I couldn't wait for "sweet light" to introduce you the Weekender Travel Bag I made for the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway. (If you are entering the giveaway, please leave a comment on this post - comments left anywhere else, while oh-so-welcome, will not count as entries for the giveaway.)
As you can see, I used mostly Amy Butler Lark for the quilted outside panels of the bag. I am actually really excited about these chevrons, you know - these were some of the "bonus HSTs" (I made the HSTs as I was making the flying geese - a suggestion I read somewhere - Flickr, maybe?) I had left over from all those flying geese in Amanda's Swoon Quilt that I made her for Christmas. You can read about the Swoon quilt here and here. I really love creating things out of scraps. It makes me feel so thrifty! And I really had a blast creating this bag. (And now that I've re-read the Swoon posts, I think I'm going to have a really hard time giving this baby away. Luckily, there are lots more HSTs if I decide to make another bag.) If you'd like to make one, I think Amanda still has some Lark in her shop.
Not a single wordy-dirty on this project, can you believe it? A bunch of bent pins, but that was to be expected (I really have to get some of those quilting binder clips.) And only two broken needles - one because I didn't screw the needle in tight enough and it came loose while I was sewing - oops! The other because the needle I was using was too small. In the instructions, Amy recommends a size 16 needle and sewing s-l-o-w-l-y. I think she means it! I didn't have any 16's, but I did use an 18 for most of the bag construction (after I broke the size 12 needle, of course), and it worked perfectly. I used most of Elizabeth Hartmann's suggestions for the bag, including using cotton duck instead of peltex, and I really like the sturdiness and heft of the bag. If I do make this bag again, I'll use this same idea.
I'm so excited about this project! I sure hope the winner likes it!