Almost everyone was busy, busy at the Cottage on Wednesday, either researching new projects,
Marie and Margaret were both heads down and busy, busy, Marie is starting on a new lot of hexies, got the box all ready to fill.
Val was stitching a panel, one of four that will make a lovely quilt
Jackie was binding a lovely
Karen, at Margs insistence shared her finished table runner, really had to do some arm twisting as you can guess.
Then there were those who were just urm...enjoying the ambience,
Of course when she gets on that mighty machine of hers its go, go, go.
The panels we are creating for the local chapter of Days for Girls carry bags have certain requirements regarding seams and seam placement.
The size is to be raw edge finished 13" wide by 32" long and can be made up in a variety of ways. (Yep - the original size asked for was a little larger, but that would mean Sue would have to cut them all down before overlocking the edges.
Sue has made up samples for us to follow.
Firstly, NO BOTTOM SEAMS, that is, on the fold line at the bottom of the bag or in other words the middle of the created fabric length.
also there needs to be at least 3" depth of fabric on each end of the created length to allow for a casing to be created.
all seams need to be machine neatened and therefore strengthened, these bags will be expected to be in use for approx 4 years.
If you have an overlocker, that is the preferred method of stitching the seams, otherwise you can either use a zig zag stitch
Another method of seam neatening is either a flat fell seam, lots of Youtube vids including this one or a mock flat fell seam where you lay your top fabric edge 1/2" in from the underneath fabric, stitch a 1/4" seam, fold fabric over encasing the raw edge and stitch down to give a finish like below.
another method is if you have a 13" x 32" strip of plain fabric, stitch a colourful panel on the front, folding in the raw edges as below.
Jackie spied a whole pile of stash fabric that she could cut to size to use as bags, de-stash and support all in one go, winner, winner!