(That's 64 cuts!) I guess that depending on the fabric choice, you could cut multiples at one time, but I cut them individually to make the most of the fabric design. Now I have all these little strips of fabric scraps left over! I really think that better descriptions and more detailed drawings would be very helpful and make this pattern more user friendly. At one point the pattern says to attach the straps. OK...where? To the outside of the bag? To the inside? No drawing....no details. Also, when you make the casing for the ties on the front and back, the pattern has you sew a roll hem into the short sides of a long rectangle and then sew a 1/4" seam down the long side to form a tube. Then you turn it and press it with the seam in the center of the tube. Now you have an open tube, but you run the tie belt behind both layers. Why not just sew the long side seam, leaving an opening for turning later, and then make sure the seam is centered and sew the short ends shut, turn the entire tube, flip it inside out and press it? Now you have a cleaner look. Same thing for the ties themselves. The center portion of the ties will be behind the casing so I made enclosed tubes and left openings in the center. I flipped them around and pushed out the corners and you can even machine stitch the opening as it will never be seen. Looks much nicer than ties that are open-ended tubes. The pattern says to attach the casings to the front and back BEFORE you quilt the bag, making sure not to sew over the casings. Why make your life more difficult? So I quilted the bag first and then attached the casings, easy peasy. Also I felt that the shoulder strap was too long for me. It is 32" long. I'm 5'7" and even for me it was too long. My strap's finished length is 30". It would be wise to pin the strap to the bag and test it on your body before you actually sew it in place.
Regena and Amy. Both have quilting experience and it was awesome to have instant online help as I was working on this project! I'm still on the fence if quilting is for me. I enjoyed piecing the squares together and sewing the bag, but the freeform quilting part of this project just wasn't that much fun for me. More like something I needed to get done. So we'll see if I actually dive into serious quilting or not. And I've decided to sew together those little 1 1/2" strips of leftover fabric and use it to make a new camera strap cover. I just love this fabric too much to let any of it go to waste :) I haven't received my Apron Swap package yet today and my partner will receive hers today also. So I'll post pics on that tomorrow!
Just had to share some more:
I found this darling free cosmetic bag tutorial that takes 5 charm squares and a bit of lining and a zipper to make. Totally easy and fun to sew!