TGIF...okay, so it isn't for most people. This is my "Friday". After I get off this evening, I have 48 hours off and then am back for three 12 hour night shifts. So, Monday is my weekend.
Today I am a bit under the weather and thus distracting myself with thoughts of what I will do when I am off work and feel better. I am going to finish my Rosie bag. I thought I would post about her today though as a WIP.
I bought her last fall off of a clearance shelf at The Stitching Post in Washington, Indiana. She was designed by Bayside Quilting for Andover Fabrics. Let me see if I can link her picture.
Well, that took some doing. But here she is. She looks better in person. I had read about a trapunto method that I wanted to try for Rosie. I took high loft poly batting and sewed it to Rosie, the speech balloon and the red sashing. I then cut away all the extra. Next I layered Warm & Natural batting behind everything and a piece of muslin. I started to stipple it with a stitch available on my BabyLock Ellegante.
Here is a picture of the WIP.
Hmmm...not so sure about this. Rosie looks like she has cellulite and you can see the lines from the stippling. But, I have committed so let's move forward. Four hours and finishing off three spools of thread later I like the overall effect but Rosie still isn't "puffy" enough. I think I stretched the poly when I was sewing it. I will use some tissue paper as a tear away stabilizer next time. So, I cut holes in the muslin and "stuffed" Rosie some more. Since this is a bag it will have a lining to cover up where I am closing those spots. I think she looks much better now.
I stippled all around all of the Rosies. I used yellow thread (about 300 yards!). For the borders I did a simple line across the red with both battings behind it. The speech balloon has both battings, too. I just outlined the letters with a blue thread.
I showed this to my husband and he said, "Wow. That looks like a lot of machine time." Thanks, dear.
This is the other side of the bag that I pieced from a clearance collection I bought at Connecting Threads.
The picture doesn't show up very well but the blue and the yellow pieces look like cutting mats. I am using the blue for the sides, bottom and the handles. I hope to quilt this side tonight or in the morning and then construct the bag.
The finished bag will be around 21" square. I keep getting asked what I will do with that. I am not sure but a quilt should fit in it. It was an interesting project and a skill builder. I might try a pillow or wall hanging with this effect but there is no way I would do a bed size quilt. I don't have that much patience.
I do have the other half of the panel remaining. I might try again and make a wall hanging with it. My bag will have a pocket for a cell phone, wallet and keys. Do you have any other suggestions to make for me? Thanks for looking! It is past time for me to go back to work.