Ok, I’ve been piddling around in my sewing studio lately not really accomplishing much worth blogging about. I just haven’t had the energy to motivate myself into action lately. Cooler weather slowing me down? Maybe.
So yesterday I finally got encouraged to work on the t-shirt quilt for my daughter. I am doing it in the column style (see Nancy Zieman snippet below) and after I pinned & sewed the second front of the column, I remembered why I had stopped in the first place – I need backing fabric! Aye, yae, yae…So now I have an excuse to purchase fabric. Yay! But it derailed any progress on the quilt. Boo.
So since I was in the sewing room piddling, I looked to a corner where there were a pile of nice mall store plastic bags that I have been collecting from my quilting group friends. I laid down a large sheet of heavy brown paper that came as packing material in a mail order I received. Then I turned the bags inside out so the ink stayed contained should it run.
After cutting off the bottom “seam” and the handles, I laid several layers together; 4-8 layers, depending on thickness of the bags.
Then I used a sheet of parchment paper & ironed, on a cotton setting, in continuous motion until the bags were fused together.
Here are the finished bags stacked in a pile. The white one on top has pink “handles” laid underneath the top layer to make a design.
Next I will sew them together to make, well, I haven’t decided. Market bags maybe?