Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Making a Backpack for Flights.

Living as an expat means that aeroplane flights are a big part of your life and I think I may have taken more plane flights than buses in my life so far! You get pretty savvy about what you want to take on a flight with you to make the journey comfortable. There is an art to having too much clutter and also not enough of the essentials. As I am on a flight at the end of the week and I do not want to take my wheelie bag with me it meant I needed a backpack that would hold the items I required without the weight that some bags have before you even put an item in! I searched the shops but did not find the backpack to suit my needs, so off to the design room it was.

I purchased some upholstery fabric to work with.

I then went about designing a bag to fit my requirements

The bag was fused with a stiffening

Pockets were made for the 2nd compartment

An interior zip pocket for keys and valuables

A pocket for my passport

A compartment for a laptop and magazines

The compartment zips closed with a handle to carry the backpack

The flapped compartment is domed closed

The domes open to allow items to go into the bag

The flap folds over and clips closed

Straps for the pack to sit over the shoulders and onto your back

Feet on the base of the bag

 Now I am all set to travel.

Have a great week

HEATHER


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Thursday, 4 June 2015

A Gift box for Quilting Blocks

The time had arrived for one of our girls in our Tuesday Quilting Group to leave and return to her home in the USA. As a farewell gift the girls in the group all made an appliqué quilt block and I made a box for the blocks to sit inside. This was a good way to store them and also a great way to 'gift wrap' the blocks.



I made the box 13" square so the 12 1/2" blocks could lay flat in the box. The box is covered with batik fabric.


I traced the outline of the appliqué onto fabric and using my machine I free motioned the design. This was then glued to the lid of the box.





Ribbon was used in the base to secure the blocks in place.


Here are some of the blocks that the girls hand appliquéd.

Have a great week.

HEATHER