Front - featuring some current favorite fabrics that mesh together well. Yes, I fussy cut the bird. :)
Stephanie (a birthday present to myself)!
I started out with an x-plus block and added coordinating fabrics from there. I delved deep into my bag of Anna Maria Horner fabric (I literally have a gargantuan bag of AMH fabric separated from the rest of my stash - I'll take a picture sometime soon) and new Cotton and Steel. I also pulled out some scraps of Essex linen and went for it. I found this tutorial by My Spare Time the most helpful with the recessed zipper.
Woot! Victory! It really wasn't bad.
I considered leaving the linen on each side unquilted, but visions of quilted peacock feathers kept bugging me. I used Renee's very thorough tutorial to quilt one on each side in purple thread. It begs a closer look in person. These kind are the only feathers I've ever quilted, lol - I like the look of them better than traditionally quilted feathers (at least for my own quilts/handmade goodies).
For the pockets, there's probably an easier way to do them, but this is what I did. I cut the fabric a little bigger than what I wanted, fused medium weight interfacing to the back, and sewed a coordinating piecing of fabric right sides together to the top, leaving an unsewn space. I flipped it inside out, pressed it flat, and topstitched the bottom where I left the space. Then, I just sewed three sides to the lining fabric before making the bag. Presto, a lined pocket.
I swear, this pocket is actually not lumpy like it looks!
This one fits my phone so I don't have to rifle through the bag looking for it. :)
It's true that some of my side seams are just a little off, and so is the zipper... but you know what? I'm proud of my bag and it's perfect for me! Next time, I'll make it a little wider (I only had a 12"zipper and was trying to use what I had). I'd also try to figure out a way to topstitch around the entire bag. I had to leave about an inch on each side (see below) because somehow the bulk of all the interfacing from the top and the zipper was too much for my (usually powerhorse) machine. Oh well.
I haven't made anything larger than a mini quilt since December (...say what?!), and I'm starting to get the itch. The Supernova Friendship Swap quilt deadline ends on Saturday 2/14 but I'm not sure I can fit it in with all my QuiltCon prep and guild meeting prep for this Tuesday. Ah. We'll see. Maybe I'll start it and see how far I get... nothing like a deadline to motivate you, right?
^That scary moment when you're flipping your bag right side out and it looks like you're destroying it instead.