All products in this post were given to me by Island Batik to fulfill my role as an IB Ambassador.
Welcome to my stop on the Island Batik “It’s in the bag blog hop”. Today fellow IBA MaryMack and I are featuring fabrics from the Sunset Plumes Collection designed by Kathy Engle. It is a Spring 2020 collection and yardage will be shipping to your local quilt shops this month. Not sure where to find Island Batik fabrics? Visit the store locator and type in your zip code and radius.
This month we are also featuring bag patterns from byAnnie and I chose the pattern Contain Yourself. Recently I moved a wire storage rack into my sewing room and these baskets were a perfect addition, now I just need to make more. byAnnie sent everything I needed to complete this challenge, Soft and Stable (which is like a foam/batting combination) , the pattern booklet, and a roll of clear vinyl for the basket labels. I’ve never been a pattern reader but I was able to follow along the step by step instructions without getting confused.
In addition to the patterns they offer Add-On Videos that support specific parts of byAnnie patterns and are available for 35 patterns at this point. Inside the pattern pack is a code to receive the Add-On Video free (if available for the specific bag) with tips and suggestions relevant to the pattern.
The pattern includes directions for making 3 sizes and a there is enough fabric for a bonus basket.
Island Batik sent two fabrics, one yard each for the lining and shell of the baskets.
The shell fabric, it is so pretty.
The directions include diagrams (for those who are more visual like me) as well as written instructions for 3 sizes. And my favorite part of the pattern, instruction for making baskets in sizes to fit your specific need. Below is the lining fabric cut into an I and ready to stitch together. The white is the shell fabric layered with the Soft n Stable and ready for stitching, then it’s cut to the same I shape as the green lining fabric.
The pattern also included these handy labels which I will admit to not using since I made one bag at a time start to finish.
Sunset Plumes Collection
This collection is absolutely beautiful and you will see more of it next month when I reveal my October project.
The medium bag on the right is a perfect size to store fat quarters. The small basket in the center is perfect for 2 1/2″ squares and the small basket on the left contains binder clips.
The large basket is perfect for and is now home to my Island Batik scraps.
Don’t you just love the shell fabric? The medium bag I decided to do a little straight line diagonal quilting and suspect the large bag would look less floppy had I quilted it too. I do recommend you fold the top trim and stitch it down because it seems to sturdy the top.
For quilting I used threads by Aurifil, they blended perfectly with the shell fabric.
The side pieces that are cut out to form the I shape, I turned them into mug rugs. No waste here.
And here they are in their new home.
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