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What’s under my foot

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Last months Island Batik blog hop revealed new collections now shipping to shops, and I received Make a Wish designed by Kathy Engle. That challenge was to highlight not only the new fabric but the Deb Tucker Studio 180 ruler we received, you can see that post here.

Some of the products featured on this site were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik, Hobbs Batting, Aurifil , AccuQuilt, Deb Tucker Studio 180 Designs and Schmetz Needles.

deb tucker studio 180 split rects, island batik, make a wish fabric

The May finish using 18 fabrics from Make a Wish.

Make a Wish fabric

deb tucker studio 180 split rects, island batik, make a wish fabric
deb tucker studio 180 split rects, island batik, make a wish fabric
deb tucker studio 180 split rects, make a wish fabric island bati
deb tucker studio 180 split rects, island batik, make a wish fabric

A couple of the half yard cuts I set aside for the June challenge, they were fabrics I wanted to look at often because they are so dreamy. What better way than to make something you would use daily. Those who know me know that I love flying geese and the challenge for June was to utilize flying geese in our project.

ith sling bag, island batik, make a wish fabric

I purchased a pattern for an in the hoop bag but it wasn’t big enough to hold my cell phone and the digitized file was less than perfect and the directions didn’t align with the stitch sequence. I fixed the problem (can’t say I could repeat the process) and modified it to make a larger bag. Instead of making the entire bag in the hoop I stopped after the zipper was inserted in the front panel and completed the bag on my Elna EF1. The above bag is the result.

ith sling bag, island batik, make a wish fabric

New bags also need new coin purses so I headed over to Kreative Kiwi and downloaded their free in the hoop lined bag. Their designs always stitch out so well and their directions and videos are always clear. The pattern includes the alphabets so you can monogram your bag, I love this little coin purse.

ith sling bag, island batik, make a wish fabric

The horizontal bags were also made using the ith design for the front panel and completed on my sewing machine. Two of the bags have strap loops and I can swap out the strap. Make a Wish is one of those collections that you could make a couple quilts using the same design, with a different combination of fabric for a bold statement or another more subtle.

For the strap I cut a 2 1/2″ strip with the AccuQuilt GO! strip die. Next, I folded the strip in half, then folded the raw edges to the center. Because I was also packing to move I was throwing a lot of things out, including handbags I haven’t used in years. I pulled a couple bags from the trash box and cut the rings off and anything else I could repurpose for future projects. A few of those items were used for the strap on this bag.

ith sling bag, island batik, make a wish fabric

For sewing and quilting I used a variety of threads including Aurifil 50wt. Since I’ve been saving batting scraps, I used scraps of Hobbs Heirloom® Premium 100% Wool. I love x 3 their wool batting.

My embroidery machine accepts and stitches well with the Schmetz Universal Needles that have been sent to me in the Island Batik shipments. The non stick needles work well when using a sticky stabilizer. They also have a vinyl needle that I have been wanting to try.

Check out what others IBA’s are up to

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Shops that carry Make a Wish

Hancocks of Paducah
Nine Patch Fabrics
Sew What Fabrics/Batiks Etc.
Kiki’s Quilt Shack-CA
Hancocks of Paducah
Kiki’s Quilt Shack-CA

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  1. Hi Denise, those are really lovely bags. I can understand your wanting to see that fabric all the time! When I get rid of old bags, I always keep the hardware and they have come in handy, even if I don’t make bags! Good luck with your move and thanks for the party!

    1. It never occurred to me before to save the hardware and I wish I had now. Although, that kind of sewing stuff is in storage. Move completed, now I’m trying to get everything in order to sew while I work my full time job, and clean the house room by room. It sat empty for a couple of years. Hope to get back into the swing of things soon.

    1. Big bags are my thing even if I only carry a wallet in it, lol. Some of them I could put Loki in.

  2. Thank you for hosting the linkup! I’m going to have to check out the nonstick needles you mentioned in your post. This is the first I have heard of them.

    Your flying geese bags are lovely. I guess making bags is another use for scrap batting. It’s one of those things that is too good to toss but I always have several bins of scraps. The cotton batting I use now and then for making pot holders and once in a while for placemats, but I never thought of using them for making bags. That’s a great idea!


    1. You’re welcome. Another great use for scrap batting, cut them to size for a swifer sweeper. They work just as good as the real thing.

  3. I love your little coin purses, they are really cute! Hopefully I’ll have something to show soon on Put Your Foot Down. It’s been so nice to be outside again that I’ve lost my sewing mojo! It will return and I’ll be sewing again. Happy stitching!

    1. Oh my gosh I know! Since we have moved into this house I am enjoying the 6 glass sliding doors in the front of the house being open and all the light that comes thru. Plus, I have been outside more since Memorial Day weekend than I have been in a long time. The deck is wonderful and the view is amazing. I’ll share photos soon. Enjoy the weather while it lasts.

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