Tuesday, April 24, 2012

two pyramids



I just put my poor arthritic fingers through a torture test that I'm paying for now.. I made two of the pyramid bags that I gave the link for yesterday. Of the several that I looked at on the net, this one was the only one that I could understand. It seemed faster and easier than the other methods, but there was lots of maneuvering with the bag under the presser foot. By stitching the zipper on as shown, I found it didn't lay back inside nicely, so I managed to sew a row of top stitching on the outside. That was tricky.

The other drawback is that the front and lining are quilted and there is no other lining added as I noticed on some of the other methods. Then you're left with some raw edges that may produce a few threads (on the inside).
After i finished the first one, I pulled out my bin of printed and painted fabrics and decided to free motion quilt  this one. It is a sun print done with Setacolor transparent fabric paints.

It was, I thought, a fairly blah piece until I added the stitching.
 It gives it life.
 Here is the back view. I apologize fir the lighting in this one.

  And the side view. It's a little more elongated because I followed my pre-cut sizes rather than cut off the patterns.


If anyone finds a tutorial with an added lining that seems easy, do let me know.


19 comments:

Wendy said...

Wow, very nice Holly! I must agree with you on the last piece, the quilting really adds a wonderful touch!

Glenda said...

Wow! absolutely beautiful Holly the quilting is really nice.

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

They looked incredible and yes the stitching on the second one just makes it pop!
Stay inspired!

deanna7trees said...

i made some of these several years ago and just zigzagged the seems on the inside so there was no raw edge. it looks great.

deanna7trees said...

here's a similar one with a lining with step by step instruction.
http://www.craftpassion.com/2011/06/triangle-coin-purse-with-zipper.html?pid=559#picgallery

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

Oh, these looks great! Sorry they were hard on the hands though!!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Very nice Holly....I love your FMQ; it is so controlled....great work...very pretty

Margaret Applin said...

These are adorable!!!!

elle said...

The tulips show off nicely. And yes the quilting does make the second sing! I need to try one of these myself to figure out how they are done. nice job!

Monika Kinner-Whalen / My Sweet Prairie said...

yes - hehehe stitching improves ANY fabric ; )

lovely!
Thank you for linking to TN&TN
~Monika in Saskatoon

rtquilter said...

Did you make the quilted fabric first or did you start the bag with a single thickness? If you quilted it first,why not just use a nive matching or contrasting thread and do a wide, fairly tight zigzag over the edges of the fabric sandwich allmround before putting the zip in. If you have a serger, you could overlock the raw edges instead. THEN put the zip an and close up the ends.

rtquilter said...

Sorry for the typos in the last post but I can never make corrections on your blog for some reason.

Grandma Coco said...

Oh, my. Your fabrics are beautiful and the stitching just sets them off!! Lovely.

Linda said...

Beautiful!

Regina said...

They are much too nice to use! You are right, the quilting makes everything come alive.

Magpie Quilts said...

What a great project! Love the way the quilting adds to your sun printed fabric!

Susan Being Snippy said...

I really love the way the stitching makes the fabric come alive! to be honest tho, I have tried and really dislike making those triangle bags! I figure a plain easy zipper pouch works just as well and I can make any size without a pattern. Perhaps instead of batting, you might use just a bit of flannel or even no batting layer... It would make it more pliable and easier on the hands.

Jeanette said...

Your stitching is amazing! I especially like the fern leaf. I make zippered pouches too, but just simple rectangles!

imquilternity said...

These are both very lovely. Great quilting and wonderful fabrics. You are so talented!