Well, sort of !
So, in the middle of the hexagon madness, I had the fabulous idea to make something for me and my 3 sisters, to remember us the good times when we stitched hexagons together.
Inspired by my latest tote bags, I thought to make a bag for each of us. With hexagons, of course, and with dot fabric, because all of us love dots.
I followed my idea, I made hexy flowers in polka dot fabric. They looked beautiful ( too bad I don’t have pictures). But somewhere on the road, the bag started to look different than in my dream and finally I made a bag I hate!
I don’t like at all how the flowers look on the bag. I think it was a bad idea!
The original and the main idea for this bag was to applique hexagons on the straps. I wanted to have a continuous line of hexagons, from top to bottom. But when it was the time to make the straps, my only thought was to finish it as soon as possible so I don’t have to see it anymore.
I really needed a lot of strength to add pockets and a magnetic snap closure.
I learned one thing – a simple stitching on the polka dot hexagons looks better than something fancy ( I know for sure, I ripped out many stitches!).
Despite the fact that I hate the overall look, there are a few things I love about this bag:
– the straps –
– the main fabric is canvas and I love it for bags – you just have to know what to applique on it!
– as you can see, it is quilted; but I did not use batting, it is Timtex. Yes, I have to use those 10 yards of non-fusible Timtex; I used a temporary adhesive spray to glue the fabric to the Timtex then I quilted it; I couldn’t use a Topstitch needle (it is what I use all the time for quilting) so I switched to a Denim needle (#100/16). Paired with my best thread, I quilted the pieces whithout problems. I love how it looks!
Timtex is a very stiff interfacing. It is not like you sew with fusible fleece. So it was a little more difficult to stitch the bag. But it gives a bag such a professional look and perfect shape that it worth the effort.
I wouldn’t use it for very complicated bags, but for a simple bag like this, it is perfect.
From dream to failure = experience!
Now I have another idea ! Hopefully, it is a better one!
Tomorrow I want to finish the Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt!