You know it, that feeling of satisfaction and victory, of getting the basketball in the net right at the buzzer. And what else but another finish for my 2016-Q1 Finish-A-Long! (goal setting link here). I started this Cargo Duffle bag (free pattern by Anna Graham/Noodlehead) over a year ago, by cutting out all the pieces, but it never made it onto the sewing table. The lining fabric is a home decor weight, with some stains, that I picked up at the thrift shop for four dollars for a generous one metre piece–I think someone had used it as a tablecloth, although it wasn’t hemmed.
I’m really glad I did the bias finish on the inside, it does make it look nicer, and for sure it’s now super strong with three lines of stitching all the way around :). The bias fabric is a cheap, not-quilt-shop-quality fat quarter from my stash. I also made the handles 29″ long, rather than 22″ per the pattern, so that I can throw it onto my shoulder even with a heavy coat on. The fabrics are all from Priory Square, by Katy Jones for Art Gallery, from a bundle I won from Gotham Quilts in the fall of 2014.
I had a lot of fun with the quilting, using various free-motion motifs such as feathers, pebbles, swirls, and lazy eights. And all that quilting gave it a really good stiffness too (well, except for the front and back contrast sections where I used a few measly straight lines.) When it came to thread for the quilting, I was having trouble seeing what I was doing with matching thread, so the dark pink/red aurifil was a good match for the pink flowers in the navy collage print, and really pops off the Kona Nautical I used along the bottom. I had received the spool in my swag bag at Glamp Stitchalot, and I never thought I would use it, but it worked out perfectly here. For the back, I found a silver rayon thread I had purchased when I first started quilting, not realizing that rayon is not as sturdy as cotton, but I figure I won’t be washing this bag so much for it to be an issue.
If you have made this bag, tell me, what do you use it for? At the moment, I have put my laptop in it, I may add a padded bottom, but the laptop is in a sleeve and there is lots of room for paraphernalia like a mouse, card reader, and the power cord. It seems a little fancy for my sweaty shoes and gym clothes, *wink*.
Linking up to TGIFF, Finish it Up Friday with Crazy Mom Quilts, and of course the Finish-A-Long linky party for Q1.