Possibly the most feared bag for most of us is the Sew Together Bag. The pattern does not have many diagrams, there are a lot of steps, etc etc etc. However, there are many blogs out there that have tips and photos that make the process less scary. I have made several now and as long as I take the time to understand each step, it goes very smoothly and well.
One of my dear sewing friends had a birthday in September and I thought it would be fun to make her a Sew Together Bag. Much to my joy, she requested a pink bag! I looked through my pink fabrics and tried to pick few different ones with varying hues of pink. In the end, I was very happy with the outside (all of it, really 🙂 I made an extra one for myself as well!
The second I saw the 2018 Kona Cotton Color of the Year, I started scheming for which quilt I’d like to use it. I LOVE the challenge of using such bold, saturated hues and helping them fit harmoniously into a quilt pattern as if they were made for each other. Last year, I made my adorable Garden Snails quilt using Pink Flamingo and this year, I decided on Alison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew’s Pumpkins Quilt. Tiger Lily is sooooo gorgeous and perfect for this quilt.
I looked through my stash of low volume fabrics and chose the ones that had black and white in them. I was surprised I had so many! I love when that happens. 🙂
Since I chose to only make the non-patchwork pumpkins, this came together super quickly. I decided to quilt it in a 2″ crosshatch pattern using a matching orangey red thread and bound it in a fun black checker print.
My sweet husband was such a good sport (as he always is) when I wanted a staged fall photo with this quilt. We carried this quilt in a back pack as we looked for the perfect spot. I’m happy to say we found it and I love the setting with the beautiful fall tree.
In July of 2017, Lindsey of Pen and Paper Patterns announced her Sewology Block of the Month. I bought her pattern immediately and then to my utter delight, there were different colorways suggested and this gorgeous pink and orange version caught my eye. I figured it would be something that not many people would choose. It also uses my favorite Kona cotton color, Pink Flamingo. It is THE perfect pink. I fell behind a few times during the year, but finished on time.
Kaitlyn of Knot and Thread quilted it in this perfect loop. I wanted something that would give it a nice overall texture without taking away from the awesomeness of the blocks Lindsey designed. I backed it in one of my favorite prints of all time, Rosa from Rifle Paper Co.’s debut line for Cotton + Steel. The colors are a perfect match! I’ve really been loving rounded corners lately and couldn’t help but round these corners as well. Since the curve is pretty gentle, I don’t find that I need to use bias binding, which is always a win in my book!