Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Bag from H-E Double Hockey Sticks

or in other words, my favorite class of the weekend.
This bag was HARD to make.
We did a lot of prep work at home before arriving at Sew South. I think I spent about 6-8 hours piecing the outside of the bag, making the quilt sandwich, straight line quilting, making binding and prepping the pockets.
I started with 2 charm packs of Comma. I just love Brigitte's new line for Moda. I laid them out in a random pattern and made a simple patchwork quilt.

I used the yellow asterisks for the lining and quilted it with a medium grey thread.


We were all sent the pattern design by StudioCherie which can be found here on Craftsy. The key to making this Travel Duffle was having Lindsey LRStitched as our fabulous teacher. She made the bag at home and ironed out all the bugs in it. 
Lindsey also designed an inner elastic pocket that is brilliant and redesigned the handles so we could take advantage of Pellon's generous offer to sponsor the interfacing we used in the handles. Without Lindsey, I am not sure I could have followed this pattern.


I arrived at Sew South with my large quilted piece, 2 quilted end pieces, an inner elastic pocket, 2 zippers and some double fold binding.

This class started after lunch, we sewed until our dinner break and then most were in the sewing room until well after midnight. We broke a gazzillion needles, many swear words were muttered and some people were in tears (me). But when each of us finished, all the others in the room broke out in a cheer. What a feeling of accomplishment to finally finish this bag!

our pile of finished Travel Duffle bags


Lindsey and Jennifer 
So here is my bag, the end with the zipper pocket.


The side with the small pocket, perfect for a boarding pass or a cell phone.


The inside, elastic pocket.


This photo gives you an idea of the size of the bag. You could pack everything you need for a weekend away and still have room to bring home some extra fabric souvenirs.

I really did not even want to make a duffle bag when I received the class schedule and now I cannot wait until I can make another one. I want to down size the pattern and make one as a purse, and maybe another one for my granddaughter. I love it. I really can't stop looking at it and keep admiring it as it sits in my sewing studio. I haven't put it away yet. It reminds me of my fabulous time at Sew South.

Did I tell you this was my favorite class?
Day one of Sew South ended, but there is still more to share about my experience at the retreat.
to be continued...








34 comments:

Debbie said...

oh wow! This looks awesome for sure. I really would like to make one, but may need to build up the courage! ;-) Congrats for a pretty cool finish!

Erica said...

It turned out great! I have seen this pattern around but I haven't heard much about it, so it is good to know that it should be approaches with apprehension!

Rebeckah Austin said...

That is a pretty awesome bag :)

Patchwork and Play said...

How many parts aere there to this Sew South Saga......what an awesome time you had!!! My only worry with a bag of that size would be my inability to lift it!! So it would need courage (Debbie!) and muscle! LOL!

Kelli said...

Wow, it's HUGE and gorgeous! I love that fabric line, too. xo

Jennifer said...

I'm in love with this bag! I have it on "hold" for now, mothers day bags first. I love that elastic inside pocket addition as well! Beautiful work Di and great fabric choice... as always! :)

Dianne Neale said...

I would love to make a traveller bag like this, but don't think I'd do it alone! Love the fabric you chose.

jeifner said...

Looks good and sounds like it was fun to sew with other people :)

Canadian Abroad said...

It is so gorgeous and thank you for your honesty by not telling us it was easy peasy.

lesleyworth said...

I too had a blast (once the bag was done) and started making another as soon as I got home from Charlotte! I adore your bag, and seeing Comma up close, I had to run out and get some for myself!

A Girl said...

Whoo Hoo!

Linda Coleman said...

Wow Diane, love that bag, I've seen the pattern before and was thinking about getting it but now seeing your great one I really want it. Really nice fabrics you used

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

Loved your review Di and love that last pic of you with your fab bag!xo

Annabella said...

Ah look at you!! It's a beautiful holdall - I love it. Comma is the perfect line and you just made a perfect bag :)

Lindsey R. :: LRstitched said...

I'm so thankful that you tried the bag even though you really didn't want to and that you powered through! The worst part about it is that during the making, you just think there is no way this is going to turn out. And then once you made that finally seam and turn it out, you realize you totally did it!!

Love your bag!

Gale, Ky quilter said...

That is beautiful! Hard work definitely paid off on this one. Now I want to make one, too. :)

suemac said...

Love the Comma. Your bag looks great. Glad you perservered through the process and triumphed at the end.

Geri said...

What a beautiful bag - and you look skinny!

Valerie said...

Yes! I think I'm calling this my Miracle Bag- as in its a miracle I finished! I'm so thankful we wee all the to support each other. Cheers all around!

Cindy said...

You did a great job Di. I also agree with Geri that you look so skinny!

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

Absolutely gorgeous - you are right to feel proud!!

barbara woods said...

proud of you. congrats

Flying Blind... said...

Well worth the battle - it looks great, I hope you bring it to this side of the pond for a proper look xxx

Katy Cameron said...

Yay, glad you won the battle in the end!

Kirsten said...

Fabulous bag!!

Sewing Mom said...

It looks amazing and the colors you chose are just perfect! I keep seeing all these amazing posts and can tell that all of you had a wonderful time together. Thanks for sharing.

Heather said...

And yet, even with all the frustration, you were done hours ahead of the rest of us!

Glad you love it!

Live a Colorful Life said...

I LOVE LOVE your fabric choices!

Kari's Stitches said...

Well said! If I do this again, it will be with a serger and titanium needles!!! Somehow, I think it might come together easier the second time around :). I am ready to try a new bag. I'm looking for a fun messenger bag pattern, any suggestions?

heart of charnwood said...

It looks beautiful, fabulous work, well done! :o)

Rosa said...

It`s absolutely beautiful.Love it!1

Leanne said...

I love the bag and will bookmark the pattern when I next want to make luggage. It sounds like the class and the group were so much fun, and so supportive. Your paper piecing class sounds like it was fun too!

Ginny said...

You said it sooo well!! Your bag is Gor-geous!! Brilliant use of Charm packs! Can't wait to see the next bag :)

Josie McRazie said...

I love you and hate you all at the same time! ;o) I have more of your blogs stared than any other I follow! I guess we have similar tastes! I do have a question about this bag (because I went and bought the silly pattern today!!!!)
Was that inside elastic pocket added later and was it something you did in class putting the binding on? The edges are all raw on the pattern?? YOURS LOOKS GREAT!!!