so - on with the bag. I layered it up ready for quilting
a slight oops - I managed to stitch into the end of the pin. Amazingly I didn't hit the pin and break the needle!
I stitched the pocket in place
then folded the bag in half and stitched the side seams
then I stitched across the bottom corners to form the base, and added the lining
the view from the side
I forgot to take a photo of adding the handles, but here is the finished bag, sitting prettily on the garden bench which Malcolm painted at the weekend. So that's finish #1
I still have a pile of black and white bits sitting beside the sewing machine, so I sewed some more together, just for fun!
then I had a bit of practice for the fmq pattern for the small runner. The design is supposed to look like ripples on water - I think in places in looks as if someone has thrown a big stone in!
I found a piece of fabric to use for the backing - as you can see it is only just big enough ........
....... but I wanted to use it as I think it looks like a stormy sea
it didn't take long to quilt the centre section
then I changed to the walking foot and stitched in the ditch between the centre section and the border
the next job was to trim the runner, ready for the binding
and here is finish #2
the sun has been shining today, and in the garden the forsythia is starting to flower
and the early clematis has buds on it
the bright skies made me want to make something lighter for lunch, so we had tuna pate (which we brought back from Portugal) with a little bit of gorgonzola, and some little crackers
and to go with it - pickled onions, cornichons and hot sweet peppers, with olives stuffed with lemon for Malcolm
and to finish - I had a basket of ironing to tackle this afternoon, so I watched the latest edition of The Quilt Show while I was doing it. I loathe ironing, so anything that distracts me while doing it helps!!