Monday, April 29, 2013

A Weekend Making a Stable Bag = A recipe for restoring one’s equilibrium

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A gracious hostess, Margaret, content to sit and sew hexagons and keep Matilda and Chester happy.

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Two whole days at Di B’s cosy harbourside home, taking over her sitting room.

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A little bit of silliness (of course!)

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And the opportunity to sew a Stable Bag - a project that’s been on all our Bucket Lists for ages – while having our hands held by a friend who’s already made several herself.IMG_1813

It was too good to pass up!  It’s been ages since I’ve had a needle and thread in my hands and I tend to get a little twitchy if I go too long without stitching. Do you?

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You’ll see versions of this nifty bag everywhere on the internet, including this jazzy one here, but while everybody loves the design it’s had the (deserved) reputation of being a notoriously challenging pattern to make up.

Daphne showed us how to make a version with outside pockets using a Cathedral Window-type fold-down edging, something I haven’t seen elsewhere.

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Our feature panels couldn’t have been more varied, but every single one was such a beauty. Janet’s panel (above) has been in her cupboard for many years just waiting for that special project to come along.

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Don’t you agree, Pam’s golden oriental fabric looks fabulous edged in bright red?

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Here’s Desley’s, teamed with a rich burgundy co-ordinating fabric.

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Glenda was our first finisher.

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Then Gillian (above). And then Di B (below).

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Mine was just a little different because I chose to use strips from my selvage box to create my feature panel. I really like it Be right back.

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By the afternoon of day two we were able to line up our bags for this photo, and feel mighty pleased with our results.

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After two days by Sydney Harbour in the company of cheerful ladies, stitching my selvage-style Stable Bag, I confess I’m feeling much more stable myself Winking smile.

Thank you, Di, Margaret (and Matilda) for hosting this wonderful weekend.

Red rose Di

5 comments:

  1. It looks as though you had a delightful time, and those bags, WOW!! They are just wonderful. I love how they look all lined up on the railing, each one different, and just as beautiful as the next!!

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  2. Beautiful made one some years back

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  3. All very different bags, and all so lovely! I do like your bright selvedge bag.

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  4. I am pea-green, green, green! What a wonderful time you had sewing together. I love these bags -every one of them. I can almost hear the laughter while looking at the pictures. Did you make the same one I did in 2009? I recognize the pattern, but did you make it the same size? I've heard there are several size variations on this one now. How were the instructions? Better than when I sewed mine? Love yours with the selvages! Those selvages make for such a neat special feature. Thanks for sharing your fun time - I'm SO glad you had this mental health break for yourself.

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  5. Wow! What a lovely collection of bags! It does look like it would be a tad difficult to make though!

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