WIP Wednesday, March 17, 2021 and Project Bag Finishes

Hello Everyone and Happy St. Patrick’s Day. I don’t have any St. Paddy’s Day decorations, but I do like a good corned beef and cabbage meal. I especially like the corned beef hash that I make from leftovers. I’m looking forward to making the corned beef later today. Also, can you believe that March is half over? I don’t know where the first half of the month went! Anyway, today I’d like to share my stitching update and the finished project bags.

I’m very pleased with my new project bags. Both are made from blocks in Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage book. I’ve posted these on Instagram under the hashtag, #projectbagalong.

I used the Canning Season block for my regular style project bag with the zipper in front. I basically placed the block where the vinyl would go. I used fusible fleece on the front and the back and lightly quilted both with my walking foot. If you don’t mind making binding, this is an easy construction method, no turning! Add the lining, put the front and back together and add a binding to hold everything together. All the fabrics are from different Bonnie and Camille collections for Moda.

The second bag is made with the zipper at the top using the Old Glory block. I do like a Friendship Star block (the star) and should think about making a quilt using them. All fabrics are from the Mackinac Island collection by Minick and Simpson for Moda. I used left over charm squares for the back. I put a zipper tab on both ends of the zipper, then attached the lining and front and back to the zipper. When using this method, make sure to leave the zipper open and an opening in the lining so you can turn it. I didn’t use a tutorial this time, but there are plenty of zippered pouches and bag tutorials online if you want to make this style bag. Both bags measure about 13 1/2″ square.

I plan on putting the Hands On Design Chalk Full Mason jar designs (click here to see images) in the Canning Season bag and some patriotic stitching in the Old Glory bag.

I had a new start this week…

Savor Every Stitch by Misty at Luminous Fiber Arts. I bought this shortly after the Needlework Market last February and now I have an idea on how I’m going to finish it. I bought the overdyed floss pack from Misty and added the called for DMC. I’m stitching 2 over 2 on white Zweigert linen that I picked up at Hobby Lobby. I’m about a third of the way through it and will continue to work on it until it’s finished.

I made good progress on Salute to Abigail (by Blackbird Designs in the book Sweet Land of Liberty) after having to rip out the light blue in the top border. I’m ready to move on to a new section, but not sure if I’ll go back to the left or work my way down. I also need to see if I have any more CCW Cupid which is the red I’m using. I don’t have much left. If I have to order some, I’ll probably put this away for a little bit.

Last week’s Scenic Farm progress.

I finished filling in all the background leaves, then finished the white on the roof on the house on the right. Next I started to fill in the red building in the middle and started on the silo on the left. I’m going to finish the middle building and start on another roof on the left, then I’ll backstitch the limbs in the trees. I think the next color in the silo will go outside my hoop area so I may wait to do all of that at one time. Once I finish the backstitching, I’ll take it out and give it good press and take a picture before moving to the lower section.

When I had lunch with my parents last week, my mom had a stack of crochet and cross stitch patterns to look through. I chose a few to bring home with me.

There were a few good things in each of these to stitch, some day. I really did like the Four Seasons book on the right. The copyright date is 1980, but I liked the small seasonal ovals on the bottom. Seasons just don’t go out of style.

I plan to have a new start sometime this week, so look for an update on that next week. I have the County Fair quilt blocks and the two rainbow quilts to keep me busy, too. I hope you have a great rest of your week and thanks for stopping by.

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3 Responses to WIP Wednesday, March 17, 2021 and Project Bag Finishes

  1. Little Quiltsong says:

    Your bags are so cute, and I’m leaning to making my last cross-stitch into a bag. Love seeing your cross-stitch progresses – the Scenic Farm is slowly emerging – so neat to see. Beautiful items from your mom’s collection – reminds me of some I still need to make. Enjoy your day, Brenda!


    • Brenda says:

      Thanks so much, Sigi! I’ve got an old x-stitch that I’ll never finish. I cut the rest of the fabric off to use and it’s waiting to be made into a bag too. Another fun way to use your finished pieces.


  2. Lydia says:

    Love the projects bags- so cute! Those retro cross-stitch patterns-WOW!


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