Category: Quilting

Logan’s Busy Bag

Lately I’ve been wanting to sew just little fun, fast projects. This past week I finished up this “busy bag” for my little friend, Logan. He turned 3 last month, so I was a little late, but I’ve been Busy! ūüôā

I had a couple of ideas for Inspiration, I bought some patterns at the AQS Nashville Quilt show, and I did some surfing and I found a site that had some instructions for making a busy bag.

I used some race car and black/white check fabric that I had “stashed”. I think I had actually made some Halloween costumes out of the fabric a few years ago. It was a directional print, so I cut and flipped the fabric so the cars wouldn’t be “upside down” when the bag was closed.

I machine appliqued Logan’s name using letters from “Sew Many Designs” . The letters are red ultrasuede.

For the inside, I didn’t have enough of the fabric for a continuous piece of fabric, so I pieced in the black/white checks. I used fusible fleece for the batting, and “quilted” thru the seams. I cut off the corners at a 45 degree angle to sorta match the bags from the inspiration instructions.

I decided that instead sewing and turning the fabric I would “bind” it with the black/white check to add to the racing vibe.

The pattern from the website uses plastic ziplop bags for the pockets. I didn’t think those would hold up too long for a 3 year old. When I was “back to schoo”l shopping, I noticed the bright zippered pencil holders. I had planned to cut those up to use for the pockets. But, when I brought it all home and started playing with it, I thought well, you know, this would hold more “stuff” and be more flexible if it were more like a “notebook”. So I took apart a 1″ binder that was around the house that my kids had demolished the cover anyway. My husband helped remove the brads that attached it to the old notebook binding leaving nice holes to use to attach the rings to the quilted fabric. I did some loops with some thread worked like a buttonhole stitch to better secure the rings.

I added some handles and velcro and loaded it up with some goodies that I thought would keep a 3 year old boy busy!. I gave it to Logan this weekend, and I think he liked it!

A few weeks ago I was able to sneak away and attend the AQS Quilt show at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville.¬† It had been a couple of years since I made this show.¬† I was very pleased to find an exhibit by the “Chicago School of Fusing“.

I’ve enjoyed the work of a couple of the founding faculty members, Melody Johnson and Laura Wasilowski, for a long time.¬†¬†I always vistied and bought¬†their hand-dyed fabric and other wares at their¬†ArtFabrik¬†booth¬†at the quilt show in Paducah.¬† Laura and Melody were always alot of fun with wonderfully sarcastic senses of humor.¬†

These quilts were made by Frieda Anderson another CSOF faculty member.  They are equally stunning from a distance and close-up.



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Make sure to visit the link above to see more quilts, more pictures, her blog, her inspiration, etc.

You can look at my Flickr stream for some more pix from the quilt show. =>

Of course there were vendors galore, and I made some contributions buying patterns, a few packs of fabrics, a couple of tools and gizmos.¬† I was really looking for some fun, quick projects. I hope to turn some of this inspiration into some actual “works” soon! And as I think about it, inspiration is not my problem. I’ve always said I’ve got a hyperactive mind, but just not the body to go with it. The problem is “getting it done and producing results”. I guess that could be a topic for a whole “nuther” blog. I have been sewing a little bit this week, and if I’d get away from this computer, I might get a project done!