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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

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WIP: Bean Bags

Have not made as much progress as I hoped on the Bean Bags for the wedding reception.

Ready to Baste

Did manage to get everything pieced and pinned together today. I realized that quilting 32 blocks is essentially making a quilt.

Count Thrice, Measure Twice, Cut Once

Ready to go

Tried my hand at free motion quilting on the domestic machine for the first time. Much harder than I expected. Much practice is needed.

(Attempting to) Link up with Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesdays

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It’s in the Bag

Happy (Inter)National Quilting Day!

Taking a break from my Hexagon quilt, I have decided to start on a small project for our upcoming 2nd Wedding in 2 weeks: Bean Bags for corn hole.

My new personal mantra has become “work with what you got”. While in would love to buy a bunch of quilting fabrics from the shop down the street, I have been unable to work while waiting for my residency in Costa Rica.

My mother thought it was important to incorporate my love of quilting into the wedding.

So I have turned to my own closet to find fabrics that can supplement my projects. I purchased this bucket bag years ago at Old Navy; and while it has served me well in the past it was simply taking up room in my closet.

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An evening of seam ripping yielded oddly shapes pieced from the exterior print and interior orange lining.  A pale peach cotton/poly blend from my stash goes perfectly as an accent.

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I have 16 bags/blocks to make. The first 4 bags are going to be made the heart block from Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew.

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While I have ideas for the remaining bags, nothing is set in stone.

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Hopefully I can get the guys all done before leaving for AZ next Monday!