well, maybe they're more like guidelines...
just when i said i didn't do darts or facings - well, seems i can after all
four darts, two on the front, two on the back
60+ hand appliqued circles
and more french knots than i care to count
facings all around
it wasn't my plan to quilt it by hand - i really intended to do it by machine... in the end though, it begged to be done by hand
and even though it put me behind by three days, i'm so glad i did
i'm also glad of the facing - it makes the inside so very neat and tidy
and did i mention the piping????
i don't do piping either - but it seems that's another personal sewing rule out the window - i piped it and i love it
the interesting thing about all of these techniques is that they really aren't complicated - not even time-consuming
i'm puzzled as to why i resisted them for so many years
i remember well my thirteen year old self getting frustrated beyond belief with zippers and facings - needles pricking, hands sweating, uneven stitches, ripping out seams over and over again, re-positioning, pinning and yet more pinning
trying so hard
sometimes i was afraid i would ruin the fabric with all my un-picking and re-sewing
i even nick-named my seam ripper "jack"
fourty years later this bag went like a breeze - read the instructions... follow the bouncing ball
pin, baste, sew
you would not believe how much basting i did whilst finishing this bag
i basted the fabric to the handle, the handle to the bag, the piping inside the fabric strip, the basted piping strip to the bag, the facing to the bag - i basted all of that and then some
holding everything securely in place, those large stitches took barely minutes to do...
and from there it was zip ah de doo dah done!
i just might be a convert