|Policeman and black squirrel in High Park, [Toronto, Ont.], 10 Nov., 1917
Photographer: Boyd, John, 1865-1941
Library and Archives Canada (see Related links below)
When I'm up against a deadline, I usually need some serious procrastination time! Maybe it's to let my brain peculate while I distract myself, but what ever the reason, it happens almost every time.
To procrastinate, I've read 3 books in a series (I suspect that they were short but who knows when it's an ebook!) and did a little bit of improv piecing. A little bit as in a 10 inch square that finishes to an 8 inch pocket. You read right....a pocket!
My husband gave me this gorgeous bag that he got at a conference. The front is really stunning, but the back, not so much.
|The front of the bag
|The bag's new back and pocket
Once again, I used the Extended-border binding technique. I treated the outside strip of the block as a border and made it about an inch wider than necessary. I then turned it over and pressed it as if it was a binding.
|Making the border of the improv piece wider so that it can be used as a binding
I then cut the batting and backing to the finished size of the block and then slipped it inside the "binding".
|The backing and batting are now inside the "binding".
I flipped it over and did my free motion quilting (FMQ) thing! I started by quilting in the ditch around the border, then quilted the design in the middle. Since I wanted the "binding" to be securely attached, I FMQ inside the border.
|Playing with FMQ
Here's the back. You can see where I stitched in the ditch. The quilting inside the border ensured that the binding is securely attached.
|The back of the FMQ piece, ready to be attached to the bag.
|Attaching the pocket to the bag
- As I mentioned, this small project was a great way to productively procrastinate! I got to play with fabric but not get too wrapped up in a new project.
- If the FMQ design looks familiar, it because I featured it in the last Free Motion Maverick's post.
- Isn't the image of the squirrel and the policeman great? It's from Library and Archives Canada's wonderful collection of old images. See Related links.
- I'm really happy that this bag is now ready to use. I'm going to try it as a purse, but I tend to like the ones with a long strap, so we'll see. At the very least it will make a great project bag (because we can't have too many of those!)
- Policeman and black squirrel in High Park, [Toronto, Ont.], 10 Nov., 1917. Photographer: Boyd, John, 1865-1941. Library and Archives Canada
- Extended-border binding technique from A loon, a bear and a binding tutorial, November 25, 2018
- Free Motion Mavericks and an art quilt in the making, April 25, 2019
This post will be linked to DrEAMi! party with Sandra of mmm quilts!, Free Motion Mavericks with Muv, and many other link-ups. Let's go see what's happening in quilt land. Monday Making, Design Wall Monday, Moving It Forward, What I Made Monday, Tuesday Colour Linky Party, Midweek Makers, Let's Bee Social, Needle & Thread Thursday, Finished or Not Friday, Friday Foto Finish, Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?, TGIFF,
For To-Do Tuesday, I'd better get back to working on my art quilt!
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My art quilt is my May OMG. I learned that it doesn't have to be quite finished by mid-May, just finished enough to supply a description etc. for the show. Yeah!!! But it will get done by the end of the month.
This is my latest picture, but it's mostly for my reference. There are too many things all jumbled together, but it gives me an idea of what does look good together and shows me that I probably have enough pieces cut to finish it.
The next step is to pull it all off and work on the background. I'll keep posting my progress as it happens 😊