I worked on two things almost exclusively this week, well actually one tiny thing and one gigantic-seemingly-unsolvable thing. On a whim, while cleaning up my workspace I ran into my bag of goodies from last year’s Houston Fall Market. Market is so. much. fun! All the vendors are showing their wares and new stuff, giving away samples and projects. One of those that I came upon was a kit to make Annie’s Flipping Out Bag.
It was a complete kit and I thought what fun that would be!
In all fairness, I am NOT a bag maker. When I go to quilt shows (remember them, quilt shows???) I buy bags that other people make and are cute. I KNOW how hard and time consuming it is to make a bag. But this one was so stinkin’ cute and it was little and all kitted up…. What could go wrong?
First, this is the best written pattern I think I’ve seen. She anticipates your misunderstanding and your errors. Her directions are so clear and well-written. But man, this was some super fussy sewing!
That is a 3″ circle – you’re trying to put binding on a 3″ circle! Really? At one point you are trying to sew down this piece, the bottom, to the main body of the bag. Again, a 3″ circle, waaaay too small to fit over the end of your machine. So dog gone fussy. But I actually did the first part well.
I did everything well in fact until the last step – you have to sew the bound bottom to the bound main body, that is 8.4 million layers, on a 3″ circle. I just couldn’t. No, just no. So I thought, I will just hand sew it. That worked well, a little tacky, but hey, good enough. But, it didn’t fit right because it was designed to be sewn as a seam on the inside of the circle, not the outside as I sewed it. Again, that would have been hand sewing through 8.4 million layers.
So here we go, final product:
Note the red arrow pointing to the dumpy part. That’s because I joined the 2 pieces in the wrong spot. It kinda looks like me, 3 months into the COVID, a little dumpy with a bulgey part!
Once it was done I decided I did not like the topstitching. I used a light gray, but it came off as white and looked a little tacky:
Now that I’m all cocky about using paint, ink and markers since I took Betty Busby’s class, I decided to get out my Tombow and make it the color I wanted:
You can see the top part is the “new” color and the bottom part the tacky gray. Small touch but I’m glad I fixed it.
Here she is all full of goodies:
I know, she’s still looking kind of dumpy….
So Jenny will not be bag making anytime soon! Yes, I know I could have purchased the add-on video, but I don’t see myself as a bag maker in the future so I left that one alone. This was a mere diversion, something I took up on one of the many sleepless nights I have. This is not COVID-related insomnia, I think it’s 65-yrs-old-related. It was a great thing to be doing at 2AM.
The entire rest of my week was consumed by tech. I am trying to get all that I need to teach and lecture online. This is daunting. I teach free motion quilting and I need different things than a teacher that teaches, say, piecing. I figure I’ll need 4 stations and I’ll need to figure out how to go seamlessly to all 4 stations within a live teaching session. I do have some live online gigs booked already and I need to be ready to kill it!
My lecture is polished and ready to go. I feel like I’ve conquered Zoom but I haven’t been tested yet. Zoom really is pretty simple. Did you know there is a “touch up my appearance” button? You need to find it if you do Zoom. You’re welcome.
I have to take this a step at a time because I can’t see the whole picture; I don’t know what that looks like. So here’s a typical day. I figure out how to rig up my camera so that I get an overhead shot. This involves bungy cords, free weights and using equipment in “unusual off-label” ways is how I describe it. But dang, doesn’t this look professional?
The only thing I need to do here is move it a wee bit up so there’s no boob action going on:-)
That makes me realize oh, I need to hook the sound to my phone. Oh, I don’t have a sound jack on my phone. Go to Mr. Amazon and order a thingy that takes me from an “oval” (I don’t know the names of these things!) to an audio jack. I wait for that, it arrives, plug it in and then I realize, oh, now I need a cable that goes from an “oval” to a USB so that my laptop becomes Command Central. And so it goes…..
I have bought all this stuff that either is the wrong connection, I don’t need after all or doesn’t do what I thought it would:
There’s a lot’o money there. And then some of it is just junk like the thingy with the arrow below:
It showed up on my timeline and was supposed to hold my cell phone right in front of me. Hah! Not! Cheap plastic piece ‘o crap. There’s more junk than this but I figure you’re over the tech photos by now. If you are a techie, you are probably feeling sorry for me right now. You should.
I put in an order for 4 sets of Applipops, gonna go full tilt on those, just so much fun! Once I get going on a project I will let you know. I’ll join the other bloggers on Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday!