Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Back From Vacation

It seems like I have spent three weeks at the beach.  Although I have come home for a few days in between each visit.  Those days at home were spent getting ready for the next visit.  One week we spent at the beach visiting my husband's daughter.  The next week me and the kids went to visit with my parents.  The next week we were back again for the 4th, and then for a weekend camping trip.  Lots of beach time and I am still not sick of it. I love it there!

That has left little time for sewing though.  I barely managed to finish last month's Schnibble project and have barely had time to work on customer quilts.  I got two basted and spent what spare time I had sewing together muslin backing for four more.  Muslin gets boring to look at for hours on end though so I had to play with a little color last night.  

When I was at the beach during the second week, my mom and I stopped by Quilters Cottage and I picked up the pattern and some pre-cut batiks to make a Mondo Bag.  (I also snatched up some extra batik yardage since they were having a 30% off sale.)

I was pretty skeptical of this pattern at first. It requires pre-printed interfacing, which came with the pattern, and as I was looking at sample bag I didn't see why I would need pre-printed interfacing just to sew squares together.  But.... and this is a big BUT, The interfacing made sewing so much easier and faster!  

You lay out your squares on the interfacing and press them down. It's like a design board on your ironing board, yet you don't have to take it all off the design wall row by rows and then chain stitch them together. Instead you take the whole thing to the sewing machine and start sewing rows. Nothing gets out of order, and nothing falls off.  It is great and fast.

I am excited to get this finished, but I really need to get some quilts quilted, so back to those for the rest of the week.


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1 comment:

Maggie R said...

Sounds like you had a great time at the beach..Great weather for it!
Love the "squares" project.. I ahve done this before and yes sewing is a breeze..
Looking forward to your finished project..