Before that, I made crib quilts for theNavy Relief Society in San Diego (where we are from).  I didn’t quilt on the machine, though, I hand tied them all.

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Readers Project: Cindy’s ‘Under the Sea’ Rag Quilt

Note from Alanda Craft: How cute is Cindy’s ‘Under the Sea’ rag quilt.  What a great theme for a little girl. after all lots of little girls love mermaids. I really love the mermaid fabric and the contrasting colours go really well with it.  Cindy made her rag quilt from our Easy Strip Rag Quilt tutorial. It’s really is so easy. Thank you so much for sharing your quilt photo with us Cindy. 

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