After much cursing (had to fit all that in before my resolution to curse less in 2013!) and pricking of fingers, I finished the patchwork Weekender bag for my mom!
She picked out that floral fabric as the main fabric, and along with some others she bought I sorted through my stash for the rest to make the patchwork. I like the little butterflies that peek out occasionally.
I think when I make the third and final bag (for me!), I’ll leave off the side pockets, or make them differently so there is not as much bulk in those bottom corners. I did hand-baste that area together which helped immensely, but there’s still a TON of layers to stitch through and I ended up using a top-stitching needle to make it work (after many skipped stitches in a regular heavy duty and denim needle).
This main zipper is the least assy zipper I’ve ever put in. I credit that to ludicrous amounts of pressing of the quilted panels for the top.
So far I’ve stuffed it full of peanut brittle, ornaments, and whatever else I need to shove in there to take up to my parent’s house this weekend. This bag counts as part of her birthday present in January, so perhaps I’ll stick a birthday card in there too.