Monday, 12 October 2015

Hope Bag - My school holiday project.

I'm back teaching this week, but man, the school holidays were not the relaxing, craft filled experience I had anticipated. Husband and au pair both away on over seas trips meant we got Big Mama in for an extra set of hands to cuddle my two babies who put it on big time having Daddy away.

That being said, I did manage to finish the Tara Rebman Craftsy class 'Quilt as You Go Patchwork Bag' and it was amazing. Tara is incredible and after having her talk to me for so long, I feel like she is my friend! Ah the delusions of media. Aside from the great, transferable techniques Tara teaches, the piece of advice that has made the biggest impact on me is this. If you have fabric you love, use it. We all stash. It's part of quilting. Don't be afraid of ruining larger cuts by taking pieces out - it doesn't matter! 

So this is what I did. I picked some of my favourite fabrics and added some extras to make my bag, and I LOVE it. The bag is made from various quilting cottons with an upholstery fabric on the bottom to make it a little sturdier. Then to finish off this lovely bag, the word Hope has ended up right there on the flap, completely by accident. 

Hope. An interesting concept. And one that is amazingly perfect for my life right now. We've been through the ringer this last 2 1/2 years but have come through. We are on the up and this bag is a lovely representation of the hope I have for the future.


  1. The chosen fabrics are beautiful and your comment on using fabrics from your 'stash' is very true. These lovely fabrics that we buy with great projects in mind are sometimes hidden away for years. I'm feeling a tad guilty. You've inspired me to go through my stash and get started on a new project. Thanks.

  2. This is gorgeous... I dream of making a patchwork quilt from some of Evie's baby clothes. Here's to onwards and upwards :))

    1. Oh what a fantastic idea! I've seen those tutorials before. I'll always be on hand to give you a hand ;)

  3. Love, love. It would make a lovely Christmas idea too. I do find quilting is helpful for restoring the soul. It does feel good to make something creative. We have a quick tutorial hereQuilting Focus: Draw String Bags if anyone wants to run up a quick Christmas present with some fabric from their stash