The East Midlands Modern Quilt Guild (EMMQG) met for the second time today, just 10 minutes up the road from my home, at Stitchcraft Studio, on the edge of Grantham. We had a big and airy room at our disposal with refreshments and lunch provided - perfect. Ten of us met to rise to the challenge of making a Weekender Bag (Amy Butler pattern). I have had this project on my radar since November and I have been gathering supplies in order to make this bag. The fact that the EMMQG decided to make this the project for our meeting was just perfect. For the last ten days I have been making QAYG panels, piping and plotting what 'extras' I wanted to include into my bag.
|Quilted panel and pocket|
|One completed side|
I have poured over blog posts looking at handle construction and what pockets people have gone for. I managed to get all my pieces ready for our meeting today as my aim was to get my exterior panels together whilst I had folk around to ask for help and advice (I'm not daft!).
So at lunchtime today this is what I had completed
|Construction in progress|
I came away with my exterior completed. I still have the lining to hand sew into the bag but I don't think that it will be done tonight! I will post photos of it all finished and ready to use, once I have the lining securely fixed. I am really pleased with how it turning out as it has been easier than I thought it would be.
It was great to sew with others and see how other people tackled the project. We had a lot of fun and now the pressure is on for us to get the bags finished!
So what did you do today?