I recently decided to join in with Angie from GnomeAngel in her Dilly Bag-a-long. It has been a very long time since I have unpacked my sewing machine as I tend to do mainly hand sewing these days.
The Dilly Bag pattern by Judy Newman is the perfect mix of English paper piecing and machine sewing.
I made a very dodgy looking template and got into the fussy cutting. I used a selection of fat quarters and got to work on the hexagons and came up with something a bit different to what I’ve been doing lately.
The placement of the hexagons was a random thing, I just tried to not have two the same next to each other.
As a very recent convert to using glue over hand-basting, I find it so much quicker and that gives me more time to join them up (and maybe even finish some projects 😉 )
I like to remove the papers at the end of the project, it keeps the ‘fabric’ together while it is being handled a lot.
After getting all of the hexagons joined it was time to unpack my very neglected sewing machine (I’m just glad that she was still talking to me after all of this time).
It would have been handy if I could have found some pins too (in my defence most of my stuff is packed while I move between houses).
Another great thing about doing this bag-a-long is that I discovered that I am not the only quilter in the house… Paige (5) was very intrigued with the whole process.
My basic sewing skills came back to me and I was able to put together a bag that resembled the pattern.
After a more than two year absence from any machine sewing I would highly recommend this pattern to anyone who is looking for a quick and cute little bag.
Check out this blog post with some beautiful hexies:
Wednesday 23 September: Sharon @ Simple Things
The following bloggers will also be (or have) participating in the bag-a-long
Friday 26 September: Sharon @ The Projects of My Life – that’s me!!
Wednesday 1 October: Judith @ Just Jude
Friday 3 October: Progress link party here @ GnomeAngel.com
Wednesday 8 October: Kate @ Stitched with Love
Friday 10 October: Kathy @ iamacraftykat
Monday 13 October: Barbara @ Sunflower Stitcheries
Wednesday 15 October: Rachel @ Little White Dove
Friday 17 October: End link party here @ GnomeAngel.com
Thanks for a great little pattern Judy, and thanks to Angie for organising this bag-a-long. I may leave the sewing machine out and see what else I can do. 🙂