Monday, September 21, 2020

Sewing Bins and Bags - Part 1 - Little Snippets Thread Catcher From The Bonnie & Camille Quilt Bee

This past week, instead of making quilts, I've been making bags and bins to hold my quilt stuff.

First up is the Little Snippets Thread Catcher from the Bonnie & Camille Quilt Bee book.  The book was the subject of my last post and is a worthwhile addition to your quilting book library.  I was really taken with the thread catcher when I read the book and wanted it to be my first project.  

I had plans to make some other sewing bins and bags, mainly to hold my English paper piecing suppies and projects, and wanted to make the thread catcher in the same coordinating set of fabrics from my stash.  I started by making the star block shown in the original but goofed up because the fabrics I used did not have enough contrast for the star to be visible.  But while I was looking for a lighter fabric to add to my set to remake the stars, I thought of simplifying while using the measuring twill tape in a different way. 

So instead of the pieced blocks, I have the measuring twill tape on two sides and the pockets on the other two sides.  I deviated from the directions in one other respect; besides using batting, I used a medium weight interfacing to make the sides stiffer to keep them upright and prevent sagging.  I think it was a good idea, though closely spaced quilting could have the same effect.

The directions are easy to follow, I just had one problem and that was my fault.  I reviewed all the instructions thoroughly before cutting and was certain there was a misprint or mistake because the cutting measurements did not make sense to me.  Then I realized, I was thinking of the thread catcher as a cube, with a square as the base, but the base is a rectangle and the sides with the star blocks are wider than the ends with the pockets.  Once I understood that, all went well.   I did use a walking foot on my machine and wonder clips instead of pins to hold pieces together prior to sewing.  The most difficult part was attaching the binding to the top because it is a small opening and took some maneuvering to guide it under the sewing machine needle.  

I'll be back tomorrow with more about the other items shown in the top photo, the Sierra Bin and the Lola Pouch.

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  1. Every once in a while I get the motivation to make some bags or other sewing accessories. Yours turned out cute and your slight deviation make them totally fine and your own.

  2. These are so cute and think I am going to jump in try that thread catcher too! Love how your catcher came out and glad you explained what you did so now am ready to make....thanks Cathy 😊


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