This weekend I have been working on finishing up my Gail Pan 'Hazel' bag which I started at the workshop I attended last weekend in Barrowford. I finished all the hand work on the front panel during the week, so only needed to cut the fabrics for the bag, applique the panel to the front and then construct the bag.
I started by appliqueing the panel to the fabric for the front of the bag. As I had embroidered around the applique shapes featured on the panel itself (to hide my wobbly needle-turn applique) I decided to embroider round the panel too.
The bag front was layered with some batting and I added a row of quilting (as described in the pattern instructions) Next, I added the ric rac, which I couched onto the front using colonial knots rather than just slip-stitching it over the seam. This is a technique which Gail used in another of her projects that I made and I really liked the look of it, so I thought I would add it here too.
Then I constructed the handles and made up the bag all as per the pattern instructions adding a cute little toggle for the closure. It just needed one final press and it would be done but, disaster struck!! My iron choose that moment to spit out some horrible dirty water right onto the panel on the front of my bag! This is what the ironing board looked like....
I quickly sponged the dirty water off the bag and hung it up to dry with my fingers crossed that it wouldn't leave a stain! I was lucky and it dried without a mark.... disaster averted!!
I am very pleased with my new bag. I am hoping to get my other workshop project finished this week.
I am linking this post with Super Mom - No Cape for her stitchery link up. Why not pop across and see the other projects that have been linked.
Love the bag with beautiful embroidery and applique!ReplyDelete
Thank you! It is a beautiful pattern! Christine xDelete
Your stitchery posts always make my heart melt....Lovely work!ReplyDelete
Thank you Shelly! Hope you are keeping well! Christine xDelete
Oh my - that WOULD have been a disaster!! I wonder if putting some vinegar through your iron would help?ReplyDelete
I probably should be using distilled water.... it does have a self-clean button.... perhaps I should use it!! Christine xDelete
We have a lot of minerals in our water, so I have had my iron do that same thing. It is so frustrating! I am glad yours was easily cleaned up. Your bag is darling!ReplyDelete
Thank you Renee! I have a self-clean button to clear the calcium in the iron... I just forget to use it!! Lesson learned!! Christine xDelete
Oh, the way to this bag was not easy! :-)ReplyDelete
But it's a wounderful applique!
Thank you Valomea... it is a beautiful Gail Pan pattern! Christine xDelete
Lovely stitching, pleased to see that disaster was averted. Irons are always a problem in hard water areas.ReplyDelete
Thank you Brenda! The water is really hard here... I always forget to descale the iron! Lesson learned! Christine xDelete
Thank goodness - you heart just sinks doesn't it?ReplyDelete
I nearly burst into tears Lynda! Luckily there is not a trace of the disaster now that it is dry! Christine xDelete
Such a pretty bag, thank goodness it didn't get stainedReplyDelete
Thank you Janet! I was very relived that it wasn't damaged! Chrissie xDelete
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Thank you Monika! It was a lovely Gail Pan pattern! Christine xDelete
Beautiful bag! So happy it all turned out well in the end!ReplyDelete
Thank you Martina! It is a lovely Gail Pan pattern and I was relieved that it wasn't damaged! Christine xDelete
My iron does that too! So glad it didn't stain your lovely bag, Christine, after all your hard work..ReplyDelete
Thank you Barbara! I think I'll have to remember to descale the iron more often!! Christine xDelete
I just got rid of my iron because it kept spitting rust. Drove me crazy!ReplyDelete
I'll just have to remember to descale it more often! A lesson learned!! Christine xDelete
Very cute bag. For that very reason I have switched over to a squirt water bottle and no longer use water in my iron. Much happier. Glad your project was not harmed. JanitaReplyDelete
Thank you Janita! That is a very good idea! Christine xDelete
Gorgeous bag bet you nearly died when the iron had a melt down. Thankfully your bag was okay.ReplyDelete
Thank you Keryn! I did feel close to tears after all the work that had gone into it! I had a lucky ending though!! Christine xDelete
oh, thank goodness, disaster averted! Such a pretty bag!ReplyDelete
Thank you Cath! I was very relieved when it wasn't stained! Christine xDelete
Again a small , great masterpiece of you . The bag is just great . It always fascinates me that you always make for wonderful Sachend . So much creativity is contagious .ReplyDelete
Thank you Sandra! The pattern is a pretty Gail Pan pattern... I love her designs! Christine xDelete
Whew! So glad it didn't stain - that would have been awful. The bag looks lovely - love the toggle.ReplyDelete
Thank you! Yes, it was a big relief! I really liked the toggle too... amazing what you can find tucked away in your sewing room!! Hee hee! Christine xDelete
A very beautiful bag Christine! Just so unique with such detailed stitching. I love the ric-rac trim! xxReplyDelete
Thank you Alison! It was a beautiful Gail Pan pattern.... I just love her designs! Christine xDelete
Such a beautiful bag , so glad the water didn't permanently stain the pretty stitching . I have also had that happen at the worst times so frustrating .ReplyDelete
Thank you Sheila! It was a big relief it wasn't permanently damaged! Christine xDelete
We have such crappy city water with lots of "stuff" left in it after they treat it. I learned a long time ago to only use distilled water in my iron. Cute bag.ReplyDelete
Thank you Carol! I always used to but I stopped when we moved last year. Clearly I need to start again! Christine xDelete
What a darling bag! What size is it?ReplyDelete
Thank you Linda! The body of the bag is about 12" x 13". It is a nice size for a sewing project!! Christine xDelete
You did a great job, what a lovely bagReplyDelete
Thank you Wendy! I really enjoyed making it! Christine xDelete
Whew--those darn irons!! Your bag is beautiful--love the rick rack detail too!ReplyDelete
Thank you Karen! The knots on the ric-rac appeared in a different Gail Pan pattern and I liked the addition, so I often use it now! Christine xDelete
Lovely bag! I love the rick rack too....ReplyDelete
Thank you Jackie! I love Gail's designs! Christine xDelete
You created a very beautiful bag, with lots of hand sewing in it. I am glad it didn´t get stained, and I can imagine how shocked you were when that happened.ReplyDelete
Thank you Katrin! Luckily there was no harm done... I am very pleased to say! Christine xDelete
Your bag turned out beautiful. But my goodness... I can just imagine the panic when the iron chose that moment to spew out that gunk. I'm so glad there were no stains.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for linking up to this week's Stitchery Link Party and for the link back. Aloha hugs!
Thank you Sue! I'm just so pleased that no harm was done! I always love linking up.... it is fun! Thank you! Christine xDelete
Your bag is gorgeous, Christine. Lucky no marks were left from your iron after all that hard work. Christine xxReplyDelete
Thank you Christine! I love Gail's beautiful patterns... this bag will be treasured! Christine xDelete
What a beautiful bag Christine, love all the details but what a shock you must have had with the iron episode, just typical, why didn´t it happen when you were ironing socks.ReplyDelete
Thank you Sheryl! Luckily no harm was done! Christine xDelete