Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Bucket Bag....Island Batik Style....


....so the challenge this month is to use either foundtion paper piecing--FPP or English paper piecing--EPP....and since I feel quite confident with FPP the only obvious choice would be to try something new--let's give EPP a go!!


This 10" stack--Spirit Rhythm by Bella Nonna for Island Batik has been just calling my name since I received it in the second box of fabric from Island Batik this summer.


I really had no plan...other than to just start making a few hexagons and see how it goes.


Aren't these colors just SOOOOO great!! Glueing the little shapes was quite fun--I had to stop myself from making too many--because I hadn't tried sewing them together yet!!!


Then comes 6 inches of wet heavy snow on Sunday....some of it had already melted off the sidewalks here....


....which led to some Slow Stitching by the fireplace...one thing I learned is to use a thin sharp needle. My first set of sewn pieces were a little chunky--but I am calling it "charming"!!


I had found the free pattern for this Bucket Bag on Sharon Holland Designs blog HERE. The challenge came using 10" stacks instead of yardage for the bag construction. So I improvised by adding a little extra piece to each strip to make them long enough.


I even patchwork pieced the pocket sections.


Then since I just couldn't stop playing with the colors in this collection--Spirit Rhythm-- I cut 1/4" strips to make the tassel...


...so pretty....


....tied the strips together with one of the 1/4" strips...


...then wrapped another strip over the tied area, secured it with glue and clamped it together until it was dry.




This is such a scenic place on the river near our home. We have used this bridge and surrounding landscape for many family photos, so I thought--why not try it for Island Batik projects--and I like it!!


Look for these gorgeous fabrics in your quilt shop--if you don't see them--ASK for them you won't be dissappointed!!


7 comments:

beaquilter said...

How cute! Love the tassel too!

Jackie OBrien said...

Awesomeness

Vicki in MN said...

Six inches-ye gads, we didn't even like our 2-3". A fun bag with a great idea for the tassel!

Barb said...

Love it!!

Karen said...

Love the bag. Never thought to do a tassel like that - how clever!

teachpany said...

Great job! The bag and photo location are great!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas said...

What a gorgeous little bag! I love the way you made the tassel. I do a lot of EPP, but I usually thread baste mine. I think I'll try the glue method. That looks like fun to do.