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Flashback Friday: Bag it up

We have been back in Costa Rica for 2 weeks now and our schedule has been getting back to normal.  It’s been almost 3 weeks since our AZ Wedding ceremony and I am way overdue for a post on how the bean bags turned out!

Laying out all the pieces I realized it was basically like sewing a baby size quilt in just a week’s time (a record for me).

Quilted halves ready to be sewn together

Quilted halves ready to be sewn together

As previously mentioned, I tried my hand at free-motion quilting with little success.

FMQ Attempt at swirls

FMQ Attempt at swirls

FMQ attempt at pebbles or a flower or something...

FMQ attempt at pebbles or a flower or something…

So for the rest I reverted to the trusty walking foot.

Simple geometric quilting- what I am most comfortable with

Simple geometric quilting- what I am most comfortable with

After quilting the side pieces were trimmed down to 7.5″square.

Ready to be sewn together

Ready to be sewn together

32 halves for 16 bags total

32 halves for 16 bags total

I managed to finish sewing all the bag together (except for a hole to fill them in AZ) just a few days before we left.  This was done while the husband was in class on Friday night.

Double seams on the inside to keep from splitting

Double seams on the inside to keep from splitting

Turned out and ready to be packed!

Turned out and ready to be packed!

My husband’s Aunt helped fill and his mother sew the bags together as part of our pre-wedding prep. Not having read the proper weight for the bags (8oz), I instructed them to be filled as much as possible.

Tia filling with beans

Tia filling with beans

Mother-in-Law sewing them up outside and enjoying the nice weather

Mother-in-Law sewing them up outside and enjoying the nice weather

The cornhole set itself had been given an initial coat of bargain bin green paint. It was further decorated by Brian, the Marine husband of my friend Tiffany.

Laying out the design

Laying out the design

Hoping it's obvious where the bean bag is supposed to go.

Hoping it’s obvious where the bean bag is supposed to go.

Everyone had  great time!

AZ Wedding

AZ Wedding

Husband's unorthodox throwing technique

Husband’s unorthodox throwing technique

It works

It works

I also made a scrappy bunting cake topper for our delicious Tres Leches wedding cake.

The Colorful Rainbow Explosion of cake and flowers

The Colorful Rainbow Explosion of cake and flowers

Despite my reinforced double seams inside, many bags did not survive the afternoon.

At the end of the day

At the end of the day

Busted overstuffed bags

Busted overstuffed bags

The night before heading back to Costa Rica, I was again sewing the bean bags frantically. This time at their proper weight and again reinforcing the side seams.

Lighter and hopefully more durable

Lighter and hopefully more durable

Hopefully they will last longer at their soon-to-be new home in Tucson with Tiffany and Brian!

Overall the day was a great success and I feel so blessed we were able to celebrate our marriage with our friends and my family in Arizona.

AZ Wedding

Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict’s “Can I get a Whoop Whoop” Friday

Lovin’ Feelings

A month has passed since moving into the new house. One of my favorite features? It has three bedrooms; meaning one for Victor’s hobby (guitars), one for mine (sewing) and one for us both.  While the desk is not the ideal size, I love the fact that I can keep the sewing machine set up all the time and take a few minutes here and there to sew. Victor loves the fact that all of my creative endeavors are contained to one room instead of taking over the kitchen table.

My new "craft" room

My new “craft” room

I, along with Berna, also love the fact that we have an actual front and backyard.  The tomato, cilantro and basil plants that were cultivated on the apartment balcony have found a new home in the front yard (the backyard belongs exclusively to “Bernadette the Destroyer of Plants”).  They have yet to be transplanted into the ground, but there is a small pepper plant that has sprouted (from seeds saved from a grocery store pepper) and hopefully more will appear soon.

Baby pepper plant. Jalapeno or Sweet? Will be a surprise!

Baby pepper plant. Jalapeno or Sweet? Will be a surprise!

Cilantro gone to seed

Cilantro gone to seed

Tomato Plant

Tomato Plant

Basil plant aka Luca

Basil plant aka Luca

Speaking of love, instead of flowers for Valentine’s Day, Victor got me  mint plant and rosemary plant to add to the growing front yard garden.

New Valentine's Mint plant aka Jule(p)

New Valentine’s Mint plant aka Jule(p)

New Valentine's Rosemary plant aka Mattathias

New Valentine’s Rosemary plant aka Mattathias

Tune in tomorrow for a WIP Wednesday update on my “What the Hex” quilt! .

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