I had one more bag-as-money-holder graduation gift
that needed to be made.
Seeing that graduations are in April / May,
and it was the tail end of July
before I got around to it,
and the gal it was for
is just as sweet as can be,
I figured the bag needed to be
I didn't want Laura thinking my tardiness
in any way
a reflection of how we felt about her,
and what better way to prove that
than a bag that takes ridiculously long to make?
I guess the bag itself
didn't take a long time,
just the making of the front fabric...
I'd seen the modern hexagon quilts,
and thought that might be a fun one to do.
Let's just say if I were ever to make an actual
modern hexie quilt,
I'd be using hexagons
waaaay bigger than an not quite an inch!
As much as I wanted it to,
the aqua with gold Xs just wasn't working for me
as the background fabric,
but I really wanted to use the C&S fabric.
(I thought it was just perfect for Laura!)
that I almost decided not to use my hexies,
even though I'd just spent an hour digging through scraps
to find just the right ones
and another 3 hours making them...
I walked away from it for a little while,
and when I came back,
I decided I'd use the hexies
the Cotton & Steel,
I just wouldn't use them together together.
Satisfied with my new plan,
I cut a piece of sparkly fabric
(leftover from the church)
then pulled out the Elmer's
and started glue basting hexies
once I was satisfied with my arrangement.
Then I marked quilting lines with my hera marker
and stitched across all the hexies.
For the back,
I just stitched every vertical row of gold Xs
with metallic thread.
After that, it was just the simple matter
of cutting a lining,
adding a zipper,
and sewing it all together.
Laura - we love you!
You are a most excellent young lady
and I am so glad I've had the privilege
of watching you grow up.